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Making Connections Updated

Here is an updated version of the Making Connections assignment.  I decided to do a list of the top things I’ve wanted for Christmas every year since 1992 when I was 5 years old.  Each Christmas Ornament represents a year range.

Long List of 40

For my list I chose the top 40 golf courses in America according to



Poster #1 & #2

Posters made from my book in progress. Each is a double page spread.  I used a combination of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.




Menu of Options

This assignment had us re-create a local restaurant menu using only a grid format. It was an assignment  focused on visual hierarchy.  I chose a menu from North County: Tavern + Bowl.

Specifications were:  Use 2 fonts only (like a serif and sans serif) and up to 3 colors.   No images were allowed.  I bended the rules and added a ransom like font, but only for the name of

the restaurant and not in the menu items themselves.


CSUSM International Fair Posters

Final Draft of my International Fair Poster.

20″ x 30″


8.5″ x 11″



Rough Draft

Facts at Hand

A poster with facts about me and what’s important to me.  Font used is Trajan Pro.


Type Anatomy Iron Man

A type anatomy poster using only letters and numbers from the font Book Antiqua.

Book Progress








Letter/Digit Combinations

Combining letters and digits in Illustrator

Progressive Variables: Round 1

progressive variables

Vector Self-Portrait

My vector self portrait done in Illustrator using the pen tool and a large number of layers and fills. Link to PDF attached at the bottom of the post.

LINK TO PDF ——-> Vector Portrait

Tinting a Scan

For this assignment I’ve made a fake business card, a Treasure Island hotel room key, a Donovan’s Steakhouse gift card, a San Diego Zoo Membership card, and LA Lakers Finals ticket.

California Indian Day Poster

Art Event #5: Cal State Triptychs

This event took place here at Cal State San Marcos in the Art building.  It was given by Deborah Small’s photo documentary class.  I happen to have had my own piece hung up on the the wall for the event.  It was cool to see pictures that my classmates have been taking.  A “triptych” is three images next to each other that are related in some way.  Some of the pictures at the event that were up were of certain people or places, depending on what the subject of the student’s documentary was.   It’s hard to choose a favorite because there were so many great ones.  One I liked a lot was Eric Lopez’s photos that had three photos of spray paint can caps and stencils used in street art.  And there was also Lance McCormick’s, who had great photos of his friend who is a radio voice actor at Clear channel.  The triptych that I did involved three photos of downtown San Diego.  I messed with the color to make the red in each photo stand out.  I wish I would of made the background black, but nonetheless I’m happy with the way it turned out.  Here is my triptych which is also up in the photo section of my blog.

Downtown Night Shots

Some night shots for the documentary project.







Triptych Photos

Three photos I chose for my Triptych assignment

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

Hills and Bubbles

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

Gig Poster


The genre I chose for my gig poster is a variation of the Art Deco movement. Art deco originated in Paris in the early 20th century. It had a profound influence on the other art movements such as Pop art. Art deco deals with many simple shapes and colors.  The logo for the show Mad Men is one example that influenced me.

I tried to make my poster with the silhouette idea in mind, and added some more shapes to bring it to life.  I wanted to choose a strong picture to make my silhouette.  And who else other than the man in black himself, Johnny Cash, would make such a great subject.  His music may not fit the art deco genre much, but the famous image of him flipping off the camera gave me a strong silhouette for the poster.  Although art deco paintings include gradients in some pieces, I chose not to use gradients in the poster because I wasn’t happy with the results.  I stayed more with simple shapes and colors.

I chose a different font for Johnny Cash’s name took make it stand out. Art deco always reminds me of the the 50’s and 60’s, so that was another reason that I chose a musical artist from that genre.  The gig occurring in this poster is a tribute concert.  So even though the style may be older, it is a concert that will be performed by many different artists from different generations. Johnny Cash was also seen as a man’s man, I chose a manly drink to sponsor the concert, Jack Daniels, and I chose Coca-Cola to bring an even more recognizable face to the poster.

An artist emblematic to the art deco genre that I found was A.M. Cassandre. Here is an example of an art deco poster that he has done.

“Older than America” poster

Poster I made for the screening of “Older than America” directed by Georgina Lightning.

Donovan Logo

A grid featuring my logo design options.

donovan logo 9 page <——– link to 9 page layout