Author: Sara G贸mez Woolley (Page 1 of 4)

DEC 07 | Week 14

To Do Before Class:

  • 聽FINAL PENCIL DRAWING
  • 2-3 COLOR ROUGHS

Class 13 –

1. Attendance

2. LAB – Work on聽 FINAL PROJECT:

** DEC 14 | Week 15聽 – Illustration Bio, Final Portfolio & Presentation **

HOMEWORK :

Project 4: SELF-DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

Specs:

11鈥 x 14鈥- Full Color (can be vertical or horizontal)Art should tell a visual story that reflects your illustration aesthetic. Typography is Optional.ALL media is acceptable.

Subjects can be:

A Person (Historical/Contemporary/Fictional) A NarrativeAn Original Character An Animal A Political or Philosophical statement … OR? YOU TELL ME.

BRIEF: Create a portfolio piece that you would use to woo your dream client!

鈥 Revisit your Week 1 assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with.

鈥 Create an illustration sure to capture their attention!

METHOD:

鈥 Revisit the Week 1 Assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with. Also, look at your Midterm Writing Assignment, where you researched these dream clients.

鈥 Make a list of the KEY WORDS describing the kind of illustration this targeted group buys. (whimsical, children’s, gritty, sci-fi, horror, multicultural, etc.)

鈥 Using those Keywords as a starting point, create a word web to help you come up with at least four original ideas for an art piece that would be attractive to your targeted clients.

鈥 For EACH idea, create at least four thumbnails. (Total of 16 thumbnails minimum)

  • CHOOSE 2-3 images out of your 20 thumbnails from which to create TIGHT Sketches.

__________________________________________________

WHATS DUE?

12/14:

  • 聽FINAL ART (PRINTED and in DROPBOX)
  • PROCESS BOOK

__________________________________________________

Sara.Woolley_title.jpeg

Sara.Woolley_title_ProcessBook.pdf

NOV 30 | Week 13

To Do Before Class:

  • 聽THUMBNAILS PRINTED for review alongside your MIDTERM WRITING ASSIGNMENT and your KEYWORDS.
  • 2-3 TIGHT Sketches

Class 12 –

1. Attendance

2. Warm Up Drawing

3. Student Critique of WORK IN PROGRESS – SELF DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

Prepare to answer these questions during the Critique:

  • a. Why did you choose this subject?
  • b. How does it fit your future goals?

5. LAB – Work on聽 FINAL PROJECT:

** DEC 14 | Week 15聽 – Illustration Bio, Final Portfolio & Presentation **

HOMEWORK :

Project 4: SELF-DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

Specs:

11鈥 x 14鈥- Full Color (can be vertical or horizontal)Art should tell a visual story that reflects your illustration aesthetic. Typography is Optional.ALL media is acceptable.

Subjects can be:

A Person (Historical/Contemporary/Fictional) A NarrativeAn Original Character An Animal A Political or Philosophical statement … OR? YOU TELL ME.

BRIEF: Create a portfolio piece that you would use to woo your dream client!

鈥 Revisit your Week 1 assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with.

鈥 Create an illustration sure to capture their attention!

METHOD:

鈥 Revisit the Week 1 Assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with. Also, look at your Midterm Writing Assignment, where you researched these dream clients.

鈥 Make a list of the KEY WORDS describing the kind of illustration this targeted group buys. (whimsical, children’s, gritty, sci-fi, horror, multicultural, etc.)

鈥 Using those Keywords as a starting point, create a word web to help you come up with at least four original ideas for an art piece that would be attractive to your targeted clients.

鈥 For EACH idea, create at least four thumbnails. (Total of 16 thumbnails minimum)

  • CHOOSE 2-3 images out of your 20 thumbnails from which to create TIGHT Sketches.

__________________________________________________

WHATS DUE?

12/7:

  • 聽FINAL PENCIL DRAWING
  • 2-3 COLOR ROUGHS

12/14:

  • 聽FINAL ART (PRINTED and in DROPBOX)
  • PROCESS BOOK

__________________________________________________

Sara.Woolley_title.jpeg

Sara.Woolley_title_ProcessBook.pdf

PROJECT 4 – FINAL

SELF DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

 BRIEF: Create a portfolio piece that you would use to woo your dream client!

鈥 Revisit your Week 1 assignment, in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the art directors and companies you’d most like to work with.

鈥 Create an illustration sure to capture their attention!

MORE INFORMATION HERE:

NOV 16 | Week 12

To Do Before Class:

Project 3: COMPLETE PROJECT 3 CONCEPTUAL PORTRAIT

  1. PRINT FINAL ART for critique
  2. SUBMIT FINAL ART and PROCESS BOOK, including color roughs, to DROPBOX

FILE NAMING CONVENTION:

Sara.Woolley_DavidBowiePortrait.jpeg

Sara.Woolley_DavidBowieProcessBook.pdf

Class 11 –

(Project 3: Conceptual Portrait)

1. Attendance

2. Warm Up Drawing

3. Student Critique of Conceptual Portraits – Including Color Studies and Process work.

Prepare to answer these questions during the Critique:

  • a. Why did you choose this subject?
  • b. How does your illustration represent the spirit/personality of the subject?
  • c. What challenges did you face?

