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Artbook Project


Art book Project

For Graphic Design Principles I class. Our final project was to create art book. Using any theme, idea or concept you could up with. In order to inspire the student body. Professor Trofimova arranged for the class to take a trip to Printed Matter, Inc. Printed Matter is a bookstore located on eleventh avenue, between twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth street. They are a non-profit organization that provides gallery opening and book printing for artists.I personally was not able to attend the class trip, due to the time conflicting with another class I had the same day; back at New York City College of Technology on Jay Street. I was able to look up Printed Matter, Inc books on Google, along with art books in general. The photographs were great, but going in store would have been better. I knew I wanted the art book concept to be personal. A part of what I feel makes me the person I am. I circulated between ideas about the drinks I have on weekly basis and want they do for me both mentally and physical. Examples, are my go-to Starbucks drinks. The Apple Juice for breakfast time, wakes me up in the morning. The Passion Tango Tea Lemonade, just on days when it’s hot. The Chai Tea Latte is Christmas cheer in a cup, warms me right up. And The Green Tea Latte taste like heaven, brings up my mood instantly. I was not sure how I actually felt about create the art to represent the drinks and have look interesting to me and others around me. That brought me to idea about involving more than what I drink, but maybe the medications I have take everyday for the various health problems. The Antidepressants` for major depression. Vitamin B, D and Iron for my anemia and low energy. And medication for Systemic Lupus. Yet, that seemed just little morbid to me. After that  I look at what I felt was the most important to me. That brought me to my nail art concept. Nail art to me is part of my personality and helps me express myself physically. While giving me a non-permanent changeable option. My first sketches were simple. They talk about how each nail polish category made me feel. The darks made me feel powerful. Pastels made me feel feminine. Neons made me feel bold. French tips made me feel classy.Bare nails meant I had no time to do them. And broken nails kills the mood completely. Professor Trofimova suggest I rethink making the book so simple. Try adding in more information. Think about who the book was for. And what information I wanted to give. I started created a piece of Adobe Indesign. From the very beginning, I wanted the artbook to have a marble notebook kind of style. I found a great marble and transparent loose leaf paper  background of google. And a notebook composition font, along with my script font from the website dafont. I started adding information about “what nail polish is,” “the history of nail polish,” “types of top and base coats,” “types of polish finishes,” “what nail art is,” and “how color matters.” After I was done. I was worried about there being too much text. And my classmate Catherine and Professor agreed with me. She felt like my book was too serious for nail polish and art. That was irritating. People believe that because, they see pretty colors and patterns. Everything is all fun and games. The official title for someone that does nail art is, Nail Technician. In order to be a Nail Technician, you have to go to school, study about the human body and its reactions, and earn a certification. The artbook is for people that want to learn more information about polish and art. And long or not, the information was relevant. But, my Professor wanted me to do the simplified version I said when I first did the sketch. Expect I just did pages on “what is nail polish,” “what is nail art,” “how color matters” and “examples of popular nail art.”

Sketchbook Outline:


Final Art book Piece:


Brooklyn Museum Field Trip

Brooklyn Museum Field Trip

On March 16th, 2016 my Graphic Design Principles I class went on a field trip to The Brooklyn Museum. Located at 200 Eastern Parkway near Prospect Park. Our Professor, Ms. Trofimova instructed us that we would explore the African American exhibit on the first floor and the “I See Myself In You” exhibits as a class. While taking breaks for every students to explore those exhibits by themselves. And then after those exhibits were finished being looked through. She would let’s walk free and go home whenever we were ready. Personally, I had Raster and Vector after Graphic Design Principles I. So I was heading back to the school after exploring what I need for my essay.   Professor Trofimova explained that the African American exhibit was about establishing power and dominance. Her favorite piece where these sets of hanging keys in behind a glass frame. Each key had distinctive design that were constructed to look similar but have differentiation. The piece that worked for me in the African American exhibit was called, “ Beaded Crown ( Ade ) of Onijagbo Obasoro Alowolodu, Ogoga of Ikere” createdin the late 19th century. And “ Beaded Crown ( Orikogbofo ) created in the 20th century. This piece worked for me, because the color were vibrate That is what attracted me to the piece in the first place. Then the detail of repetition using the beads over the cloth and fiber yarn. And the size of the piece was appealing. It was almost the height of a average-size human being. After the African American exhibit, our Professor lead us to the fourth floor. Where the “I See Myself In You” exhibit. The first piece of the exhibit was five statues of a African American queen in five shades of brown, from lightest to darkest; left to right. That piece caught everyone’s eye, because it’s a piece known famously on the internet; usually on Tumblr. Our Professor explained that people are drawn to it, because of the repetition with variation aspect. One of the two aspects of Graphic Design Principles and part of the Gestalt Principles. The piece that worked for me in the “ I See Myself In You” exhibit was the piece called, “ Scandinavian Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely” created by Josiah McElheny in 2005. The piece uses chrome metal, hand-blown mirrored glass objects, wood lighting and transparent and industrial mirror. The piece is seven hand-blown glasses standing side-by-side. And the mirror in the back while having the wood light shining on them. Create this effect as if the seven bottles are being multiplied and moved all at the sametime. So instead of seeing just seven bottles, you see roughly around forty-five bottles. After finishing the “I See Myself In You” exhibit, Professor Trofimova told us to spend an extra twenty minutes or more exploring the rest of the museum. I walked around and found this section in the museum that had model houses behind glass frames. I was attracted to this section in the first place, because I love architecture. No matter how small or how huge. This piece worked for me, because when I took a picture of it. The picture looked realistic enough to be an actual painting and not a physical model. And he plants and details like aged wood and yellowish-green grass;  around the house and on the house made me visual a actual rural house in the country or upstate New York. All in all the field trip to the Brooklyn Museum was not that bad. The museum was less packed than it was the last time I visited it. I got see more exhibits than I did last time. Was able to talk about art a little more, that’s always a good thing. The African American exhibit was okay to me. I enjoyed the “I See Myself In You” exhibit better. And the model house section the best.

