Category Archives: Sketching for Communication

Posts under my ‘Sketching for Communication’ class.

Alien Project – Sculpture!

This was probably one of the most exciting parts of this project, as I’d never really worked with Super Sculpey before. Now that I had created the skate deck, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted my hand to look like in terms of shape and texture. I bought a couple meters of copper wire as a way to create a mesh for the hand.

Here’s what I started out with:

– Acrylic Paint (shades of green)
– Copper wire (2 meters)
– Super Sculpey (1 pound)
– Carving tools (or use your fingers)
– An oven (to bake the clay once you’ve made it)





Shaped the sculpey after kneading it for a bit…I didn’t really end up using the mesh itself but I did use it as a reference to create the shape.



After baking, painted it with a couple shades of green and that was it!!







Alien Project – Style Guide

As part of the alien project, we had to create a style guide for our brand.
Click here to view the style guide for Enix!

Alien Project – Story

There’s been much debate over the Roswell UFO incident, some maintaining it was all a hoax while others claim it’s a huge conspiracy. An alien artifact recently discovered around the region is about to change all of that; the source, nicknamed Enix, cannot be released at this point due to the nature of this discovery. The object, in the shape of a hand, possesses supernatural powers which are transferred to any person for the duration of them holding it! Speculation has already begun on what kind of superpowers the hand provides to whoever holds it, some referring to it as the ‘Midas touch’, while others call it ‘Enix’. Media frenzy has been fuelled even further by fake videos uploaded by people who claim to have seen or touched the object; others have put off the discovery as a mass media publicity stunt or part of an April fool’s joke. The image of the hand, according to Enix, will be widely published online on December 21, 2012.

This short story and all references made in it are completely fictional. Any relation to any real characters or events is completely coincidental. Copyright © Aamir Raza.

Alien Project – Concept Sketches

Some concept sketches for the logo design, skate deck and style guide prior to working on this project:

Concept Sketch 1

Concept Sketch 2

Concept Sketch 3

Concept Sketch 4

Concept Sketch 5

Concept Sketch 6

Concept Sketch 7

Vanilla Twist

Made with real vanilla using cotton buds!!

Vanilla Twist!

Dream on paper…

A sketch I recently did of one of my dreams as part of an assignment.
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Inside a Dream!

Exploring Downtown Toronto – Morlock

The pictures below are a collaboration of all the pictures our group (of 6) took that day (only a small fraction of them are included, as there were way too many!) We named our group ‘wolfpack’! : )
[taken Feb 5]

Waking up…brrrrrWaking Up...

Meeting up @ Finch StationAt Finch Station

Getting a transfer…How does this thing work :o

Day pass…no comment.Posing with your Day Pass lol

A danger sign where the subway platform ends 😮TTC Subway signs 2

Another sign….it’s actually right above the other one o.oTTC Subway signs 1

Stand back! Kinda looks like a swimming pool and you can’t jump in 😦TTC Subway signs 3

Finally on the subwayInside the TTC subway

An ad inside the subway
TTC Subway ads 2

I was at Summerhill station =/
TTC Subway ads 3

When you can’t pronounce it, it means its expensive haha
TTC Subway ads 1

Another station along the route…some stations are in the open
Close to Summerhill Station in Toronto

Got to St. Andrew station!
St. Andrew station

Gettin out in the open
St. Andrew station

A sculpture around Sun Life Center…
Around St. Andrew station 4

The stuff of legendsAround St. Andrew station 3

Somewhere around St. Andrew still…
Around St. Andrew station

At a bus/streetcar shelter….that’s the streetcar in the back!
Shelter 1

Look at the change in white balance from the above image!
Shelter 2

Roy Thompson Hall
Around St. Andrew station 2

Random pigeon blocking my way!!!

Emily Street
Emily Street 2

Walking tall…all that was missing was a baseball bat in my right hand!
Emily Street 3

Still walking, in search of some street art not to be found on Emily Street! =/Emily Street

Java’s Daily Specials…
Java's Daily Specials

The special for that day!
Java's Daily Specials 2

This is what happens after you get Java’s special and start driving…
CP24 Van

CTV. Breaking news, literally!
Don't Drink and Drive

The Much Music SUV
Much Music SUV

Getting some pizza…
Pizza Pizza

A poster inside that Pizza Pizza
Poster inside Pizza Pizza

munch munch…
Munch Munch?

