Sunday, April 29, 2018

Final Project 2018

Create a picture based on one of the following themes:


Earth angel

Faceless portrait

The sound of silence


The last person on earth

Oils on Strathmore board

No smaller than 15 x 20 inches or 20 x 15 inches

Picture and statement, May 21

This project needs to clearly advance your academic level and it should represent concepts covered during the Spring 2018 semester. In addition, and equally important the image should showcase your strong picture making skills.

Visually represent the selected theme
Identify and execute a formal compositional model, select one or more discussed throughout the semester
Complete the creative process
Manage your time
Complete the written statement
Evaluate your picture for impact and determine if it is accurate to the theme
View this assignment as an exercise in critical thinking and problem solving

Written Statement: (statement is due at the beginning of class 05/21)
Minimum 300 words, typed. The content of the statement should include and describe your thought process and path you took to complete this illustration. This picture should have the weight and depth of a final project found in a college class. The statement should address how you the compositional model was used to advance the idea of the illustration. In addition, the statement should include 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):
05/02 (due at the end of class) 25 percent

Value study:
05/07 (due at the end of class)

Comprehensive plus 3 completed color studies:
05/09 (due at the end of class for a grade) 25 percent
Paint day: 05/14 and 05/16

Written statement:
05/21 (due at 9:00 am) 25 percent
(due at the end of class) 25 percent

Monday, April 9, 2018

Reviews illustration (updated 416)

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 (beyond a google search) and grasp the function of the Reviews page
Select a song or album 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 for full credit. The submission needs to elevate the academic level of your work, it should be sound in idea and execution.  Each category is worth a 100 points, failure to meet the requirements will result in a zero.
Meeting deadlines is critical to this assignment.

Five solid Thumbnails, (in proportion to final size):
04/18 (due for a grade at the beginning of class)

Value pattern/half size rough: 04/18 (due for a grade at the end of class)

Comprehensive, 10 x 16 inches: 04/23  (due for a grade at the end of class)

(New item) 04/25 Due at the beginning of class.
Complete three half size color studies for approval before you proceed
Warm, cool and neutral- any medium and surface can be used.

Paint day: 04/25

Paint day: 04/30 -Final (due at the end of class)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Theme illustration (updated 03/07)

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 03/19 at the end of class for a grade
Establish value pattern, half size rough (7.5 x 10), -03/21 for a grade due at the end of class
Finished Comp. plus photo(s) 03/28- due for a grade at the end of class
Spring break: April 2-6  
Paint day:  04/09
Paint day: 04/11 due at the end of class

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Moose, Mouse and Chips

 Second round thumbnails (end of class)

 Finalize idea and begin comprehensive (generate photo reference)

02/28-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

03/05-Paint day-

03/07--Paint day-(Project due at the end of class)

15 x 20 inches
Oils on Strathmore illustration board

Sunday, February 4, 2018

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.

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Art 225 Fall 2017

ART 225 01
IllustrationProfessor David Zeggert

607 768 3868 call until 9pm
Office hours will be posted on my office door, Old Science building 106B

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).
If needed, we will review your progress, areas to improve and attendance.
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.
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.
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: By 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.
Students will be required to visit the following web sites below.

Painting definitions:
Portrait resources: Your success is my goal!!

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

Supply list completed. Due Wednesday, 02/14 (for a grade)
Project: (MMC) illustration Due: TBA
Project: TBA
Midterm Evaluation
Project : Self-portrait reflected or TBA
Project : Famous portrait or TBA

Class 1
Introduction, cover syllabus, complete bios. course overview
HW: Send me your email address with bio.
Note Art 225 in subject line  

HW: Select an illustration from
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 for a grade)

READ: Painting Definitions:

Class 2
Discuss selected illustration.

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)