Final Print

FullSizeRender (3).jpg My element is Germanium and its atomic number is 32. My element is mainly used for electrical engineering. It can be found in wires, transistors, and circuits. It can also be found in many camera lenses. That is where I got the inspiration to draw a camera and do my print. First I did the initial sketch for my print. Then that sketch was transferred onto the foam plate and outlined. We then put ink over the imprint of our sketch and we transferred that onto paper. We then let them dry, then cut them out, and matted them on construction paper. I would try an put some more detail into the sketch if I had to do it all again. I enjoyed doing the initial sketch because I like to do drawings. This whole project was very interesting and fun to complete with my peers.

Final element print blog post

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My element is iron the atomic number is 26 and the atomic symbol is FE. 
Iron has been around since ancient greece, since it has been around for so long no one really knows how it was discovered, there is a theory that when a meteor hit earth there were bits of Iron in the meteor. Iron is needed for blood production, It can also be used to strengthen appliances.  I looked up products with iron, but I realized most products do not have iron so my options were limited.
What process did you go through to make this print? 
          In the process of making this print, I brainstormed possible designs, then I chose which one made the most sense, then sketched that one out and added detail and then carved the design into foam, then went over the foam carving with ink, then I transferred the design onto an 8 x 6 piece of paper. 
           I enjoyed going over our designs with ink the most because it felt like  the only time I think that we got do the stuff we were learning about hands on. When we printed in class, previously we had carved our design into a piece of foam then the next class we rolled ink over our design. 
           If I could do this project again I would try to think of what else has iron, possibly something with the human body, I feel like I could have made my design more original.

Au (Gold) Print/Matt

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My element is gold with the symbol of Au and the atomic number of 79. The origin of the name is the Anglo-Saxon word for the element. It is located in a lot of places around the world such as South Africa, Russia, and India. They can be found as nuggets or particles in the bed of streams. People also mine for gold. Seawater contains about 4 grams of gold in 1,000,000 tonnes of water. Gold is also known to be one of the softest metals. It is used in jewelry, coinage, gears for watches, artificial limb joints, wiring, etc. Dentist sometimes use gold as fillings and gold can be used to treat some cases of arthritis. Gold was also used in royal graves. The death mask of Tutankhamen, who died in 1323 BC, contained 100 kg (220 lb) of gold.The imagery for my print was inspired by the Greek myth "King Midas and the Golden Touch." The myth was about a king who can turn whatever he touched into gold. He loved it until he touched his daughter who he dearly loved and turned her into gold. To undo his mistake, he had to pour water over her from the river Pactolus which would turn her back to normal and wash away his golden powers. My print was capturing the midway point of her father throwing water on her. First I had to look for inspiration for what part of the myth I wanted to capture. Then I decided to draw King Midas' daughter in gold and water being thrown on her. I sketched out the picture in my sketchbook and then traced it onto tracing paper. Next I traced the tracing paper onto the foam stamping piece but I traced it on backwards so when I stamp it onto paper, the letters and numbers would come out correctly and not backwards. After I traced it, I used a dull pencil to retrace the lines on the foam piece so I know it would be detailed enough for when I stamp it. Then I used a paint roller and paint to roll over the foam piece covering it completely. Next, I place the paint side of the foam onto a white piece of copy paper and pressed it on firmly. Then I used a wooden spoon to go over the foam piece to ensure all the paint had transfer. After that, I peel off the foam piece and wash it under water so I can repeat these steps with different colors to make more prints. When the prints have dried, I used a ruler to rip all the white sides off and pasted it onto a 6x8 piece of constructed paper as a board. That's is the process I went through to make this print. If I were to do this print again, I would change the border of the imagery because I think it kind of threw off the main image of the print. Also, I would use different colors to paint my print of do a number of colors onto one print. Lastly, I would decorate the matt border to make my print more attractive. The part of the project I enjoyed the most was stamping the print because rolling the paint onto the foam was fun. Also, after rubbing all the paint onto the paper, peeling the foam off the paper was so satisfying because I just see all the paint transferred onto the paper and my print was nice and clear so that's why I enjoyed that part the most. 

