Category Archives: Mandatory hand-ins


Photo Essay (Oblig. 7)

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“In this mandatory hand-in, your task is to portray a person, A Photo Essay is a series of images telling a story, where the images does not have to be presented in a set order. You will have to present … Continue reading

A Simple Website (Oblig.6)

Finally, I’m done with mandatory hand-in 6! Unfortunately, I haven’t really had the time to add any WordPress posts related to this hand-in during the project. You see, I’ve had a hard time understanding HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver altogether – so I’ve just been focusing on learning activities, and the project itself.
Forgivable, I’m sure ūüėČ
Anyways… Here’s the project description:

“To achieve a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, you shall build a simple website, styled with CSS.

The website must contain:

  1. Index site.
  2. 3 subpages with the following themes:
    • Historical review of HTML and CSS (a brief written and visual display.)
    • Design online – links to good and bad websites describing the reason of the impression of the design.
    • Your own experience with usage and design of websites.”

So, it took me a while to get started, as I have never touched upon anything related to HTML and CSS. I had to do most of my learning activities, before getting started on the design, just to make sure that I had some basic knowledge.

I started with finding information that I was going to put on my site, along with my own writing on my index page, and third and last subpage.
I’ve mostly been using google and Wikipedia for my two first subpages, googling words like HTML, and CSS history, badly designed websites, good websites etc.

Next thing I did, was to create a wireframe. However, I found it hard to copy my initial wireframe, as I’ve had some serious issues with positioning in Dreamweaver. I’m still finding it really hard, although, I think I kind of got the hang of relative positioning at least!

So, after reading the curriculum, watching our lectures, and some additional tutorials, I started creating my website in Dreamweaver.

My head has been filled with tags, and boxes and questions on how to create buttons, background images and menus for the past couple of weeks.
Especially the last part – menus.
I’ve been trying and failing so many times during this project to create a menu that was going to be more pleasing to the eye, than the one I’ve landed on.
When I finally did have a menu that was pretty decent, I discovered that it’s pretty crappy to use a font that few people have stored on their machine. So, I had to change the font to a more widely used one, and the result is the result on my website today.
I also tried making buttons in Photoshop, but I couldn’t find enough time to finish that. I’ve used the “Spry” option in Dreamweaver instead.
Luckily, I’ve managed to create a custom background in Photoshop, and it’s probably the thing on my website that I like the most.

Final big issue I had, was today. FTP upload… My head was wrecked after receiving the error of “403 Forbidden” when trying to open my website in a Firefox, Chrome and Explorer browser.
I searched through google, I searched Noroff forums, I pulled my hair, and was biting my fingernails, when I finally came to realize – i saved my index file as Index.html. Capitol “I”. What a stupid mistake.
Only thing I had to do, was to save my index file with a lowercase “i”.
Problem fixed!

I am somewhat pleased with my final result, seeing I didn’t know anything about webdesign in advance.
It’s a decent enough first simple website I suppose, and I’m thrilled I actually managed to technically complete this.

In the future, I’ll be focusing more on the design, and expanding my knowledge and implementing this into my wedesigns.

Here’s my final result:

Hand-in is due tomorrow, and I can’t wait for the freakin’ weekend to come along!



My Illustration – Final Result (Oblig 3)

I actually forgot to post the main sketch I used for my Illustration yesterday.
Well anyways, the poster was built on these sketches:

And after struggling with Illustrator (again), and enjoying Photoshop (again), I ended up with this:

Finally, the hand-in has been handed in!

I’ve got just a few more things to do, before stuffing my face with x-mas chocolate and yummy food ūüôā



Idea development, Sketches and such – Illustration (Oblig.3)

In the beginning of this mandatory hand-in, I was super stoked and inspired. However, it has proven to be more difficult than I imagined at the beginning.

I’ve thought I had some good ideas, I’ve been stuck, frustrated, I’ve thought I was on to something, then really insecure about the whole poster.

However, I did have a certain idea from the beginning that I’ve built on for the past weeks.

Idea development:
As the song I’ve chosen doesn’t really contain a whole lot of different words and meanings, I started out by writing down the main things in the lyrics that I think of when listening to it.
* Flame
* Hands
* Heart
* Dark
* Crimson red
* Desperation

As this song, and the rest of the album is directed at dedicated fans, this became my target group.
By this, I mean dedicated fans that knows this album, and WASP by heart, such as myself.
The target group doesn’t really have any set age, as people of all age is easily into
different types of music.
Also, the objects in my illustration is something that anyone can recognize.

