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Archive for November, 2010

Triptych Photos

Three photos I chose for my Triptych assignment

Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape

The murals that have been painted downtown are incredible.  Because my documentary subject requires me to be downtown more often then I usually am, I have had the opportunity to see many of the artworks that have been made.  Viva La Revolucion brings together 10 different artists from around the world and is an exhibition of their street art in downtown San Diego.  There’s everything from video game characters painted on the side of buildings,  to plaster and brick portraits, to even a video installation.  One of my favorite pieces was a mural done my Shepard Fairey.  Is artwork is pretty hard to miss.  He did a mural in his trademark style in Hillcrest.  It really makes you think differently about street art.  Whether you think its art or vandalism, after seeing these artworks you have to agree its something special.  It makes me think about how cool it’d be if an entire city commissioned famous artists to create murals year round.  By the time the year was over the whole city could be considered a museum.  This exhibit has gotent me more interested in street art and the work of Shepard Fairey.

Gradient Mesh Bottles

Bottles made in Adobe Illustrator using the Gradient Mesh tool.


Fruit Crate Label

My fruit crate label for Golden Gate Grapes done in Illustrator.


Here are some old labels I used for inspiration

Ordover Gallery

I trip I took to the Ordover gallery was a great experience, especially because of the exhibit that was showing.  I have always loved rainy stormy whether, so I was glad to see that there is a photographer who is able to capture them on film beautifully.  The photographer’s name is Mitch Dobrowner and he takes awesome black and white photos of storms and deserts.  The amount of contrast that Dobrowner is able to get into his images is incredible. I have tried many times to capture stormy weather on camera, but I haven’t been able to capture it like Mitch Dobrowner does. At least not yet.  You have to have a lot of patience to do what Dobrowner does.  Especially when it comes to photographing lighting.  You have to be quick on the trigger to capture lighting on your camera, and he has done it many times.  I was disappointed that I missed the meet and greet because I would of liked to know more about the locations that Dobrowner goes to to take his photos.  Overall it was a great visit to the Ordover gallery and the fact that it was landscape photography was a huge plus for me.


Hills and Bubbles

Hills and Bubbles assignment done in Illustrator using only shades of blue and green.

Good & Bad Page Layout


This Duracell ad is an example of bad page layout.  The most prominent feature of a bad layout presented in this ad is the alignment and absence of symmetry. There is absolutely no flow through this page. The product they are trying to sell, the instant charger, disappears on the page.

There are also too many size changes in the text. The designer tried to use the same color scheme throughout the page with white, orange, and green, but the ad just turns out to be very awkwardly put together.




A good example of page layout is the seen in this Michelob Ultra advertisement.  There is symmetry created by the bottle in the middle.  The man in the ad is “working hard” on the left and “playing hard” on the right.  The text above the pictures help get the message across.  The color scheme is used nicely, and the idea of using the same colors from the bottle labels to frame the man in the background was a good choice.

The ad gets its point across clearly, the eye flows through the page, and it successfully makes the product they are selling the prominent feature.