Print/Matt Reflection

What is your element? Name and atomic number My element is Germanium and it’s atomic number is 32.
My element, history, function/use and so on. Germanium was discovered in 1886 in Freiberg, Germany by a man named Clemens Winkler. Its symbol is Ge. Germanium is a metalloid. Germanium is used to make transistors for use in electronic devices. Germanium is also used as an alloying agent (adding 1% germanium to silver stops it from tarnishing), in fluorescent lamps and as a catalyst. The element is non-toxic. Fun fact, Germanium is another element that was predicted by Mendeleev in 1871(His predictions for what would be the atomic number, weight, and properties were very close to germanium actual characteristics.). The origin of its name come from a Latin name for Germany, ‘Germania’.
How did you get the idea for the imagery you chose? To get the idea for my print, I had to think of a picture that can relate to my element. Since germanium was used in lamps, I did the design of the candle lamp. Also it the transistors gave me the idea of sketching a phone.
What process did you go through to make this print? Well first I did some research on my element. Next I sketch some drawings and pick the best one that can represent germanium. Then I had to finalize my sketch on a 4x6 paper. Then I had to transfer my drawing onto tracing paper. Next, I did negative and positive drawing onto the styrofoam plate. Finally, I print the image onto paper by printing the image onto the plate, transfer the plate on the paper, rub it into the paper with a wooden spoon, and slowly lift the paper from the plate, leaving the image onto the paper. Then I cut out the image and paste it in the center of a 6x8 inch construction paper.
What would you do differently if you did this print a second time? For one, I would do a little bit more research on my element to get a better understanding. Also, I would redo my negative and positive with my plate, I kind of messed up a bit.
What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it. The part I like the most was the paint transfer. So first, I had to paint onto the plate and roll it out with a roller. Then I laid it down onto a piece of paper and press down onto the paper with a wooden spoon. Finally, I slowly lift the paper from the plate, leaving the image onto the paper. I really like seeing the outcome when it’s separated. Also, it was quite easy.

Final Matt Print- Indium

Hello! My name is Asnain Khan and I am currently a freshman at Science Leadership Academy. In my Art class we did a 4 weeks long project, called “Element Prints.” To complete this project, everyone was assigned a element. Then, we did some research and sketched some pictures that relate to our element. After that, we finalized our sketches and picked a final sketch. Following this, we traced and transferred our sketch. Then, we printed it and matt printed.


The element I was assigned is indium. Indium is a chemical element with symbol In and atomic number 49. Indium was discovered by the German chemists Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymus Theodor Richter in 1863. Reich and Richter had been looking for traces of the element thallium in samples of zinc ores. A brilliant indigo line in the sample's spectrum revealed the existence of indium. Indium is about as abundant as silver but is much easier to recover since it typically occurs along with zinc, iron, lead and copper ores.


Indium is used to coat the bearings of high speed motors since it allows for the even distribution of lubricating oil. Indium is used to dope germanium to make transistors. It is also used to make other electrical components such as rectifiers, thermistors and photoconductors. Indium can be used to make mirrors that are as reflective as silver mirrors but do not tarnish as quickly. Indium is also used to make low melting alloys.


I chose an image of a TV because indium is found in the screen of TV’s. I didn’t know this, so I thought it would be interesting to do a TV. I explained the process I had to go through to make this print, in the first paragraph. If I had to do this all over again, I would probably change my image to a tool. That’s because indium is mostly used to make tools.


I really enjoyed working on this project. My most favorite part was when we actually printed our image. That part was really enjoyable. It was a great project!  

