Monday, November 30, 2015

Final project

Your Final assignment is to create an illustration titled Krampus.

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair. In Croatian culture in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzeovina, the tale says that on the night of 5th/6th of December, all the children have to clean up their boots and put them on the window, together with their letter to St. Nicholas. In the morning they will receive a surprise. The good kids get a gift from St. Nicholas and bad kids get gift from Krampus - a wooden stick.
Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore; however, its influence has spread far beyond Germanborders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in AustriaRomania, southernBavariaSouth Tyrol, northern FriuliCzech Republic, Slovakia, HungarySlovenia and Croatiaduring the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.

Apply the design model, Anomaly. Simply establish a pattern and break it, view the broken or irregular portion of the pattern as a compositional device to guide the viewer to the point of the picture. Use the anomaly to your benefit and to help express the idea of the illustration.
Pattern is considered a traditional Design Element or tool to help establish the structure the picture. 
The illustration should be compelling, accurate and interesting. 
Use the creative process to complete the project.
Demonstrate the ability to be self-reliant and create a picture from concept to finish.
Manage your time.

Size and Medium:Minimum size- 15 x 20 inches
Oils, must be on Strathmore 500 board

Written Statement: (statement is due at the begging of class 12/21)
Minimum 300 words, typed. The content of the statement should include and describe your thought process and path you took to complete this illustration. Explain how you used the design model, Anomaly and how it advanced the picture and assisted the viewer. This picture should have the weight and depth of a final project found in a college class. The statement should address your creative rationale and explain why this picture possesses the qualities of a final project. Discuss how the imagery represents the theme, and be thoughtful in the statement, discuss any picture making problems and areas of success, include other information that you feel is relevant.

Due Dates:
Thumbs (5 solid): at the beginning of class 12/7
Value study: at the end of class 12/7
Comprehensive: 12/9 (due at the end of class)
Paint day: 12/14
Final: 12/21 (due at the end of class)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reviews illustration

Create an illustration for the Reviews page featured in Rolling Stone -

Research past Reviews pages (become familiar with Rolling Stone)
Select a musician or band to illustrate (past or present)
Use the creative process, each stage needs to be approved before you advance
Manage your time

Note the unusual print size: 5 x 8 inches, requires consideration for an unusual composition


Illustration size: 10 x 16 inches

Due: (each category is graded and equally weighted)
Five solid Thumbnails, (in proportion to final size): 11/16
(due for a grade at the beginning of class)
Value pattern, half size rough: 11/18 (due for a grade at the end of class)
Comprehensive, 10 x 16 inches: 11/23 (due for a grade at the end of class)
Paint day: 11/30
Paint day and Final due at the end of class: 12/2

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Last Person on Earth (updated 10/28)

Be creative and inventive with the theme!
Use the creative process and follow the expected sequential categories
Create a value pattern (below)

Value and Composition:
Using the major elements of the illustration, create and establish a solid value pattern consisting of a light, medium and dark value. (size: 3 x 5)
The value pattern should represent a simplified ( think shapes) arrangement of the illustration with the goal to organize the elements of the picture, in addition the value pattern should establish a foreground, middle-ground and background of the picture.  As a desired goal, the value pattern should help guide the viewer through the picture and to the focal point.

Links regarding value structure:

Required to art direct (design) and shoot at least one of your own reference photos- (no flash)

Required to make at least one 8.5 x 11 inch grayscale print-out

Manage the project and your time

Find ways to use color and shape as visual devices to help support the point of the illustration

Size: no smaller than 15 x 20 inches
Color: a must
Medium oils on Strathmore board

What's Due:
Five (solid) thumbs- 10/19 due at the end of class for a grade
Half size rough, establish value pattern-10/21 for a grade due at the end of class
Finished Comp. plus photo(s) -11/2 due for a grade at the end of class
Paint day:  11/4
Paint day: 11/9
Final: 11/11 due at the end of class

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Moose, Mouse and Chips (updated Sept. 21)

Sept. 21- Finalize idea and begin Comprehensive (generate photo reference)
Sept. 23- Finalize idea and begin Comprehensive (generate photo reference)
Sept. 28-Comprehensive due at the end of class (must be approved before moving to final)
Begin transfer to illustration board
Sept. 30-Paint day- complete transfer before class
Oct. 5-Paint day-
Oct. 7-Paint day
Oct. 12- Columbus Day, No school
Oct. 14-Paint day-(Project due at the end of class)

15 x 20

oils on Strathmore illustration board

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sketchbook assignments

Ten things to illustrate

These are your weekly sketchbook assignments due at the beginning of each class on Monday.

Objectives: be creative, challenge yourself, demonstrate an ability to draw and create a drawings that advances your academic level.
( will be graded)

1. A public place (from life) Due: Monday, 9/14

2. Portrait of Tom Cruise as a cowboy

3. Organic subject

4. Inorganic subject

5. Something Steampunk

6. Anthropomorphic portrait

7. Distill an article or passage from a book into a primary and secondary visual concept

8. Illustrate opposites

9. Illustrate the ordinary and make it extraordinary

10. Wild-card

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Creative process

Print out a copy of the Creative Process and paste it into your sketchbook.

When anticipating the composition or overall look of the picture refer to the Visuals category, also view it as a source to design and/or art direct your photo reference.

When shooting photo reference, turn off your flash and use side lighting, and remember to match the light source of different elements of your illustration.  By doing this you avoid creating confusing or dueling light-sources, also it's just good picture making practice.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Final Project

Create a picture based on one of the following themes:

Gerber Baby 2015


Earth Angel

Faceless portrait


no smaller than 15 x 20 inches or 20 x 15 inches

Picture and statement, May 18 at the beginning of the class

This project needs to clearly advance your academic level and it should represent concepts covered during the Spring 2015 semester. In addition, and equally important the image should showcase your strong picture making skills.

Written Statement:
300 word typed and printed, the content of the statement should explain the idea of the picture and define the concepts used to create it and the process used to complete the work.