Once Upon a Time – A Neverending Story by Phillip Ho

SlideShare of Neverending Story

JPGs of Neverending Story

In creating my digital portfolio, I wanted to show not just the necessary files we were required to work on during the class, but I also wanted to show the creative process for the six projects I have completed to show how I approached them.

What you see here in my Neverending Story are the creative processes and results of fifteen weeks of experimenting using tools such as Keynote, Illustrator,
Photoshop and InDesign to create some unique and wonderful artworks that will have you thinking long after you see them.

With that being said, I thank you for
looking at and appreciating the work that I put my time and effort into, and now I present to you, “My Neverending Story.”


Variations by Phillip Ho

What you are about to see in this post is the final compositions for two ideas I had for the Variations Project made in Adobe® Photoshop.

The first image below is a series of multiple photographs of cherry blossoms I took back in March while I was visiting Washington D.C. with my mother. The idea is that the photographs are filtered using Photo Filter adjustment layers to create the illusion of a series of multiple cherry blossoms photographs taken from dawn to dusk. I applied an Unsharp Mask filter to ensure the photographs look crisp, and to give the illusion that the photographs are actually oil paintings, I used the Oil Paint filter.

Cherry Blossoms:

The second image below is more of a “collage” featuring artworks of Vocaloids™ by Japanese illustrator Atsuya Uki. The images that make up the collage were actually scanned from art cards that came with a Vocaloid™ split-single by supercell & kz of Livetune.

The arrangement of the artworks mixing with a gradient background of colors representing four of the Vocaloids™ shown here: Hatsune Miku (teal), Megurine Luka (almost like a light pink), Kagamine Rin (almost like gold), and Kagamine Len (close to orange). The end result is a collage mixing between a series and a polyptych of multiple images, though I use the word “collage” very loosely here because it’s not the typical photo collage we see everywhere.

Vocaloids™ – Illustrations by Atsuya Uki:

The Mysterious Exquisite Corpse by Phillip Ho


This was a short exercise from Chapter 9 of the book Digital Foundations that we did prior to beginning the Exquisite Corpse Digital Round Robin project.

However, note that I use the term “short exercise” very loosely, because the exercise took a while to perfect to look as close as the final composition from the book. That said, it was actually quite fun to work on of all the exercises in Digital Foundations.

Composed through Adobe® Photoshop CC 2015.

Exquisite Corpse – A Round Robin Project by Phillip Ho

Original Scan:

Final Exquisite Corpse:
Exquisite Corpse - A Round Robin Project by Phillip Ho

Alternatively, you could call this, “The Creepiest Exquisite Corpse You Ever Saw,” because this is basically what the final image (above) looks like.

The Exquisite Corpse Round Robin project was a collaborative project done using scanograms and a set of instructions done in Adobe® Photoshop. Every one in the class was given a number between 1 and 16, and our goal is to work together as a group of three from lowest number to highest number (for example, 12-13-14).

The basics of it is that one person begins the Exquisite Corpse by composing their original scanogram so that it started with the bottom (or in my case, the top) portion of the original image. Then, we share that file to the person with the next highest number who will work on the middle section of the corpse based on what they are given in the bottom section of the corpse (or in my case, the top section). After that, that person will share their work with the person with the next highest number than them, who will work on the remaining section of the corpse based on what they are given in the middle section of the corpse. Once that is all done, the person returns the corpse to the original person (the one with the original scanogram), who will use blending modes, masking, adjustment layers, etc. in Photoshop to create a smooth transition based on what everyone did on their part.

I used images from the web for two files I was given, (11-excorpse.tif & 10-11-excorpse.tif), in order to create something unique in each composition I did (for the former, it was the middle section, the latter was the top section). For a list of images I used and where they are sources from, check out the Box Note file linked here:

The Island of Fire – A Mandala Interpretation by Phillip Ho

The mandala, by definition from the Oxford University Press, is a geometric figure that represents the universe in the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhism cultures. This project, however, involves creating our own mandalas through Adobe® Illustrator using colors, different kinds of tools, and all the strategies we’ve learned about while incorporating the geo-construction from Part III of the geo-construction exercises. This is all while utilizing at least one of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

What you will see here is my interpretation of a mandala and the four elements as one mosaic-like island scenery. There are two images below this description: One showcases just the island, which I call, “The Island of Fire,” with all four elements incorporated. The other showcases the same island but with the guidelines and the geo-construction layered on top of it to show the concept and guidelines I used to create my interpretation of the mandala.

“The Island of Fire”

The Island of Fire - A Mandala Interpretation by Phillip Ho

“The Island of Fire” w/ Guides and Structure

The Island of Fire - A Mandala Interpretation by Phillip Ho - With Guides and Geo-Construction

Geo-Constructions with Digital Compasses and Straightedges by Phillip Ho

The following three images below are what are called “Geometric Constructions,” which is a series of exercises that involve using Adobe® Illustrator almost as if it was modified to replicate the use of physical tools.

The first image shows six constructions of basic, intermediate, and advanced construction using only the line and elliptical tools.
Geo-Construction I: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Constructions by Phillip Ho

The second image shows the constructions of a square and a hexagon inside individual circles but done backwards using the elliptical, polygon, and line tools.
Geo-Construction II: Constructing Backwards by Phillip Ho

The final image is what I call an optical illusion, involving the left construction from the second image and repeated as if it there were many of the same construction but larger or smaller as you look farther or closer to it. Note that in this image, some constructions are shown at a 45˚ angle.
Geo-Construction III: Optical Illusions by Phillip Ho

Observing Line Art and Flat Graphics by Phillip Ho

Observing Line Art and Flat Graphics by Phillip Ho

What you are seeing is the observations I have made with line art and flat graphics through clipping masks and drawn lines with Adobe® Illustrator’s pen tool as described in the exercises from Chapter 6 of Digital Foundations. Note that in the top image, the outlines for the line art portion are used in a template layer and are hidden, whereas they are shown in the image below.

Line Art and Flat Images with Outlines by Phillip Ho

A Look Into Color Theory, Values, and Basic Shapes by Phillip Ho

The following four images above are my interpretations of the exercises from Chapter 5 of Digital Foundations, based on the ideas of color theory, values, and basic shapes.

All were designed using Adobe® Illustrator CC.

Hue Has Value:
Hue Has Value by Phillip Ho Top or Bottom: Top or Bottom by Phillip Ho

Interaction of Values:
Interaction of Values by Phillip Ho Interaction of Colors: Interaction of Colors by Phillip Ho

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird – Adapted for Abstraction by Phillip Ho

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Adapted for Abstraction by Phillip Ho

The poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by the great Wallace Stevens features thirteen stanzas that use vivid imagery to show us all of the various ways a person can look at a blackbird.

What you will see in this Illustrator project is my interpretations of each of the thirteen stanzas of the poem including two blank spaces of contrasting black and white to interpret the laws of the Gestalt Theory and Symmetry.

Typing on a Grid by Phillip Ho

Typing on a Grid

This composition was made for the ART 201 Fall 2016 class at Penn State University – Abington Campus.

The composition was made in Adobe Illustrator CC on a Mac OS computer and replicates an image from Chapter 4 of the book “Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite” by xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg.