Portfolio Review Poster


Spring 2014

Poster a fellow student and I designed for our graduating classes portfolio review last year.  It was quiet the learning experience.  Not only was it my first time working on something that large (24×36″), but the amount of revisions and team collaboration involved was something I hadn’t experienced either.  It was a challenge fitting all that text into the design.


Here’s a close up of the large QR code image.  It’s made up of all our graduating classes portfolio work.  It was interesting placing all the images so that the colors complemented each other, while at the same time not repeating too much.

We initially planned to have people be able to scan the image itself (which would take them to the graduating classes Facebook page with more details about the event), but in order to accomplish it, we would’ve had to lose a great deal of detail in the images used to make it up.  We eventually decided to just add an additional QR code at the bottom as a work around.

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Early variations


Eventually we decided against all the outside noise and choose to simplify the whole poster, containing all the text within the phone/tablet itself.  At this point the QR code image was becoming pixelated when viewed at the full 24×36″ so I had to go back and re-create it using full sized/quality images.  This was challenging because even with the powerful computers at school, creating a full sized poster, with hundreds of images all at full quality was making the computer chug.  Saving sometimes took five or more minutes.


Some color variations.


When we made the decision to lose the phone/tablet idea that was creating the border, it gave me more room to fit all the text in with less difficulty and allowed the QR code image to be expanded, allowing people to see the individual images within it easier.

It was frustrating at the time to have to keep scrapping each version I created, but in the end the final product was better off for it.  At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.


“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  -Albert Einstein

Two of Four


Made some minor adjustments on the first page image, mostly her open eye.  One the second page I wrote a brief introduction and fixed her head (hair, face, and proportions).  Two more pages for Red, hopefully the other 50 something pages won’t take as long as these two did.  :)


“The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”  –Julius Erving

The Never Ending Need for Revisions


So, I added the freckles I forgot (again) and increased the shadows to my splash image, also adding highlights to her hair.  Pretty happy with it, but I think I’m going to go back and edit her face a little, I really want her to look as young as she is suppose to be, maybe it’s the lines under her eyes or the dark ink outlines, but she seems older than 17 years old.  :(

I thought I fixed the hair on the full body image on the right, but that doesn’t look right.

Also, been slacking on my character description.  I’m not really sure what I’m suppose to put in there, so I’m going to have to track down some concept art books and see what type of info is standard.

All and all this week started off a bit slower than I’d liked, but now that I’m over the hump (and finished with my videography project) I anticipate a momentum shift.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  -Maria Robinson

Page Layout (Work in Progress)


Where I’m at now.


Last week I had an idea to complete a character sheet for Red.  I’ve been wanting to do one for her in a while and haven’t been able to get around to it.  Last week I also had an assignment to add text to an image in my Computer Art class, so I thought I’d knock two birds with one stone.  :)

This is my starting point.  I created some placeholder text and added some head shots/head turn-around I had of her to add a little interest and fill some page space.  Not really thinking design at this point, just looking to get started and adding the elements I want to incorporate.


I started to think a little larger and decided that I’d like to create a full two page spread, one page just seemed to random and to fragmented.  So, I extended my canvas in Photoshop (Note: usually if I was creating a page layout I’d be using InDesign, it’s specifically made for such projects and has features that make the whole process, but because I initially wanted to make this for my Computer Art class I used Photoshop because that’s the program we’re required to use) and added one of my larger images of Red.


This is where I really started thinking about design, I broke out my Magazines and started looking for inspiration on how they broke up the page elements like page numbers, headers, etc.

I saw this half-tone background in one of the tutorials and thought it’d be a good fit, so I threw that in there and then started working with the character introduction text to try to get some depth by separating all the elements some how.

At this point I also decided that the splash image I was using for the first page wasn’t working.  Conceptually, it felt too emo and seemed to be too emotionally different in tone than the full body image on the second page.  Looking at it from a design aspect her looking off to the left brought the attention away from the second page instead of towards it.  After looking at it for a while I knew it wasn’t working and decided to place a temporary filler image until I figured out what to do.


After arranging and re-arranging elements for quite some time I ended up with this layout.  I ended up axing the multiple head shots, it just didn’t feel appropriate for this introduction spread.  This is more like the, “hey check out this character, her name is… here’s a little information about her…” and then they would turn the page and then probably see a front, back, and three quarters shot, and then maybe a head turn-around or some facial expressions.

So, I stuck with something a little simpler.  It was also at this stage that my teacher told me that this wasn’t going to work for my assignment and I started working on Science Blows Me Away…  :(


So, the image I’ve been working on has been for this splash page and this is where I’m at with it right now.  Still some work to do on both the character and the design.  I also have to change the hairstyle on the full body image to the current style of the splash image.


“Your dreams won’t work unless you do.”  -Unknown