From the very start, I had an idea of a poster with two hands holding a heart with a flame inside. Pretty much a direct illustration of the song.
I was stuck on this thought, and on the idea that the illustration style was going to be more tattoo inspired, as tattoo and rock goes hand in hand.

I created a moodboard for inspiration:

The moodboard contains some album art, tattoos of the objects I wanted to illustrate, tattoo stencils, and a similar color range that I already had in my mind.

So, I started sketching:

I scanned the sketches, and started working on the different elements that I had drawn up.
I also used¬†Google¬†images for inspiration, searching for images such as ‘hands’, ‘hand sketches’, ‘human heart’, ‘flames’ and ‘hands holding’.

The hand-in is due tomorrow, and I am pretty much done with it. Just need to add some finishing touches in Illustrator and finish my report.
Result will be uploaded here tomorrow as well.



Illustration – Poster Research (Oblig 3)

In our mandatory hand in, the poster size is supposed to be in this format:
50×70, 300 dpi with a 3 mm bleed.

This seems to be a standard format for posters, although there is also other formats to be used for different effects such as panorama and squared in different measurements.
A rectangular poster can also have other measurements.

Some technical words:

Bleed РAdded size to the image, normally placed at 3 mm extra elements (images, lines or color bars), which is outside the net format of the print.
This¬†is¬†to¬†avoid the¬†white¬†“glitch” when¬†the print is¬†cropped.

DPI – (dots per inch) is a measure of image resolution. 300 dpi, high-resolution, is normally used for print.

Gross format – the net format + bleed (50,3 x 70,3cm).

Net format – the format the print is cropped to in the final result (50 x 70 cm).

Here is the format I am going to use, included bleed of 3mm and safety margin of 10mm:

I’ve got a whole bunch of sketches ready, as I have already been working on this hand-in for a couple of weeks.
Can’t wait to be done with this one ūüôā



Illustration – My song pick (Oblig 3)

Another mandatory hand-in at the start of the week.

“A musician or a band contacts you, and ask you to do a visual illustration of one of their songs.
Choose the music your self.

The goal of the task is to create a new and original expression to the song, as the illustration is supposed to give the music another dimension of depth.
Solve the task in Photoshop Рbut the illustration also have to contain vector graphics produced in Illustrator.
The illustration is not supposed to contain any text or lyrics.

Make a poster in the following format:
50x70cm with a 3 mm bleed and in a 300 dpi resolution.”

I instantly started thinking of which song I wanted to make this illustration for.
I went through many bands in my head, and a lot of my favorite lyrics.

I landed on ‘WASP – Hold On To My Heart’.

This is the song:



There’s a flame, flame in my heart
And there’s no rain, can put it out
And there’s a flame, its burning in my heart
And there’s no rain, ooh can put it out
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Take away the pain, inside my soul
And I’m afraid, so all alone
Take away the pain, is burning in my soul
Cause I’m afraid that I’ll be all alone
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
And oh no, don’t let me go cause all I am
You hold in your hands, and hold me
And I’ll make it through the night
And I’ll be alright, hold on, hold on to my heart

This great little tune is from WASP’s album called ‘The Crimson Idol’. Basically the whole album is based on a story of a teenager called Jonathan Aaron Steel.
Jonathan runs away from home when his brother is killed in a car accident, as he’s got issues with his parents.

From here on, his life becomes complicated, and he wanders the street with his guitar.
On his way to stardom, he becomes addicted to alcohol and drugs – and cocaine in particular.

‘Hold On To My Heart’ is one of the last songs on the album, where Jonathan is tired, and in need of help.

This particular album is Blackie Lawless’ concept album, and¬†it’s¬†very different and more mellow than any other rock’n’roll tunes the band has ever done.

I’ve seen it live, and it’s amazing.¬†Definitely¬†one of my favorite bands of all times.
Correction – Blackie Lawless is one of my¬†favorite¬†musicians of all time, as he’s basically the songwriter and the only original member left in the band.

This album lies close to my heart – and I know every single lyric, finger pick and chord played on it.
Quite a natural pick for my illustration.