A whole year down

I never could have imagined where I’d be after just one year of SCCA. This year hit me like a runaway truck. At times I didn’t even know what I had learned the previous quarter until I found myself using skills that are now so ingrained I’ll never forget them. I’ve made things I’m extremely proud of, met people I’ll know the rest of my life, and have already taken a very large step toward becoming something I’ve wanted to become my entire life. If anyone were to ever ask me if coming to this school was worth it, I would do everything I possibly could to get them in a seat. Next year is going to be intense, but I’m so excited to get started – to kick things into high gear. Herrin_Space-Between

This was one of my favorite things I did this year. After a quarter of Photoshop work with Hoppe, we were asked to make posters where the viewer couldn’t see where reality began and ended. After I struggled for quite some time with the subject matter, I made this beauty. I’ll never work in Photoshop the same way again. Masking and working non-destructively is the only way to go.

Our final assignment for Production for the year was to make a pop up book. I think I spent somewhere around three full work sessions at around 10 hours a piece trying to figure this thing out. We were each given a letter of the alphabet, mine being G, and given a few specific parameters. I knew immediately I wanted to do a zombie book, and after Zeb wouldn’t trade me his letter, I decided as long as I put myself into the book, I could do just about anything. Here’s a video of the final product.

I’m starting to form in my head what it is I want to do with my life once I leave the Academy. I want to walk the line between packaging and layout design and motion graphics. I plan on spending a lot of time with After Effects this summer after a short period of rest. For now I just want to lay back with my trashy fantasy novel and not think too much. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..


The packaging I did for Vivo Cleaning products has to be one of my favorite things I’ve made since coming to SCCA. I hadn’t really used my favorite color scheme in a while (blue and orange) so considering this was the final assignment for this class I decided to go all out. I had been watching a bunch of Aaron Draplin videos and picked up his book, and there was a style he really loved that I was immediately drawn to and wanted to base this project on. Initially, I started with some concepts for Skye Cannabis skincare, but the more I went into the project, the more it felt more like cleaning products to me, so I switched mid way through. vivo

Here’s what I ended up with. I really love this packaging. Another thing I’ve discovered I have a knack for is Craft. I love making 3D mockups and getting it just so. I think I made 5 detergent boxes before I was happy with the outcome and turned it in.

DonTom “For Adults”

For this video, we were given much more freedom than the last project. All they gave us was a randomly generated product name and a product of our choosing off a table. We had to marry the two together and make an ad trying to sell it. Given the choice, of course we immediately wanted to make the most ridiculous and offensive thing we could think of… then we scaled it back. Filming this little beauty was a lot of fun. We left campus on a Friday morning, went out into the woods and shot it in just a couple of hours. There’s one part I’m particularly proud of. The actor in the video at one point needed his pupil to dilate. I dove into After Effects and learned how to motion track his eye, and make it happen. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Dontom “For Adults”!

Where I made a portfolio site

My site is live! I’ve never had my own site before, and to fill it with all the things I’ve worked so hard on this last year is really rewarding. I had the chance to sit down with one of my New Media teachers the other day and have him go through it with me. I have a few changes to make, but all in all it seems like I’m head in the right direction with it. Check it out!

The Power of Me.

New Media this quarter has been a really cool experience. The last two quarters we concentrated on specific disciplines, but this quarter we are being given specific video projects. Video has been absolutely one of my favorite things to learn during this whole process. From shooting, to editing and motion graphics, I’ve loved every minute. It really makes me think I might have found a career I could really love in Videography in general. Our first video project was to create a campaign for the Seattle Central Foundation, which raises money for the scholarship program (which I hope to benefit from). We were given a month to create something they could use for fundraising, and at the end, our work would be played at the fundraising event. My teams’ idea was to focus on people in their 30’s who have decided to redirect their life’s path and find a new career. This was a great project, as I was able to write, co-direct, co-edit, and do the motion graphics for this video. Here is “The Power of Me.”

