2011 Christmas Banquet

After much pro­cras­ti­na­tion, I have finally uploaded the best pic­tures I took during BFA’s 2011 Christ­mas Banquet.

All images uploaded in full res­o­lu­tion 3216 × 2136 px.

Taken with a D300 with an 80–200 mm f/2.8 lens.

Gallery Link

High School Play

Our school had this year’s High School Play in Novem­ber. It was a pro­duc­tion of the 1938 Vic­to­rian Thriller Angel Street by Patrick Hamil­ton. Although the stage was ter­ri­bly dark, I still man­aged to get some good shots from the 2nd row.

All images taken with a D300 with an 18-50mm f/2.8 lens.

Uploaded in full qual­ity 4288 × 2484 px.

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Evolutions

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To demon­strate our skills in Pho­to­shop for Year­book, we had to make a photo col­lage using 6 orig­i­nal photos, one of which had to come from the scan­ner. My orig­i­nal idea was to use the var­i­ous blue doors around the school and com­bine them into one door, but there simply weren’t enough dif­fer­ent ones, and the shots were hard to get iden­ti­cal. So I tried to come up with other things around school that could work as a theme. That’s when I came up with “Computers.”

For­tu­nately, there are a plethora of dif­fer­ent models lurk­ing around under desks, and school had fairly con­sis­tent light­ing which made post-​processing easy. I tried to arrange them in approx­i­mately chrono­log­i­cal order, but I found it more attrac­tive to do it simply by height. I wanted some kind of mes­sage to go along with it, and “Evo­lu­tions” seemed appro­pri­ate. I hope you like it!

New Sunset Photos

A few weeks ago, I was inspired to take pic­tures of the beau­ti­ful light that was coming down over the hills. It was such a beau­ti­ful day!
I’ve uploaded them in full res­o­lu­tion for your view­ing plea­sure. Click here for the gallery.

Color Theory Painting

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This is actu­ally a really old assign­ment, but I just haven’t gotten around to post­ing it till now.

While it seems odd to do some­thing as phys­i­cal as paint­ing for a class ded­i­cated to work­ing with Adobe InDe­sign, it was actu­ally a quite edu­ca­tional. The point of the assign­ment was to teach basic color theory, and our teacher really likes paint­ing, so the two were an obvi­ous match. She decided to work with a project that the paint­ing class was doing at the same time, which was to create a paint­ing of a bib­li­cal scene in the stained glass style.

I started by brain­storm­ing some ideas of some epic scenes, dis­re­gard­ing fea­si­bil­ity at this point. I had a few in mind, but ulti­mately set­tled on this one for it’s sim­plic­ity. This scene is from Exodus 17:8–17, when the Israelites  defeat the Amalekite army:

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomor­row I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were win­ning, but when­ever he low­ered his hands, the Amalekites were win­ning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua over­came the Amalekite army with the sword.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as some­thing to be remem­bered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will com­pletely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from gen­er­a­tion to generation.”

Once I had decided on a scene, I started sketch­ing small size con­cepts, trying to get the pro­por­tions of the people right. Humans are hard to get right! Once I was sat­is­fied, I did my final full size sketch on an A4 page and trans­ferred it onto larger thick stock for paint­ing hence the lack of any real bound­aries. Then, I went over the lines I had to define where the paint was going to go. The next step was to choose the color palette for it. I set­tled on a colder, blue-​purple for the cliff face to con­trast the warm glow above. The most annoy­ing thing about this project was the mixing of the paints. I haven’t ever mixed paints with a goal in mind before, and get­ting enough of every little dis­tinct shade that I needed for each cell was an exer­cise in patience.

At the end of the project, the paint­ing stu­dents poured a black ink all over their paint­ings, then washed off the col­ored parts, leav­ing the white. Unfor­tu­nately, this process turned their beau­ti­fully col­ored, bright paint­ings dark and dirty-​looking. When I saw that, I requested to not have this process done to my piece, since I liked how it was already much better. I real­ize that Moses doesn’t have his staff in my paint­ing, but I didn’t look up the ref­er­ence while I was doing it, and I prefer the empty space above his head better then having a stick there.

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BFA Student Newspaper Redesign

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At the begin­ning of the school year, in my Graphic Arts class, one of the things that was planned for us to accom­plish was a redesign of our stu­dent news­pa­per The Chron­i­cle. I was very excited about this, since it deliv­ers good con­tent, but with a lousy layout and typog­ra­phy. I couldn’t wait to get started. It was the first big project of the year, and with only 2 people in class, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We started brain­storm­ing var­i­ous changes we could make, cri­tiquing pre­vi­ous issues, and learn­ing a lot about news­pa­per layout and design at the same time. Work­ing on The Chron­i­cle entailed lots of back-and-forth between the Jour­nal­ism class (who writes and pub­lishes it) and us to figure out if we were meet­ing their needs. Near the end of the process, it was really coming down to the wire with delays in con­tent and printer issues, but me man­aged to get it out on time. The reac­tion was very pos­i­tive from the stu­dent body. Next issue, we’ll try to make the online ver­sion in color!

Here is an older issue that you can com­pare to (links to PDF: 676KB)Previous Issue

This one has been on hold for a while, due to tech­ni­cal issues with get­ting the page layout of PDF ver­sion cor­rected. It came out on Octo­ber 28th, but hasn’t been fixed till recently.

Click here to down­load PDF (1.9MB), or use my local mirror.

Letterforms in the Environment

Poster Layouts

For this assign­ment, we had to go around town and find, well, let­ter­forms in the envi­ron­ment. It’s harder then it looks, and requires look­ing at things in a dif­fer­ent way then normal. It orig­i­nally had a blank back­ground, but our teacher sug­gested an old paper tex­ture might look better.