Copper Print/Matt

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My element was copper, it has an atomic number of 29. Copper is a really old element and has been around since the beginning of times. It was thought to be used in the middle east sometime around 9000 B.C. Now days copper is used to make electrical equipment. Copper is a good conductor of electricity and heat, therefore copper is mainly used to make wires.Back then copper was also used to make pennies before it was replaced with zinc. Since I knew cooper was really old I wanted something to represent that. I knew that a timeline is used to represent time and the words B.C (before christ) and A.D (anno Domini) means era’s that are really old and new. So, I decided to make a timeline with the words B.C and A.D on the ends and the symbol of copper in the center to represent how old Copper is. When it actually came to making my print, it was fairly simple. First I sketched out my drawing, then I transferred it to tracing paper. After, I transfered it to the actual stamp board and outlined my sketch, then we put the ink over and transferred it to paper and set it to dry. After, we placed our print on a matt. If I could do this print a second time, something I would do differently would be adding more detail to my actual drawing. I feel like my drawing was fairly simple and I would want to elaborate more on it. In conclusion, the part I enjoyed most about this was inking my print, when we rolled the ink on it and then transferred it to another page. I liked putting color to my sketch and making it come to life.


My element is Silver. Its atomic number is 47 and chemical symbol is Ag. Silver is one of the first metals to be discovered alongside gold and copper. It wasn't commonly used in the past other than being used as currency besides gold. Now it's more commonly used in jewelry and and in metallic sculptures. The image I chose to print is a sculpture. It's a upside down arc with a heart in the middle. There weren't a lot of unique things I could make with silver, drawing a coin would've been expected and boring so instead, I chose to do something pretty and unique. To make my print I had transfer my drawing to a plate by carving it with a dull pencil making an outline. Next time, I'd choose a different design because I think there could've been more designs that I could made with silver. The part I enjoyed the most was actually printing my design because it came out better than I thought it would. I'm very proud of it. 
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Element print and Mat reflection

My element is called Argon and the atomic number of Argon is 18.
Agron  Sir William Ramsay(a scottish chemist) and Lord Rayleigh( an english chemist) discovered this element. It’s name comes from a greek word which means lazy. It’s odorless and colorless noble gas. It can be used to fill light bulbs which prevents oxygen from destroying the hot filament.I got the idea because of it's use which prevents oxygen from breaking the hot filament in a light bulb.First I had to brainstorm an idea which became this light bulb. Next I copied my final drawing on a 4 by 6 card, but I had to flip the paper over backwards, so when I apply the ink to the card it would print right when I lay it on a piece of paper. I would try to apply the right amount ink so I could get a clean print. Also the cracks are there because this was like my fifth print so my printing card was kind of ware down with each print.What I liked the most about this project is the fact that I got to make art in such a creative way and I just wish next time in didn't have to be about the periodic table. Overall though this was a really cool project, and I wouldn't mind at all if I had to do it again. 

Day 1 & 2 Print/Matt Jack Eagen


My element was Cobalt, it´s abbreviation was Co and atomic number was 27. My element was discovered in 1735. It has been and still is used to turn vases blue. To make this print first we had to create three different designs that we wanted to use for our prints. I choose the one that I thought was the best and made the final design. Then I put my design on a plate backwards so it would print out correctly. Finally I rolled ink on it and then printed it on paper. Then for one of my prints I created a paper background. If I was to do this a second time I think all I would do different was be more consistent with the paint. Other than that I think I did a good job. But that was still the best part of the project. I had a lot of fun painting everything and then pasting it on paper. It was fun because it was very relaxing and very cool to see the final product.