African American Art:


“I See Myself In You” Art :



Model House Art:


Assignment 2 : Figure Ground Project


Realism to Abstraction Sketches: ( 20 mins)

Real to Abstract 01 Real to Abstract 03 Real to Abstract 02

Thumbnails Sketches: ( 30 mins )

Thumbnails 01 Thumbnails 02 Thumnails 03

9 x 6 Figure Ground Compositions: ( 1 hour )

9x6 Drawing 02 9x6 Drawing 01

Figure Ground Black Cut-out Compositions: ( 2 hours )Figure Ground 01-page-001 Figure Ground 02-page-001Figure Ground 04-page-001 Figure Ground 03-page-001Figure Ground 05-page-001 Figure Ground 06-page-001Figure Ground 08-page-001Figure Ground 07-page-001Figure Ground 09-page-001

Assignment I

Project I

The first project in Graphic Design Principles I class was a project that would turn art forms we made physically into digital form. The physical forms of art were to express three sets of words clearly. Loud to quiet, harmony to chaos and crowded to isolated. Throughout the assignment, I had a difficult time creating the pieces that represented harmony to chaos and crowded to isolated, because they had a way of being similar to one another.

The first part of the assignment was to create ten thumbnails, five for each word. That represents those groups. After creating the thumbnails, Professor Trofimova would then help selected a set of two that she thought would be the most interesting to make. For the loud and quiet set, my favorite was the thumbnails that had grouping of black and white circles. And the Professor told me to do the thumbnails that represented raining. For the harmony and chaos set, my favorite thumbnails had these curved pentagon shapes lined up compared to failing of the page. Professor told me I could do that one, I was exciting it was my favorite of course. For the crowded and isolated set, my favorite was these groups of lines going and coming from all different directions compared to a single  line only coming and going from one kind of direction. Professor told me to the set that involved a group of deformed lines compared to just one deformed line on a page.

The second part of the project was the recreate our thumbnails on to 7 x 7 Bristol paper. The paper was cut from 9 x 12 to 9 x 9. Then when putting a border on it, it became a 7 x 7 framed creation. We were to use the black and white gouache paint. My first set of painting came out ruff looking, because it was the first time I using gouache paint. And did not know the affects that using water to reactivate the paint would do. My favorite set using the gouache paint was the harmony to chaos. I used black and white gouache paint to create two levels of grey to create an ombre effect on the page. The page has sixteen curved pentagon, going four by four by four by four. For harmony, the first row of four is black. The second rows of four are more black with white. The third row of four is more white with black. And the fourth row of four is white. It was balanced and projected unity.  For chaos, there are no rows or columns.  The black, grey and white curved pentagons were all over the page, coming off the page and going in various directions. I thought is reflected unity and gave the shapes movement.

The third and final part of the assignment was re-recreating the Bristol paper art into digital forms for printing. We were to only choose the one of the sets, we approved of the most. Of course I choose the harmony and chaos set. It’s been my favorite since the at most beginning. I was not use to using Adobe Suite in general, and Illustrator was no different. I got help from my classmate Catherine in merging two shapes together and coloring. I merged a circle and a square to get the curved pentagon shape I need. I used the color picker in the CMYK setting, to choose the shades of grey to use; along with the primary black and white.  Creating the chaos in Adobe Illustrator was more hectic than creating harmony, who would have guessed that. At first Professor said it reminds her of a graveyard and suggested using the warp function to change the emotion of the image. I went through a few of the warps settings and decided on of the arcs, because it created that movement of the shapes falling off the page.

All in all. I feel ready for the critique, because I can only get better from where I am now. I’ve learned that creating sketches can completely help when doing projects. Water can do amazing wonders when working with gouache paint. One cannot learn all that Adobe Suite has to offer in one day. And practice, cannot do anything but help.

Loud and Quiet Thumbnails:

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Harmony and Chaos Thumbnails:

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Crowded and Isolated Thumbnails:

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Handpainted Art:

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Digital Art: