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This magazine is dedicated to my main supporter, my mother, Patti.

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Run for Cover Image & Text by Taylor Insalaco

“ On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed.”

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used Adobe Illustrator to create Disaster Piece. The brush, pen, eye dropper, and text tool were all that were used. I began this piece with an image for the sky and drew in the tornado. Using the background of the image I found on the internet I used the technique we learned during the week we did shapes. I took the pen tool and made multiple points to outline each individual curve of each different color. I matched each color with the corresponding shade using the eye dropper tool and choosing the color I thought matched the best. Each color was a new layer. Once the seven different colors in the background were processed using the shape process I used the eye dropper tool again to match the color of the background I was working on. I would choose multiple shades within the same color family and use the brush tool to make it look like the background was painted. If you look at the picture you can see the thing brush strokes. I used the same process for each seven different sections that I used the pen tool to define. Once the background was completed by using the brush tool I made a new layer for the tornado. The tornado was essentially designed the same way as the background in the sense there were different shades of blacks and grays used to define the tornado. I used horizontal and diagonal lines to create the overall shade of the tornado. With each new shade came a new layer and I positioned them in an order that I felt best illuminated the tornado but didn’t add too much contrast. I then used the brush tool to draw a curved line that you see the shape of the text in in the above picture. Once the line was drawn I used the text tool to make the text follow the path. I decided to use which text because it contrasted nicely with the background and it was legible from a close distance or from far away. After the basic project was completed it was time to work on variations. Each variation was created using Adobe Illustrator and the bamboo tablet. Within Adobe Illustrator we no longer had to use the brush or pen tools to create variations, but we used the Brushes, Gradient, and Fill effects. The variation of Disaster Piece you see here was created by selecting all the brush strokes used to make the picture and then selecting all the lines in the image and choosing the brushes option. Then choosing the Mop brush effect. I felt it gave the image an overall smokey feel that goes with the idea of a tornado whipping through a town and debris flying all over the place.

The story behind Disaster Piece features a lower-class family from the Midwest whose life was turned upside down because of Mother Nature. The main characters are John and Mary Miller and their four children Sarah, Michael, Fred, and Jason. John and Mary are both 42 years old while Sarah is 18, Michael is 15, Fred is 13, and Jason is 8. The family lives in the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Oak Lawn. The year is 1967. The Miller family struggles on a day to day basis just to live. John works two jobs to try to support his family because his wife Mary lost her job as a store manager at a local Dominick’s that was closed due to an outbreak of a parasite in their food products. The parasite originated within the building and infected the fresh produce and meat without anyone noticing…until people ended up in the hospital suffering organ failure from the produce and meat consumed from this Dominick’s location. After Mary lost her job she sunk into a deep depression and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrows. When Mary runs out of alcohol she steals money from her family members or works a night or two at the local gentlemen’s club. Sarah is the oldest child and works almost 40 hours a week while trying to finish her senior year of high school. She has dreams to go to college but realizes that her family doesn’t have the income to help her achieve that higher education. Sarah does her best do get good grades in school, make every shift at work, and try to take care of her younger brothers. Because Sarah’s mother fails to fulfill that motherly role, Sarah has taken over. Michael, Fred, and Jason are like the three stooges. They goof off a lot in home and at school. It gets them in trouble at times but they manage to go to school. On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed. A massive tornado whipped through the Midwest. The city of Oak Lawn was gone. The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds. The Miller’s apartment was now a pile of rubble. On top of losing their home, they lost their father. He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped from their fifth floor apartment. Now the family has lost their only parent, and their main source of income. Read Disaster Piece and see how, or if, the family can recover from this tragic event.

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Natural Disaster Made History Image & Text by Taylor Insalaco

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I used Adobe Illustrator to create Disaster Piece. The brush, pen, eye dropper, and text tool were all that were used. I began this piece with an image for the sky and drew in the tornado. Using the background of the image I found on the internet I used the technique we learned during the week we did shapes. I took the pen tool and made multiple points to outline each individual curve of each different color. I matched each color with the corresponding shade using the eye dropper tool and choosing the color I thought matched the best. Each color was a new layer. Once the seven different colors in the background were processed using the shape process I used the eye dropper tool again to match the color of the background I was working on. I would choose multiple shades within the same color family and use the brush tool to make it look like the background was painted. If you look at the picture you can see the thing brush strokes. I used the same process for each seven different sections that I used the pen tool to define. Once the background was completed by using the brush tool I made a new layer for the tornado. The tornado was essentially designed the same way as the background in the sense there were different shades of blacks and grays used to define the tornado. I used horizontal and diagonal lines to create the overall shade of the tornado. With each new shade came a new layer and I positioned them in an order that I felt best illuminated the tornado but didn’t add too much contrast. I then used the brush tool to draw a curved line that you see the shape of the text in in the above picture. Once the line was drawn I used the text tool to make the text follow the path. I decided to use which text because it contrasted nicely with the background and it was legible from a close distance or from far away. After the basic project was completed it was time to work on variations. Each variation was created using Adobe Illustrator and the bamboo tablet. Within Adobe Illustrator we no longer had to use the brush or pen tools to create variations, but we used the Brushes, Gradient, and Fill effects. The variation of Disaster Piece you see here was created by selecting all the brush strokes used to make the picture and then selecting all the lines in the image and choosing the brushes option. Then choosing the Mop brush effect. I felt it gave the image an overall smokey feel that goes with the idea of a tornado whipping through a town and debris flying all over the place.

he story behind Disaster Piece features a lower-class family from the Midwest whose life was turned upside down because of Mother Nature. The main characters are John and Mary Miller and their four children Sarah, Michael, Fred, and Jason. John and Mary are both 42 years old while Sarah is 18, Michael is 15, Fred is 13, and Jason is 8. The family lives in the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Oak Lawn. The year is 1967. The Miller family struggles on a day to day basis just to live. John works two jobs to try to support his family because his wife Mary lost her job as a store manager at a local Dominick’s that was closed due to an outbreak of a parasite in their food products. The parasite originated within the building and infected the fresh produce and meat without anyone noticing…until people ended up in the hospital suffering organ failure from the produce and meat consumed from this Dominick’s location. After Mary lost her job she sunk into a deep depression and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrows. When Mary runs out of alcohol she steals money from her family members or works a night or two at the local gentlemen’s club. Sarah is the oldest child and works almost 40 hours a week while trying to finish her senior year of high school. She has dreams to go to college but realizes that her family doesn’t have the income to help her achieve that higher education. Sarah does her best do get good grades in school, make every shift at work, and try to take care of her younger brothers. Because Sarah’s mother fails to fulfill that motherly role, Sarah has taken over. Michael, Fred, and Jason are like the three stooges. They goof off a lot in home and at school. It gets them in trouble at times but they manage to go to school. On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed. A massive tornado whipped through the Midwest. The city of Oak Lawn was gone. The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds. The Miller’s apartment was now a pile of rubble. On top of losing their home, they lost their father. He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped from their fifth floor apartment. Now the family has lost their only parent, and their main source of income. Read Disaster Piece and see how, or if, the family can recover from this tragic event.

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“The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds.”

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used Adobe Illustrator to create Disaster Piece. The brush, pen, eye dropper, and text tool were all that were used. I began this piece with an image for the sky and drew in the tornado. Using the background of the image I found on the internet I used the technique we learned during the week we did shapes. I took the pen tool and made multiple points to outline each individual curve of each different color. I matched each color with the corresponding shade using the eye dropper tool and choosing the color I thought matched the best. Each color was a new layer. Once the seven different colors in the background were processed using the shape process I used the eye dropper tool again to match the color of the background I was working on. I would choose multiple shades within the same color family and use the brush tool to make it look like the background was painted. If you look at the picture you can see the thing brush strokes. I used the same process for each seven different sections that I used the pen tool to define. Once the background was completed by using the brush tool I made a new layer for the tornado. The tornado was essentially designed the same way as the background in the sense there were different shades of blacks and grays used to define the tornado. I used horizontal and diagonal lines to create the overall shade of the tornado. With each new shade came a new layer and I positioned them in an order that I felt best illuminated the tornado but didn’t add too much contrast. I then used the brush tool to draw a curved line that you see the shape of the text in in the above picture. Once the line was drawn I used the text tool to make the text follow the path. I decided to use which text because it contrasted nicely with the background and it was legible from a close distance or from far away. After the basic project was completed it was time to work on variations. Each variation was created using Adobe Illustrator and the bamboo tablet. Within Adobe Illustrator we no longer had to use the brush or pen tools to create variations, but we used the Brushes, Gradient, and Fill effects. The variation of Disaster Piece you see here was created by selecting all the brush strokes used to make the picture and then selecting all the lines in the image and choosing the brushes option. Then choosing the Mop brush effect. I felt it gave the image an overall smokey feel that goes with the idea of a tornado whipping through a town and debris flying all over the place.

The story behind Disaster Piece features a lower-class family from the Midwest whose life was turned upside down because of Mother Nature. The main characters are John and Mary Miller and their four children Sarah, Michael, Fred, and Jason. John and Mary are both 42 years old while Sarah is 18, Michael is 15, Fred is 13, and Jason is 8. The family lives in the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Oak Lawn. The year is 1967. The Miller family struggles on a day to day basis just to live. John works two jobs to try to support his family because his wife Mary lost her job as a store manager at a local Dominick’s that was closed due to an outbreak of a parasite in their food products. The parasite originated within the building and infected the fresh produce and meat without anyone noticing…until people ended up in the hospital suffering organ failure from the produce and meat consumed from this Dominick’s location. After Mary lost her job she sunk into a deep depression and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrows. When Mary runs out of alcohol she steals money from her family members or works a night or two at the local gentlemen’s club. Sarah is the oldest child and works almost 40 hours a week while trying to finish her senior year of high school. She has dreams to go to college but realizes that her family doesn’t have the income to help her achieve that higher education. Sarah does her best do get good grades in school, make every shift at work, and try to take care of her younger brothers. Because Sarah’s mother fails to fulfill that motherly role, Sarah has taken over. Michael, Fred, and Jason are like the three stooges. They goof off a lot in home and at school. It gets them in trouble at times but they manage to go to school. On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed. A massive tornado whipped through the Midwest. The city of Oak Lawn was gone. The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds. The Miller’s apartment was now a pile of rubble. On top of losing their home, they lost their father. He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped from their fifth floor apartment. Now the family has lost their only parent, and their main source of income. Read Disaster Piece and see how, or if, the family can recover from this tragic event.