Print/Matt -- Derek Jordan

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My element is named sulfur and the atomic number is 16. It is a nonmetal and the atomic symbol is S. Sulfur is in the bible with the name brimstone and it is mentioned in the Odyssey. It was discovered in 1777 by Antoine Lavoisier. He discovered that it was an element and not a compound. Sulfur takes up 3% of the earth’s mass, so I included an earth and with a “3%” on it. I did this because I thought it was the best way to represent that sulfur is 3% of the earth’s mass. I first brainstormed ideas for my print, and chose a final idea. Once we had our final design on paper, we traced it onto tracing paper. After that, we carved our design onto a plate. We then rolled paint onto the plates and then pasted them on a piece of paper. After one week, the paint dried and we cut out the pictures and pasted them onto a paper with a one inch frame. I would have made my design a little less complicated if I were to do it again. It is difficult to completely understand the idea of my print/matt at first glance. I enjoyed making the design for our print. It was fun researching our element and brainstorming possible ideas for our print.

Final Stamp Design

The name of my element is Chromium and it's Atomic Number is 24. It was first discovered by Louis-Nicholas Vauquelin in 1797.  While experimenting on something called Siberian red lead (crocoite), he mixed it with hydrochloric acid to create Chromium.  Chromium's main use is for making vehicle parts for cars and bicycles.  It's most interesting use, however, is that it's used in the making of many pigments.  A form of Chromium was also used on Terracotta Warrior's weapons to keep them from rusting.
The reason I chose to make my stamp resemble a pile of pigment was because that use of Chromium was so interesting to me.  Making a car or bike stamp seemed too boring to me and making a pigment pile was rather simplistic to draw so I decided to go with the second idea.  Then I had to make a final design on another piece of paper, which would be used to trace onto a piece of foam (it's easy to create divots in it so when painted over lines will appear) which would be used for the actual stamp.  During the  process I had to redraw it because it was too small and I never got a really smooth looking print so that was a bit annoying.
If I could do the print all over again, I would probably make the design a bit more complex.  After finishing this project, and looking at everybody else's, it made me think I did too little.  I would also probably want to try making the prints again.  The prints all had some imperfection about them and were never covered completely in a smooth layer of red paint.  It was all rather problematic to me.  What I DID enjoy about the project was creating the designs for the print. It was fun to make creative ways to convey what your element was.

Aluminium Print/Matte

My element is Aluminum AL, the atomic number is 13. Sir Humphry in 1809 named the element aluminum and then Britain editor in 1812 wrote it as aluminum due to it harmonizing with many other element names like sodium and potassium. The way I got the idea for the imagery I chose was due to the history of the use of aluminum, I found out that the Apollo 11 spacecraft was made out of aluminum. so I thought that was a good idea to design a space ship landing on the moon. The process I went through to make this print was drawing out the image on a normal piece of paper then I copied it on tracing paper and then I copied it backward on the plate foam paper and identified the negative space by denting the foam on the plate paper. Something I would do differently is not shaded in the negative space and should just outline stuff just so it could look neater. The part of the project that I liked the most was the printing process when we were adding the paint on the image. The steps to complete this process is taking the brayer and dipping it in the printing ink and then rolled it evenly in it and then rolled it evenly again against the foam paper.

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Week 9 - Day 1 & 2 print/matt

My element was zinc and its atomic number is 30.

Zinc has been around since the 16th century and it is used in many ways including pennies and medicines. All living things need zinc to survive.

I was interested in the fact that all living things need zinc, so I settled on a nature themed print. I made the N attached to the Z like roots and both letters have leaves coming off of them.

I knew that I wanted to make it nature themed, so I didn’t go through many iterations before I had my final design.

If I did this again, I would probably make the lines deeper so there was more contrast.

I enjoyed matting the print because it was very satisfying to rip the excess paper around the print.


