Tuesday 19th June 2012 – Critique Day

Critique Day!! thought words always make me nervous. Today we sat down and were critiquing each others summer valentines. I really enjoyed hearing about people ideas and seeing the final out come. Unlike mine theres was more complete. I drove that day to class thinking what else can be done to the word ‘YOU’. I tried it on a different type of paper but it didn’t fit and look right at all. I then did try it on regular white drawing paper, but that wasn’t the write paper. I didn’t have the time and ability to go out and look for paper because I did work on this later at night so I stuck with what I had and tried to complete it the night before.

I tried it out on a magazine page.

The one thing I did change from my original idea was to write out part of my letter ‘YOU’ in arabic. Because it is for me and I do speak arabic and  english it could bring out that part of me in my work. If you look closely to the images you can the the ‘Y’ has arabic hand writing on it and all it says is the same things in the english, which are words that describe me, in arabic. For the english words I chose I thought it would be nice if this were to be given to me by a loved one it would be a nice for me to see how these things they wrote would remind them of me. Things like Chipotle and Ice-cream are in the outline of the word you.

So during the critique I wasn’t really impressed at what I had. I was just a plain piece of paper with the letter ‘YOU’. Just like the image above just on a white sheet of paper. I did not take a photograph of it because I wasn’t impressed or happy with it. I had also forgotten half at home. I had a top sheet of paper cut out in little circles that I wanted to place on top if my word you. The tiny cut out was for the LOVE that you could see in the ‘O’ of the word ‘YOU. I went home that night with ideas from my classmates and professor on how I could improve it. They told me I could do the magazine idea but with my image in the background instead of a model. This would make it more personal to me because it was my image in the background. Or I could draw this out on different color paper and try different sizes. I liked there ideas but what I really wanted it to be was simple but very me.

I got home and had bought card stock, which was just plane white cards. I though about cutting out my ‘YOU’ and glueing it to the inside of the card.

Closed Card

I tried it and didn’t look really good. I then tried the cut out on different colored papers and picked blue because it made the blue colored handwriting in the ‘O’ kind of lighter and made the red pop more. So I stuck with that and glue it all to the inside of the card. I then cut out the front of the card so you could only see two things, the ‘I’ and the ‘Love’. So as you opened looked and the card you read in your mind, I Love. Then when you opened the card up you saw the you and read I love you.

Open Card

Zoom in on the word ‘YOU’

Even though I didn’t not complete it in time for the critique I think it turned out pretty well. I do not know why I could not get a fixed idea in my head about what to do.


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