“He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped"

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used Adobe Illustrator to create Disaster Piece. The brush, pen, eye dropper, and text tool were all that were used. I began this piece with an image for the sky and drew in the tornado. Using the background of the image I found on the internet I used the technique we learned during the week we did shapes. I took the pen tool and made multiple points to outline each individual curve of each different color. I matched each color with the corresponding shade using the eye dropper tool and choosing the color I thought matched the best. Each color was a new layer. Once the seven different colors in the background were processed using the shape process I used the eye dropper tool again to match the color of the background I was working on. I would choose multiple shades within the same color family and use the brush tool to make it look like the background was painted. If you look at the picture you can see the thing brush strokes. I used the same process for each seven different sections that I used the pen tool to define. Once the background was completed by using the brush tool I made a new layer for the tornado. The tornado was essentially designed the same way as the background in the sense there were different shades of blacks and grays used to define the tornado. I used horizontal and diagonal lines to create the overall shade of the tornado. With each new shade came a new layer and I positioned them in an order that I felt best illuminated the tornado but didn’t add too much contrast. I then used the brush tool to draw a curved line that you see the shape of the text in in the above picture. Once the line was drawn I used the text tool to make the text follow the path. I decided to use which text because it contrasted nicely with the background and it was legible from a close distance or from far away. After the basic project was completed it was time to work on variations. Each variation was created using Adobe Illustrator and the bamboo tablet. Within Adobe Illustrator we no longer had to use the brush or pen tools to create variations, but we used the Brushes, Gradient, and Fill effects. The variation of Disaster Piece you see here was created by selecting all the brush strokes used to make the picture and then selecting all the lines in the image and choosing the brushes option. Then choosing the Mop brush effect. I felt it gave the image an overall smokey feel that

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goes with the idea of a tornado whipping through a town and debris flying all over the place. The story behind Disaster Piece features a lower-class family from the Midwest whose life was turned upside down because of Mother Nature. The main characters are John and Mary Miller and their four children Sarah, Michael, Fred, and Jason. John and Mary are both 42 years old while Sarah is 18, Michael is 15, Fred is 13, and Jason is 8. The family lives in the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Oak Lawn. The year is 1967. The Miller family struggles on a day to day basis just to live. John works two jobs to try to support his family because his wife Mary lost her job as a store manager at a local Dominick’s that was closed due to an outbreak of a parasite in their food products. The parasite originated within the building and infected the fresh produce and meat without anyone noticing…until people ended up in the hospital suffering organ failure from the produce and meat consumed from this Dominick’s location. After Mary lost her job she sunk into a deep depression and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrows. When Mary runs out of alcohol she steals money from her family members or works a night or two at the local gentlemen’s club. Sarah is the oldest child and works almost 40 hours a week while trying to finish her senior year of high school. She has dreams to go to college but realizes that her family doesn’t have the income to help her achieve that higher education. Sarah does her best do get good grades in school, make every shift at work, and try to take care of her younger brothers. Because Sarah’s mother fails to fulfill that motherly role, Sarah has taken over. Michael, Fred, and Jason are like the three stooges. They goof off a lot in home and at school. It gets them in trouble at times but they manage to go to school. On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed. A massive tornado whipped through the Midwest. The city of Oak Lawn was gone. The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds. The Miller’s apartment was now a pile of rubble. On top of losing their home, they lost their father. He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped from their fifth floor apartment. Now the family has lost their only parent, and their main source of income. Read Disaster Piece and see how, or if, the family can recover from this tragic event.

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Bird’s Eye View I used Adobe Illustrator to create Disaster Piece. The brush, pen, eye dropper, and text tool were all that were used. I began this piece with an image for the sky and drew in the tornado. Using the background of the image I found on the internet I used the technique we learned during the week we did shapes. I took the pen tool and made multiple points to outline each individual curve of each different color. I matched each color with the corresponding shade using the eye dropper tool and choosing the color I thought matched the best. Each color was a new layer. Once the seven different colors in the background were processed using the shape process I used the eye dropper tool again to match the color of the background I was working on. I would choose multiple shades within the same color family and use the brush tool to make it look like the background was painted. If you look at the picture you can see the thing brush strokes. I used the same process for each seven different sections that I used the pen tool to define. Once the background was completed by using the brush tool I made a new layer for the tornado. The tornado was essentially designed the same way as the background in the sense there were different shades of blacks and grays used to define the tornado. I used horizontal and diagonal lines to create the overall shade of the tornado. With each new shade came a new layer and I positioned them in an order that I felt best illuminated the tornado but didn’t add too much contrast. I then used the brush tool to draw a curved line that you see the shape of the text in in the above picture. Once the line was drawn I used the text tool to make the text follow the path. I decided to use which text because it contrasted nicely with the background and it was legible from a close distance or from far away. After the basic project was completed it was time to work on variations. Each variation was created using Adobe Illustrator and the bamboo tablet. Within Adobe Illustrator we no longer had to use the brush or pen tools to create variations, but we used the Brushes, Gradient, and Fill effects. The variation of Disaster Piece you see here was created by selecting all the brush strokes used to make the picture and then selecting all the lines in the image and choosing the brushes option. Then choosing the Mop brush effect. I felt it gave the image an overall smokey feel that goes with the idea of a tornado whipping through a town and debris flying all over the place.