Week 9 - Day 1 & 2 Print/Matt

My element is Vanadium. Its symbol is "V", and its atomic number is 23. Vanadium is a metal that is found in space, but very rarely. It can be isolated artificially, which causes it to become oxidized. A man discovered it in Mexico in 1801. He found it in a metal that also had lead with it and discovered that it was new. It wasn't until 1867 that the element was gotten alone in its purest form. By reducing vanadium chloride, the metal could be produced in mass amounts. It was used in building race cars and metal tools. It is sometimes also found in meteorites with a lot of different mineral forms. 
The fact that it is found in meteorites caught my attention. I knew I wanted to surround my print's focus on a meteorite. I also learned though that they are found by using a spectrometer, a tool that bends light to see metals. They're often used in astronomy to analyze the makeup of stars and spot these meteorites. Light coming from the sun and other stars aids this process. That is why there is a lens around my meteorite. 
My original sketch looked a lot like the final here. I started with the lens so I could have a centered and balanced print. Then, I made the shape of a meteorite to show it. The whole thing felt a bit empty, so I added more detail in the lens, including stars to symbolize their light that is used in the identification of the vanadium meteorites. Since I had to include its symbol and atomic number, I thought that the number could sit on the outside of the lens. That was fine, so I tried doing the same with the letter. The symmetry was a little cluttered and unnerving. I found that having the symbol taking up a larger space and going into the lens brought the whole thing together. 
If I did this again, I would make the atomic number a little smaller. I may have paid more attention to the detail within the details too. This could result in a more realistic meteorite. 
My favorite part of this whole thing was identifying the positive and negative space. Originally, there was more negative space. Since we are in space though, hence the meteorite theme, I wanted it to be darker. Having so much darkness in the image was satisfying. 

Matted Print -- Zivia Brown (WIP)

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  1. What would you do differently if you did this print a second time?
  2. What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it.

The element used for my print project was Arsenic, with the atomic number of 33 and an atomic mass of 74.9216 g.mol-1 . This element has been mined since ancient times, but was officially discovered by Albertus Magnus in 1250 A.D. when he was experimenting with a heated soap and orpiment mixture. Arsenic has a wide variety of uses. It is commonly used in rat and insect poison, but has also been used as a medicine and additive to poultry food to protect against infection. Arsenic is also used in semiconductors, bronzing, hardening shot, making glass and preserving wood. You can also find Arsenic is chemical compounds such as arsenic trioxide, sodium arsenite, arsenic trichloride, arsenic pentoxide, arsenic acid, and arsenates. It's a pretty useful element!
For my image, I decided to focus on Arsenic's use in rat poison. This may sound weird, but being a lover of the movie Watership Down, I am was intrigued by the way animals, namely rodents and rabbit, reacted as they died. This image has elements of that movies art style and key attributes, such as the focus on the mouth and chin from the underside with the eyes barely visible. I had other designs, such as one involving soap and one with LED lights, but this one was my favorite.
As for my process, there were many steps. After I had my lineart for my picture, I then had to decide what would be the positive and what would be the negative space. I then used a sharpie to fill in what would be my negative space (this space acted as positive space at some points). After this, I traced and transferred just the outlines of my image to a piece of tracing paper. I then flipped the paper over so the letters and numbers were backwards, and used a pencil to press through the lines on the paper and onto a foam base. This would serve as my printing plate. I would then roll ink on the plate and press it onto paper, flip it over, and use a wooden spoon to press it down. This transferred my image right side up, and then I was done!
If I were to redo anything about my project, I think I would make the atomic number more clear and straighter. There is to much slanting in my image with both the 

Element Print

My element is Antimony. Its chemical symbol is Sb and its atomic number is 51. One cool fact about antimony is that in acient egypt, it was used to make the eyeliner they called Kohl. This is why you see the design of the "Eye of Horus" in my print. I wanted to symbolize Egypt and that time period, so I chose that design because it is something associated with Egypt. 
When making this print, I sketched a few possible designs for my element. I decided on this because I thought it would give a different type of design then expected. This is something many people didn't know, so I thought it would be interesting design to choose. After choosing my design, I traced it onto a piece of thin foam, backwards, so if you had any words or letters, they would be correctly faced when you made the print. We used a brayer to apply the ink to the foam board, and then placed that onto a sheet of paper and repeated this a few times until we got 3 good prints. 
If I did this print again I would make sure everything looked straight and centered so it is more appealing to the eye. My favorite part of this project was coming up with different designs for our elements. I liked it because I was able to think creatively about something I normally think about in a creative way. 

