Final blog of semester

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These four sketches are of my body mask design process for the parade. The body mask has a mixture of steampunk and the video game Fallout. Along with designing a body mask we had to create a book that showed our process in creating it.
Here is what my actual final body mask looked like


Here is what the final face mask, air mask, arm, and leg looked like.



This is a close up of the metal wrist and oxygen mask




In the end I feel that I accomplished what I had originally sketched out for the design process. Recapping the semester I also feel that I accomplished all of my goals for the semester. I throughly enjoyed the semester and am looking forward to my second year in the IARC program.

My collection of art supplies throughout first year.

So long first year, hello second!

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This is my last blog posting for IARc 112. Some of the final techniques I have been practicing over this semester have been learning how to draw in both one point and two point perspective along with learning how to mix and match similar and opposite colors together to form a completely new color. Other major drawing techniques I have learned during this semester include section views, plan views and general improvements to my drawings. In the end I have created a booklet showing at least one of each of these techniques being put to use. Below is the rough draft images and pages of the booklet. The title of the booklet thus far is “Monticello to Fallingwater: The Fun of a Normal Trip but Without the Air Conditioning”

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Lastly I would have to say that my favorite new skill this semester would have to be learning how to render a drawing.

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Culture and Creation Story

For this week of school we had to choose a culture that was not our own and investigate how the people of that culture alter or reshape their appearance to celebrate a story that was important to their identity. After hours of searching I decided to investigate the Venetian culture. From the Venetian culture I learned about how the Venetian’s would hold the famous Carnival forty days before Easter and ends with the Christian celebration of Lent. During the Carnival people wear elaborate masks, such as the Capitan Scaramouche or long nose mask. The long nose mask is the mask that I made using a store bought full face mask, that I had to cut up into a smaller mask along with the addition of a long nose, made out of foam sheets. Here is what my culture  poster looked like in the end. IMG_5755

My hand made mask most resembles the Capitan Scaramouche mask in the top right hand corner of my poster. Here are some of my final design drawing of how I was planning the mask to look in the end.



Here is the final mask.


You can clearly see all of my hard work in designing the nose on the mask along with all of the surrounding gold detailing around the eyes.

The second part of our assignment was to create our own creation story and to create a costume to wear during our final presentation. Here is my final version of my creation story about the Metal Heads.

The story of the Metal Heads

Once there was a light named Bartholomew flying through space with his magical mysterious powers. One day Bartholomew created a magical metal nut. Noticing he could not do anything with just a metal nut Bartholomew created a nuclear atom. The two new objects were both not even an inch in size as these two flew through space. Usually these two items would not mix well together but Bartholomew new how to tweak them with the power of a golden heart. He had them flying around for many millenniums to which would one-day collide with the golden heart. Whenever the three collided they formed the metal world. The metal world quickly became an enormous conglomeration of metal mountains and hillsides with unusual trees and plant lives on top. Rivers of oil flowing throughout covered the terrain. With this new land Bartholomew quickly figured out he had no one to occupy and maintain his new world, so he created the metal heads. These metal heads were part man part machine. The metal heads would come to inhabit and bend the land as they pleased. They had glassy eyes and breathed through filtered masks. The metal heads faces were made of hundreds of moving gears and wires, while the other half was made from skin and bones. They were kindhearted beings with literal hearts of gold. They would never come to hurt another metal head, because they knew no evil. The metal heads would spend their years welding together their individual lives until the inevitable day that they rust away to become one with the metal land.

Along with my creation story, here are a few of my final costume designs.

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IARc Field Trip to Monticello and Fallingwater



This is my section drawing of Frank Lloyd Wrights Unity Temple. We had to draw and poché the walls for the first version and then draw the negative space for the second version.


This is a plan view of Monticello. We had to trace the drawing and poché the walls of both the original walls of the house along with a lighter color to signify the newer walls of the house. Monticello was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 and finally finished it in 1809. Thomas Jefferson called it Monticello, meaning “Little Mountain” in old Italian.


This is the detailed outside view of Monticello. I drew this when we went to tour the house earlier this week. I really enjoyed all of the detailing around the outside of the house. While on the tour we were only allowed to make quick sketches of the interior furniture and spaces. Here are a few of those sketches.

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All of the items I decided to sketch were things that intrigued me the most on the tour. Such as the “Dumbwaiter”, that was hidden inside the Mantelpiece in the dinning room and was used to deliver new bottles of wine from the wine cellar below along with sending back the empty bottles.

The second and my personal favorite house we visited on our trip was Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater. Fallingwater was built in 1936. It was a daunting task to complete but was well worth it in the end. This house was my favorite, because it was just as beautiful and intricate a house on the outside as it was on the inside. No matter where you were in the house you always had your own privacy from the other rooms.


Above are two plan view drawings are of Fallingwater.



This was the view I decided to take with my camera. I personally think this is the best view looking at the house. I liked this view so much I decided I would use it as my outside view of the house. I also drew a view of the servants quarters of fallingwater. Along with drawing the servants quarters I rendered the drawing as well.