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he story behind Disaster Piece features a lower-class family from the Midwest whose life was turned upside down because of Mother Nature. The main characters are John and Mary Miller and their four children Sarah, Michael, Fred, and Jason. John and Mary are both 42 years old while Sarah is 18, Michael is 15, Fred is 13, and Jason is 8. The family lives in the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Oak Lawn. The year is 1967. The Miller family struggles on a day to day basis just to live. John works two jobs to try to support his family because his wife Mary lost her job as a store manager at a local Dominick’s that was closed due to an outbreak of a parasite in their food products. The parasite originated within the building and infected the fresh produce and meat without anyone noticing…until people ended up in the hospital suffering organ failure from the produce and meat consumed from this Dominick’s location. After Mary lost her job she sunk into a deep depression and turned to alcohol to drown her sorrows. When Mary runs out of alcohol she steals money from her family members or works a night or two at the local gentlemen’s club. Sarah is the oldest child and works almost 40 hours a week while trying to finish her senior year of high school. She has dreams to go to college but realizes that her family doesn’t have the income to help her achieve that higher education. Sarah does her best do get good grades in school, make every shift at work, and try to take care of her younger brothers. Because Sarah’s mother fails to fulfill that motherly role, Sarah has taken over. Michael, Fred, and Jason are like the three stooges. They goof off a lot in home and at school. It gets them in trouble at times but they manage to go to school. On April 21, 1967 their whole lives changed. A massive tornado whipped through the Midwest. The city of Oak Lawn was gone. The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds. The Miller’s apartment was now a pile of rubble. On top of losing their home, they lost their father. He was killed in the tornado trying to rush home to make sure his family escaped from their fifth floor apartment. Now the family has lost their only parent, and their main source of income. Read Disaster Piece and see how, or if, the family can recover from this tragic event.

“The tornado tore what once was a beautiful neighborhood to shreds.”

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he program I used to make this picture is Adobe Illustrator. First I sketched out some ideas on paper with pencil, but then I began to draw it out on a tabloid sized blank document on Adobe Illustrator. I used the shape tool to put a borderline between the sky and the grass because I knew I wanted a landscape type of feel. After having just a green and blue rectangle on my page I decided that the grass needed to have a little more dimension. Next I used the paintbrush tool and picked a slightly darker shade of green and started making short thin lines to represent the grass. I started from the bottom of the poster all the way to the horizon line at the top. I thought the grass still needed more dimension so I went back and picked a lighter shade of green to make small lines to have highlights in the grass. Where there is a highlight there has to be shadow, therefore I picked a dark shade of green and added dark spots to the grass. The next part was the moon. I used the circle tool to draw a circle and put that layer behind the grass. I picked a light gray color for the moon after looking at pictures on the Internet. I saw that the real pictures of the moon had craters and dark spots so picked the brush tool once again and began to draw irregular shapes of craters with a darker gray color. I colored the craters in and picked a lighter color and began drawing light spots on the moon to give it a more realistic feeling. The sky needed a little something so I picked the blue layer and went to the effect gallery and played with some of the effects. The artistic effects didn’t help much because they would turn the sky gray, so I went to the texture effects. I liked the way the grain texture effect made the sky look so I ended up going with that instead of just a regular blue color. I picked the brush tool, chose a light blue color for the stars and started adding tiny dots to represent the stars. After that I added yellow ordinary brush lines going diagonal across the sky to represent falling meteors. I wanted to have something in the grass like a towel where people could sit on but I decided to make a chair instead. I wanted to make the chair stand out against the grass so I picked the complementary color of green, which is red. I used the line tool in Illustrator to draw the chair in a view from behind. I started with the legs and worked my way up. Then for a little peek at the seat, I just drew it in with the brush tool. I also added darker shades of red to make the chair appear as if it was more 3 dimensional. When I was satisfied with the chair I needed to add the text. I looked for an interesting text in dafont. com and found one under the sci-fi category that I thought would look good with the sky and meteor shower theme. I typed out the name of the event in white font so it would stand out against all the dark colors of the background. Then I typed out the date the meteor shower will take place in slightly smaller font, and the time in even smaller font. Finally I typed the words of encouragement by the chair at the bottom of the poster. The white looked okay, but I played around with the stroke color and thought a blue stroke looked better than just plain white so I kept it. When talking about the composition of this particular poster, there are key parts that draw the viewer in. One of the first things one might notice is the red chair at the bottom of the poster. This is probably the first thing someone sees because it is placed on top

