Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Vignette 2


Vignettes are drawings that end at some point without the picture actually being completed. I really enjoyed this assignment and think that it is easier not to complete the whole drawing

Tuesday, January 27, 2009




We’ve begun a new project in all IARC classes called “OPUS”. This means a creative piece of work in any field of the arts. In this project we are to record our world through writing, drawing, thinking and collage. Each week we will be given a set of words that will be defined using words and pictures.
This was the first week and the words were :

STORIES – Throughout the week we came across reading fairytales. A fairytale is a made up story that is used to entertain children. To me there are many kinds of stories. A story is something people write to express their lives. As well as made up things that create a fictitious image in ones minds. This is an example of some images that popped into my mind when reading the fairytale “Rapunzel”. There is another kind of story that was talked about in History class. Eventually a building creates its own story. Roth says " Architecture is the unavoidable art. Every moment, awake or asleep, we are in buildings, around buildings, in spaces defined by buildings, or in landscapes shaped by a human artifice." (Roth 3) Our stories are most of the time created by our sorroundings. In many cases our surroundings are our friends, places we've been to, or situations that we go through. But have we ever thought about the buildings around us? They to have a story. The reason is that before a building is made there is a story behind it. The architect/engineer creates an image in his head that came from something perhaps previously lived. Eventually the building is constructed and it itself has a story to represent it.

ARTIFACTS – Many things that we have around us are artifacts. An artifact is something constructed by a human being that eventually becomes historical, or has a meaning in our lives. In drawing class we drew 5 “artifacts” that have an importance in our lives. Each one took me back to the moment in my life that the object portrayed. According to History class, an artifact corresponds to patterns in the mind of the producer and user, and can be assessed by description, deduction and speculation.

MULTIVIEW – The meaning of this word is to view an object, or an image, from many directions. This gives us the opportunity to see the different sides of things and being able to easily contrast. In drafting class, we were to design a piece of furniture that could be viewed differently from all sides. This creates a way of looking at things distinctly on all four sides.
Architecturally speaking, I feel that architecture has multi views. It can be viewed in many different ways. It can tell a story, it can shape our music or it can eventually shape our lives.

CYCLE- When I think about this word it makes me think process. There are many types of cycles. In example, a weather cycle, life cycle but one cycle that we learned about is the drawing cycle. In history class we learned that in design there is a process that eventually either changes or either has no change, Like Winston Churchill said, “ We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” (Roth 103) This shows that within the cycle of time eventually the way certain rooms or building are designed are used for one purpose, which lead our ways to accommodating to the style of the building. This eventually becomes a cycle that within time creates an impact to our society.

TRANSLATION – A translation is a way to make something complicated easier to comprehend. An example would be an assignment that we did in one of our classes. We read a fairytale and translated it to pictures, or it could be vise versa where you take a picture and create a story of your own. When making the inspiration board many people had no words and just pictures, this made you come up with a story of your own. Translating such things make it easier to follow and see visually. Another interpretation of translation is taking a different language and converting it into the language that is desired. So in many ways translation can be interpreted differently.
“Our eyes are made to see forms in light” (Roth 63), this quote makes me think of how everything we see we interpret in a different way.

Overall I feel that each of these words tie together because we use different artifacts to create a story and in a way the story creates a cycle in which we place things in certain order to create the final story. This story is then translated by others and each person interprets and views the story differently like we did in the movie "Midsummers Night Dream".


Who would've thought we'd be drawing in a counseling class. Today the teacher asked us to make a family tree and her example was actually with a tree.

Rapunzel Itirations

Monday, January 26, 2009

1025 BC -1025 AD

1025 BC


• 1020 BC — Saul the King becomes the first king of the Israelites.
• 1020 BC — Troy was destroyed
• Boleslaw I Chrobry is crowned as the first king of Poland
• the end of the Shang Dynasty in China
• David becomes King in 1025 BC after Saul and his son Jonathan die in battle
• Rise of the Hebrew Kingdom
• Start of Protogeometric Period
• End of Mycenaean Civilization
• 1039 BC The reign of Pharaoh Psusennes I
• 1047 BC Saul reigns as first Hebrew king in Judaea


