Final Logo

This project ended up being much more complicated than I anticipated. However, I completed a logo despite this.

My original plan was to create an awesome looking logo that would have my name, Lance, pierced by a lance and the silhouette of a knight’s helmet placed above it. I was stoked. I thought it would look badass. I thought it would be easy. I thought I would find the time to complete it. None of that happened.

So, what resulted was an insane amount of last minute research and ultimately simple last minute design. My inspiration came from the only two Illustrator tutorials I managed to complete last week.

I forced myself to remain simple because I did not manage to complete all of the tutorials for Illustrator, therefore, I didn’t learn much. Because I did not learn much, I was incapable of executing my vision, which hurt and was embarrassing.

After watching half a dozen videos on how to draw with the pen tool, how to create silhouettes, and how to use a bunch of other tools, I tried to trouble shoot new ideas. I decided to completely scratch my previous idea and just whip something new together.

I was hard pressed to somehow incorporate a lance and my name. So, remembering what I had learned from the first tutorial that I did, I created a lance and constructed a hand griping the handle.

To add dimension to the lance I messed with the gradient and altered the stroke. I kept the hand dark for contrast. I used a simple but professional font. I called it good.

Before saving, I revisited comments from my draft post and realized I couldn’t really apply anything since I scratched my original idea. There was a suggestion to have the lance breaking my name apart. I thought that was cool but didn’t have enough time to try and do that.

I needed to finish, so I did finish. I completed the assignment.

Now, I’m not entirely proud of my finished project. I’m pleased I managed to construct something. But, in all honestly, I learned more about overconfidence and poor design skills leading to failure than anything worth while in regards to the rubric and all honesty.

I hope this is graded harshly. I wouldn’t give it more than a C, at best.

I pulled a Kanye. I thought I was awesome and could pull something together last minute. I ultimately realize that I can’t and that Adobe Design takes time.

This is my logo. An “about me” themed play on words.

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Logo Draft Assignment

I have the opportunity to be really creative and enjoy Illustrator with this project.

If you don’t know already, my name is Lance. And, well, the projects and posts that I have presented here are themed “All About Me.” It’s part of my Communications 210 class.

With “Lance,” a couple of cultural references are ripe for visual representation. Lance Armstrong, the shamed medal winning cyclist is one figure who I could play off of for my logo. The fabled Sir Lancelot is another.

As I skimmed through source material provided by us that illustrated simple examples for our logo presentations, I became stumped. Like, seriously, how can I summarize my entire personality in one image.

Then, my inspiration appeared out of that veil of frustration. Why not play on other figure’s personalities?

So, my draft, which is admittedly rough, presents half of the logo. That half is incomplete as well.

My drawings, which are not presented on this blog, consist of my name in print – a literal lance (weapon) piercing the text – beneath a silhouette of a knight and horse.

The “idea” of the text is presented below. In order to better grasp what the silhouette will look like, which is absent from my draft, look up the Dark Horse Comic logo on another search engine.

When I began to work on my logo, I realized that I do not have the skills to produce that kind of imagery. So, I’ve reached out to graduate friends of mine for guidance in my pursuit of developing my logo. They have agreed to coach my efforts.

My intention is to develop this logo and use it as a way to advertise the fabled persona that I hold.

Many people, upon first encounter with me, immediately associate the figure of Sir Lancelot with my name, jokingly. Then who I am currently begins to reveal itself.

The idea of being playfully deceptive entices me and seems fun. I look forward to gaining hands on coaching from friends and presenting my finished piece next week.

Hopefully, I will expand out of my Illustrator comfort zone. That currently lies in the “I’m gunna make a bunch of boxes and see what happens” area.

I’ll kill it. I know.

Draft of logo

Final Graphic Collage

This is my completed photo collage. I’ve self-titled it “About Me: Priorities.”

Faith, family, work, and school are my only priorities. Yes, I have a lot of other things I’m concerned about or appreciate or attempt to be involved in.