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of the dark green grass. They are complementary colors so the red chair stands out more than anything in terms of contrast. Then the eyes of the viewer might go to the silhouette of the person and read the text. To find out more information they will look at the poster and read the event and the information about it. Then the viewer notices the meteors, stars and the moon and puts the picture together. They might stare at the direction the meteors go and the different colors because that is what the event is about. Another reason why the viewer might stare at the sky the longest is because there is more going on in that area than any other part of the picture. The sky has more text, the moon, the meteors, and the stars, which is a reason to look at it longer. It might also have to do with the simple fact that the sky contains brighter colors than the rest of the picture. The moon also has details that might draw the viewer’s eyes. The moon has a light gray color as the base color of the whole object and then it has darker gray tones and lighter tones to add dimension and make it appear as if it has craters. Adding these different values makes the moon more interesting to look at than just a plain gray circle. By having the text on a diagonal going the same direction as the meteors, it makes it look like the text is part of the picture. The text almost becomes the meteors and since both are going the same direction, it allows the reader to know how to read the text without being too confused. After everything one may take notice of the grass in the picture. The grass is composed of individual brush strokes and also has lighter and darker values added on to it. The grass grows darker in the horizon part of the picture and also under the legs of the chair to show the shadows that the chair might create. Something to take note of is that when this picture is printed out, the colors look darker on paper than the computer screen. When, printed out, the person in the chair is hardly noticeable against the dark greens of the grass. The black doesn’t stand out against the dark green. The person in the chair might not even be noticed when looking at the poster from far away. Once you get closer to read the text by the chair, you might notice the silhouette that symbolizes the viewer when he or she goes to watch the meteor shower. Now I will talk a about the concept of this project. The assignment for this project was to create a poster or album art of something that incorporates either sky or weather. I chose to do a poster because I saw many posters everywhere around me and I wanted to try to make one for once. I wanted to make the poster inform people of an event because I thought it would be more fun to do, almost like an advertisement. I was wondering what event I could do that could include sky or weather without being a natural disaster or something that warns the public. That is when I came up with a meteor shower. I did brief research on actual meteor showers and before I knew it I found many websites naming meteor showers with the time and dates. I liked the idea of a meteor shower poster because the pictures of meteor showers really look pretty. I instantly pictured the poster design in my head. I pictured a landscape and started drawing it out. I wanted the poster to be something that was simple and got to the point of what the event was supposed to be and when it took place.

View of a Lifetime Image & Text by Tania Gutierrez

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he program I used to make this picture is Adobe Illustrator. First I sketched out some ideas on paper with pencil, but then I began to draw it out on a tabloid sized blank document on Adobe Illustrator. I used the shape tool to put a borderline between the sky and the grass because I knew I wanted a landscape type of feel. After having just a green and blue rectangle on my page I decided that the grass needed to have a little more dimension. Next I used the paintbrush tool and picked a slightly darker shade of green and started making short thin lines to represent the grass. I started from the bottom of the poster all the way to the horizon line at the top. I thought the grass still needed more dimension so I went back and picked a lighter shade of green to make small lines to have highlights in the grass. Where there is a highlight there has to be shadow, therefore I picked a dark shade of green and added dark spots to the grass. The next part was the moon. I used the circle tool to draw a circle and put that layer behind the grass. I picked a light gray color for the moon after looking at pictures on the Internet. I saw that the real pictures of the moon had craters and dark spots so picked the brush tool once again and began to draw irregular shapes of craters with a darker gray color. I colored the craters in and picked a lighter color and began drawing light spots on the moon to give it a more realistic feeling. The sky needed a little something so I picked the blue layer and went to the effect gallery and played with some of the effects. The artistic effects didn’t help much because they would turn the sky gray, so I went to the texture effects. I liked the way the grain texture effect made the sky look so I ended up going with that instead of just a regular blue color. I picked the brush tool, chose a light blue color for the stars and started adding tiny dots to represent the stars. After that I added yellow ordinary brush lines going diagonal across the sky to represent falling meteors. I wanted to have something in the grass like a towel where people could sit on but I decided to make a chair instead. I wanted to make the chair stand out against the grass so I picked the complementary color of green, which is red. I used the line tool in Illustrator to draw the chair in a view from behind. I started with the legs and worked my way up. Then for a little peek at the seat, I just drew it in with the brush tool. I also added darker shades of red to make the chair appear as if it was more 3 dimensional. When I was satisfied with the chair I needed to add the text. I looked for an interesting text in dafont.com and found one under the sci-fi category that I thought would look good with the sky and meteor shower theme. I typed out the name of the event in white font so it would stand out against all the dark colors of the background. Then I typed out the date the meteor shower will take place in slightly smaller font, and the time in even smaller font. Finally I typed the words of encouragement by the chair at the bottom of the poster. The white looked okay, but I played around with the stroke color and thought a blue stroke looked better than just plain white so I kept it. When talking about the composition of this particular poster, there are key parts that draw the viewer in. One of the first things one might notice is the red chair at the bottom of the poster. This is probably the first thing someone sees because it is placed on top

