Sunday, November 19, 2017

Final project Fall 17

Your Final assignment is to create an illustration titled Krampus. The illustration should represent your idea of Krampus. Using an existing image of Krampus is unacceptable.

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.
Create your own project calendar addressing the elements defined.

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

Written Statement: (statement is due at the beginning of class 12/18) 
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.

New item:
Calendar and deadlines: The objective here is that you define the deadlines, it's also important that you make the deadlines that you set.
Submit your calendar of target dates to before you start.

Elements that need to be completed. 
Your submission must be comprehensive and the quality of work submitted should carry the weight of a final both in substance and craftsmanship.
Thumbs (5)
Value study
Comprehensive plus 3 completed color studies
Paint day
Final: 12/18 (due at the end of class)
Each project element is worth 100 points- not completing it or submitting sub-par material will receive a zero.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Reviews illustration

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

R e s e a r c h past Reviews pages
(become familiar with the content of Rolling Stone the magazine)

Research and grasp the function of the Reviews page
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 as it appears in the magazine:
5 x 8 inches, requires consideration for an unusual composition

Oils (color)

Illustration size:
10 x 16 inches

Due: (each category is worth 100 points)
You must make the deadline with a comprehensive submission to recieve a 100 points, failure to do so will result in a zero
Meeting the deadline is a critical element of this assignment

Five solid Thumbnails, (in proportion to final size): 11/08
(due for a grade at the end of class)

Value pattern, half size rough: 11/15 (due for a grade at the end of class)

Comprehensive, 10 x 16 inches: 11/20  (due for a grade at the end of class)

Thanksgiving  break 11/22-24

(New item) 11/29 Due at the end of class.
Complete three half size color studies for approval before you proceed
Warm, cool and neutral

Paint day: 12/04

Paint day: 12/06 -Final (due at the end of class)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Theme illustration (updated 10/02)

The Human Spirit

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 4 inches)
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)
Source: Muddy Colors

Required to make at least one 8.5 x 11 inch grayscale print-out of your photo reference

Manage the project and your time

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

No smaller than 15 x 20 inches
Color: A must
Medium Oils on Strathmore board

What's Due:
Five (solid) thumbs- due 10/16 at the end of class for a grade
Half size rough, establish value pattern-10/18 for a grade due at the end of class
Finished Comp. plus photo(s) -10/25 due for a grade at the end of class
Paint day:  10/30
Paint day:  11/01
Paint day: 11/06 due at the end of class

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monkey, Mule and cupcake (updated 9/21)

09/13: Second round thumbnails (end of class)

09/18:  Finalize idea and begin comprehensive (generate photo reference)

09/25-Comprehensive due at the end of class (must be approved before moving to final)
Begin image transfer to illustration board
Image transfer must be complete before class

09/27-Paint day-

10/02--Paint day-

10/04 -Paint day (Project due at the end of class)

15 x 20 inches
Oils on Strathmore illustration board

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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, remember to match the light source of different elements of your illustration.  By doing this you avoid creating confusing or dueling light-sources.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sketchbook assignments

13 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)

2. Portrait of Tom Cruise as a cowboy

3. Organic subject

4. Illustrate hero

5. Something Steampunk

6. Anthropomorphic portrait

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

8. Illustrate despair and hope

9. Illustrate the ordinary and make it extraordinary

10. Motion

11. Beauty

12. Man vs Nature

13. Wild-card