I struggled finding a third assignment to contribute to my six stars of character design assignments this week. However, after much searching, I decided on “The Best Way To Spread Cheer Is Making Cards For All To See”. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought that the sexy and sultry “Jewel” would definitely have someone to send a card to, especially as a result of her secondary job. The prompt states:
Make a card for someone through an online design program.
This assignment is worth 2 points.
When designing this card, I immediately decided to make it a Valentine’s Day card to one of Julia’s client’s husbands. As previously stated in other assignments, Julia sets up separate meetings with the husbands, in order to seduce and manipulate them. Considering that all of the women that she takes on as clients are in degrading relationships with their husbands, “Jewel” stops at nothing to rid her clients of these men. She uses her seduction techniques to draw these men in and figure out what makes them tick. By doing this, she can eventually execute her plan to “get rid” of them. “Jewel” would not be a Femme Fatale if a card that seems innocent on the surface did not have a darker purpose behind it. In this card, she uses a typical love poem to invite one of the husbands to meet her by a dock.
There are a lot of options for an online card design program, as my research revealed. However, none were as accessible or as easy to use as Avery. I was able to do all of the editing on the website, including the choice of a Valentine’s Day card template, the choice of font, and the message written in the card. Avery even offered the option to add shapes to the card, so I put a partially transparent heart surrounding the inside message. On the outside, the card seems like a typical expression of love to one’s valentine. However, on the inside, it is manipulative and dark. This description is much like “Jewel” herself: pretty and innocent on the outside and manipulative and dark on the inside. This assignment allowed me to add depth to “Jewel’s” character, by giving insight into her seduction techniques.