Link to high-​resolution PDF (11MB).

GA 2 Landscapes

One of our Graphic Arts 2 assign­ments was to take 12 land­scape photos that exhibit shape. Gave me a chance to get out with a nice camera and lens again. Kan­dern is so nice in the autumn…

Gallery (uploaded in full resolution)

Sophomore Class Field Trip

Last Friday, I went on my sopho­more class field trip to the Struthof Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp in France. It was pretty cool, and a great place to take pic­tures. The camp is split up into three parts. The first part is the main building/museum, with exhibits and movies show­ing. The second part is the actual camp itself, with bar­racks, a scaf­fold, and the crematorium.

The bar­racks has been turned into an exhi­bi­tion of life in the camps, with draw­ings, pic­tures, and arti­facts on dis­play. In the cre­ma­to­rium, we weren’t allowed to take pic­tures, but there was an oven, a few prison cells, and an exe­cu­tion room.

After that, we went down the hill a ways and came to the gas cham­ber. It was a small build­ing with a smoke stack coming out of the side, fairly non-​discreet. Inside, it only had about three rooms, two of them with stor­age freez­ers to hold bodies and body parts for experimentation.

It was a very sober­ing, yet good experience.

See the pic­tures here (all pic­tures are full res­o­lu­tion 3008x2000px.).

Graphic Arts 2: First Assignment

I’m back!

After a long period of inac­tiv­ity, I finally have some­thing new to show!

In my Graphic Arts 2 class, our first assign­ment was to draw on paper a pic­ture, or col­lec­tion of pic­tures that rep­re­sented us per­son­ally, then dig­i­tize it with Adobe Pho­to­shop or Illus­tra­tor. My draw­ing was a map of the world, with a line trac­ing through the var­i­ous places we have lived (see list here).

Mission MapThe point of the assign­ment was to warm up our Pho­to­shop (or in my case, Illus­tra­tor) skills.

I’ll soon post pic­tures of my com­pleted GA1 port­fo­lio from last year.

BFA’s Got Talent

Last month, BFA had a talent show called “BFA’s Got Talent”, a play on the British TV show “Britain’s Got Talent.” There were a lot of amaz­ing acts, both musi­cal, and the­atri­cal. It was also the first time I had taken school pic­tures for a while. It was nice to do that again.

I would’ve uploaded the pic­tures sooner, but my gallery was having trou­ble. But they’re up now. Click here to go there.

Personal Flag

Flag Small

Before start­ing on this project, Mr. Bryan showed us a few books with flags and explained the ele­ments that make up a good flag design, like not plac­ing design ele­ments on the right side so that fray­ing won’t ruin the mean­ing of the flag.

This is my per­sonal flag cre­ated in Graphic Arts. It took me only about half-​hour to come up with the design.

Extract from explanation:

To begin, the flag’s pro­por­tions are 16:10, which is the stan­dard for com­puter widescreen mon­i­tors, which shows my inter­est in tech­nol­ogy and is also an approx­i­mate to the Golden Rec­tan­gle. The blue rec­tan­gle in the middle is 2.39:1, which is the stan­dard for an anamor­phic pic­ture in cinema. The red stripes, white stars on blue rep­re­sents the flag of the United States and France, two coun­tries that I par­tially asso­ciate with. The stars are in the arrange­ment of the con­stel­la­tion Orion, one of the more rec­og­niz­able con­stel­la­tions in the north­ern night sky, which rep­re­sents my love for ama­teur astron­omy.
The seven-​pointed stars are a symbol of per­fec­tion in Chris­t­ian religions.

Letter Design

Our assign­ment was to create some­thing with a letter from our ini­tials in Illus­tra­tor. There had to be at least 5 dif­fer­ent type­faces used and only one color. I decided on the letter L since it seemed the most flex­i­ble letter.

Over Spring Break I saw a movie on YouTube show­ing a hexa­pod robot mod­eled after an ant (See here: A-Pod). Though I might make a model of that. It turned out to be a bit more dif­fi­cult to make.

Letter Scorpion

It ended up being more of a robot scor­pion thing. I wish I could’ve had more con­trol over the out­lines to give it a better sense of depth.

Now I have to finish my per­sonal flag…

Ambigram

An ambi­gram, also some­times known as an inver­sion, is a typo­graph­i­cal design that spells out one or more words not only in its form as pre­sented, but also from another view point, direc­tion or ori­en­ta­tion. The words spelled out in the other view point, direc­tion or ori­en­ta­tion may be the same or dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal words.

-Wikipedia

One of my first real assign­ments for my Graphic Design class was to create an ambi­gram out of my name. It tok me a while to figure out what I was going to do, but then it hit me: I could do my name in hex code! I looked around for a hex code trans­la­tor and found this site, which offers hex code and a lot more! It took a lot of sketch­ing and help from Mr. Bryan to get the forms just right. I’m pleased with the over­all result.

ambigrams

Noah Leigh (Note: the “N” and “L” are in uppercase)

4E 6F 61 68   4C 65 69 67 68

I’ll have more assign­ments to post later.

New Site

Yay! I got my new site design up! My Dad and I crunched during the last few days of Christ­mas break since all our time before was occu­pied with prepa­ra­tions for my little sister’s 13th birth­day. I wanted to impli­ment sIFR in the post titles, but I couldn’t get them to style cor­rectly, so it’s scrapped until I can figure it out.

The Gallery has not been updated how­ever, and I don’t when that might happen con­sid­er­ing it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent beast. I’ve been toying with the idea of inte­grat­ing the gallery into the blog using a plugin, but I haven’t found one that suits me yet. But we’ll see…