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Value Drawings………………………………………………………………………………....………page 2 Color Drawings……………………………………………………………………………...…....…… page 4 Colors…………………………………………………………………………………………....……...page 6 Alphabet…………………………………………………………………………………....……….…..page 8 Tobacco Free…………………………………………………………………………....…………...…..page 10 The Beginning…………………………………………………………………………………....……...page 12 Lines………………………………………………………………..……………………………………page 14 Yum……………………………………………………………………………...……………………….page 16 Blind………………………………………………………………………...……………………………page 18 Bottle Lines………..…………………………………………..………...……………………………….page 20 Signature……………………………………………………………..…………………………………...page 22 Starting Out Simple………………………........………………………………………………………….page 24 A Four Year Journey…………………………………………………………….......…………….………page 26 Love Your Melon……………………………………………….....………………………………………page 28 Cougar Pride……………………………………………………...………………………………….……page 30 The Saint Xavier University Tour.......................………………………………………………………….page 32 About Me………………………………………………………………………………………………….page 34 Traveling Time………………………………………………………………………………………..…...page 36 Sista Sista………………………………….………………………………………………………………page 38

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IMAGE AND TEXT By Brittany Serritella

Value Drawings This week we were drawing value drawings using adobe illustrator, wacom tablet, and a stylus. This idea of these drawings was to only use black, grey. and white. We drew teapots or coffee pots and the idea was to blend the colors together. We had the lights off with the teapots or coffee pots under a certain light so we can get different shadows and the pot can have light hitting it at different spots. This way, we were using different colors at different spots depending on the light. The hardest part was drawing the shadow. We started the drawing how we previously did last week by using multiple lines to draw the skeleton base of the picture.

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This coffee pot was more dark all around. The light was only hitting the front of the pot. the shadow had very limited light towards the bottom. This on had more colors blended together than the first one and I think this one was blended better. For this one, the top of the coffee pot was off so you get the depth of the inside of the pot rather than the last one where the top of the pot was on.


Shadows This is the first coffee pot I drew. I think the best part of this drawing is the shape. I accurately drew the shape and size of the pot. When I was finished filling in the pot with the colors, my colors were too straight and not blended together. I started to cross them over using diagonal lines trying to blend them a little better. My shadow was difficult to draw because of how it was shaped. Some part of the shadow was light and then immediately got dark so it was harder to bend those. As you can see, the right side of the pot is where the light was hitting the most, then slowly to the left side the light wasn't hitting it as much.

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Color Drawings I think this is my best flower even though the colors were the hardest to use. It is a monochromatic drawing so I was only able to use one color the whole time. It amazes me how many different shades of greens there. I never thought about it until I had to draw my first monochromatic drawing. I really tried to incorporate all the different shades of green in the picture because that's what makes the picture.

The greens bring out the flower, leaves, and background. The leaves were complicated to draw because of the different shapes, sizes, and shades of green. I think this is my most accurate picture out of the three because of the greens I used, the sizes of the flower and leaves, and the background.

IMAGE & TEXT By: Brittany Serritella

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H U E S

For these pictures, we used the adobe illustrator application with a wacom tablet and a stylus. This style of drawing was different than we did before. We were to draw three different types of pictures. They were complimentary, analogous, and monochromatic. This was my complementary drawing. You use the color wheel to use contrasting colors to draw the picture. The orange and blue are contrasting one another. It was hard for me to draw this picture and blend the colors. The shadows were hard for me to draw because the complexity of it and the many different shades of colors you had to use. I tried to get the middle of the flower to be accurate has possible with all the different browns. The browns were spotty, so instead of coloring it in, I drew multiple dots to make up the middle of the flower.

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SATURATION The state or process that occurs when no more of something can be absorbed, combined with, or added.

Images Taken By: Nathan Peck

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The attribute of a color by virtue of which it is discernible as red, green, etc., and which is dependent on its dominant wavelength, and independent of intensity or lightness.

