Women in Color: Reimagining Iconic White Characters
2018. Various mediums.
A project to reimagine white female characters as marginalized races and ethnicities. I wanted to promote respectful and appropriate representation in diverse character design, and created a series of posters as a way of distributing this political message.
2017. Drawn in pencil, colored with colored pencils, edited in Photoshop.
This illustration was for the fortune "A part of us remains wherever we have been." The project was to provide an interpretation of mysterious fortunes with the text integrated into the image.
I chose to create the scene of a little girl ransacking a kitchen and leaving traces of her presence every spot she touched. I wanted to create a fun and chaotic scene that captured the gleeful innocence and energy of a child on the loose.
Draw Me! Cards
2017. Drawn and colored in Photoshop.
This project was to provide a set of 12 cards, 6 based on people from another time or place, and 6 based on occupations. Individually the cards had to be visually stimulating and incorporate type. There had to be an overall system of colors, styles, or other elements that related the cards to each other.
I chose to do two different color schemes, three hues in each scheme, to differentiate between the occupations set and the vintage set. I used a variety of hand-lettered type to create an illustrative style to the words that integrated them with the images.
2017, Composed and edited in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.
The project was to create a poster using three hues and typographic elements to portray a piece of classical music and its live performance in a poster. Images were not allowed, only characters and letters from two different typefaces could be used.
I chose Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 Op. 36, and I wanted to feature the clashing moments in the music when wide, low, sweeping notes would meet short, high, sharp notes. I was inspired by the form of the number 2 in Bodoni, because I believe that this form represents both the sharp and round qualities of the musical piece. I took the number 2 and cut it in half and used different hues to highlight the contrast between the forms. I wanted to showcase the richness of the music and chose a combination of maroon and pink to best represent the feeling of watching the symphony in a beautiful theater in Florence, Italy.
A Streetcar Named Desire Poster
2017. Image and text composed and digitally painted in Photoshop.
The project was to design a poster depicting the climatic Scene 10 from Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire.
The concept behind this image was to convey the animalistic imagery in the scene of Stanley and Blanche's final confrontation. The description of Stanley's predatory behavior and his striped pajamas evoked visual comparisons to a tiger, and Blanche was the naive sheep that pulled the wool - her own wool - over everyone's eyes, apart from Stanley.
I decided upon this thematic concept of comparing the two characters to these animals, and went through many different drafts before deciding upon this composition and image. I created a more abstract manifestation of a tiger-predator creature to represent Stanley, retaining unsettling human qualities in its eye and hand. It tears at the sheep head that represents Blanche to show Stanley's final triumph and total domination over Blanche.
A Good Man is Hard to Find Illustration
2017. Drawn in pencil and digitally colored in Photoshop.
This project was to create an illustration for Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." The concept behind this illustration was to represent a scene towards the end of the story, the moment of Grandma's epiphany as she reaches out to the Misfit and exclaims "Why, you're one of my children!" before she is shot and killed.
I believe one of the main themes in O'Connor's heavily symbolic story is that people rarely change themselves for good. The Grandma character considers herself a good woman, despite her selfishness, artificiality, and vanity. It is only towards the end of her life, as she is threatened and the rest of her family is picked off by the band of outlaws, that she begs for mercy for her own life and tries to show remorse. The Misfit's line, "she would have been a good woman if someone had been around to shoot her every minute of her life," represents the fleeting nature of Grandma's attempt to change and redeem herself.
Through this image I wanted to convey the brevity of Grandma's epiphany and redemption, as she reaches a moment of misplaced kindness and understanding towards the Misfit. The burst of light represents her temporary epiphany, as well as a celestial representation of the three gunshots through her chest.
Meteorologist Editorial Spread
2017. Created and composed in Illustrator and InDesign.
The project was to create a typeface tailored for a fictional person, and to feature the typeface and the person in an editorial spread. I created an alphabet based on rounded squares for a meteorologist named Wayne Greene.
The editorial spread was meant to appear like an optimistic blue sky, to convey the subject's personality, and to showcase the typeface that was created.
We Choose to go to the Moon: Spread 1
2017, Image edited and composed in Photoshop, and book spread composed in InDesign.
This project was to create two books for two different speeches that related to each other. Restrictions included a minimum of seven spreads, four typefaces, and an element of "experimental" type. I used the interaction of letterforms and images to fulfill the last requirement, as shown here with the letter "A."
I choose JFK's speech "We Choose to go to the Moon" to explore the topic of space exploration in regards to public perceptions and historical context, especially on the propagandistic approach to the "space race" that Kennedy took. His speech relies on optimism and hope for the future, and I highlighted these emotions through the choice of images used throughout the book. This book used black-and-white images and black text against white pages.
Sam Fox Fall 2016 Calendar
2016, Digitally composed in Photoshop and InDesign.
Project to design a calendar for the fall semester at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Given a comprehensive list of all the events and lectures occurring at the school for the fall semester, the task was to design a calendar with a clear hierarchy of information so that a passing viewer might be able to read through the visual system quickly and understand what was happening for each month and day.
My solution to making all the pieces of information clear was to use different steps of differentiation, from color, styling, and sizing of words to the months clearly splitting up the calendar into different chunks. I designed the months to appear like strips of three-dimensional paper in Photoshop to give the calendar more life and visual interest.