When I was in 10th grade, I wanted to learn how to use Photoshop to create sports edits because I loved the NBA and I had gained an interest in digital art. This ended up being my topic for the personal project.
The first “piece” I made was pretty terrible:
I thought it looked good, but when I look back I think it looks terrible. I watched a 10 minute YouTube tutorial and spent little time on this. Although I now think it looks bad and unaesthetic, I look at this piece as my first step towards becoming a graphic designer.
Overtime I kept experimenting with Photoshop and watched more tutorials. The quality began to rise significantly:
By the end of the PP, I felt a lot more confident in my graphic design and photoshop abilities. Time went along when I got another opportunity to further my graphic design skills. In design class, our final unit was to do whatever we wanted, as long as we were passionate about it. I decided to make graphic design art posters for underrated NBA players. When I look back, I think my quality continued to improve:
When grade 11 came around, I decided that in order to continue getting better at photoshop (and fulfill CAS) I should join the YIS Art Club. I have joined and have since participated in weekly free art sessions (1 hour a week.) Since then, I have continue to not only hone my graphic design skill, but also creatively express myself in multiple ways. One way I have done this is by showing support for players, entering graphic design contests, and trying out new art styles that personally resonate with me. Here are some examples of this:
A graphic design piece I made in support of Gordon Hayward, a player who suffered one of the most horrific injuries in the NBA.
A graphic design piece in Vaporwave style, a new format I tried out. I tried to incorporate my childhood TV show, Spongebob, into the piece.
A graphic design piece of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his three brothers. I used this to enter his graphic design contest. I ended up getting a like from him on Instagram.
All in all, graphic design is something that I have done for a really long time and enjoy, and I feel like it was a perfect match for the artistic expression category. Thank you for taking the time to read my reflection.