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Alphabet This is my smooth it out stage where I finished up making everything look neat. I used the grid to help me match up the letters evenly and proportional. The bottom of the letters were to be aligned as well as the top to give the alphabet a neat look. I finished smoothing out the letters with anything that didn't seem right, as in crooked or not how I wanted it. I made the title at the end so I can see how the letters stuck out to me and see what I wanted to name it. I thought dysfunction was appropriate because to me the letters look neat, but dysfunctional. Moving the letters around in the title and not having them aligned gave the full effect.

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IMAGE & TEXT BY: BRITTANY SERRITELLA


TOOLS This week we were to create our own alphabet using a mac computer, adobe illustrator, wacom tablet, and a mouse. This was a different process of drawing than we did before because we had to draw it out on a piece of paper at first to get an idea of what we wanted to do on the computer. We practiced using more simple letters at first like the letter I or the letter E; the letters that had no curves. We used the pen tool and would make one point, and then make another point wherever the shape would go next, and it would draw a line for us. It got a little tricky when we had to draw a curved letter like J or P. At first we still used the pen tool and we would fix up the curves when we were done. So basically we made a straight line like the previous non curved letters, then we would make the lines curved when we "roughed it out". Once we had enough practice doing that, we would make the letters curved with "curve on the fly". Meaning, we made the curve right away rather than making the line straight, then curving it out. It is one less step but it is more tedious. You make one point, then you make the next point wherever the shape is supposed to be. Instead of letting go of the mouse, you would drag the point and a curve would appear and you would curve the shape however it is supposed to be.

That is how we got our letters. My letters were not meant to have curves so I did not use that process as much. My letters were meant to have fine lines. An important part to the letters were the baselines. You had to make sure the letters were evenly proportioned, but also the bottom edge of the letters should be aligned as well as the top. This makes the letters look neat and even. We were to make the letters all the same color. When we were creating the letters, we used the option of having no fill in the letters. This meant that once you connected the points, no color would fill them in and it easier for us to see. Now when we went to fill them, some of the letters have the space that can't be filled like the letters P or Q. To keep the inside white, we used a tool called create shape. We would use the black pointer tool to click the space we didn't want filled. We would then click the create shape tool and click the same space we didn't want filled. We would then go back to the the pointer tool and repeat the step of clicking the space we did not one filled then proceed to click the delete button. This would leave the space not filled. I named my title dysfunction because my letters are crazy and different. Placing the letters not even in the title gives the full effect of what I trying to show.

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SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY This week I drew 3 logos that represented a tobacco free campus for Saint Xavier University. I did this by using adobe illustrator, a mac computer, and a mouse. I used the same tools for the previous couple of weeks. Instead of tracing the logo like last week, I had to make up my own. I wanted to use something bold and simple that people would be able to see and read easily. I think all 3 of mine have some simplicity to it and are easy for people to read.

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IMAGE & TEXT BY: BRITTANY SERRITELLA

I used the pen point tool to draw the object I needed and I used the ink tool to color in the exact color I wanted. To get some accurate colors, I googled the objects in my logos and I used the colors from there. I used a new tool, the text box, to write some of the lettering on my logos. There were many different fonts that I could chose from but I didn't want them to be too crazy because I wanted it easy to read. All the logos must be color and black&white friendly so I had to apply that accordingly.


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The Beginning For this week, we used a tool called wacom which allowed us to use a stylist to draw our pictures. It was tricky at first, but once you practiced it wasn't as hard. I was nervous because I am not an artistic person. We used an application called Adobe Illustrator. There are two different options of settings you are able to use for the tablet, pen and mouse. For me, it was easier to use the pen setting. I felt as if I had more control over my drawings. We were basing our drawings off of a wine bottle.

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There are 3 different kinds of lines we are supposed to use when drawing the wine bottle. Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. It was tricky trying to figure out where to start when drawing a wine bottle with just lines. You had to figure out what way you wanted your lines to go and if you should start bottom to top or top to bottom. You figured it all out once you had some practice. I found the way I felt most comfortable with holding the stylist and which was I drew the lines best. Using just lines to draw an object helps you look at art from a different perspective!


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The umbrella was one of my favorites. I liked how it turned out and it didn't take as much practice as I thought it would. The first one was tricky because my hand wasn't steady and I couldn't draw the lines straight. The second one I liked how my lines turned out but I thought I did too long of the umbrella stick and I wanted the top of the umbrella wider. I redid it to equal the lines. I used diagonal lines because that was the best shape for an umbrella. It was tricky trying to angle the bottom of the umbrella for the handle but I figured out how to do it and keep parallel lines.

