Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Last Person on Earth

Due Dates:
Wednesday Feb. 18-Comprehensive due at the end of class
                                (must be approved before moving to final)

Begin transfer to illustration board

Monday Feb. 23- Complete transfer and Paint day (mandatory)

Wednesday Feb. 25- Paint day (mandatory)

March 2- Paint day (mandatory)

March 4- Paint Day- Finished illustration due at the end of class

Size:
15 x 20 inches

Medium:
oils on Strathmore illustration board

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Creative process



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

Updates:
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.


Friday, January 30, 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 make drawings that advance your academic level
( will be graded)

1. A public place (from life) Due: Monday, February 2

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, January 25, 2015

Art 225 spring 2015

ART 225 01 CRN 51073
IllustrationProfessor David Zeggert
LOCATION: AT 217
EMAIL: ZeggArt@aol.com607 768 3868 call until 9pmOffice hours will be posted on my office door, Titchener 011A and on the door of AT 217Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am-11:50 am

Course description:
Illustrators are skilled artists versed or acquainted in visual story telling.  The successful illustrator can work in a variety of media to express meaningful concepts, but first he or she must be able to grasp that meaning of the text and/or content to be successful.My mission is to introduce you to the different facets of illustration, and help develop technical and conceptual picture making skills.  We will examine past and present illustrators for inspiration and direction including the areas of problem solving, color, composition and illustrative styles.
At the core of this illustration class is the idea or concept. In addition and equally important as developing your illustrative concepts is refining your drawing skills.  We will refine your eye-hand facilities and use the creative process to solve visual problems.  You will have the opportunity to work from life and from pure imagination.  You will learn how to interpret, and develop your artistic sensibilities, and go through the stages to create finished illustrations that visually connect to the viewer and communicate your ideas.

Course Objectives:
To learn through discovery, application, and analysis of classroom concepts, online sources and text.
Learning to see, visualize and create with tools/skills acquired in class.
In short, hone your skills and become a better illustrator.Assignments will include reading text, research, discussion and finish with a critique. We will use a creative process to solve each assignment.Most classes will be divided into several parts, studio, assignments and critique. Drawing and creating will be at the core of the class with a strong emphasis on mastering the tools of the trade (listed in the supply list).To introduce you to and/or refine rendering skills, understanding and stating value, shape, form, and color temperature.
 I expect you to venture from your safe zone, both in ideas and technique.  We will critique in class and revisions will be part of the process.
Learning Outcomes:
Investigate process and restate.Apply the creative process to explore ideas and the development of an idea. Discover illustration as an expressive art form Develop a eye hand facility and the ability to judgeUtilize the elements and principles of design.(Line, Shape, Value, Texture, Color / Light, Text, Balance, Unity, Rhythm, Repetition, Variation, Pattern)Explore graphite and paint as a medium to establish value and depthImplement the principles of visual representation(composition, drawing, value contrast, value transitions, tone, and color harmony)Solve compositional problems (appropriately compose form so that it advances your picture).Implement various drawing techniques, including various methodologies of picture making.Recognize notable contemporary and historical artists/drawers.Apply knowledge acquired in relation to drawing and as a foundation to other art forms artist pursuits.
When you have completed the course you will:
Understand illustration as a medium that communicates, have acquired the basics that provide a strong drawing foundation, explored various media, be familiar with past and present illustrators, become a member of a very prestigious drawing tree.
Expectations: You are expected to positively participate in the class, improve your skill level, and apply yourself.
You are expected to be creative thinkers, problem solvers and resourceful.Grading:
The bulk of your grade will be based on the major assignments (see projects).  I expect improvement this semester, no matter what your skill level is at the beginning of the course.  You will be evaluated on your skill, and attitude and effort as well.  The process is as valuable as the idea and technique and your growth as an artist can be measured very broadly.  I will be available for continuous advice, either by email phone or office hours. Call no later than 9 pm. Email and office hours are preferred.If you need to discuss your grade, see me during office hours or send me an email.  I will not use classroom time to discuss your grade.
Classroom grade:
The classroom grade equals four categories based on expectations. The categories are 25 points each.  It will be factored into your project grades at the midterm and/or the end of the semester.  You will complete at least four or five projects so this grade does carry weight, (i.e., if your facilities are not as developed as others the classroom grade may help boost your overall grade).
Midterm:
If needed, we will review your progress, areas to improve and attendance.
Projects:
Each assignment will have different expectations and aspects to it, some assignments will be written, some will be articulated to you, requiring you to take notes. Some will have conceptual demands, others might have skill demands and others may have a deadline demand.  You will be graded on the aspects of each assignment as it applies, similar to the point system mentioned above. The project grade and classroom grades will equally factor in to make up your final grade.
Lateness:
This is critical, simply put, if you miss a deadline, you could lose 50 points off the final grade. Defined, the project needs to be complete at the start of the class the day it’s due, no exceptions.
Attendance:
The class meets nearly 30 times. I will give you two unexcused absences.
The third miss is an automatic failure.  The attendance policy is a no tolerance policy. Chronic lateness may add up to an unexcused absence.If you have perfect attendance your grade will curved up to the next letter grade. If you miss a class it becomes your responsibility to get the information from that class. I suggest you make arrangements with another student.  I’m not going to use class time to bring you up to date.If life interrupts your school schedule, let me know and we can make arrangements. You must complete all assignments to pass this course.
Don’t abuse this privilege.  We ll go over absences at the mid-term meeting but, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING TRACK OF the classes you missedRemember not to make appointments during class time.You are expected to remain in the classroom for the entire class period, unless other instruction is given, leaving early will be counted as a missed class.
Online component: 
Links of interestThis is required.  Students are required to e-mail me at:  ZeggArt@aol.comBy sending me your email address and if needed, this allows me to develop an email group of the class to be used for updates and/or inform of a class cancelation.  Listed below are several sites of interest.  Moving forward through the semester and relative to what we are studying, I may email you more links or post them on our blog.
Read/research:
Students will be required to visit the following web sites below.
http://www.societyillustrators.org http://www.vilppustudio.com/http://www.artchive.com/http://artrenewal.org/


