Inspired by my favorite, The Hobbit

Did it for an assignment after reading about the history of alphabets. Apparently ancient Greeks used to do something called “boustrophedon” which means “to plow a field with an ox.” It means that they wrote from right to left as usual but every other line went from left to right and the characters would be mirrored. I wanted to use that somehow but for lack of content to demonstrate a writing style, I just chose my favorite riddle from The Hobbit.


for my friend, DJ When.

Finally the end of the semester is on the horizon of this week.

I just finished up my color theory final project. The assignment was to do whatever I wanted. That’s always a popular end-of-semester project, but it’s so intimidating! Because I don’t know how much work to do really. And I suspect that I didn’t do enough for this one. I guess I’ll find out at the critique tomorrow. But anyway, what I chose to do was create album art for my friend Marc Schulz who is a DJ by the name of DJ When. I had wanted to do it anyway so it just worked out that I had an open-ended project and no ideas except this. So what follows is the turn-in-for-class-get-it-done-on-time version. I’m sure he and I will sit down and rework things once the semester’s over, before they’re actually printed. Voila.

The outside of the case, which will obviously be folded down the middle:

That’s my La Petite Joy Printing Press logo down there. I started putting the name on almost everything I print for school (illustration projects, silkscreen, photo books…) last fall. It just stuck.

The inside of the case, which will have the poster folded up and tucked under the circular flap, and the CD stuck in the v-shaped flap:

It looks so simple and lame now. But I think that once the shit’s inside, it will  serve its purpose well.

The two sides of the poster:

I’m happy with it I think. At least for now.  It’s just a simple construction of folded card stock for the debut album. Once he’s rich and famous in like a week we’ll upgrade to fancy plastic cases and vinyl and whatnot.

I’ve been so obsessed with isometric grids lately, and even after this I’m still not tired of them. And I tried out some anaglyphs. Christopher thinks 3D glasses should be included, which of course would be cool, but would totally reveal the fact that they don’t work!

By the way I think everyone should know that this is my cat Stevesie right this second, asleep with his head on my knee, tongue halfway out, wif wittle twitching paws:


I’ve just been hit by the urgency to remedy my stunning lack of portfolio. So to start, I’m going back and touching up a lot of my old work. Next step is diving into Dreamweaver and sorting out the mess on my server. Hoy. My skills and style have definitely grown over the semester. Loooook.



I think the new one’s way better.

And here are a couple new things, the collection exhibition BS I talked about. This is a postcard…



And the accompanying poster:

Not all that different.




November update

Last week was a long one.

But this one’s extra short! It’s only Wednesday and all I’ve got left to do is meet my photo prof at 4:30 and I’m done until Monday. Except I want to get a TON of shit out of the way on my extra long weekend, namely this stupid silly “collection” project I have get to do for GD1. We’re finally at the last steps of it and it seems (I’m never completely sure) that we’re designing exhibition catalogs, posters, and postcards for imaginary exhibitions of our “collections” which in my case is 80 or so photos of books taken at the same angle. Not an exhibition I would pay to see. Anyway here’s the title:

Hopefully you can read that easily enough.

Also, in case anyone still cares about “Digital Age Romance,” here’s the final product: http://alisonjoymabee.com/AlisonJoy/ctproj4/darp1.html

It sucks that I haven’t done another Desk Diary entry. I like it a lot and I really want to keep up with it, but I haven’t exactly been living at home where my desk is for awhile now. With any luck I’ll be moving in December into DIYno and will have my desk and all my lovely crap with me again. I can’t wait. Until then, though I’ve set up a temporary working area on a desk in DIYno (that I guess might be permanent once I move, I just have a hard time calling anything “mine” while I’m not paying rent there, despite Christopher’s assurance that it’s fine) that I can photograph because I have been working there a lot. OK OK I will.

ALSO, screw any guy who thinks it’s OK/funny/flattering to whistle/shout “compliments” at passing girls. Or rather, I’d advise anyone to not screw these guys. Out of spite and to teach them that this is disgusting, demeaning behavior. And embarrassing for both parties. You may think yourself courageous for “going out on a limb,” but the fact that you are shouting from the safety of your car, driving away immediately without time for the recipient’s response (negative or no) proves that you are not as ballsy as you think. What do you expect? That we’re going to think “oh my! He noticed I’m a girl! I’d better not let this stud get away!” and chase desperately after you? or that a description of your car and license plate number are going to show up on missed connections with something like “can’t stop thinking about you blue Bronco boy. Hope to hear your sweet whistling again soon…”? Don’t hold your breath. Or better yet, go ahead.


Next and final step is to make this into a flash thing with buttons to move between slides and subtle animation, but I can’t really post that here once I do it anyway so I’ll just show you a slideshow :

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Calendar project for class

Just finished illustrating my most recent GD1 class project. It’s a group project to make a calendar for 2011; each group member gets a season. I got fall–September, October, November. It was a really odd project in my opinion, lots of weirdo requirements and specifications. It had to have text, it had to be vertical, specific dimensions, the “calendar” portion had to take up 1/3 of the composition, the illustration 2/3. Also it’s divided into 4 “parts” which took me awhile to understand. I was under the impression that each part represented a different step in the design process but I think now each part is supposed to stand alone. And each part has its own specifications. Whatever, it’s done.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

I think we were supposed to start with the text and make imagery based on it. And it had to have something to do with the month or season. But we didn’t want to be cliche and illustrate the holidays and/or weather you associate with that month, so we illustrated the obscure holidays nobody’s ever heard of (except Oktoberfest, of course, I had to include it) and made up text to go with it. Ergo dumbass limerick!

I guess it’s kind of small so you cant see what the holidays are, and I’m sure you’re dying to know so:
Sept 12th – Video Games Day, 17th – Beginning of Oktoberfest, 29th – Confucius Day
Oct 3rd – End of Oktoberfest, 7th – Bald and Free Day, 22nd – National Nut Day
Nov 2nd – Look for Circles Day,  15th – Clean Your Refrigerator Day, 21st – World Hello Day

Digital Age Romance progress

Starting to get some progress done on my newest color theory project. The assignment is sequential art based on an exciting/joyous/terrifying memory. I wasn’t too excited because, though I appreciate comics/graphic novels, I’ve never been interested in making one. But I’ve been dying to do some isometric pixel-land illustrations and I realized this is the perfect opportunity. Plus, the memory I chose is of when Christopher surprised me with a visit to my dorm in Tallahassee while he was still living in Atlanta freshman year. It was exciting, joyous, and terrifying. The only time before that we’d ever been in the same room was the day we met and we barely spoke. So up until he arrived, the whole story takes place via Facebook chat, Skype, and text message. Voila, digital age romance. Here’s what I’ve done so far. Not much narrative, just the title and characters. I’m really excited!

I’m not blonde and I don’t own a pink dress or purple shoes but I don’t think it needs to be completely representational of me specifically. The characters are just based on us and our story. This takes SO much longer than I expected. I’ve got a lot of work to do.

—> UPDATE <—

I’ve been sitting in Starbucks working on this for… I’d say… five hours now. LOOK!

Keeping the color schemes more consistent now and ditched the purple shoes. :)