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Graphic Design TFA 21

Very enlightening! Very simple and very, very, very informative. A must see for students interested in doing artworks without much thought processes involved! Wow! I sorta had Graphic Design as something involved in hours and hours of careful planning. But the speaker at the time, Mr. Ron Roman, shared with us on that day that in Graphic Design, all that matters is the visual aspect.

The visual side of creativity. Thinking visually through visuals. Simple huh? Not quite. What makes the process involved is that one needs to be familiar with the basics. A graphic designer needs to be for example mindful of the edges to obtain balance. He needs to perceive the negative spaces in the composition. The relationship between the black and white areas which help in bringing out the message the designer wants to say. This in turn would help the designer be mindful of light values and shadows. All these show the inner personality of the person. His life, his dreams, his soul.

And how does one achieve all this? Ron simply says one of the hardest things artists, would be designers like myself would ever do. And that is simply, “Discipline.” Yikes! I hate to admit it but Ron’s thoughts made me realize how much I miss out practicing the basic skills needed to be one hell of an artist. As of now, I’m the mediocre artist. Just like Ron here. He even shared little of his stay in art school I was also attending at the time. Like myself, he was the mediocre student who would rather spend time with friends in parties, “gimmicks” than doing the needed requirements in his subjects. Ironically, he is now a creative designer in a design agency. The steps he had to do before becoming one were very hard for him. He remembered he had no idea on what to do in his first assignment. He looked like a fool then. Somebody who didn’t bothered to do thumbnails. Ron realized by then how these thumbnails could help solve his problems. The way he saw then was that thumbnails helped the mind put together ideas that were not there before. They sort of act as pieces to an obscure puzzle. Now that’s something artists and designers need to think about. So basic, we sometimes take for granted how much they could help.

Another basic he wanted us to do was to doodle. Now how could this help us? Doodle!!? Well, he said that like thumbnails they exercise creativity. They exercise the way the artist or designer puts his ideas into one clear thought. Cool huh? Not easy, but with a little discipline, artists and designers would eventually be able to present their ideas clearly, artistically, and I guess intelligently.

Now lets go into something I personally find the most interesting in his talk. He shared to his young and not so young audiences that ideas no matter how stupid they may seem, may be useful later. There’s truth in what he said that day. It’s just that people find it hard to share those stupid ideas because simply they are stupid and the danger of being branded as fools. Well maybe that’s true. Unless that particular idea is a catalyst for other less stupid ideas to come out. Besides design and ideas are a matter of taste he said. It’s just the timing and type of problem one needs to consider.

Ron ended his talk by leaving us again basic pointers that may not only help us become graphic designers, but better artists in the future. He wanted us to be idealistic and respect everything and everyone around us. To be serious about our work. Working outside in the world is difficult. The competition is difficult. So always try-out the basics. Personally, The talk was simple enough. It’s just that again I was awakened with the simple truth on how to go about things in the graphic design business. Hopefully, I’ll try my best to do these things. And maybe someday, somewhere there would be a place that would be happy with my talent.

Raspberry Ecstasy

It’s been too long
A love I’ve almost forgotten
When you arrived amidst
In all your glazed ruby glory
How I wonder what awaits my senses
But I must not be hasty
For it is but proper to slowly caress you using my eyes
Bit by bit of every lovely inch of you
After I have measured you
I reach out
And take just a minute part of you
How soft it feels
I then begin to build some excitement
I turn what I have taken from you
Mixing you
Bit by bit of every lovely inch of you
Into the glazed ruby glory that surrounds you
I then bring you to my lips
And have you
It’s been too long
A love I’ve almost forgotten
The taste of you so different
It’s so wrong to ask more of you
I’m fortunate to have rekindled what love
I had for you
In in a mere 20 minutes
Your taste after still in my mouth
Such bliss
If its possible to prolong the wonderful feeling
Of how sweet and complete
You have made my evening.

Alma gemela dama amiga de la mía (Soulmate Friend of Mine)

Morning weekdays
Are like this
Before I set my tasks
I make sure
To greet and check
On Alma Gemela Dama
Principal Strictness
Oh that’s how I call her
Checking on her time
Checking her dealings with work
Looking up on stories on our Friends
We simply exchange notes
Alma Gemela Dama
Is a quiet one
I like that in her
I like that quality in most ladies I have met
Dog Lover
Loving but Strict mother
She never really gives up
Even if things don’t look good
Take Care Always
Alma Gemela Dama
Beers on me
If we ever cross paths again

For Emerald Eyes

The angel I met not long ago, is a homely sweet sort among angels. Her lovely innocence strikes me of the type where one’s deeds are measured to what is basically proper and good.  Her thoughts have made a dent to the shield I have bore and defended myself from this world. A world in this author’s eyes only saw the inconsiderate, selfish, and unfair. But her stories,  on love and faith, has somehow struck my core. I began to see a faint light. I dared follow such light out.  At the end of this light, the angel handed me her seeing lens. They were emerald green. I wore her eyes and saw for sometime what she saw. Life. Life in all its colors for I saw that life need not be always this way. She reminded me, without her saying so, that I choose what I want my life to become. Of course, angels want what makes me happy. All I could say is at this point in the author’s time, I’m good. A notch better thanks  to this angel with emerald eyes.  I never had a chance to really thank her for this. For letting me see what she sees. Thank you again angel. This writing is for you, Emerald Eyes.

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