of the dark green grass. They are complementary colors so the red chair stands out more than anything in terms of contrast. Then the eyes of the viewer might go to the silhouette of the person and read the text. To find out more information they will look at the poster and read the event and the information about it. Then the viewer notices the meteors, stars and the moon and puts the picture together. They might stare at the direction the meteors go and the different colors because that is what the event is about. Another reason why the viewer might stare at the sky the longest is because there is more going on in that area than any other part of the picture. The sky has more text, the moon, the meteors, and the stars, which is a reason to look at it longer. It might also have to do with the simple fact that the sky contains brighter colors than the rest of the picture. The moon also has details that might draw the viewer’s eyes. The moon has a light gray color as the base color of the whole object and then it has darker gray tones and lighter tones to add dimension and make it appear as if it has craters. Adding these different values makes the moon more interesting to look at than just a plain gray circle. By having the text on a diagonal going the same direction as the meteors, it makes it look like the text is part of the picture. The text almost becomes the meteors and since both are going the same direction, it allows the reader to know how to read the text without being too confused. After everything one may take notice of the grass in the picture. The grass is composed of individual brush strokes and also has lighter and darker values added on to it. The grass grows darker in the horizon part of the picture and also under the legs of the chair to show the shadows that the chair might create. Something to take note of is that when this picture is printed out, the colors look darker on paper than the computer screen. When, printed out, the person in the chair is hardly noticeable against the dark greens of the grass. The black doesn’t stand out against the dark green. The person in the chair might not even be noticed when looking at the poster from far away. Once you get closer to read the text by the chair, you might notice the silhouette that symbolizes the viewer when he or she goes to watch the meteor shower. Now I will talk a about the concept of this project. The assignment for this project was to create a poster or album art of something that incorporates either sky or weather. I chose to do a poster because I saw many posters everywhere around me and I wanted to try to make one for once. I wanted to make the poster inform people of an event because I thought it would be more fun to do, almost like an advertisement. I was wondering what event I could do that could include sky or weather without being a natural disaster or something that warns the public. That is when I came up with a meteor shower. I did brief research on actual meteor showers and before I knew it I found many websites naming meteor showers with the time and dates. I liked the idea of a meteor shower poster because the pictures of meteor showers really look pretty. I instantly pictured the poster design in my head. I pictured a landscape and started drawing it out. I wanted the poster to be something that was simple and got to the point of what the event was supposed to be and when it took place.

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he program I used to make this picture is Adobe Illustrator. First I sketched out some ideas on paper with pencil, but then I began to draw it out on a tabloid sized blank document on Adobe Illustrator. I used the shape tool to put a borderline between the sky and the grass because I knew I wanted a landscape type of feel. After having just a green and blue rectangle on my page I decided that the grass needed to have a little more dimension. Next I used the paintbrush tool and picked a slightly darker shade of green and started making short thin lines to represent the grass. I started from the bottom of the poster all the way to the horizon line at the top. I thought the grass still needed more dimension so I went back and picked a lighter shade of green to make small lines to have highlights in the grass. Where there is a highlight there has to be shadow, therefore I picked a dark shade of green and added dark spots to the grass. The next part was the moon. I used the circle tool to draw a circle and put that layer behind the grass. I picked a light gray color for the moon after looking at pictures on the Internet. I saw that the real pictures of the moon had craters and dark spots so picked the brush tool once again and began to draw irregular shapes of craters with a darker gray color. I colored the craters in and picked a lighter color and began drawing light spots on the moon to give it a more realistic feeling. The sky needed a little something so I picked the blue layer and went to the effect gallery and played with some of the effects. The artistic effects didn’t help much because they would turn the sky gray, so I went to the texture effects. I liked the way the grain texture effect made the sky look so I ended up going with that instead of just a regular blue color. I picked the brush tool, chose a light blue color for the stars and started adding tiny dots to represent the stars. After that I added yellow ordinary brush lines going diagonal across the sky to represent falling meteors. I wanted to have something in the grass like a towel where people could sit on but I decided to make a chair instead. I wanted to make the chair stand out against the grass so I picked the complementary color of green, which is red. I used the line tool in Illustrator to draw the chair in a view from behind. I started with the legs and worked my way up. Then for a little peek at the seat, I just drew it in with the brush tool. I also added darker shades of red to make the chair appear as if it was more 3 dimensional. When I was satisfied with the chair I needed to add the text. I looked for an interesting text in dafont. com and found one under the sci-fi category that I thought would

look good with the sky and meteor shower theme. I typed out the name of the event in white font so it would stand out against all the dark colors of the background. Then I typed out the date the meteor shower will take place in slightly smaller font, and the time in even smaller font. Finally I typed the words of encouragement by the chair at the bottom of the poster. The white looked okay, but I played around with the stroke color and thought a blue stroke looked better than just plain white so I kept it. When talking about the composition of this particular poster, there are key parts that draw the viewer in. One of the first things one might notice is the red chair at the bottom of the poster. This is probably the first thing someone sees because it is placed on top of the dark green grass. They are complementary colors so the red chair stands out more than anything in terms of contrast. Then the eyes of the viewer might go to the silhouette of the person and read the text. To find out more information they will look at the poster and read the event and the information about it. Then the viewer notices the meteors, stars and the moon and puts the picture together. They might stare at the direction the meteors go and the different colors because that is what the event is about. Another reason why the viewer might stare at the sky the longest is because there is more going on in that area than any other part of the picture. The sky has more text, the moon, the meteors, and the stars, which is a reason to look at it longer. It might also have to do with the simple fact that the sky contains brighter colors than the rest of the picture. The moon also has details that might draw the viewer’s eyes. The moon has a light gray color as the base color of the whole object and then it has darker gray tones and lighter tones to add dimension and make it appear as if it has craters. Adding these different values makes the moon more interesting to look at than just a plain gray circle. By having the text on a diagonal going the same direction as the meteors, it makes it look like the text is part of the picture. The text almost becomes the meteors and since both are going the same direction, it allows the reader to know how to read the text without being too confused. After everything one may take notice of the grass in the picture. The grass is composed of individual brush strokes and also has lighter and darker values added on to it. The grass grows darker in the horizon part of the picture and also under the legs of the chair to show the shadows that the chair might create. Something to take note of is that when this picture is printed out, the colors look darker on paper than the computer screen.

