January 17th, 2018

I started my two dimensional design class at OTC. The first class we went over our introductions and read through the syllabus. I really like my instructor, Ms. Clemens. She’s spunky and has a lot of interesting stories to tell. She tries to relate to her students and is knowledgable in current events. She introduced our first project to us which is a “communications project” in this project we will be drawing four 6 x 6″ squares on a 15 x 20″ white illustration board. She showed exactly how she wanted us to center them on the board, everything has to be very exact. We then will cut out 40 1 x 1″ squares on black construction paper with exacto knives. Once we have those cut out we will use ten black squares for each white square and place and glue them to convey a word we have chosen from a list Ms. Clemens provided us with.

January 22nd, 2018

Today in class we just had time to work on our communications project. I finally got all of my black squares cut out. It takes a lot more time than I thought it would. Being the perfectionist I am I went through probably sixty squares. It took me a while to figure out a good technique of cutting the squares out without my hand wobbling too much and making the edges curved or frayed. After cutting ten seemingly perfect squares I would stack them together to make sure they all fit together perfectly and if there were any overlapping squares I would discard of them and try again. I started measuring out my larger squares on the board, but I accidentally stabbed my ruler into the board making a little dent so I shall start again on a new board on Wednesday.

 

January 24th, 2018

I started measuring out my squares on a new board today.  I had to erase a couple of lines because they weren’t exactly straight or perpendicular to the others, but overall it wasn’t too hard. The most nerve-wracking task I had to complete today was going over my lines in sharpies. I lined my ruler right on top of the penciled in lines and dragged my sharpie down towards me because that is was Ms. Clemens said was the most affective method of getting precise lines. I don’t know if I’ve ever put so much focus into anything ever! I then started placing and gluing my black squares onto my board. Ms. Clemens showed us how to glue properly without error or making a mess. We get a sheet of copy paper, place our black square on it, brush the glue on the square and place it so that the excess glue is contained. Once we have the square placed where we want it we take the opposite side of the copy paper and place it over the black square then press down to get it to stick in place. If there is some glue spilling out from the sides of the black square we have a special cement eraser that will pick it up. I completed three out of four of my words. The first I completed was “Chaos” the second was “Whimsical” and the third was “Unstable” I had a difficult time deciding which word I wanted to use for my fourth square, but I think I will be able to decide that on Monday.

 

January 29th, 2018

Today we watched a video about four elements of design and completed a worksheet on it to put in our journal. Ms. Clemens introduced our next project to us which is called a notan. I finished my last square using the word “Helpful” After I finished my project I worked in my journal trying to figure out what I want to do for my next project.