Element Print and Matt - Reflection

This is the final print of my element, Silicon.
This is the final print of my element, Silicon.
In this blog post, I will be reflecting on the process I went through to create my print.
  1. The element I was given was Silicon, which is number 14 in the table of elements. Silicon can be shortened to SI. 
  2. Silicon was first found by Jacob Berzelius. He was heating up chips of Potassium to observe what resulted, and Silicon accidentally formed. It is primarily used to create computer chips and tools used in machines. It can be utilized in the process of deoxidizing and is used to manufacture soaps.
  3. My idea for this print came from the discovery of Silicon. Since chips of Potassium were heated up to form the element, my mind immediately went to potato chips. The bag has flames on it, which shows it is the hot flavor. This shows that Silicon was discovered by heating up chips of Potassium.
  4. The process aI went through was a simple one. I first sketched out my three rough ideas, and chose what I thought would be the best to use. Once I did, I drew the sketch again, and I traced it onto tracing paper. This tracing paper was used to carve our design into foam. Using paint and a brayer, we rubbed paint onto a tray and then into a foam board. This foam board was then pressed face down onto paper so that the print would be finalized on paper. On our last day, we cut out our two best prints, placed one on a mat with a one-inch border, and another had no mat. This process was now finished and our prints were done.
  5. If I could redo this project, I would have carved the "SI" into the foam better. It was supposed to go in the logo, but it never showed because the carve was too shallow. I would try and carve it better so that it would show up, because it was an essential for our final print.
  6. I really enjoyed the process of brainstorming. I enjoy doing research usually, so it was nice to research a topic I did not know much about. We usually learn about all of the elements together, not separately, so it was interesting to learn about one in specific. I never knew how many uses one element could have until doing this research for the brainstorming. 

Plutonium Print

The element I created an art piece for is Plutonium, with the atomic number of 94. 
The name plutonium came from the planet Pluto, which was thought at the time to be the greatest planet beyond Neptune. Since the previous element discovered was Neptunium, Plutonium came to be from the planet Pluto and the "ium" from Neptunium. Plutonium was once used in a bomb in 1945, during WWII. Its fuel was also known to be used as rocket fuel, and its power is used in power plants.
I came up with the idea for my final imagery by looking up plutonium and searching through various images of the dangerous element. One image showed the radioactive symbol attached to a plant, representing Plutonium as a "power plant." Since Plutonium is used in power plants, this image stuck with me and I recreated it, but above an actual power plant. The smoke cloud and every other small detail in my final image came from my original idea, of representing a Plutonium power plant.
The process of making this print was complicated at times. We had to go through stages of sketching and ideas, and then put our actual image onto a foam rectangle that would be painted over later. Once we painted over it, we had to then press it onto paper to copy the image over. To make the image look right, we had to draw our images backwards on the foam rectangle. Then, the image pressed onto paper accurately with any words and images facing upright. At times this was complicated, because sometimes the print didn't copy over well if there wasn't enough paint. But, it was an interesting and fun process full of learning.
If I had to print a second time, I definitely would have made sure my drawing didn't touch the edges of the paper or foam rectangle, because when painting over this and printing it, the edges faded off the paper and weren't seen. If I did this again, I would just make sure the image itself was slightly smaller than the paper it was drawn on, so every part could be seen.
The part I enjoyed most was the sketching and drawing phase. I enjoy this step most because it is full of creativity. Also, I like this because it is the best time to collaborate with people and determine which work is best or has the best potential. Sketching and drawing is my favorite, because I like to free draw and not have it be a final decision or image.