Where I learned to use brushes.

Second round of projects for the quarter…


On this project, we were given a sheet of symbols to use, and told to make brushes out of them and painted landscapes. Here, I’ve taken a picture and used symbols and colors to paint over the photo. Turned out pretty well, I thought.


Packaging project 2 ~ We pulled demographics out of a hat. Mine? Menstrual cramps. Doing some research, I found out that in the 1890’s Queen Victoria was prescribed Cannabis for hers, so I ran with the idea. I give you, Cannabis infused chewing gum, specifically formulated to relieve menstrual cramps. One of my proudest moments.





The beginning of the end…

We’ve made it into the final quarter, full steam ahead. Here’s a slew of our first projects! Gabriel_Herrin_Portrait-Grid

We started off Graphic Production this quarter finally getting into Photoshop! I’ve been pretty excited to get into this class. It’s the only Adobe program I knew pretty well before coming to the Creative Academy. Knowing I’d be comfortable, but knowing I have a lot more to learn is really exciting. We’ll be concentrating mostly on selections and masking, with some color correction thrown in there.


Packaging!!! I think this is going to be one of my favorite classes this year. We have Robynne again and she’s been teaching this subject for 17 years or so. This was my first project. A series of wines for EOS winery in California. EOS was the sister of Helios and Selene, the god and goddess of the Sun and the Moon. So naturally I made Helios and Selene White and Red wine.


In Typography 2 we started studying the International Typographic Style. This swiss style of grid design is extremely appealing to me visually, and I really can’t wait to be good at this stuff. This assignment was to recreate the style using recipes for rum drinks. Something I really value about this program is that I keep getting names of designers to read. I will finish this program with a fantastic design library.

Where I made it through again.

Last week of the quarter! Amazing. This quarter flew by so fast, it barely feels real. I wasn’t really aware of all the things we learned last quarter until this quarter started, and I feel like I’ve done a good job of really starting to hone those concepts, and even started exploring how to break them. It’s hard to believe it’s been two quarters already. Only one to go this year!!! Here are a few things I’ve been working on…

In Graphic Production we’ve spent the last few weeks working on flyer layouts. It’s been an introduction to using Grid, which has been nice. We’ll be spending our entire next quarter on Grid in Typography 2. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a frustrating process. I’m looking forward to delving deeper into it. Here’s my favorite layout of the three.


During this process I discovered a Graphic Designer named David Carson who was famous for completely deconstructing the Grid and creating some amazing magazine layouts. It certainly helped a lot to look at his work while making mine. I had never heard of him but in retrospect I remember seeing his work everywhere in the 90’s. He wrote for Raygun which I used to read, and he did some packaging for Nine Inch Nails I remember.

In Typography we’ve spent the last month or so getting to create a Double LP for an artist of our choice. We were given complete creative freedom and this has been one of my absolute favorite assignments in school, as well as one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. In four weeks I designed it, printed it out and mocked up an artifact using chipboard and rubber cement. It actually feels like a real record. So satisfying.



For Interactive 2, I’ve been working on a website for an Athletic Apparel Brand called Dash. It’s not something I would typically love working on, but my coding knowledge is way above where it was. I’ve learned a ton in that class, and I’ve become very comfortable navigating HTML and CSS. I can make a basic site with Bootstrap in an afternoon. Here’s Dash.

Color Theory! This has been a great class. Spending the quarter using color intuitively has been a huge help, and I’ve discovered some of my favorite designers in the process. Here’s the last few assignments I’ve done.

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Polygon Monkey!!!



Overall it’s been a great quarter. Onward!!!!!!

Where we danced in the shadows.

My second New Media module this quarter is Videography. I’m excited to get to use Premiere more and to learn how to use a camera properly. Our first assignment was to create a video with six 6 seconds clips based on a haiku. Lezel and I had a lot of fun making this one. Let’s dance!