Before I arrived at Fallingwater I was unaware that Fallingwater even had a servants quarter, let alone servants for the Kaufman’s. Just like Monticello I was was able to draw out some quick sketches of the interior, but was unfortunately unable to match the number of sketches I had for Monticello. Either way, here are a few of them.

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Probably my most memorable features that I drew would have to be the first sketch of the living room couches. I enjoy this couch because it spanned the entire width of the room and due to this I feel it made the room itself seem twice as big.

In the end a couple of the biggest highlights for me on this trip were when the tour bus broke down and we had no air-conditioning on it; but in the end it was worth it because  while waiting for it to be fixed, I was able to go throw frisbee on Thomas Jefferson’s front lawn.



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Novem Mason Symposium on Community- Engaged Design

For this project my group had to design a layout for the front lobby of the IARc building for the Novem Mason Symposium. The design process for the layout included cutting out an extensive amount of multiple sized triangles that we later stuck to the windows and first two columns of the front lobby. These triangles were two different colors orange and yellow, to match with the separate color themes that each floor was given. We also made two half pyramids using 2×4’s and 3′ dowel rods. Each pyramid measured 3’x3’x 1’1/2″, along with LED lights inside each. One had a green light while the other had a yellow light inside to illuminate them. Lastly we cut out the letters IARc out of poster board and placed them above the front doors in the lobby. 

Below is the green LED lit up pyramid.


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Below is a picture of the final design. 


Below is a picture of the IARc letters cut out of poster board above the front lobby entrance.Image


I feel like the end results of the symposium were well done. You could tell that every group put forth the extra efforts to successfully complete their final design. I feel like this symposium helped celebrate the lives of two very important staff members of the IARc family.

For the symposium I attended 4 different scholarship sessions; the 4 sessions were taught by Tommy Lambeth, Tina Sarawgi, and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll. The first session was by Tommy Lambeth, he talked about design failures. Where he talked about the importance of using recycled materials in the making of such things like furniture and works of art. The second session was by Tina Sarawgi, where she talked about the importance of using daylight in interiors. She discussed how it was important as a designer to not go astray from using the natural daylight to light interior, instead of electric interior lights. The third session was by four different 4th year students talking about the Capstone Experience, Tiny Homes, Economic Housing, and Ideas for a UNCG Produce Stand. The Capstone Experience was about renovating homes for the habitat for humanities homes in the Winston Salem area. Tiny Homes was about small homes for the homeless in the Greensboro area. That provide a safe haven for those in need of services or just a place to stay. The Economic Housing was about using solar technologies in homes close to downtown Greensboro. The last student talked about having a produce stand somewhere on the UNCG campus. The stand would be made to have low cost to maintain along with using salvaged materials. The fourth session was by Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, who discussed the field school. She informed us about the field school and how during this class which would count as an elective was about historic preservation and sustainability. She went over how we would learn hands on experience with the field preservation, such as learning how to repoint masonry on older buildings that are being renovated.   

For my service engagement I chose to help with the masonry Re-Pointing project. Where we help you guessed it re-point mortar on the Glenwood Grove Wall. By helping with this project I learned how to find and take away old mortar and paint, by scraping it off. Then we learned how to go back in and refill all of the gaps between the bricks with the new mortar. All in all I believe I learned some valuable knowledge along with helping revitalize an old historic building. Image

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This Big House is our latest drawing assignment. For this assignment we had to enlarge the original drawing in 1/4″ scale. Image


Below is my drawn version of This Big House, along with the two additional sectional views C and D. 




Below are my four sectional view of This Big House. Two of the sections C and D have been rendered and include a few chairs. ImageImage 




Throughout this assignment I have learned how to clearly and precisely draw a floor plan. Along with learning how to clearly show where a section view is of the house. Using this information I was able to learn how to draw section plans. A few things that I struggled with in the learning process was knowing what to draw when drawing a section plan out. For example, when drawing the sun room I did not know if I would draw the glass windows that were behind other glass windows on the floor plan.  


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CC-ED Floor Plans

This is the final furniture floor plan out of the four increasingly different plans my group and I have had throughout the past few weeks.

The second photo is of my final plan which is one I four floor plans that my group and I have. I chose to make the second phase floor plan. My group mates chose either to draw at circulation plan, a rendered/furniture plan, and lastly a dimension plan. This project was for the design center program here at UNCG called CC-ED. Our original group floor plan had a slide coming off of an 18′ loft, along with two swings and a large fish tank; with the design tables and chairs spread out around them. Another rendition we had dropped the slide and swings idea and replaced it with a two foot platform where the conference table was located. Theses two picture are of two of my 3-D views from my final floor plan.

These two views are my welcoming CC-ED logo that is behind a thin glass panel with water falling from above it. Behind the welcome sign I placed a large indoor wooden arbor overhang. Along with a tack able wall for meetings. The second view is of my completely movable wooden drawing desks, along with my very own designed computer chairs. The desk itself has accordion doors on the rounded edges for storage inside. In the end we realized that our floor plans main concept was about branching out.

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