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Going back to move forward

The picture here is a graphite drawing from my high school sketchbook. During the time when I created this rendition of a young Bob Dylan (yes, that’s who it’s supposed to be) I was just learning about scale, proportion, tone and layout. What has amazed me over the many years that I have taken art or design courses, is that they all go back to those same elements. When I design a poster or website now, I am still using scale, tone, and all the terms I had learned and struggled with when I was in grade school. Returning to past work and the concepts I have learned helps push my work forward.

With all the complicated tools in the design business, it is important to remember some of the fundamental elements of art and design. I constantly find myself opening old text books from art classes and refresh my vocabulary with all the terms and concepts that get lost sometimes in the sea of coding, keyboard shortcuts, pantone numbers, and pica measurements.

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  1. Kenny Vu wrote:

    This is a really nice drawing, John. I like the composition of the shadows. It’s always good to look back and see the progression you have made. I find it easier to design when it think of it as a piece of artwork because we do still have to use the same techniques; maybe if digital work was more freehanded, we would feel more like artists than designers (not saying that we aren’t but as we have discussed in class, it’s hard to define the line between the two.) I guess that’s where tablets can come in handy. Have you tried scanning your work and putting it in illustrator? I’ve recently found that it brings more of my artistic style into something digital.

    Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:41 am | Permalink