Revenge of the pigeon…what did i do to you D:
Pigeon 2

Black Market…best place to get stuff you don’t need but you buy anyway!
Black Market Signage

I wonder what he’s reading o_O
I wonder what he's reading...

…I found out -_-‘
Reading a newspaper

Black market signs all over the place…
Black Market Signage 2

You make your own sense out of this…
Shoe Person of the Year

Tough economic times call for sacrifices…
When haircuts cost $15 this is what happens...

The apes are getting smarter…its happening!!
The Active Surplus Ape

Maxin relaxin…
Active Surplus

Robots inside ‘Active Surplus’
Robots at Active Surplus 3

Robots at Active Surplus

Robots at Active Surplus 2

bunch of marbles bought from Active Surplus
Marbles from Active Surplus

Silver Snail…
Silver Snail from the outside 2

Silver Snail from the outside

Silver Snail Poster
Silver Snail Flyers

Taking pictures of graffiti
Taking pictures of graffiti
Graffiti 1
Graffiti 2
Graffiti 3
Graffiti 4
Graffiti 5
Graffiti 6
Graffiti kingofthedot
Graffiti 7
Graffiti 8
Graffiti 9
Graffiti 10
Graffiti 11
Graffiti 12

New York Subway
New York Subway

We sat inside for a bit…
Inside New York Subway

Gandhi Indian Cuisine, pretty close to New York Subway
Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Gandhi Indian Cuisine 2

Portland and Queen…not far from New York Subway
Portland and Queen

UMBRA… looks better from the outside :d
Umbra Store

Back at Silver Snail…well right across the street
Black Bull Patio Restaurant

Black Pull Patio across from Silver Snail…CN Tower in the reflection!
Black Bull Patio Restaurant 2

Some big deals going down in this town…
Buying a Hot Dog

Play ‘The Turtles – Happy Together’ and stare at this photo for best results.
He's wondering if he should eat it

It’s a trap! Friendly Stranger shop…
Friendly Stranger

Cannabis Culture Shop

A picture inside the store…Mona Lisa Behind the scenes?
Mona Lisa Behind the Scenes

Back around Osgoode station…
Statue right outside osgoode station
statue at osgoode 2

Waitin’ for the train…
at Osgoode station headin back

Ahh here it comes……..
Osgoode station

Business card on the subway seat (of that stranger store)
a business card

so focused...

I thought we read this already :S Guy on left spotted a ghost @_@reading the NOW newspaper

I did not approve of this xD

Everyone saying goodbye!!
goodbye from our group

People in my group (left to right in above picture): Me, Zeeshan, Binthu, Abdullah, Jonathan, Ehsan

Stina Persson Inspired Art!

My attempt at trying to create something inspired from Stina Persson’s work:

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Stina Persson Inspired Art

Multimedia design: Positive/negative studies!

Simply put, positive space is the space in which your subject resides, while negative space is the space around them. It’s important to have negative space for every positive shape in your composition, to make your subject stand out and to maintain visual balance.

Here’s some exercises we recently did relating to positive/negative space:

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Positive/negative space:

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positive negative space-29thjan

Figure-ground perception:

We had to choose a single letter, then use 2 sheets of contrasting construction paper (9″x12″) using one as the cutout for the letter so you can paste it on the other. The letter was to touch all four sides at some point and only occupy 50% of the space on the sheet in order to create a balance between the figure and ground (figure being the shape, ground being the background – quite obvious in this example of what the shape is *hint: it’s not red*).

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Mind mapping?!?!?! Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH)

Surprisingly, I had never had of the term ‘mind map’ before. I’ve always seen people use the more broader term ‘brainstorming’. According to Wikipedia:

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.

Here’s two versions of a mind-map we had to work on. One was centered around the LRRH story,  the other being branched out of the first one as to create our own version beyond what was provided already:

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More Crosshatching Techniques and Examples!

Some previous crosshatching stuff I thought I should upload. Hatching and crosshatching examples:
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Practicing basic crosshatching:
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A few more examples of cross hatching. Try to re-create the image on the left side!
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