Survey 10: Nazis and Art Domination

For my fourth and final spread, I worked alongside Elizabeth to create a design for the Art and Color category. For this spread, we were working with the information from Survey 10. We were intrigued by how art was used in the Nazi regime, so we decided to focus on the contrast between Nazi sanctioned “Third Reich Art” and hated “Degenerate Art.”

In order to depict the stark difference in the way Nazis viewed these two different categories of art, we decided to make each side of the spread look like a wall in an art gallery, with the corner in the middle. The divide between the two helps to emphasize how different they were.

On my side, I painted a wall of the Great Exhibition of German Art. I used light colors to highlight the classical nature of Third Reich Art, and chose two sculptures and a painting that embody much of Nazi art in my opinion. Elizabeth and I decided to both use gouache, so that our sides would have continuity in style. We came up with the title “Nazis and Art Domination” that travels across the top of both sides of the spread. The way the page split works, the title works individually on each side as well as together. I think this was a really cool way to sum up what happened to art in World War II Germany. To highlight the title even further, I used an typically Nazi Fraktur font for my side, while Elizabeth used a modern font that would have been seen in the Degenerate art exhibit.

Overall, I’m really happy with how this spread turned out. Elizabeth had a lot of amazing ideas, and I think we did a really good job of collaborating to create a spread that feels cohesive on both sides. I’d give us a 9/10.

Survey 7: Plakatstil Packaging Artifact

For my third “spread”, I got to create an artifact for the Design and Typography category of Survey 7. I was really excited to get to make an artifact, but a bit confused by the lack of research information my group and I were able to gather. I knew I wanted to create a tactile object, not a poster or something flat.

My group and I each researched an important graphic designer. The common thread that tied them all together was their work in the Plakatstil movement. I decided to take this topic and create my object based on the style of the movement.

I ended up making three objects, a tomato can, a jar of cocoa powder, and a pack of cigarettes. These are all objects that were designed and sold back the early 1900’s, but are also still sold today. To put a little spin on it, I decided to pick well known brand names that are retailed today: Hunt’s, Hershey’s, and Lucky Strike, and redesign their packaging in the plakatstil style. I used inspiration from the designers we researched and included them by listing their names on the back of the cigarette pack.

I also decided to include my written portion on the objects themselves, and photographed both their fronts and backs. On the left side of my spread is the written portion on the back of my objects, taken in the photography lab under studio lights. This helped to differentiate it from the left side, which is a photo of the objects staged on a kitchen shelf to give context to the project.

Overall, I’m really happy with how this one turned out and it’s definitely my favourite of the 3 spreads I’ve created in this class.

Self Assessment: 8.5/10.


Survey 1: Aboriginal Australian Art

For survey 1, my group and I were intrigued by aboriginal Australian Art. While designing, I really wanted to capture the loose, primitive, but also intense nature of aboriginal Australian art.

I decided to design my spread as if the viewer was peering in on a cave painting that aboriginal Australian artists had created. I first did a watercolour wash of light brown, employing the inherent looseness and texture of washes to make it look more like a rocky surface. I placed the title in the top left corner, as if it was on the lip of the cave. Then I had a fun time effectively reproducing aboriginal Australian art with my own materials. I got pretty messy – smudging, spraying, and rubbing my materials into the page. I stuck to the colours yellow, brown, red, and white, since those were the ones that aboriginal Australian artists worked with.

Then, I placed the text around the drawings, wrapping it around for an organic look. I used watercolour to paint all the text so that it would match with the rest of the spread.

Survey 4: Women’s Fashion from 1750 – 1850

For survey 4, my group and I decided to focus on comparing women’s fashion from 3 different countries. We chose France, Japan, and India to research. During brainstorming, I remembered the beautiful paper dolls I used to love when I was a kid. I’d spend hours carefully cutting them out, and admiring the outfits.

I decided to use this inspiration in my spread, and created paper dolls to represent the research we did on each country. For each country, I made a doll, wearing the undergarments characteristic of the era and region. I also made a dress for each doll, and made sure that their hair was consistent with the styles of the time. I used delicate line work, and painted over those outlines with watercolour washes.

To include my group’s research, I made sure to create a page that could contain writing. Since paper doll books always have an informational page on the styles the dolls wear, I made a page for my own dolls! A brief blurb on each country was sufficient to communicate more in-depth information on the fabrics, designs, and trends of those times.

Self – Assessment: 7/10

Yearbook Spread

Creating my Yearbook Spread was a bit like trying to put the inside of my own mind down onto paper. In finding the ways to best present myself, I had to examine what actually makes me who I am. Most days, my brain feels like a complicated and fluctuating web of thoughts, emotions, daydreams, fears, and questions.

Focusing on 5 descriptive words helped me narrow things down. I chose the following:

  1. Optimist
  2. Introvert
  3. Introspective
  4. Grateful
  5. Love to laugh

That last one isn’t just one word, I know, but I couldn’t think of a more accurate way to put it. I really do love laughing. These words are the core of who I am. Working with them helped me refine my message and communicate my own personality more clearly.

Visually, I decided to present the information in one of my favourite formats – the graphic novel. Since I love drawing and telling stories using graphic novels, it seemed natural to tell my own this way as well. I also wanted the yearbook to reflect my drawing style, so I used black ink. Using a greyscale allowed me to focus on the illustration and texture. Details with a black coloured pencil helped me add movement in the background and show – in a subtle way – the way my thoughts are constantly shifting and moving.

The background is my favourite place in Vancouver, the beach. I love going to the beach by myself, listening to music on the bus ride there, reading a book on the sand, and watching people having a good time all around me.

This assignment was an unusual and exciting way to start out the new school year. It got me thinking, and I have a feeling the topics it introduced will be key in the coming year!


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Grade 9/10

Explanation: Overall, I’m happy with this piece. I managed my time well, and got it done well ahead of time. While I like the format and composition, I think I could have experimented more and made it more lively. Working with colour would have been a good challenge for me, but I stayed in my comfort zone with the greyscale.