Monthly Archives: November 2012

Virginia Woolf Illustration – Craft Beer Portrait


My last portrait for my capstone project is finished! Virginia Woolf has finally arrived to join the rest of her aleing author friends! I tried to capture the worn, mentally troubled state of Virginia in this illustration (which is also the state I’m getting closer to as the semester continues and my capstone project consumes most of my life). Now the work begins on the label design…

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Firstmate App Design – An iPhone App for Sailing

This project was completed for identity design. We were required to design the logo, application icon, and four buttons for an iPhone app. I chose to focus on an application that included important tools for sailing and boating. Included would be a weather tracker, nautical charts, an SOS call button, and a port locator.

For my logo, I was inspired by script on the sides of boats and yachts. I wanted to reference this while using traditional icons like the anchor. For my app icon, I loved the idea of the hat because it was friendly and went along perfectly with the name Firstmate. I really liked the idea of the hat taking the cube form of the app. The texture used in the interface for my application references the fabric of sails, as well as the stripes. For my buttons, I liked the idea of depth, so I created the buttons similar to a shadowbox.

Overall, I’m happy with this project, but I spent a LOT of time on it which began to cut into my capstone work, so I’m very glad to finally be done with it!

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Aleing Authors – Craft Beer Portraits

I’ve completed three more author portraits for my capstone project. Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, and Oscar Wilde. These along with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald totals up to five portraits completed so far. The last one I need to draw is Virginia Woolf. Mary Shelley was extremely difficult to draw, mainly because I was referencing an oil painting, which was very challenging to transfer into a graphic image. There are few good portraits of her on the internet, and it doesn’t help that her features are awfully plain to begin with. Wilde and Poe were easy with their unique and striking qualities.

Next steps after completing all the portraits will be to put each on their individual craft beer label. Along with those six labels, I plan to create a six pack carrying case as well as a media kit and a display poster for a beer tasting festival. I also will be printing the logo (I haven’t figured out how yet) onto coasters. I’ve got only about 5 weeks left before this project is due. Quite a big challenge lays ahead of me!

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