Blog Negative/Positive Space - Cut Out

My negative space is the dark green, its the darkest piece of my art work. The negative space is the most eye catching thing, it helps the artist to effect as the "real" subject of an image. i found my negative space by looking for the darkest color you had. it enhances the art because, it allows the artwork to be eye catching. 
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Bismuth Element Print

  1. What is your element? My element is Bismuth and its atomic number 83. It has 83 protons, 126 neutrons and 83 protons. Its chemical symbol is Bi

  2. Tell the reader about your element, history, function/use and so on. Bismuth was discovered in 1753 by Claude Geoffroy. Bismuth can be melted down and mixed with other metals to create low melting alloys, these are used to make electrical fuses, fire detectors, sprinklers and much more. Bismuth is also used as a yellow pigment in paint and makeup. It is also most popularly used in pepto bismol. Bismuth is a rainbow element, its solid form takes it shape in a star case design.

  3. How did you get the idea for the imagery you chose? I got the idea for my print my thinking about the composition of the solid element. I knew that the shape was very rectangular with twisting and sharp edges. I also knew that the element was very colorful, and the chemical symbol is Bi. So I took these three facts to create my design. I drew a rainbow made of squares and turns cascading over the symbol Bi. I made the rainbow to represent the colors of Bismuth, and also to represent the symbol Bi (like bisexual). You could also interpret the image as a cave, with dripping liquids falling from the roof and pooling into the Bi. This was meant to represent pepto bismol and the liquid state of the element.  

  4. What process did you go through to make this print? I spent lots of time carving my image into the foam plate. I really wanted to have large parts of the image that would not soak up ink, so I put effort into carving sections over and over again. I thought the image it self turned out well except for the atomic number. I attempted to put the number, 83, inside the clouds on the side of the rainbow but it didn't show up. When it came to the printing stage I had difficulty coating the carving fulling in ink. It would turn out blotchy and lifeless when ever I transfered it to paper. Then I learned to press harder into the plate in order for an image to be printed. After this tip my prints became much better.

  5. What would you do differently if you did this print a second time? If I did this print a second time I would have made a simpler and less messy design. That way the ink wouldn't be confused as to where to lay.

  6. What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it. I enjoyed the printing/inking stage the most because it allowed me to put color to the image I imagined to be colorful. I also liked it because it was fun to be creative and slightly messy with our art work. In this stage we needed to roll ink onto our prints, and then transfer them to paper with the pressure of a wooden spoon.



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Seven as a Buddy Cop Movie. Mark + Kwame


For my Film Conversion project, I chose to adapt the Neo-Noir Se7en into a buddy cop film. I chose this because throughout the film there are several comedic moments in an otherwise dark film that could easily to be framed to be the focal point of the story. In one particular scene all of the characters burst out laughing because of the state of Detective Mills’s apartment. I wanted to see what it would be like to have a trailer to the film be focused on the lighter moments.


Noir films generally follow the story of a detective encountering the underbelly of society, while buddy cop films generally tell the story of an unlikely bromance forming. Seven is a synthesis of these two genres, featuring main characters exploring the nightmarish underbelly of society and becoming friends over the course of the film. The tone of seven is what separates it from both a noir and buddy cop movie, that of a serious and brooding psychological thriller. Adapting the tone was the greatest struggle of making the trailer, since it is so consistent throughout the entire film, as well as being so far removed from that of a buddy cop movie.


The first step in changing the movie was selecting the clips for the trailer. I chose to focus on more neutral and comedic moments, since these wouldn’t rely or extend the original tone. Then I laid out the clips in a cohesive order to tell the story of Mills and Somerset becoming partners despite their reluctance. I established the villian, their dysfunctional relationship, and how they could solve it. The trailer ends with the villain turning themselves in an event that's originally dramatic, but now comedic based on placement and timing. Finally I wrapped up the trailer with some light hearted music, something that could’ve been found in a comedy trailer. Music is an integral part of the storytelling process as well as carrying the emotional weight of a moment.