I Found My Old Graphic Design Portfolio And It’s Only A Little Embarrassing

I found some old graphic design artwork I did in high school and freshman year of college. I thought these had been archived for good!

I was very inspired by collages and juxtaposing objects that shouldn’t necessarily be together. I don’t create a lot of art now so this is inspiring me to try again.

Enjoy this trip through my art archives.

Digital Collage, 2006

This is one of my favorite styles of artwork. Mixed media collages have always transfixed me, especially when I learned how to make collages in Photoshop. My senior year of high school, I was obsessed with F. Scott Fitzgerald and the early 1900s, and apparently dusty Sepia tones too.

Digital Collage and Photography, 2007

This was for a photography class my first semester of college. I took three photos (the rose, both wides of the bill) and Photoshopped them together to create this money rose. I remember that I created a black backdrop out of my bedsheets.

Digital Collage, 2006

I can’t remember if I made this Explosions In The Sky piece for fun or an assignment. The background is from one of my favorite records by Explosions In The Sky, The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place.

Digital Illustration, 2007

My first year of college, I took a horrible 3D art class. The program was a very dated illustration with very basic functionality. I struggled deeply with this class, unable to grasp simple concepts. Our final project was to illustrate a complex 3D object—and I picked this Burberry Brit perfume box. I think I got a B.

Mixed Media collages, 2009

Trying to experiment with tangible art has always scares me. I made these two paper collages using cutouts from magazines. Both have symbols of nature and freedom, juxtaposed with danger.

A trip back in time through my digital archives also revealed some not-so-good artwork and photography, but I’m pleased to say that my skills and design aesthetic has only gotten better.



Author: Becca Risa Luna

Seattle-based fashion writer and personal essayist. Likes designer handbags, glaring openness, and subtle vulgarity.

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