College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
BA (Bachelor of Arts)
Session and Year of Graduation
Honors Major Advisor
With the development of globalization, more and more cultures blend together. Perhaps because of this, nowadays many foreign artists advocate their native styles. As a Chinese student, who enjoys designing projects with visual meanings, I decide to make a series of 12 postcards, illustrating famous architectures in my hometown, Wuhan. I’m looking forward to practicing the skill of transferring sketches to digital forms fluently.
I was born and raised in Wuhan, China for 20 years, and would like to share images of my home and myself. I choose to draw famous architectures in Wuhan because I enjoy the design and the symmetry of the buildings. Once I chose the topic, I decided to use the form of a postcard, because I would love to mail the happiness of my graduation from university to everyone I appreciate. After determining the form and content, I started selecting several images of architectures in Wuhan to draw. I was fascinated by the crush of both British churches and Chinese traditional pagoda in Wuhan. Additionally, when deciding the quantity of postcards to make, Professor Dicharry suggested I do at least 12 postcards for a great diversity for architecture in Wuhan. After that, I re-learned Graphic Design programs through multiple tutorials when I didn’t know features in Illustrator. Now I’m increasingly comfortable with using Illustrator. When I’m drawing architecture on a computer, I first sketch them on paper, then upload drafts to Illustrator and mount the architecture in black and white, making them look like classic film. After mounting everything, I designed a visually interesting layout for installation, emulating the way people frame photos at home.
During the process, I learned some lessons. At first, I was struggling in deciding whether to do architecture or food or both. Both of them, in Wuhan, are famous in China and even in the world. I finally gave up the food part, and chose to draw the architecture for a more concentrated theme, rather than jumping around the topics involving everything. I learned that sometimes I have to give up things to make the whole more focused. I think the ability to transform sketches to digital images is useful, especially when I need something that cannot be found online, then I could make them on computer, making me more flexible when finding sources.
Wuhan, memories, postcards, installation
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