Throughout the two semesters in this class I have learned how to develop ideas and designs through illustrator and photo shop. As you look through my portfolio you can see how I have grown as a digital designer over the course of this school year. At the very beginning of the year we were assigned multiple practices to improve our skills in the the different programs. We touched on how to apply the elements and principle of art digitally. At first I struggled with filling the space, that was given to me, with my design but as I continued to practice I had improved tremendously. As the first semester went on I started to learn and practice how to do simple poster designs. Within my poster designs I tried my best to stay with the theme and color scheme that was given to me by the “customer”. These got easier as the semester went on and I became a lot faster at creating what I envisioned in my head on the computer. When we hit second semester bigger projects started to flow in and that was when I got to really apply what I had practiced on something outside of school. We designed things from posters, to maps, to even covers for programs. I was very pleased to see how all my practice from first semester had helped me become successful with my assignments in second semester.
In second semester, we did a lot more assignments that I find easier to analyze. I am able to see my progress, how I’ve truly improved, and ways I could become better as a digital designer. My favorite assignment we got had to of been the cover for the graduation program. Throughout the process of creating my design I made about ten different design before I submitted it. I focused on making the design clean and simple yet represented the school. Since the color had to be black and white all I had to focus on was how to balance the words and design on the cover. What I mean by this was I didn’t want there to be a huge design and smaller word and vice versa. All my designs had a common theme with the style of text and the size of the words. But it all came down to the layout of the cover that swayed my opinion. There were a lot of other assignments that came across my computer that I had done, but the graduation cover one stood out to me the most.
After going through my portfolio I definitely see who I am and my voice in the designs. Most of them include a clean and organized look to them and that basically describes me. A lot of what I have done throughout this year I see as valuable. I say this because I am able to see how I have changed from the beginning of the year to the end; and let’s just say I have changed quite a bit, especially with my knowledge in illustrator and photo shop. My entire portfolio says who I am as an artist and that is very important. I want my audience and visitors to see who I really am as an artist and they are able to just by looking at my portfolio. In my opinion, a portfolio is a place for artist to not only show off their work but also to let their audience to see that everyone has a starting point, whether its good or bad, and all you can do is improve if you put in effort.