Assignment 2: Logo for Made-up Company

For this assignment, I decided to make a logo for an imaginary clothing company. I thought it was clever to turn the word “plus” into a dress.


We also had to make a “mock-up” that shows what it would look like if our logo was on 5 different items. I decided to put my logo on a shirt, a button/sticker, a business card, a shopping bag (like what you would take the clothes you would buy from the fictional store home in), and a billboard.


During critiques, there was not much commentary made by students. This may be because I used class time to work on my design and the majority of my classmates had already seen and complimented my work. I did realize after the fact that I was supposed to include a colorless (black and white) version of the logo itself. I hope that including it on the shopping bag helped. The sticker was supposed to be a faux one-color design, but I think my inclusion of the black outline took away from it. I am not sure if it is because of the lack of comments on my design or my general anxiety, but I felt like my design is quite inadequate compared with my classmates’ designs. I may just be overthinking it. It could be a great logo and that’s why I got more questions about how the brand would work in real life.


Response to “A Brief History of Type”

The link above is the assigned reading I must respond to. I have to say, I did not realize that there was such thought and technicality put into the fonts that we use to type. To think that something we use so regularly today was first made for printing presses by a man named Didot in 1784 is a bit of a shock. The article goes on to talk about typeface in a rather technical manner that I have not even begun to be able to understand. The author then compares 4 different “Didone m’s” and my untrained eye could not tell the difference.

3 logos I believe are successful



The Girl Scouts logo, pictured above, makes use of both positive and negative space. I believe it is successful because of this. The imagery kind of shows three girls’ faces merging into one girl, which is the unity that they have by belonging to the same group.


Chick-fil-a uses a gorgeous cursive font for their logo. A chicken shape is suggested using the very curvy letter C by placing a rounded triangle to suggest a beak, and ellipses to suggest an eye and the comb atop the chicken’s head. This makes the logo memorable, especially since the company’s selling point are chicken sandwiches.


This logo is for a band. This is one of their most recognizable logos, being the version that has graced the covers of their most popular album: “Welcome to the Black Parade.” This logo works because it is eye-catching. It is not neatly done and looks as if it had been hand painted, complete with paint splatters. The letters are very dynamic and seem to speak against the rules.

“Animal Lover” -second creation for assignment 1

Very surreal and dreamlike final image:


Me of course:


A dead butterfly we found by my fiancee’s truck:


Echo, one of my three female cats:


Charlie (black and white, appears in final image) and Babygirl (tabby, does not appear in final image), my two other female cats:


Beau, my beautiful Betta fish:


Beautiful scenery in the park:


Final image made by me on Adobe Photoshop 7.

Components photographed by me using an iPhone 5s camera.

“Flower Child” -first creation for assignment 1

This is what I created. It is kind of a play on words… Since my name is a garden (Violet Ivy Rose Dazley) I made parts of myself into a garden.


My hair is made of this lovely tree found outside a window at the University:


My shirt is made of this hanging basket that hangs out in my backyard:


And my pants are made of this beautiful multicolored flower sitting on my back porch:


Of course I had to add this beautiful mossy log from a park in place of the bench:


Oh and here’s the original image:



Final image made by me on Adobe Photoshop 7.

Components photographed by me with iPhone 5s camera.

Color Pallets from Photographs

*All of the photographs in this post were taken by me on my 8 megapixel iPhone camera.

*All of the color pallets, and the RGB and CMY circles were made by me, during class, in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

“Color Circles”

RGB (Red, Green, Blue):

RGB color is used primarily for images on screens. The RGB model is additive, which means the colors are illuminated from a type of screen. So black is made through the absence of light, colors are made through a certain wavelength of illumination, and white is made through the presence of all light wavelengths at once.


CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow):

Similar to the RYB (Red, Yellow, Blue) color model, CMY is used for print sources. The CMY color model, just like RYB, is subtractive. Both forms are based on light reflecting off of a pigment or an object. So white is the absence of pigment, colors are made by the reflection of certain pigments, and black is the presence of all pigments. While RYB is typically used for traditional media, CMY is used for printing digital media onto paper.


Color Pallets:








Experimental Photography

The first photograph was taken and edited in class. Here is the original:


Photograph taken with the iPhone 5s camera, which is 8 megapixels.

Here is the bizarre edit I have made in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 (program on my personal PC):



Next is another unedited original photograph, also taken with the 8 megapixel iPhone camera:


Loving the perspective on this. Yet I did something very horrible:




Art Progress & Inspiration!

