December 3, 2008

35th Hour

Mission: Event Poster

This is a poster I created for the San Francisco Zoo - Wild Nights Program (the quality is better in Illustrator). After 35 hours of pumping out sketches, comps, and proofs, I was finally able to finish my poster. This project taught me the true meaning of progress.

All my classmates said my poster was very "cute," exactly what I was going for. Now, it's time to try Cool. haha.

November 20, 2008


My friends' Facebook App just launched today. Check it out! It's called vDream Racing. My friends were gracious enough to let a newbie like myself design a race track for them to include in their app. I must say it took me hours to design in AI, but it was good practice.

Vote for vDream once a day until Nov.30. If my friends get enough votes, they'll win a $200,000 grant to start their own business! Help my friends turn this vDream into reality. Vote!

October 9, 2008

Hello my name is...

First assignment: name tags

I had my first client who just so happened to be my classmate, Khristine. Her three main passions in life are yoga, mountain biking and photography. I tried incorporate all three of these as elements of the design, but later learned that should have just stuck with one idea. Either way, I got some good feedback about my contrast and type solution (font). Everything's off to a good start. =)

Below is the one my classmate, Khristine, made for me:

October 3, 2008

Round 2

My Graphic Design Studio II class started this past Wednesday. In this class I'll be learning about advertising, business identity, designing logos, brochures, and packaging. I'm really excited to start some new projects and I hope this class will help me further develop my portfolio.

I'm also looking forward to working with my new instructor. She's got a lot of personality and experience. I hope she can provide the guidance I need to succeed in this field.

Be on the lookout for new photos of my work. =)

September 3, 2008

The Final Critique

This is why I don't blog. I can't keep up with it! Anywho, below is some of the artwork I presented at the final critique. After seeing all my work posted on the wall I realized I don't have a particular style just yet, but I like that. My style changes depending on what type of medium I'm using -- pen, pencil, charcoal.

I ended up getting an A in this class. Woohoo! Next semester, I'm going to focus primarily on the graphic design work. I still have so much to learn and I hope I can get a few gigs soon. Gotta get the creative juices flowin'.

July 24, 2008

Stairway to Heaven

Here is one of my first charcoal drawings that we had to do UPSIDE DOWN! My mind was playing tricks on me but it was about identifying negative spaces and what my teacher loves to call VALUE. This was originally a photograph that we had to convert into charcoal. I thought it was a very romantic piece and yet, challenging at the same time.

July 23, 2008


So for my Graphic Design class our theme is the Alphabet. Everything we do has to incorporate the alphabet or at least ONE letter. This week's project was to work on a large-scale and create an event poster.

X-PHOBIA is a day dedicated to facing one of your fears. "X" represents YOUR phobia (mine is ACRO-phobia), but the letter "X" alone can also symbolize a variety of things. In this case, it is the idea of eliminating your phobia.

This was one of the first times I used Photoshop and Illustrator and I spent several nights sleeping at 3am, but I think it all paid off. I'm happy with the end result and my instructor gave all positive comments. I'm going to pat myself on the back for this one.

What's YOUR phobia? Click here to find out.

July 3, 2008

Still Life & Van Gogh

So I finally enrolled in two courses: Drawing Fundamentals and Graphic Design Studio I at UC Berkeley Extension. These are my two most recent projects from my drawing class. The teacher is an amazing artist and knows how to make you feel at ease during class. I never feel as though homework is an obligation but more of something I enjoy and miss. I can see my drawing skills gradually progressing and I can't deny that I love hearing the "oohs" and "aahs." It motivates me to draw more and continue to put care into my artwork.

More to come from my graphic design class so stay tuned...

April 6, 2008

Cheers to new beginnings

My life is taking a sharp turn into the arts. I've allowed this part of me to remain idle for too long and now it's time to revive the artsy fartsy Anna! Class registration at CCA and UC Berkeley Extension begins in the next few weeks and you can be sure I'll be one of the first people to sign up. I'm starting my portfolio from scratch, but that's alright. You gotta start somewhere, right?

Artwork soon to be posted. Watch out now.