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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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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…


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.


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.


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.