My first object was a hanger and as you can see I needed more practice with this one. It took more tries for me to get the final picture that I wanted. I arranged it in horizontal lines because I feel like it helped shape the hanger better and gave it the width it needed. It took me a while to try and figure out how to shape the hanger. At first, I did the lines too wide, then too thin, then I couldn't figure out how many lines to do at the top vs the bottom. After a couple practice drawings, I drew the final hanger I wanted.

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LINES This week I was to draw 4 different teapots in 3 different ways. One way I drew them was using stacked lines, which I have used in the passed. They are parallel lines used throughout the drawing. The next way I drew them was using contour. Contour is where I just did the outline shape of the teapot. I was looking at the teapot while drawing it but would keep looking back at the screen to make it neat and precise as possible. The other drawing type I used was blind contour drawing. This one always looked like a mess. I did not take my eyes off of the teapot while drawing so the shape of my teapot was always crazy. I used adobe illustrator with a tablet and a stylus on a mac computer.

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This one was the most difficult to draw because it took me a while to get the shape right. This teapot had an awkward handle compared to the body of it so it was more complicated to draw. For my stacked lines, I think my best work is the one on the bottom. The lines are the straightest and it most accurately represents the teapot. My blind contours are to the right. This was one was especially hard to draw blind because it was hard enough to draw when looking at it.

IMAGE & TEXT BY: BRITTANY SERRITELLA


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L O ‌ G M U Y O S

For this week's blog we made logos. We used adobe illustrator and a mac computer. This was a different outlook of things from what we have done in the past. I used multiple different tools to complete these logos. I typed any logo we wonted into Google and pasted the picture to adobe illustrator. I then used the pen tool to make the sharp or curve lines. For the sharp lines, I just click from one end to another. For the curved lines, I held down the mouse and curved the lines the way I wanted. I traced the picture of the logo to every last detail. Once I was making the lines, I used the no fill option so the picture would not be filled with color and I can better see my tracings. I put the original picture aside and started to fill my new drawing with the correct colors.

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Image & Text By: Brittany Serritella

I used the color fill tool for this. I would use the black pointer tool, and select the item I wanted to fill. I would then click the color fill tool, then click the color on the original picture and it would then fill the portion of my picture with the color I wanted. It was a neat tool to use and it helped with getting the exact color. At the end, I would delete the original picture. I used the white pointer tool to clean up and rough edges I did not like in my picture along the way. If I wanted to work on specific part of the picture, I would double click it and it would focus just on the part I wanted. To get out of that, I would double click outside the portion I was working on.


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Blind Blind contour never turns out how you are expecting. I was looking at the object the whole time and not looking at my computer screen. Because of this, I was drawing blind. The teapots and coffee pots I drew turned out to be disportotionate, funky, and not like the object whatsoever. That is what made these drawings unique and fun.

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Bottle Lines

Bottle of Contact Solution Looking at this bottle, I feel like it could be many different things, unfortunately not a wine bottle, but I think that it most closes resembles a bottle of eye contact solution. Again, the proportions are a little off. I should have made the bottle taller and the narrow part on the top taller as well.

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Image & Text By: Breanna Graffeo

Pepsi Bottle The design of this bottle is so obviously a Pepsi bottle. I think the way I incorporated the lines helps aid the Pepsi look. The lines give the visual effect of the a Pepsi bottle because of how they help design the bottle.


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Kid’s Shampoo Bottle My second attempt really missed all wine bottle attributes. I do however, think that this looks almost identical to the shampoo I used to use as a child. After only two weeks of class, I can see that I am starting to become a little more creative. I do not think that I would have been able to title this before I began this class.

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Practicing our signature was one of the first class assignments. At the beginning of the semester, every day when we came in, we would get our tablet and stylus and just practice our signatures. By doing this, it allowed us to get used to the tablets and stylus and helped prepare us for the more complex projects to come. I enjoyed coming in and warming up with the signatures because it helped me get use to the stylus and tablet and it was a simple task.