Painting definitions:
Portrait resources:
http://www.portraitsociety.org/http://www.artspan.com/portraiturehttp://www.portraitartist.com/ Your success is my goal!!


Camera:
Point and shoot, digital Canon or Nikon coolpixs suggested,
a good camera phone is okay
Clean up:
Mineral Oil: CVS


Projects:
Supply list completed. Due Wednesday, February 4 (for a grade)
Project: (MMC) illustration Due: TBA
Project: TBA
Midterm Evaluation
Project : Self-portrait reflected or TBA
Project : Famous portrait or TBA

DATE week 1 CONTENT
Class 1
Introduction, cover syllabus, complete bios. course overview
HW: Send me your email address with bio.
(Due Wednesday, February 4 for a grade)
Note Art 225 in subject line  

HW: Select an illustration from http://www.richardsolomon.com/
Print the image in color and be prepared to discuss the work including the illustrator and what you discovered from the illustration.  Identify and write a statement that supports why you selected the artist or image.  The content of the statement should explain in detail your reasons for your choice.  In addition, the selection can be based on intuition and the statement could include your rationale for your choice.
(Due Wednesday, January 28 for a grade)

READ: Painting Definitions:


DATE week 1 CONTENT
Class 2
Discuss selected illustration.

DATE week 2 CONTENT
Class 1
Review Creative process-
Assignment one: (size: 15 x 20 inches)
10 thumbnails in Relative proportion due next class, start listing (Due next class)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Final project

Your Final assignment is to create an illustration based on the theme 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.

Objectives:
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 when you hand in the picture)
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) and value study: 12/3 or 12/8
Comprehensive: 12/10 (due at the end of class)
Paint day: 12/15
Final: 12/17 (due at the end of class) or 12/22 (due at the beginning of class)









Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Extra Credit

Create a picture based on one of the following themes:

Gerber Baby 2014

Vanishing

Earth Angel

Medium:
oils (Art 225 and Art 116) or graphite (Art 115)

Size:
no smaller than 15 x 20 inches

Due:
Picture and statement, December 17 and 18

This project needs to clearly advance your academic level and it should represent concepts covered during the Fall 2014 semester. In addition, and equally important the image should showcase your strong picture making skills.

Written Statement:
300 word typed, 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.


The grade for this project will be used to replace your lowest grade but it must meet the criteria outlined above.