Those other things though are more like art, television, music, and how many pieces of pizza I can down in an hour.  The four mentioned in the previous paragraph take precedence over literally everything else in my life.

Faith is the biggest component, providing a moral code and being a constant source of encouragement. Family follows, governing much of my emotions and fueling my drive to be a better man. Work is a driving force, as I am a career driven individual and what I produce is an extension of myself. School comes in last, but not least, as it is my bridge to my career and a source of freedom through knowledge.

My goal with this project was to create a Photoshop collage that best represented my Communications 210 them “About Me.” I’m not so much about myself as myself is about everyone else around me. I feel confident that I best represented both sides of that grammatical equation.

In order to gain inspiration from the collage, I analyzed and shared in a previous post a tutorial posted by blogger “retrohipmomma.”

I know what you’re thinking ridiculous name. Right!? Yeah, if anything she should have at least gone with “hipstermomma” to simplify and intergrate herself properly with today’s culture. But, whatever. I’m digressing.

“Retrohipmomma” created her collage to share the best photographed segments of 2013. I wanted to do that with my priorities.

So, I gave it a shot.

When I had my idea finalized, I scrapped all of the photos I originally intended to use and pulled new photos that better represented my vision. Then I began the digital Photoshop process.

There was a problem though. Her tutorial was difficult to hear and follow. Also, it was time consuming. She created one letter at a time. I didn’t have that luxury, unfortunately, seeing that I had two exams occurring this last week and a hell of a work schedule the last two.

Instead, this afternoon, I sought out the assistance of another tutorial. This tutorial was a Youtube video posted by RiverCityGraphix and provided me step-by-step assistance in developing image text.

It was simple. It was easy. To be completely honest, it eased a lot of anxiety.

Within about an hour or so I was able to create text, place photos, manipulate layers, and create clipping masks that resulted in my desired product.

Before finalizing my project, I reviewed comments left by other Communications 210 students. Much of their insight was vague because I did not leave much to critique with my initial draft.

However, in my first post, I made my idea clear. That clarity allowed an image to be grasped by readers and it was praised. They gave me tips in writing a clear conclusion on this post, and encouraged me to keep things simple. I hope I have done that.

If I had more time, and I may still do this for my own enjoyment over the weekend, I would like to place individual photos in each letter of my collage. Until then, the photos currently placed within the entirety of words fully represent the theme of my  collage.

I am satisfied with my collage.

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Graphic collage draft

This is a rough, ROUGH draft of a photo collage I am working on for Communications 210.

Its appearance practically begs one to cry foul and decry any amount of effort I may claim to have put into this piece. To an extent it deserves it. However, a lot of creative thought has been put into the “idea” of the project. I am simply struggling to find a way to actually achieve it.

My goal for this collage is to create a stack of four words, which include: faith, family, work, school. In each letter of each word a photo representing the essence of each line will be placed inside.

The four words mentioned are the focuses of my life. They are my priorities. Because of this, I have hundreds of photos related to these words.

Bad habit or not, I like to thank the social media happy culture I live in for my overabundance of documentation.

To be honest, it’s a little cheesy and a tad Pintrest-y. Whatever, though. I found and image via Google that sparked my interest. It inspired me. There happened to be a tutorial attached. Here is a link to the blog Retrohipmama: http://retrohipmama.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/photo-and-letter-collage-with-video-tutorial/

I plan on using this tutorial to help me create a collage that best presents my class related theme “About Me.” Photos of co-workers, photos of family, photos of the church I attend, and photos of non-Com 210 related class-work will compile within the text boxes. Since yesterday, I’ve watched the tutorial a couple of times over and plan on putting it into action this weekend after I download a free trial of Adobe Photoshop. Hopefully, the piece turns out how I anticipate. Hopefully, it looks better than a Safeway mail-in food advertisement. I look forward to producing for you – the reader – a collage that will blow your mind. I guarantee it will make up for the digital template spill you’re fortunate enough to witness below.

ROUGH, rough draft

Photo Collection