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Image By Brittany Serritella and Alyssa Kolecki


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Starting Out Simple Practice Image & Text By: Brittany Serritella

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These are the original value drawings that I used. I started out without knowing how to blend the colors together. As I kept practicing, I started getting the hang of it. Using different lines that varied from diagonal, vertical, and horizontal helped blend the colors together well. For these value drawings, I also did not draw any shadows. I started out simple with just drawing the object, and as I got better I progressed into making shadows and more detailed drawings.


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A Four Year Journey ROOMIES!! College is a whole new and different experience for everyone. You go in not expecting what it’s going to be like and it can be very intimidating not knowing what to expect. I went into Saint Xavier University not knowing many people. My roommate and I met each other over the summer at FOCUS. Before move in day, we had only met that one time.

Luckily, she become one of my best friends and got me through my freshman year. Not only did I have a great roommate, but also great neighbors too who are now roommates with us this year too! Your roommates and friends are important in college and I am so happy to have these girls.

Image & Text By: Brittany Serritella

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Love Your Melon I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to join a Love Your Melon crew at Saint Xavier University. The LYM organization helps support pediatric cancer. The idea of LYM is to put a hat on all the kids battling cancer. There are many clothing and accessories items that you are able to purchase. Half of the funds are put towards pediatric cancer!

Images By: Alyssa Kolecki Text By: Brittany Serritella

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Our job as part of the SXU LYM Crew is to promote and get the word out about the organization. Our team has a plethora of opportunities where we set up tables at different locations and help spread the word. We also are able to meet some children fighting the battle of cancer and spend some time with them. It is such an inspiring and heartwarming organization and I could not be happier to be apart of it.


Beanies Apparel Accessories

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Cougar Pride The homecoming tailgate (along with any tailgate) is such a fun day! It’s a time for all the cougar’s and their families to come together and enjoy a nice day of football. The last two years I was lucky enough to enjoy the day with both my friends and family. It’s always a day to look forward to.

Image & Text By: Brittany Serritella

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Tailgating Season

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The Saint Xavier University Tour Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846. SXU is made up of many different buildings varying from different majors, resident’s halls, and places to eat. The resident’s halls consist of Pacelli (single rooms), Regina (all freshman dorm), McCarthy, O’Brien, Morris, and Rubloff. We have the Academic Warde where many classes are for students with any major. The Graham building is directed more towards students studying business.

We also have the VAC which is our Art & Design building for majors in that area. Our dining all is located in the Warde along with a coffee shop. Our Shannon Center is the athletic building consisting of our gyms, and Cougar Fuel which is another place to eat. That is also connected to our bookstore. We have a plethora of places to eat including Rhubarbs, Starbucks, and Gilhooley’s.

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About Me Hi my name is Brittany Serritella. I am currently a sophomore at St. Xavier University. I am a nursing major and plan on graduating in 2019. I picked St. Xavier because it is close to my home and I have many opportunities to go home and see my family. I have two sisters. One is a senior in High School and the other is 20 months old! I went to Carl Sandburg High School where I played soccer and volleyball. I absolutely love traveling. I plan on becoming a travel nurse for the first couple years of my career and hope to experience many different places. I definitely plan on studying abroad sometime over my 4 years. I also want to minor in psychology!

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Traveling Time Arizona

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My family and I love to travel. We try to fit in a vacation whenever we can and I am so lucky to have a family that treats me to these experiences! Two of my favorite places are Sedona, Arizona and Maui, Hawaii. These are two of the most beautiful places I have been to. My family loves being active so we are always hiking or doing some sort of activity!

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Hawaii

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Sista Sista Mackenzie Rose

Brianna Lily

I couldn’t be more thankful to have these two girls in my life! Brianna is 17 years old at Stagg High School still debating where she wants to go to college. I’m lucky to say that her and I are super close and can talk and tell each other about anything. Mackenzie is 20 months old! Not many people my age can say they have a baby sister but I’m happy to say that I can. It has been crazy, but a great time having a baby in the house to keep things fun. Part of the reason I stayed close to home for college was so I can still see these two gals!

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Dedicated To... All of you who are artistically challenged

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