Yesterday, my art professor told the class to find what inspires them.  He directed us to find the specific things that inspire us to create, not just vaguely mention a website or something.  When I think back, there has been one thing that stands out as inspiring me the most.  Video games have always inspired me to create.  Not just to draw, but to photograph and to write as well.  The video game that has inspired me the most throughout the years is Pokemon.  I decided to start a tribute drawing series to Pokemon and start drawing some of my favorite characters from the video game!

The first entry in the series is a character called Mimikyu.  This is not fully finished at the moment–this is usually what it looks like before I start on the actual line work.  In the future, I may include photos of the sketching process as well, and I will always post the completed works in a separate post.  Keep reading below the picture for some facts about the Pokemon called Mimikyu.


Mimikyu is one of those Pokemon that fans of the games have a polarized opinion of.  Meaning, they either love it, or they hate it.  Either category you fall into, it has an interesting story, to say the least.  Mimikyu is literally a “Disguise Pokemon” and because of this, no one knows what it really looks like under its guise.  The database entry in Pokemon Sun, one of the games in which Mimikyu makes its debut, suggest that it is unwise to try to find out what it really looks like:

“Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock.”

The database entry in Pokemon Moon, the other version of the game, makes once pity the poor beast.  After all, he only disguises himself as the series’ mascot because he wants to be loved:

“A lonely Pokémon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokémon.”

I believe this is what makes Mimikyu so charming to some.  There’s something about a helpless animal needing love that makes hearts melt.  Or maybe it’s the fact that if you use it in battle, its disguise can break.  Seriously!  During the battle, it has the ability to sacrifice its rag in order to avoid taking damage.  When this happens, the Pikachu head falls to the side and hangs down.  The database entries for both games suggest that when its disguise is broken, Mimikyu feels sad.  I think it knows that it won’t be able to make friends when it looks like a Pikachu with a broken neck.  You can find all this information and more at

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for the completed work!

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog …My thoughts on the first two chapters

The first two chapters of No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason are a collection of 40 different tips for running a blog.  Mason’s advice is both informative and entertaining, and the ideas presented are as creative as they are quirky.  I have never maintained a blog before, which is odd considering how much I like to read other people’s blogs!  I sincerely believe that Mason’s advice will be helpful to newbies like myself.

About Me


My name is Violet Ivy Rose Dazley.  I am a full-time student with a major in Film and a passion for art.  I have prior experience with both traditional and digital drawing, though I have to say that my skill level in traditional surpasses my skill level in digital.  I absolutely love fantasy.  The main subjects of my previous works have been dragons, anthropomorphic animals, and other strange creatures that exist only in our imaginations.  My style is more “cartoon-y” than anything, and I believe that it fits my subject matter quite nicely.  This blog is for a class, but may just turn into a passion. I hope to further my understanding of digital media both for myself and for my future film career.

Representative Works


Drawn with pencil, then lined with ink and colored with colored pencils, this is one of my earliest drawings of this character.  Her name is Astre, and she is pretty much my flagship character, aka my mascot.  She is an anthropomorphic character, meaning that she is an animal (well, fantasy creature, in this case) with human characteristics.  In this case, she is a Wyvern–picture a typical western dragon, but their wings are connected to their arms instead of connected to the structure of their shoulder blades.  Inspiration for this character came from my love of the Monster Hunter games and the wyvern Pink Rathian (so credit for their creation goes to them).


Drawn with pencil, lined with ink, colored with colored pencil, and highlighted with a white gel pen.  I made this for a friend I had at the time, and it still is one of my favorite works!  I love the interactions of the three very different types of juvenile dragons and I am proud to say that I pulled that off!


Made with Autodesk Sketchbook, an app on my phone.  Quite a small screen to do such work on, I’m afraid, but I did love how it turned out!  Again, I made this for a friend (a different one) and I love how it turned out!  This was her flagship character.

I have credited those friends for their creations here on my DeviantArt (which is in dire need of updating). I am not sure if I am allowed to create an external link, but I feel I must give credit where credit is due.

Response to RiP: A Remix Manifesto

This is a documentary film about the art of remixing. Remixing is taking parts–“samples”–of other songs and turning them into a whole new song. The practice can be a great way to learn how to produce music. It can also bring great, new music. However, it is highly illegal. People have been prosecuted for copyright infringement simply for downloading music off the Internet. The point of the documentary is to make people see that it isn’t all that bad. It argues that everything should be fair use and that no one should be prosecuted for building upon the culture. 


Life gets crazy

I get lazy

Overwhelmed and suffocating 

Confused and amused and abused by the extreme expectations 

The pace of life that I 

Can’t find the reason or the rhyme 

And I can’t quite make it on time

Oppressed and possessed and regressed to the way that I was before