Statement of Work 
To look over the work I’ve accomplished in the last few months, a lot of observations come to mind. Firstly, the huge variety of projects I’ve completed. Logos, posters, character design, artwork, and combinations of each; far more fluidity and range than I’ve felt working in physical art before. As I look over the progress I’ve made, I realize that open to the creative medium of Illustrator, my ideas have been expressed far better than I could have achieved with any other program, surface, or medium.
 
That said, progress has been made since the beginning. Once I mastered the pen tool, I hit the ground running- though I had a lot more to learn before I could fully translate my ideas into images. The most I could do in those early stages was create simple logos, like the Grant Coffee Logo and the sports logo. I’m proud to say that even these simple projects were well done; they may not have been too difficult to create, but they still reflected the elements of design and were pleasing to the eye. In truth, I’ve had a sense of the elements of design for a long time- any artist who works in a physical medium should. So I’m proud of how I slowly built up the complexity of my projects while keeping the soundness of the designs.
 
As for weaknesses in my design, I had quite a lot to learn when it came to text and typography. Text, with its unpredictable length and irregular shapes, always seems ill-fitting in the mathematically pristine vector environment. I always want lines of text to be perfect, and struggle keeping fonts looking neat. For the typography poster in particular, I had trouble keeping the words evenly balanced, so the image didn’t appear wobbly. Overall, I like my projects with as few words as possible- logos or images without explanation.
 
So it’s surprising that my overall favorite (and largest) project is filled to the brim with words and instructions. The Hexaflexagon map, my first big multi-week project, fully engaged my obsession and creative fervor. I spent hours poring over every triangle, arranging and rearranging and editing colors. It’s hard to have a balanced color palette when every color of the rainbow is part of the core of your design- a dilemma I more or less fixed by making the background shades of slate gray, cream and pale blue- unobtrusive colors that managed to balance the candy-bright hexaflexagon colors. I got all the elements of this design to fit together well- a difficult task and a rewarding one that resulted in a glorious, complex design that looks like layers of brightly colored machinery. Even if the words got extremely small in places, I consoled myself with the fact that these particular pages were meant to be viewed at poster size.
 
I don’t plan to go into graphic design as my career- though I know I can use these skills in any number of professions. Like email-writing, it’s good to know it no matter where in life one finds oneself. I still project a more scientific-based future for myself, but for now, I have already been commissioned with several different small projects that are amusing and a good polishing to my skills. That’s been my goal from the beginning, after all- use these skills for small projects, for myself or others, and be able to create a wide variety of art in a new medium.