• Invention of military rockets by the Chinese
• 1025 BC an iron sword, the oldest found in Greece
• 1025 - 900 BC, the Proto-Geometric phase saw pottery beginning to be decorated with simple shapes, black bands and wavy lines
• Inscriptions on the shang oracle bones provide earliest versions of the Chinese character
• 1044 BC Gasoline-based flamethrowers common in China
• Srivijaya, a partly Buddhist kingdom based on Sumatra, is attacked by the Chola empire of southern India in a dispute over trading rights in South-east Asia.
• 1025 BC bronze more or less vanishes from excavated sites in central Greece, being replaced by a previously rare metal - iron.
• 1025 BC, several tribes united to form the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah


• City of Gangaikonda Cholapuram founded as a capital of the Chola Empire.
• Pomposa Abbey near Ferrara, Italy completed
• Construction of Sant Vicenç de Cardonia, Catalonia begun.
• 1031BC The Centennial Stump, a giant sequoia, started its growth, and was cut down in 1874CE.

1025 AD


• a gold coin of Mahmood of Ghazni dated 1025 ad
• Byzantine - Anonymous Class A3 Bronze Follis 24mm Struck during the sole reign of Constantine VIII, and also the last few years of Basil II
1025 AD Srivijaya, a partly Buddhist kingdom based in Sumatra, is attacked by the Chola Empire of southern India.
• 1025 AD Goblet with Lion Decoration
• 1025-1028 AD Gold Solidus – Constatine V111
• 1026 AD Japanese novelist, one of her country's greatest writers, and the author of what is generally considered the world's first novel, The Tale of Genji
• 1030 AD Olaf II he was converted to Christianity in Rouen
• The throne passed to Romanos III Argyros (1028-1034), who had married his 50 year old daughter Zoe.
• Charred material from the cordwrapped stick impressions; dated to 1025 A.D.


• 1025: The Confessions of a Communist Agent On The Attempt to Destroy the Roman Catholic Church from Within
• 1040 AD the oldest brewery still active was founded at Weihenstephan.
• 1037 AD the first foundations of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev were laid
• 1050–1025 AD) The Kandarya Mahadeva Temple.
• 1033 AD To celebrate the millenary of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, the Catholic Church launches “God's Truce”
• 1034 AD Fratricide war is waged between the usurper Alusian and his brothers Troianos and Gabriel
• 1034-1041 AD The last great pagan uprising happens in Poland; monasteries are burnt to ashes, the clergy massacred by the heathens
• 1025AD church in Moster, Norway


• 1025 AD Boleslaw I Chrobry is crowned as the first king of Poland.
• 1026 AD Pietro Barbolano became Doge of Venice.
• 1030 AD the patron saint of Norway, King Olaf the Second, was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad.
• 1030 AD the city of Tartu in Estonia was founded.
• 1036 AD Emperor Go-Suzaku ascended the throne of Japan.
• 1030 AD Iago Idwal became King of Powys
• 1024-1030 AD A fierce succession war rages for six years between the Luxemburgian
• 1025 AD-Death of the Emperor Basil II in 1025


• 1024 AD The Chinese issue the first paper money.
• 1030 AD Ali Ahmad Nasawi - Divided hours into 60 minutes and minutes into 60 seconds.
• 1045 AD movable type printing was invented by Bi Sheng in China.
• 1022: Ibn al-Bawwab - Arabic calligrapher and illuminator
• 1025-around this time is the earliest known evidence that seagoing wooden ships are being built in the modern way


Lettering #1

Pat's Furniture

This project consisted of 4'x8' chipboard measured at 1 1/2":1' scale. Using this small piece of chipboard I had to design a piece of furniture that provided a place to sit/workstation/server and a table. Also when designing this furniture all 4 sides had to be different in some way.


When working on the vignette assigned in class today I realized I was doing it right. However, I do feel like it turned into something good.




When drawing the 5 important objects that have impacted me the most, I remembered one main event that impacted me, the memory that I'll never forget, my "Quinceanera" (Sweet 15) and my big Cinderella dress. This party meant growing up. With this party came many other things such as getting my first car and as years passed eventually graduating and moving away from home.


So sitting at my desk trying to decide what this OPUS drawing is I re read the instructions and realized that its just my world through writing, drawing and thinking. So i've decided that from now on I want to start doodling things that go on in my life on a day to day basis; im hoping I can keep up with this.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


So a couple days ago I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all the work we had to have done. It was around 3:15am when I decided to take a break from everything I was doing and doodle a little. I realized that the only images that popped into my head were bed for sleeping and things that made me want to go to bed..ughh.. can life get any easier?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Rapunzel,Rapunzel, let down your hair

These drawings are some ideas that popped into my head when reading the fairy tale Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. The assignment was to create a translation in a couple of sentences to summarize the story.