This week at BSU, Gene is speaking about Missions, so at about midnight last night I created this for the PowerPoint during the service.

I have created a website design for PixelIQ.com It’s going to be finished by tonight. This is a website/graphic design company that I will possibly be working for and this website design is part of showing them my skill level.

I’m in a Printmaking class and we just recently did Intaglio. Since I don’t want to try to explain what Intaglio is I will quote Wikipedia which pretty much sums it up in a few sentences:

Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface, and the incisions are created by etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint or mezzotint. Collographs may also be printed as intaglio plates. To print an intaglio plate the surface is covered in thick ink and then rubbed with tarlatan cloth to remove most of the excess. The final smooth wipe is usually done by hand, sometimes with the aid of newspaper, leaving ink only in the incisions. A damp piece of paper is placed on top and the plate and paper are run through a printing press that, through pressure, transfers the ink from the recesses of the plate to the paper

Here is a piece I did from a photograph I took in New Orleans. It was a house that was basically flooded and got contaminated with oil.

Next I added “plate tone” and colored ink to the process to create the below image.. I think it’s 100% better looking. Plate tone is where you rub residual ink onto the plate and you can blend it with your hand to get the effect you want.
The next project was to use a different image and add “soft ground texture” to the plate. So I put salt and various peices of string on the plate.. the salt is lightly placed all over the plate… so in the image you can see speckled darkened dots. It took about 2 hours to add the texture and it didn’t show up as much as I wanted it to. You can see the text best in the wood stump. Then we did the same processes with color, except I used two colors: brown on top and reddish brown in the figure. This is a depiction of Jesus being beaten. It comes from a series of drawings I did in Drawing III a few semesters ago where I did a series of events of the crucifixion.
Some of the tones aren’t blended like I wanted.. specifically in the body… because when I did the “stage biting” where you create the tones, it only did distinct shades. The really good blending is done with rubbing the ink with my hand.

So I finished the website for my Viscomm class in about 15 hours in two days. From Saturday night at 11 PM until Sunday night at 8:30 PM I worked on this website, minus a few hours of sleep and an hour for church. I posted the website at http://www.stephenemlund.com/jazz/

Has anyone ever heard of Texas Red Sullivan? Well, it’s my third-cousin’s dad. My third-uncle I guess?? Well he plays piano and blues/rock/jazz music. He has asked me to build a website for his band. Apparently he is going to have a show on the food network because he can cook some killer barbeque stuff. So he wants a website for that also. I just found a news article about him at http://www.star.niu.edu/articles/?id=11167 … there’s a picture of him. Yeah.. so I’m excited to have another website project.

One of my next projects for Viscomm is to present research on a web designer or design groups… These are what I’m currently looking at to research:

I’m trying to find one that has similar design ideas that I do or has produced work that I hope to someday, or that I see myself wanting to create.

Spring Break:
I’ll be home working at Sargent Construction.. doing their website. I will also be trying to finish up www.gisellegrayson.com and maybe working on stephenemlund.com

This weekend, I have to finish up a website and get it programmed by Monday. We had to make something up so I chose a jazz tv channel. I designed the logo and drew the saxophone player. I’m not sure if I can finish it up in time. Because we also have to have a poster done to accompany the website.

Another project I did this week is for Partners in Prevention, a state-wide campaign on campus about not drinking alcohol… or something.. not really sure, I just do the website 🙂

Here is what I came up with.

Since last week at this time A lot of things have happened. I got a website design and programmed for The Serve Center on campus. It’s for their “Big Event”

This website actually validates as XHTML Strict,without errors and I’m excited about that.

Here’s a screenshot:


I also was asked to head up the Agriculture website for Truman. Their current website is http://agriculture.truman.edu The department is very small and they want to get their name out to interested high school students.

So, I have a daunting task ahead of me.

I will also be creating a poster to be sent to all Missouri high schools advertising the Agriculture department. This opportunity came up because an Ag. professor teaches one of my classes: The Horse in Art, Science and History. It’s the most interesting class I’ve had so far here at Truman. The professor and I share the same interests in christian music, books (Blue Like Jazz, etc) and he’s on Facebook. So I will be working with him and the other Ag. professors three hours a week to redesign and reconceptualize their website.

I’m excited.

I was recently burning some old design files onto CD (all 500 mb of them). They are taking over my computer. I noticed a few website screenshots that I thought “this stuff sucks” when looking at it. One such website was the very first website redesign I did… it was for Sargent Construction Company

To make this more interesting I will show you the website design before I was hired in 2004 to redesign and re-conceptualize it. This is what I was hired to redesign:

Now let’s look at my first-ever attempt at redesigning a website. Before this website design, I had never done anything but make graphics for the web, or change the header of a website. I knew HTML really well, and that’s about it. The image-editing program I used was Microsoft Image Composer, a free software that came with an old version of FrontPage. Here it is:

Ok, so during the Summer of 2004 I continued to work full time, because they wanted a page on their website for all of 300-400 construction jobs they did. Complete with pictures and details of the buildings. That meant, opening up every floor plan sheet that was stored in their closet to get the building dimensions and other information needed for the website. This also meant that I would be driving around Fredericktown to take photos of all the buildings they have built there. Here is the current website, a little more complex and better designed.

So I’ve been working hard in Printmaking to learn all this new stuff. Here is my second relief print. The first one I did is framed, and hanging in Ophelia Parish… so I couldn’t get it scanned.
For relief printing I basically carved from a peice of wood the white areas in the picture. Then you press paper against it and it looks like this… Yeah, I’m not too happy with the results.
The next project was using two colors and I chose to draw a guitar, because I always see guitars when I’m in my room, since my roommate as numerous Stevie Ray Vaughan posters, and 4-5 of his guitars sitting around… So here’s an ode to SRV:

The AIGA trip to Chicago was amazing. And not because there were 6 guys and 19 girls on the trip. Because I realized that I loved the atmosphere and the work environment that the design firm had, that we visited. I definitely want to live there sometime before I settle down.

Here’s what trip was like.
We left on Thursday night. I rode with Jessica, Schuyler and Julia. We stayed at Julia’s parents house for Thursday night. Jessica and I realized how crazy senior VisComm majors really are. Schuyler just kept screaming “Chicago 2006”.

Friday moring we headed to the city to check into the hotel and visit The Grillo Group. It’s a design firm of 3-4 designers and they do some awesome stuff. They went through a normal day for them and showed us some of their work. They also took a lot of our questions.

After visiting The Grillo Group we walked to the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was pretty awesome, but I think The Art Institute is much better. We went to the Art Institute on Saturday and then headed home.

At Giordanno’s for dinner


Jessica and I at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Institute of Chicago

Julia, Me, Jessica, someone, and someone else (two freshman who I don’t know the names of)

Jessica and I outside of Chipotle

Here are the Rapala Fishing Lure ad and the Brochure for Society of Illustrators I mentioned in the last post.

For the left half of this, I found cool frames, pictures of people holding fish and a photo of wood panelling and put them all together to come up with the “bait shop wall”

This was a brochure which is folded in half and then in thirds and it was a mailer. The back of it was served as a poster.
Poster –

Information side –

Just the front cover –

Before the last two projects we had to design a poster for the Native American Heritage Month that Truman has every year. I chose to stylize just an Indian Headdress and bring attention to the people as a whole. This is why I left out a person wearing it. The headdress was hand-drawn with ink and then scanned in.

Recent BSU Design
Tonight is the FUEL service and I designed this by compositing a night sky and a closely cropped photo of a sculpture of jesus. I had to colorize it and change the contrast, This took only about 20 minutes.