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he program I used to make this picture is Adobe Illustrator. First I sketched out some ideas on paper with pencil, but then I began to draw it out on a tabloid sized blank document on Adobe Illustrator. I used the shape tool to put a borderline between the sky and the grass because I knew I wanted a landscape type of feel. After having just a green and blue rectangle on my page I decided that the grass needed to have a little more dimension. Next I used the paintbrush tool and picked a slightly darker shade of green and started making short thin lines to represent the grass. I started from the bottom of the poster all the way to the horizon line at the top. I thought the grass still needed more dimension so I went back and picked a lighter shade of green to make small lines to have highlights in the grass. Where there is a highlight there has to be shadow, therefore I picked a dark shade of green and added dark spots to the grass. The next part was the moon. I used the circle tool to draw a circle and put that layer behind the grass. I picked a light gray color for the moon after looking at pictures on the Internet. I saw that the real pictures of the moon had craters and dark spots so picked the brush tool once again and began to draw irregular shapes of craters with a darker gray color. I colored the craters in and picked a lighter color and began drawing light spots on the moon to give it a more realistic feeling. The sky needed a little something so I picked the blue layer and went to the effect gallery and played with some of the effects. The artistic effects didn’t help much because they would turn the sky gray, so I went to the texture effects. I liked the way the grain texture effect made the

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sky look so I ended up going with that instead of just a regular blue color. I picked the brush tool, chose a light blue color for the stars and started adding tiny dots to represent the stars. After that I added yellow ordinary brush lines going diagonal across the sky to represent falling meteors. I wanted to have something in the grass like a towel where people could sit on but I decided to make a chair instead. I wanted to make the chair stand out against the grass so I picked the complementary color of green, which is red. I used the line tool in Illustrator to draw the chair in a view from behind. I started with the legs and worked my way up. Then for a little peek at the seat, I just drew it in with the brush tool. I also added darker shades of red to make the chair appear as if it was more 3 dimensional. When I was satisfied with the chair I needed to add the text. I looked for an interesting text in dafont. com and found one under the sci-fi category that I thought would look good with the sky and meteor shower theme. I typed out the name of the event in white font so it would stand out against all the dark colors of the background. Then I typed out the date the meteor shower will take place in slightly smaller font, and the time in even smaller font. Finally I typed the words of encouragement by the chair at the bottom of the poster. The white looked okay, but I played around with the stroke color and thought a blue stroke looked better than just plain white so I kept it. When talking about the composition of this particular poster, there are key parts that draw the viewer in. One of the first things one might notice is the red chair at the bottom of the poster. This is probably the first thing someone sees because it is placed on top of the dark green grass. They are complementary colors so the red chair stands out more than anything in terms of contrast. Then the eyes of the viewer might go to the silhouette of the person and read the text. To find out more information they will look at the poster and read the event and the information about it. Then the viewer notices the meteors, stars and the moon and puts the picture together. They might stare at the direction the meteors go and the different colors because that is what the event is about. Another reason why the viewer might stare at the sky the longest is because there is more going on in that area than any other part of the picture. The sky has more text, the moon, the meteors, and the stars, which is a reason to look at it longer. It might also have to do with the simple fact that the sky contains brighter colors than the rest of the picture. The moon also has details that might draw the viewer’s eyes. The moon has a light gray color as the base color of the whole object and then it has darker gray tones and lighter tones to add dimension and make it appear as if it has craters. Adding these different values makes the moon more interesting to look at than just a plain gray circle. By having the text on a diagonal going the same direction as the meteors, it makes it look like the text is part of the picture.

The text almost becomes the meteors and since both are going the same direction, it allows the reader to know how to read the text without being too confused. After everything one may take notice of the grass in the picture. The grass is composed of individual brush strokes and also has lighter and darker values added on to it. The grass grows darker in the horizon part of the picture and also under the legs of the chair to show the shadows


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that the chair might create. Something to take note of is that when this picture is printed out, the colors look darker on paper than the computer screen. When, printed out, the person in the chair is hardly noticeable against the dark greens of the grass. The black doesn’t stand out against the dark green. The person in the chair might not even be noticed when looking at the poster from far away. Once you get closer to read the text by the chair, you might notice the silhouette that symbolizes the viewer when he or she goes to watch the meteor shower. Now I will talk a about the concept of this project. The assignment for this project was to create a poster or album art of something that incorporates either sky or weather. I chose to do a poster because I saw many posters everywhere around me and I wanted to try to make one for once. I wanted to make the poster inform people of an event because I thought it would be more fun to do, almost like an advertisement. I was wondering what event I could do that could include sky or weather without being a natural disaster or something that warns the public. That is when I came up with a meteor shower. I did brief research on

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actual meteor showers and before I knew it I found many websites naming meteor showers with the time and dates. I liked the idea of a meteor shower poster because the pictures of meteor showers really look pretty. I instantly pictured the poster design in my head. I pictured a landscape and started drawing it out. I wanted the poster to be something that was simple and got to the point of what the event was supposed to be and when it took place.


