Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Week 3.1 The Park

The inspiration that was given to me to create this project was from a day at the park. I went there to develop ideas as well as clear my mind. Taking notice to the wooden benches and general environment of the park, I became inspired to draw the preliminary stage of this model. Then after carefully developing correct proportions and finding excellent textures I came up with what we see here above.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week 2.2 Ad Design, "Have you ever seen a Sea Lion?"

In my Ad Design class we had to draw a client from a hat to simulate getting the job from an ad agency. while doing so I draw out the client "The Association of Zoos and Aquariums." Our assignment was to come up with a single page advertisement for our client. Something unique and original. After hours of deep thought and many, many concepts I finally developed an interesting idea. Why not take a real animal, such as a lion-fish, and put it together in a literal form; one half lion, one half fish; and that is exactly what I did. I put together a lion with the tail of a fish and developed my "Sea Lion." As this idea was further developing I took into mind, "What type of environment would it live in?", "Would it dwell in an aquarium or a zoo?", and "How can I show this in a way that any reader can understand the concept that I have developed?" After well over twenty hours of work, a lot of restarting, and the nearing deadline for the project, it was finished. What you see to the left of this text is the final product of my Ad for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Leaving the only thing left for my design is an appropriate name. I felt that the name would be best developed, and used as the tag-line for the Ad, should be a simple question,

"Have you ever seen a Sea Lion?"

Week 2.1 Love, Companionship, and Inspiration

Since the 23 of February 2010, a beautiful, talented, and very intelligent young woman, by the name of Diva, has entered my life. She has been a huge inspiration to me, even in the short amount of time I have known her. Ever since our first encounter, I knew that there was something very special about her that would bond us together to work as a team. She is on the path to becoming a professional writer and I am on the path to becoming a professional Graphic Designer. Every time I talk to her my imagination flows like a waterfall of brilliant ideas, new forms of art, and a world that manifests from from these new ideas. I have never been to sure on what it is about her that does this to me. Is it in her personality, her motivational demeanor, or is it simply that I am falling in love with her? What I do know is, that when I am around her I know there is nothing I cannot do. She is my inspiration to prevail, my will to succeed, and the determination to be the best I can be. So in dedication to her and the inspiration she has given me, I have created an illustration of her with the use of my own personal photography and my Photoshop and Illustrator skills, using the knowledge that I have gained from learning Graphic Design and the recent inspiration that I have developed from the newly developed companionship I have with her. After eight long hours of hard, but well worth it, work I have finished the illustration and added a few final tweaks to it and finally called it a day. This piece of art is in dedication to my beautiful new companion, Diva Jefferson.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Week 1.2 The 50

The 50 is a challenge brought to me by a classmate and close friend of mine. The challenge was to see if I could go with out any type of soda for fifty days. Prior to this challenge I drank around six or seven twelve ounce cans of soda a day. That is over half of the daily recommended calorie intake every day and over a hundred grams of sugar. At the beginning of the challenge I weighed two-hundred and twenty pounds. It was tough to instantly cut myself from the caffeine and sugar addiction. During the first two weeks of the challenge I was getting major headaches and became easily irritated. After the first month the headaches and withdraws began to vanish. I started to loose weight rapidly. Finally April 1st, 2010 the challenge was over. Fifty days without any soda. I felt so much better. My face began to clear up, I had more energy, and best of all I lost thirty pounds! It is wild to imagine what sodas do to you. I now have a more positive outlook on life and I am enjoying it to the fullest. I am Marlin Lee Carpenter III, and I have completed the 50.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Week 1.1 Introduction and Beginning

Let me introduce myself. I am Marlin Carpenter. I am a senior at South University Majoring with a Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design. My passion for the Digital Arts comes from a variety of different sources. This is developed from my love for art, the ever changing digital world, and new mediums to developing wonderful artwork. In the beginning I was not sure what exactly Graphic Design was nor did I know what to expect. Originally my initial thought was that design was more related to drawing and craft work with minimal computer use, more or less another form of fine arts. Soon after I discovered that I was in for a huge surprise. There was a lot more work to a design then there appeared to be. The thought processes it takes to create a successful design, the concept time, as well as the use of natural talent and creativity while working within set medians and limitations to the creative work. All of this as well as providing the best and most fantastic work we can produce. After being in the Design program for three years, I have learned so much, improved my skills, gained a higher confidence in myself, and developed a broader understanding of design and professionalism. Graphic Design is not only my career, but it is my passion, my life, and it is who I am.