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In Bold: A Digital Publication, Marlena Ahearn Aug 2017

In Bold: A Digital Publication, Marlena Ahearn

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

In Bold is a millennial-targeted digital publication that discusses and critiques body positivity, fat activism, and how mainstream media presents and talks about bodies. The website is a destination for women seeking resources, inspiration, and entertain


Letters To Lindbergh: An Illustrated Children’S Book, Samantha Gottwalt May 2017

Letters To Lindbergh: An Illustrated Children’S Book, Samantha Gottwalt

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Letters to Lindbergh is an illustrated children’s book offering a new perspective on the relationship between the aviator Charles Lindbergh and his father, while also bringing a visual component to historical documents. Illustrated by Samantha Gottwalt, the book’s art explores collage media techniques and the story is told through letters that Lindbergh exchanged with his father during his adolescence (1909-1924.) It aims to explore a facet of Lindbergh’s life that has little exposure and invited the reader to step into a vividly colored collaged world created with paint and cut paper. Through the new perspective of Lindbergh ...


Gustave Doré: The Magic Illustrations Of Charles Perrault’S Contes De Fées, Stephanie Breed May 2015

Gustave Doré: The Magic Illustrations Of Charles Perrault’S Contes De Fées, Stephanie Breed

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Gustave Doré: artist, creator, dreamer. In 1862, Doré illustrated “Les Contes de Perrault,” an anthology of fairy tales by Charles Perrault including familiar stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Puss in Boots. Doré’s intricate engravings accompanying each story include picturesque landscapes, expansive forests, and grand cathedrals. In his time, Doré did not feel appreciated or understood by his contemporaries in France and he therefore reverted to the spaces of his childhood for inspiration. Returning to the multi-layered landscapes of the forest and the Gothic cathedral, he re-discovered the sublime and grotesque, enfolding them in turn into ...


The Small Overlooked Hindu Street Temples Of Madurai, Elina Berzins May 2013

The Small Overlooked Hindu Street Temples Of Madurai, Elina Berzins

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When I first walked around downtown Madurai, down its narrow and dusty streets that led into more lanes and alleys, I noticed a trend of small street temples that were usually built outside stores and apartment houses. When I asked an older man who sat next to a one of these temples that was modest in size and consisted of a Ganesha, Hindu elephant god statue, he told me that as a Western woman, I shouldn’t waste my time studying these small insignificant temples. He insisted that I focus on the grand and large Meenakshi Temple, which Madurai is ...


Bernard: An Illustrated Children’S Book, Hansol Kim May 2013

Bernard: An Illustrated Children’S Book, Hansol Kim

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

My Capstone Project is an illustrated children’s book titled, Bernard, that I authored and illustrated. It is a 32-page full color illustrated book following the adventures of a bear named Bernard, as he explores what it is like to spend a day in a human town. The idea behind the story was imagined during a serendipitous moment and expanded into a full narrative.

During the creation of the Bernard, I learned the importance of elements such as the rhythm and structure of the children’s book. Wielding a pencil and paper, I explored how little or how much was ...


Salt, A Web-Based Ipad Magazine, Caitlin Dewey May 2011

Salt, A Web-Based Ipad Magazine, Caitlin Dewey

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What The Health Magazine Redesign, Sarah Glaser May 2011

What The Health Magazine Redesign, Sarah Glaser

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

I was art director for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 issues of What the Health magazine, a student-run publication on campus at Syracuse University. To put together the issues I oversaw an entire design department consisting of photographers and graphic artists. Photography assignments often came in late leaving little time for design work, and I did not feel satisfied with the ultimate layout design of the magazine. For my capstone project I took on the challenge creating a final book combining the strongest pieces from both original issues in a redesigned layout. I wanted to overcome the inconsistency that ...


A Field Guide To The Irish Fantastic; A Study In Concept Art, Elizabeth Ames Gross May 2010

A Field Guide To The Irish Fantastic; A Study In Concept Art, Elizabeth Ames Gross

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An Epic Life: A Story Of Art, Discovery, And Adventure, Sara Silkwood May 2009

An Epic Life: A Story Of Art, Discovery, And Adventure, Sara Silkwood

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

This collection of work is inspired by a series of trips I took around the state of Alaska. In the project, I combined illustration, design, page layout and various forms of storytelling.

Initially the project started with the idea that I would be creating both an artist’s journal and a separate body of artwork based around my experiences in Alaska. But the project changed and evolved the more I traveled and the more I reflected by painting, writing and designing.

While I was in Alaska, I gathered reference with photographs and sketches, planning to use them to create a ...