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“A must see for all ages!” “You won’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!”

“It’s free!”

“See you there!”

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Into the Stratosphere Image & Text by Elena Russo

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his was made in several steps. First I looked at some album covers and took some quick sketches outside. I then picked the sketch that best matched the assignment. After that, I took some pictures of the sky. I took one of my pictures of the sky and placed it into a document in Adobe Illustrator. I then Started drawing shapes around the different shades of colors in the picture. I started with the sky. I tried to match the shades of the artwork with the shades of the sky in the picture. I then made a new layer and worked on the clouds. I added another layer and worked on the trees. I drew a shape of each color on the trees. I hid each

individual shape until I was done. I did this so that I could see the picture. I added another layer and did the houses in the front. I used the same method as with the trees. However, since the houses did not have as many different colors and shadows, there were less sub-layers than there were for the trees. Finally, I added another layer and put in the text.

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The Isles of Men Image & Text by Cassidy Sponsler

Craft I made this image through tracing, using the skills we had acquired using the Pen tool. This is the same tool that we used in Week 5, while creating the teacup. Like the project in Week 5, I used a picture on the bottom layer, and traced over some of the parts I wanted to use - layer by layer. I had to start with the background of “Day” and “Night” by creating the blue and orange skies, then I created the Sun/Moon and the island, and finally I integrated the text into spaces on the finished painting. Concept When I look at this image, I see the Sun/Moon first. It is the most outstanding, and brightest part of this painting, so there is no question as to why my eye would be drawn directly to this orb in the sky. Coincidentally, the object of

the Sun/ Moon is also where I look the longest. The detail of the letters that are filling in the space of the sun and moon are very attractive, and make me want to look closer and read each little word that makes up the space and color of the sun and moon. Composition For Week 7 of this semester, I have posted the progress that has been made on my poster. I have gone through several different ideas of what I want this poster to look like and how I want to embody the concept of text integrated with picture. As of now, this is the piece which I believe to do the best job of that.

“It is the most outstanding, and brightest part of this painting, so there is no question as to why my eye would be drawn directly to this orb in the sky.”

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Have you Heard? Image by Sean Manahan

The new album by The Dead Heads titled Illuminati Part 4 is to die for. This is by far the best of the four Illuminati collection. Their combination of hevy metal and 90s alternative gives the best of both worlds.

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be stronger than the weather, join us today! Image by Dominique Joly

Tired of getting your hopes up for a sporting event or anything outside and then the day you were anxiously awaiting is posponed due to weather? Well come by your local park district today and sign up for a variety of activities that are guaranteed to happen no matter the weather! We have intermural sports that will be offered in our gymnasium, we have arts and crafts that families can do together, or we have story time for those younger children. Anything you could imagine, we have. Stop by today and sign up!

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A Must See! Image & Text by Pedro Santos

raft- I based this picture off a picture that I found on the internet. I traced some of it with a pen, but most of it I drew it myself and with the help of the picture I used online. I used the layers tool to my advantage and separated things like the background and the foreground and also the earth and the meteor passing by. The layers really helped me out a lot into breaking up this project into different steps. I first started out by using the pen and i started by tracing the background then the earth then the moon. The cloud were nearly impossible to trace so I drew. With prof peck advice I then decided to draw out the earth and finally i converted the moon into a passing meteor. The last thing I did was to do the type on this project.

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Composition- The first thing I definitely see is the meteor as it is in the center of the composition and that is what its meant to be as this whole thing is about meteors. What I stare at the longest is the explosion in Los Angeles. I think that should be stared at the most because it is one that really makes you think in what is going on in this composition. Concept- This is a meteor shower that is destroying the planet. Our projects had to do something with sky so I immediately thought a meteor shower. As I searched through Google I came across this picture and I really liked it a lot so I had to choose it.

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Got the Blues? Image by Lindsey Surin

Chase your blues away with our new and guranteed to please wine, Storm Chaser! Our blend of berries adds just the right flavor to satisfy the tongue. Please drink responsibily.

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Remember With Snow, Go Slow! Image by Adewumi Adegoke

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Keep Calm and Carry On!

Image by Noha Mohamed

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The Storm has Arrived Image & Text by Dan Cordes

Craft I made this picture using Adobe Illustrator. The steps that I took to make this picture were: 1. I found a picture of a tornado and traced it like I did when I did the coffee cup. 2. I used the eyedropper tool to color the tornado. 3. I filled in the background behind the tornado gray and I filled in the bottom half of the picture black. 4. I drew lightning using the pen tool and colored it in with white. 5. I used the brush tool to write the name of the band. 6. I used the text on a line tool to type the name of the album in a curved fashion in the center of the page.

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Composition The first thing that I see when I look at this picture is the name of the band; Storm Kite. I look there first because it is so large and it has the most contrast in the picture. I also look there the longest because the o in storm is so interesting because it is drawn with a kite. Concept This is a picture of an album cover for the made-up band Storm Kite. This is an album cover for their new album called Armageddon. I chose to do an album cover because I thought it would be fun and interesting.


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Thank you to all the artists that have made contributions to this magazine. Your artwork is truly appreciated and you received credit on each of your individual pieces.

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