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Personas - Olivia Pope and Jane Bingum

I recently binge watched another great show I discovered on Netflix: Drop Dead Diva. This show is about a aspiring model who gets killed in a card accident, but is bought back to life an as intelligent overweight lawyer. The series is about how she rediscovers/redefines herself as a person, connects with her friends, family, lovers, coworkers, and clients, and fights civil and criminal cases. 

As I was watching this show, it made me realize how much I connect with two characters from the tv shows that I have watched: Olivia Pope from Scandal and Jane Bingum from Drop Dead Diva. 

A lot goes into building a character from a tv show, and they seem very realistic. I feel like they are real human beings in this world that many people can relate to in one way shape or form. They show crew have done an excellent job in building and showcasing these two characters. 

I thought a lot about who they are, their personality, relationships, up to and including their style. Even though, these are two v…

The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano

Yesterday, I went out to dinner with couple of friends to celebrate someone’s birthday at By’ The’ Bucket’ in San Jose / Santa Clara area; a day after I decide to invest in painting again.

I excuse myself to use to ladies room that is in two portions: a small room before entering into the actual restroom area. As soon as I walk in, I see a painting made by the same artist as my all-time favorite painting. 

I think to myself, "Oh wow, I know who made that painting, same guy that made my favorite painting, I wonder if my favorite painting is hanging through this next door." Of course, as soon I walk through the second door, there it is – my favorite painting.

The Singing Butler Jack Vettriano 28 x 36 inches Oil-on-canvas painting 1992 Best-selling art print in the UK
For a final video project in my undergrad, I made a video relating to this painting. It’s me checking out paintings in a museum, and I see this one specific painting that catches my eye. I start staring at this painting, …

Painting: Colorful Ying Yang – Chaos vs. Order

Over this last three day weekend, I was cleaning out my closet I found all my painting materials (Acrylic paint, paint brushes, etc.). Later that day, I went to the store and bought bunch of canvases and painting materials, so I can start painting again.
Thinking back, I have made quite a few random paintings, but there is one that had the most value and meaning to me: Colorful Ying Yang – Chaos vs. Order. I made this painting in July 2009 as part of an Art Class I was taking at Academy of Art University.
Here is the overview that was submitted as part of the project: This painting represents Nietzsche's Apollonian vs. Dionysian philosophy. Dionysian is impulses expressing the body. The Dionysian characterizes as wild, irrational, ecstatic, unconscious, instinctual, and celebrates emotions and intuition. The Apollonian is impulses expressing the mind. The characterizations of Apollonian includes order, rationality, normality, consciousness, control, and it celebrates careful thoug…


There is a new trend for infographics. I find the idea of infographics very fascinating. 

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of informationdata or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.[1][2] They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.[3][4] The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualizationinformation design, or information architecture.[2]
I have always enjoyed graphic design and learned so much of it myself because of the passion I have for it. I have also always been gravitated towards education and learning. Infographics combines these two items. As a new hobby, I am going to start creating infographics on things I have learned and things I want to learn. 

Visual Literacy Project

Type Poster Project

Muller Poster - Graphic Design Project


Crossing Borders Visual Assignment.

This semester, I have class called, Crossing Borders: Arts and Culture. Basically, we learn cross cultural art. There are 2 writing assignments, 2 visual assignments and 1 final project for the class, which is taking 15 or more terms from our terminology list and creating a book of collages- 1 term per page and expressing ourselves in realtion to that term.

Visual assignments: 1.Make a passoport of yourself using any tool to show your identity. 2. Make a map type visual using any tool to show connection, or identity consutruction or specific event/enviornment in life, etc. (Broad range of topics)
I finished both assignments and below are each.
My passport is few of many things that construct my identity.
My map is each geographical location I lived in and what was my life chapter at that place. These images are not clear and some colors are messed.

Journal Project

I am suppose to make a collage journal using more than 15 words from the following list. I love these kinds of projects, and I have done them before for lesiure, not school work. I will take a journal book, decorate it (Crossing Borders {name of class}) and each page will have one word and on that page, I can write, draw, color, paste pictures, information, poems, research, basically anything related to that word. I got into a graphic design because of projects like this that I use to do on my own, where all different tools and mediums are used to present a message.

Choose at least 15 words from the list below for your Crossing Borders Terminology Project Journal for the semester. Explore the terms you choose and interpret them personally. How do they refer to YOUR life experience? Find a way to visualize your interpretations of the terms you choose. You may draw, paint, collage, montage, frottage, collect, glue, write, and, if you would like, use the computer and operate within progra…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (but only if it gets published)

Many times, the difference between whether a news release or feature article is published, or not, is the quality of an accompanying photograph. Take a little time to review theses simple tips (with camera in-hand), practice your techniques and in no time you'll be submitting photos that editors just can't help but run.

1. Get in the zone- most cameras rely on a "focus zone" to achieve auto focus of pictures. Make sure you know where the zone is (or how to adjust it). Use the "halfway press" to lock focus on your subject and then re-compose your shot.

2. Flash is good... Flash is Our Friend- use camera's flash, even on the sunniest of days. By positioning subjects with their backs to the sun you can avoid the squinting effect. Then, set your camera to force the flash to fire, providing a "fill" light and eliminating the shadow.

4. Show what happened- take actions shots of students competing in hopes of capturing the winner. Don't wait for th…

Graphic Designer

Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.Use computer software to generate new images.Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printingCreate designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.Determine size and arrangement of illustrative …

Ladislav Sutnar Artist Poster

I created this poster for a class project. Ladislav Sutnar is one of the artists I have learned about, and am very appealed with.
The poster is for a lecture event by him.

Visual Concept Book

For my Making Ideas Visible Class, I am suppose to make a concept book.
My theme is poems and quotes. I am combining use of graphics and typography to make a concept book on poetry and quotes.
I have selected these following poems and quotes to be places in the book.

Circles of Water by Marge Piercy
There is no difference between being raped
and being pushed down a flight of cement,
except that the wound also bleed inside.
There is no difference between being raped
and being run over by a truck
except that afterward, mean ask if you enjoyed it.
There is no difference between being raped
and being bit on the ankle by a rattle snake
except that people ask you if your skirt was short
and why you were out alone anyhow.
There is no difference between being raped
and going headfirst through a windshield
except that afterward, you are afraid,
not of cars,
but half the human race.
The rapist is your boyfriends brother
He sits beside you in the movies eating popcorn
Rape fattens on the fantasies of the normal male