These pages focus on the projects I created in each of the classes described. Some of my favorite pieces from each of the categories you see below are contained therein.
Basic Design - A115 & 116
These introductory classes were intended to develop the basic understanding of the principles of design and how to create interesting visual compositions in two and three dimensions. While nothing special, here are some of the projects I worked on during the summer of 2014 to provide some insight toward my thought and creative processes.
A115 - Line Study #1
This was our first project, using only simple lines to create a visually interesting piece.
A115 - Line Project #1
This was the next assignment, in which we used only lines (but more types) to create an interesting visual composition.
A115 - Shape Study #1
The first foray in to shape, where we had the chance to study what it was that made an artistically interesting shape (which we could use for future projects if we wanted).
A115 - Shape Project #1
This was a project working on repetition using shapes and lines.
A115 - Shape Project #2
I didn't like my first attempt at this project, so I tried another take on the same shape with a modified outlook on the assignment.
A115 - Value Project #1
Using interesting shapes we were to create a project using three values, black, and white along with representations of three textures found in magazine photographs.
A115 - Color Project #1
Using non-traditional application methods (I used three leaves) we were to use some color combination method (complimentary, contrasting, etc.) to make a composition. I opted for a complimentary representation of one of the bridge views of Portland, OR from a condo I thought about buying when I first moved back.
A116 - Basic 3D Principles Project #1
This, for me, was the simplest project in any art class at Western Oregon University. All we did was create three complimentary geometric solids, then draw a scale schematic diagram for assembly.
A116 - Natural Line Project #1
This involved using one material found in nature to create a composition of at least three different curved lines and up to two straight ones. I saw a hobbit door when I started, but ended with this...
Digitial Design - A120
Another introductory class, this was a chance to gain some insight in to using technology to realize the previously developed principles of design. It seems strange with my computer repair and support background that this class was my first exposure to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
Our final project was to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create a gallery poster that defined a given word using images. We drew numbers to select our word from a list that included choices such as Bricolage, Kitsch, Tautology, Iconoclastic, and, obviously, Panache.
The first of three images in a triptych to create a unified theme from images and text using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We were allowed to use original or found images for this project, so I opted for found images.
The second of three images in a triptych to create a unified theme from images and text using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We were allowed to use original or found images for this project, so I opted for found images.
The third of three images in a triptych to create a unified theme from images and text using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We were allowed to use original or found images for this project, so I opted for found images.
This is the completed triptych for our second project. Most of the class used one large background matte to complete their project, but I decided that my theme would be more accurately presented by creating an offset skeleton matte.
This is the photo of a knot in the wooden counter at a Crush Wine and Spirits that I used as the basis for our first project. It was taken with a Canon DSLR with a 60mm macro lens, then edited in Lightroom to enhance the saturation ever so slightly.
Here is the final project, recreating a texture using text in Adobe Illustrator.
Photography - A260
As I progress through my degree I am able to apply more of what I learn to my art as well as explore various media. I have never even attempted photography as art, so I find the desire to chronicle my discoveries even more overwhelming than when working in formats with which I feel comfortable.
Here are some of my favorite photographs taken as a part of this class that did not fit in to my final project, with notes regarding location, filters, editing, etc. as applicable.
Our instructor had a gallery exhibit on campus called Tilt/Shift that opened on the night of my 40th birthday. It was a really cool colaboration of photography and interactive media.
One of the assignments he gave us was to take a photo approximately every hour that we were awake over the course of a week. Many of the pictures in the gallery were taken during that week.
As I mentioned in my final project, I REALLY like the world through a very close up lens. This was a taster glass of beer at Crush Wine and Spirits taken during the week-long photo project.
Also at Crush, a tasty beer and some Irish nachos during the epic week of photos. This may have even been the same beer that I sampled in the other picture.
Crush and I may have a problem... This is a Boston cocktail, and it was deeee-licious.
This is my bike, locked up outside of my townhouse. I really liked the colors and contrasts that night so I played with a few angles and focal lengths.
Once again, the contrast of the lit black bicycle as opposed to the black of the night with the diffuse street lamp made for an interesting composition in my opinion.
One more combination of my bicycle and neighborhood, focusing more on the neighborhood... All three of these were taken at the same time as I tried to find the right shot for that particular hour.
I posted this photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a caption joking that I am the reason Apple's stock does so well...
Once again, my debilitating love of everything Apple. This was taken as I did my homework at Java Crew during the week-long photography project.
If you don't love donuts (doughnuts?) we can never truly be friends. This was taken at the campus espresso bar, Cafe Allegro.
Our first out-of-class assignment was to take our phones to three different locations and take about 30 pictures over the course about 30 minutes. We weren't allowed to move more than about one step from our starting spot for each location. This. I took this picture outside of an alley in downtown Salem. This.
One of the projects we had this term was to create university-themed "rephotography" images from archival photos. These are the three I submitted for that project, and I am fond of all of them. This is something that will get translated outside of class, with my first thought being that I could base destination vacations around a similar idea in the future.