Thursday, September 29, 2011

Julian Beever

Outside the studio today, I saw a chalk drawing of a bird which made me think of the artist Julian Beever. Beever is an artist who does some amazing 3D chalk drawings. Imagine walking down the street and seeing one of these masterpieces...

books books books

I love books, so when I found all of these cool home library spaces I had to share them. I've added pictures of my favorites from this website:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

One Point Perspective Sketch

In visual communication, we were to sketch a one point perspective of any space and I chose to sketch my room at school:

Monday, September 26, 2011

AAAH! Public Speaking?!

Preparing for my speech on the D.C. museums, I was a bit nervous since I don't really like public speaking.  However I think I did a good job last Wednesday considering my nerves. I believe I had an effective organization and delivered well, perhaps not as well as I practiced the night before, but still good enough that I got my point across in a way that flowed and was easy to understand. I think the presentation by the speaking center was very helpful, because I have never really delivered a formal speech before and their 5-step process gave me a means to put my thoughts together without being overwhelmed. I didn't visit the speaking center before my speech, but practicing in front of my roommates helped me a lot in preparing. I tried not to over think my speech, so I didn't want extra thoughts floating in my mind once I satisfactorily practiced my speech a few times. I think that next time I give a formal presentation, I will try to go through transitions more in order to connect my ideas in a more fluid way.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Applying Braille to a Space

Post-It Ideas

Our group has decided to write down design ideas for the IOB on post-its to brainstorm. These are a few of my starting ideas and inspirations, but it's just the beginning! 

Sketching in boxes

Today in class, we used wireframe boxes to act as guidelines for where we sketched certain objects. We drew one irregular-shaped object (I drew a toy octopus), a trash can, a pile of lemons, a ball, and a footstool. 

DC Speech Powerpoint Slide

While in Washington D.C., I visited the Freer and Sackler art galleries as well as the American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery. I decided to focus on the geometric division of light as seen in the courtyard in the American Art Museum and the stairwell of the Freer/Sackler Galleries. Both museums used natural light as an important feature, but to highlight different types of spaces (a circulation space and a gathering space). In the Freer/Sackler gallery, the light highlighted a piece of art where in the American Art Museum the light was the art itself (having a fluid, sculptural quality).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blog Post 002: Photoshoppin'

I experimented with photoshop for the first time with this blog assignment and it was a little harder than I expected it to be. I started with the picture below of the capitol building, then learned how to use layers to add the fireworks picture to the background. I then adjusted the light and color and voila! The top image was the result.  I'm excited to learn all about photoshop soon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reception Space Inspiration

I liked the use of lines in this reception space, which relates to my violin concept. I also liked the use of smooth material and the play of light & dark colors in the space.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

More Cool Chairs

With the absence of chair cards in my life this year, I took it upon myself to find some awesome chairs that spoke to me.

Reception Space: Sketchup and Color Studies

Sketch of the floor plan

Sketch of the one-point perspective

Sketch of the two-point perspective

I decided that the warm color combination was the most successful color study because it most conveys the concept of a violin. 

Abstract Geometric Perpective: Violin

For this assignment, everyone in our class randomly picked a concept from a box, written down by someone in our class. My concept was violin. We were to create an abstract geometric perspective using this concept and the basic principles and elements of design. 

For my final two-point perspective, I decided on drawing long rectilinear forms inspired by the strings of a violin, and curved shapes inspired by the curves on the body of a violin. I explored material especially through the curved forms in trying to create the look of zebra wood used in some violins. 

D.C. Field Trip!

On Monday and Tuesday, our studio headed to the capital to see all of the great museums Washington D.C. has to offer. As a class, we divided and conquered 11 museums, each getting to visit 3. I visited the American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Freer Gallery of Art. We also visited the Library of Congress as a class, which was AMAZING. Here's a sneak peek of my experience in the district: