Where I’ve been & Where I’m going!

Hey everyone! Despite the title, no I’m not taking a trip of some sort, unfortunately. I know I haven’t made a post in a while and I kind of wanted to give you guys a brief update on what’s going on with me right now. If you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I have been around and I’ve been a bit busy with the new semester starting. That being said this is my second to LAST semester so things are really starting to get crazy already. I am going to have a two portfolio reviews soon as well as a public reading within the next couple months.

If you guys need a refresher, I am a Graphic Design and Writing double major so I have plenty of work right now. I feel like I’ve committed pretty fairly to this blog so I really want to continue it and maintain it despite everything else on my many plates. So…that’s exactly what I’m going to do! I can’t promise when or how many posts you’ll get but they will happen, that I can definitely promise. If you guys get lonely and start to miss me feel free to visit my Twitter page @melfranco17, where I am on there daily! I also try to incorporate articles and other art and writing sources on there so if the idea of reading tweets on the life of a college girl don’t interest you, don’t worry, it’s not all about me.

So yes, I will have two major events in my infancy as a professional coming up soon! I’m planning on putting some of my process and projects on here so look out for those as well. I think I covered everything I wanted to say and I just want to thank you guys for your constant support by reading this blog. Blogging is no longer required for my classes so right now it’s something I am choosing to do and you guys give me the push to do it simply by visiting. I recently had my four-year anniversary with WordPress, which I can’t even believe, and I’m amazed at this blog and what its accomplished. I never expected anyone to read what I was posting since it was just a class requirement and I was so new to the blogging world. Since I started I learned to love blogging and not just because of the writing aspect but also because of all of the people I’ve been able to interact with. This blog continues to amaze me and it is something that I want to continuing doing for a long time. So thank you guys, and here’s to a new semester of blogging! Until next time!

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My Last Post

Hey everyone,

I know that everyone is probably off celebrating the New Year but I wanted to make a quick post. This year has really been amazing for me professionally and personally and this blog has been a big part of that! I always appreciate the feedback on my blog and love hearing from you guys. Not only does it show me that you guys are interested in what I’m writing but it also encourages me to make more posts. Also I want to give a big shout out to my Twitter followers old and new.

Never did I ever imagine that I would have 140 something followers on Twitter tuning in to what is going on in my life. It really is amazing since I’m just this lowly graphic design student who loves finding inspiration online. I’m just really getting started in my professional career and I can’t wait to share more of my work with you guys. So thank you guys for an amazing 2014 and best wishes for the New Year! Until next time!

Friends with the monster…

Hey everyone! I can across a really unique artistic interpretation of various types of mental illness. That being said I’m in no way trying to trivialize mental illness because it is a very serious disease that many people suffer from. I just wanted to share how an artist interpreted these illnesses through an artistic form. From what I know about the artist, Toby Allen,  he has suffered from social anxiety and he wanted a way to express his feelings through art. When I first saw this I thought of it as not only art but as a form of therapy. Writing has always been a good way for me to express my feelings and just get them out because I can write whatever I want without having to have anyone see or be judged. I thought this was a great idea as a form of therapy and releasing some of the feelings we may have some times. I also think to turn them into monsters was a good choice as well. Often what we think of a monster is something that seems scary to us or that we don’t understand. Mental illness is highly stigmatized and many people still don’t even believe it is a true illness. I think that by creating more awareness and hopefully reaching out to others and offering compassion instead of judgment. Anyway I hope you guys like these and are inspired by them, I think it’d be a great exercise for any artist because we all have things in our lives that act as “monsters”. Below will be a link to the entire article but I’ll have my favorites on this post. Until next time guys!

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Link to article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3018089/schizophrenia-paranoia-depression-and-other-mental-illness-brought-to-life-as-real-monsters#1

New Semester, New Post

Hi everyone! I was on somewhat of a hiatus this summer which wasn’t necessarily intentional. This blog mostly functions as a kind of school blog but I usually try to make posts even when I’m not in school because I like sharing things with you guys. This summer I was pretty busy, I was working a lot and when I wasn’t working I was trying to enjoy the summer with my leftover time. That being said I really didn’t do much on the artsy side or writing side for that matter either. However, I wasn’t gone, I’ve been trying to go on Twitter more often and try to make a somewhat interesting tweet. By the way if you haven’t followed me on Twitter please feel free to do so @melfranco17 and send me a message or two!

My goals for this semester are to start working on ways to develop my style more and expand my portfolio. At this point I’m not completely worried about my portfolio but I definitely think I need to start focusing on it more. What I had a hard time on during the summer was coming with projects to create. I really wanted to do simple projects so that I could have a couple of small items instead of a larger project since I was low on time. I guess the good thing about school is that time is more balanced and scheduled, at least for me. I’d like to keep doing mini projects along the way not only for fun but so hopefully something will come from them. I’m thinking more like postcards, posters for events, even maybe some promotional-like items, who knows! Also, I promise to have much more interesting posts with pretty pictures soon! Until next time guys!

Back to School!

Hey everyone! I know things were really slow on here during the summer but I really wanted to focus on my artwork and more specifically my drawing. I just wanted to let you know since a new school year has started I’ll be posting more frequently on here! Yay! So I hope you look forward to that and there will be some changes on here that will be different from what I was doing before. I really want to personalize this blog more so I hope to add more of my school projects on here and other stuff I’m doing as well! That’s all for now but I hope you’re looking forward to this year as much as I am! See you in my next post!

Under the Sea

Hey everyone! I’m back with a very cool article that I found about underwater photography. Andreas Franke, the photographer, created ghost-like images by combining studio shots and underwater scenes he had captured while on a diving exhibition. 

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Franke took photographs of a sunken ship off the coast of Florida and later used the same ship as a gallery for his work. I thought that this was a really cool idea because its something that anyone can do. I was thinking about this concept and I could really see this concept working in other spaces, no diving necessary. I think that an old factory would also work as a great space to recreate images similar to Franke’s. Of course that’s only one idea, I think this concept could be recreated almost anywhere which is one of the reasons it really appeals to me!

I feel the site Franke used added a lot to his work, especially because he used the ship as his gallery. Not only did it create a unique experience for divers but it also physically added to the photos. Although the photos were protected after a while algae and other growth ended up on the photo. It really gave the photos an extra effect. If you want to read the article or see more photos check out the link below!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/07/world/americas/underwater-gallery-vandenberg-key-west/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

When Art and Writing Come Together…

Something beautiful happens. Instantly both aspects become one powerful work of art, at least I’ve always felt that way. I have to admit this opinion could be a bit biased since I am Graphic Design and Writing major but I’d like to think that’s not the case. Poetry is one form of writing that I’ve always respected and enjoyed created myself. The video I found recently that merged art and poetry was like the holy grail for me, I absolutely loved it.

The video features a poem written and spoken by Shane Koyczan who is also known for his contribution to the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Vancouver. The video is part of the To This Day Project which was created to raise awareness about the long-term effects of bullying. The video focuses on Koyczan’s life and his experience with childhood bullying. His message is that the effects of bullying do not go away once a child grows up, it still effects them even when they are older. To say the least it was a really moving poem and I think that actually having the visuals just added so much to this piece.

I feel that if people are able to visually experience something rather than just reading about it or listening to someone talk about a subject it will have a greater chance of sticking with people. I think it’s easier for us to actually see the problem rather than hear about it. Then again I am more of a visual learner so once I again I might be biased on this.Another aspect I really liked was how several different animators and motion artists contributed to this project. According to the website, tothisdayproject.com/, each contributor got a 20 second sequence so there were good mixture of artists. I thought that it way a great way to see different interpretations of this piece! I thought this video was really cool and I wanted to share it with you guys! I will put a link to the article on this below and the link for the project site is above for you to click on! I hope you guys like it as much as I do and that you share it with others 🙂

Article:http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/poet-creates-haunting-visuals-lasting-effects-bullying-182946009.html

Maya Hayuk

Maya_Hayuk_Brooklyn_Street_Art_11 Maya_Hayuk_Brooklyn_Street_Art_06 Maya_Hayuk_Brooklyn_Street_Art_12 Maya_Hayuk_Brooklyn_Street_Art_13Hey Everyone! I wanted to do a post about an artist I recently discovered! You may or may not already know this from my previous posts but I love bright colors in artwork. Some of my favorite works of art use bright colors which is probably why I like Maya Hayuk’s work so much. I love the bright energetic colors she uses and the beautiful patterns she creates in her paintings and other pieces. The article I read about her describes her work as “kaleidoscopic” and I think they hit the nail on head with that description. Her pieces really do remind me of something you might see while looking through a kaleidoscope, which I loved doing as a kid.

Another aspect of her art that I appreciate is that the geometric shapes she uses aren’t perfect, they’re perfectly imperfect. The paintings shown clearly display the tracks left by drops of paint that traveled downwards along the surface and I really like that aspect. Sometimes I like I try to make my work completely flawless and look perfect even though that’s impossible. I think that the streaks from the wet paint that dripped down really add a great aspect to these pieces. It almost gives you the sense that these paintings are continuous or have some sort of motion to them.

I really love the combinations of all of these colors and how they integrate and overlap with each other. I also think that I like the pieces against a black background rather than a white or colored one. The colors used are so bright and I think they really pop against a black background. As always I’ll post a link to article and post images of my favorites on here. I hope you guys enjoyed this and I’ll try to keep the posts coming!

Read the article here: http://patternbank.com/maya-hayuk-kaleidoscopic-artistry/

Surfing for Inspiration

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is a little different because I’m going to be talking about website rather than an artist or a piece of art. I’m always looking for new sites to find inspiration for my own work and this blog too! I found a great website that gives you a daily dose of inspiration at your fingertips. The website is called The Inspiration Grid and what it does is it display a bunch of photos daily for you to look through.

If you’re looking for something specific you also narrow down your choices and search categories like art. design, illustration, and even fashion. I really like this website because I can easily look through the photos of these pieces and narrow things down to find what I want. I also like how if you click on one of the pieces you get to see the other pieces in the series that the artist has created. From there you can even look at their portfolio or any other links associated with artist(s). I think this website is a great tool if your browsing around the web for inspiration and I think it’s going to really come in hand for this blog! I hope you guys found this useful and if you want to check out the site you can go to http://theinspirationgrid.com .

I Can’t Put My Finger On it…

I recently saw something very interesting photographs on Yahoo and I have to say they’re really

creative. The artist, Dito Von Tease, uses his fingers as inspiration for portraits. From Ronald McDonald to Frida Kahlo he’s done it all and has really succeeded in capturing the likeness of his subjects. As I young kid I remember doing the little fingerprint doodles in art class so when I saw this it really blew me away. I found these really fun to look at and figure out who these people were, even though he does a such a great job there isn’t much need for guessing. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really look for ways to involve my body within my art. I feel like this is a really unique idea and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

Anyways I thought these were really cute and creative so I wanted to share them with you. Some of my favorites are Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, and Self Portrait 010(the Sherlock Holmes looking one). I know this post was kind of short but take it as a break from my longer posts! If you want to see the rest of the pictures you can check out the Yahoo slideshow here: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/dito-von-tease-artist-makes-slideshow/-photo-2520155-170800294.html