Sunday, November 30, 2008

Vantage Point To James Bond

I was recently assigned a project to create a new movie poster in the style of an old one. The search of movie posters began, and I found that I really enjoyed the Vantage Point poster and the James Bond: To Russia With Love poster, so they became my references.

I am confident that I effectively used the composition, color scheme, layout, and type to achieve the goal of the project. There may be minor tweaks I'd make on it in the future, when I have more time, but for now, this will have to suffice. Comments and critiques are encouraged!

The first image is my final project and the second listed is the original poster (taken with a camera, hence the folds). Click each for a larger view!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Matt Heil: Photography

I wasn't sure what to call this, but it is amazing. I was a star in a movie! Yes, me, Josh Corken, was a star in a famous photography movie! It's actually not famous at all, but it should be. This was created by Matt Heil, in his junior year of high school. The concept is amazing and the photography is really well done, especially for a high school project! We just recently stumbled across it and realized just how awesome it was. Take a look!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Self Portrait

Half of a final project required me to choose an artist that had created a self portrait of themselves and mock their style for my own self portrait. I chose Andy Worhal because I really liked the style of one of his portraits, which is the second image listed below. It is very simple and just enough to get the main points across, but yet very powerful.

I think I achieved the style and am pretty please with the outcome. Although, when I look at myself in this portrait, I always feel like it can be improved. I guess that is the downside of self portraits. Especially when I am quite picky about certain things. This being one of them. Critiques are encouraged because I'd like to know how to improve this. Thanks!

Europe, Here I Come!

Yesterday was a good day! As I was volunteering at the library at my school, I received the email telling me that I had been chosen for the study abroad opportunity in Poland over the summer. Words can not describe how happy I was reading my name on that list! It sounds cheesy, but it is true. I was shaking for a good hour after that.

I thought I would share the good news on my blog, which will only be read by a handful of people. Regardless, I continue to update this because it makes me feel warm inside! I'll pretend that everyone I know reads this and it will make me feel better. Oh, what's up with the picture, you ask? That's me, in the future, in Poland. Watch out Europe, here I come!

Monday, November 24, 2008

IUPUI Has A Homecoming?

Who would have known that IUPUI had a homecoming! I didn't until I was asked to design the promotions for it. I'm not even sure if IUPUI had one last year. If we did, I assume 12 people showed up to the dance and 10 of those were couples running for king and queen. Who knows! I guess this is me bashing the part of IUPUI that is the least known about. At least for me, that is.

I threw theses together quite fast, but I think they came out alright. There are a lot of subtle aspects and second reads to them, which I like to do as often as possible. Unfortunately, I was required to bombard the flyers with logos, as you can see. I've never been a fan of that, but it's a must for these sort of things.

Friday, November 21, 2008

New Web Layout

Yes, I know you can tell. I can too. I like to change my website frequently. I like updating and I always try to make it more clear and concise. That is what I will strive for. I made business cards for myself a while back and some what related them to my website, but now, I have totally combined the two, so there is no way you could miss the resemblance. I hope this will help my visual identity, for all you graphic designers or marketing majors out there.

Below is a screen shot of the site itself. There is literally ONE link on the entire page. And that link directs you right back to this blog. Who would have thought? And the vicious cycle begins! Enjoy and critiques please!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Technical Illustration: Say Cheese!

To be honest, this is a piece of work that I will have to pride myself in. I have been stressing out about this project for the past two weeks and finally pulled it off! The project was to take an object and replicate it as an illustration, also called a technical illustration, because it is, in fact, very technical!

I will say that I feel very confident with this illustration and will hopefully be able to do more in the future. In total, I spent about 17 hours on this project. The bottom image is a snapshot of the line work of my design. Please let me know your thoughts on this. Critiques are always most welcome. Click the images for a better view. Thanks!

Monday, November 17, 2008

ACUI Graphics Competition

Over the weekend, IUPUI hosted the ACUI conference, which hosted some graphics competitions. My manager from IUPUI went ahead and submitted one of my designs into the flyer category, based on compliments from students on campus. To my surprise, it won second place! Who would've known? Obviously my manager.

Anyways, below is the flyer that won. I won't lie, this didn't take more than 30 minutes of my time, so I am quite pleased that it is recognized as a decent promotional piece. Thanks to everyone who appreciates my "hard" work!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Join The Family

I hope I do join the family! I will be applying to be a resident assistant for the IUPUI campus apartments for 2009-2010 and really have high hopes of getting the position. Oh, how convenient it would be to live on campus!

Well, I was lucky enough to score some brownie points with the board by designing their fliers and banners for the open position promotions. The main point of this was to make it hip and cool, eye catching and sleek, quick and nimble. I think I'm getting off topic. But anyways, here it is, just another piece of work cranked out within an hour or so.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rocco Baviera

My last illustration assignment was to follow Rocco Baviera's style, which is actually very fun and basic. It was time consuming just because we were required to create 3 different pieces, all focused on endangered animals of Indiana. It was fun to learn of all the endangered species that just Indiana has alone. You would never imagine how many Mollusks there are! Oh wow!

Anywho, below are my 3 illustrations, which came out pretty much exactly like Rocco Bavieria's style. The first listed is a Puma, second is called a Piping Plover (Yes, I know. I had never heard of such an animal before either.), and the third is the Indiana Bat.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Most Amazing Poem You Will Ever Read

This is a poem I wrote at a gathering friends one night. Let's just say I was not totally with it. This has absolutely no meaning and was wrote about nothing in particular. Or was it?

The Poem Written at K-Fest

What have you done in a world?
Milk is white, but dreams uncurled, in a world.
Unsweetened treasures can bring little lights.
To listen in on flannel flights. Ouch kites!
Out on 46th, never know a tide, right?
Can't try to take over fly by night flights.
Who's journey can overwhelm favorite friends.
But nothing compares to likens within. Ben?
You're kind of playing a nasty menthol skydive.
What you don't know, the girl, is she alive?
Fireside spatulas find their way home.
Hammocks have hammers with apples and chrome.
What can we do with this?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What Do You Do?

At my work, the Multimedia Production Center at IUPUI, I finish projects with a very quick turnaround rate. Most projects I do are finished within a day or two, and that is in between taking care of everyone who comes into the office and completing printing requests. I'd say this has made me think about design faster and more efficiently, which will help me in the computer graphics realm! Not to mention, I am able to get school projects done a little faster. What perks come from such stress!

Below you will see a TV spot and a letter size flier for print. The concept stayed consistent and met the client's goals. Overall, it was a decent project.