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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Reviews illustration

Create an illustration for the Rolling Stone Reviews page-

Research Reviews pages

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

Medium: oils plus one. (In addition to oils, you can include a second medium)

Illustration size: 10 x 16 inches

Five solid Thumbnails, (in proportion to final size): Monday April 13
(due for a grade at the beginning of class)
Value pattern, half size rough: April 15
Comprehensive, 10 x 16 inches: April 20 (due for a grade at the end of class)
Paint day: April 22
Paint day: April 27
Paint day and Final due at the end of class: April 29

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Theme Illustration

Select one of the themes listed below and develop an illustration.

1. Urban Space Cowboy

2. Medical Mechanic

3. Fake

4.  Zombie brunch

5. Hair

6. Famous 70s disco song

In addition to illustrating the theme, the picture needs to include at least one human element and one inorganic element.

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.
The value pattern should represent a simplified arrangement of the illustration with the goal to organize the elements of the picture, and the value pattern should establish a foreground, middle-ground and background of the picture. In addition, 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

What's Due:
Five (solid) thumbs- 03/11 due at 9:00 am for a grade
Half size rough, establish value pattern-03/16 for a grade due at the end of class
Finished Comp. plus photo(s) -03/18 due for a grade at the end of class
Paint day: 03/23
Paint day: 03/25
Final: 4/6 due at the end of class

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

15 x 20 inches

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.

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