4. Introduce Project 4 – SELF DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

5. Introduce FINAL PROJECT:

** DEC 14 | Week 15聽 – Illustration Bio, Final Portfolio & Presentation **

HOMEWORK :

Project 4: SELF-DIRECTED PORTFOLIO PIECE

Specs:

11鈥 x 14鈥- Full Color (can be vertical or horizontal)Art should tell a visual story that reflects your illustration aesthetic. Typography is Optional.ALL media is acceptable.

Subjects can be:

A Person (Historical/Contemporary/Fictional) A NarrativeAn Original Character An Animal A Political or Philosophical statement … OR? YOU TELL ME.

BRIEF: Create a portfolio piece that you would use to woo your dream client!

鈥 Revisit your Week 1 assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with.

鈥 Create an illustration sure to capture their attention!

METHOD:

鈥 Revisit the Week 1 Assignment in which you identified who you are as an illustrator and the Art Directors and Companies you’d most like to work with. Also, look at your Midterm Writing Assignment, where you researched these dream clients.

鈥 Make a list of the KEY WORDS describing the kind of illustration this targeted group buys. (whimsical, children’s, gritty, sci-fi, horror, multicultural, etc.)

鈥 Using those Keywords as a starting point, create a word web to help you come up with at least four original ideas for an art piece that would be attractive to your targeted clients.

鈥 For EACH idea, create at least four thumbnails. (Total of 16 thumbnails minimum)

  • CHOOSE 2-3 images out of your 20 thumbnails from which to create TIGHT Sketches.

__________________________________________________

WHATS DUE?

11/30:

  • 聽THUMBNAILS PRINTED for review alongside your MIDTERM WRITING ASSIGNMENT and your KEYWORDS.
  • 2-3 TIGHT Sketches

12/7:

  • 聽FINAL PENCIL DRAWING
  • 2-3 COLOR ROUGHS

12/14:

  • 聽FINAL ART (PRINTED and in DROPBOX)
  • PROCESS BOOK

__________________________________________________

Sara.Woolley_title.jpeg

Sara.Woolley_title_ProcessBook.pdf

NOV 9 | Week 11

To Do Before Class:

Project 3: Refine your chosen thumbnail sketches to a Fully Rendered Portrait Sketch, 2-3 References

Class 10- Color Theory

(Project 3: Conceptual Portrait)

1. Attendance

2. Warm Up Drawing

3. Students hang their work-in-progress, Conceptual Portrait Thumbnails, and Reference images

4. COLOR theory for Illustrators

5. COLOR STUDIES HOW TO

6. Individual Critique

Prepare to answer these questions during the Critique:

  • a. Why did you choose this subject?
  • b. How do your thumbnails represent the spirit/personality of the subject?

HOMEWORK :

DEMO FILE LINK!

Read: Working in Color

Read: Three Attributes of a Color

Read: Monochromatic Color

Read: MUDDY COLORS: Jesper Ejsing on color roughs

Read: David Gurney on COLOR WHEEL MASKING

Project 3: Conceptual Portrait

DUE Next Class: FINAL ART for your conceptual portrait, and at least two different LIMITED PALATE color mock-ups for your conceptual portrait.

Method:

  1. GO to a paint store.聽 Browse the paint chips. Choose 3-5 paint chips per color concept as inspiration.聽 Use color theory to guide your decisions.
  2. Using Digital Media or traditional media, create 2 different Limited Palate color mock-ups for your Fully Rendered Portrait Sketch, and use reference to finalize line art.
  3. POST your FINAL DRAWING, color mock-ups, and a paint store selfie to the openlab for feedback.聽 Accompany the post with a few sentences answering聽 the following questions:
  • Why did you choose this subject?
  • How does your final art represent the spirit/personality of the subject?
  • What informed your color choices?
  • What questions do you have for your instructor or the class?
  1. PRINT FINAL ART for critique next week.
  2. SUBMIT FINAL ART and PROCESS BOOK including color roughs to DROPBOX

File naming convention:

Sara.Woolley_DavidBowiePortrait.jpeg

Sara.Woolley_DavidBowieProcessBook.pdf

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FINAL ART DUE 11/16

Specs: Image Size 9鈥漍12鈥 Portrait, Full Color.

FULL PROJECT LINK

INSPIRATION – REVIEW PORTRAITURE LECTURE

Color Studies How to

Color Studies are a necessary step in the illustration process. This allows the artist to test out different color schemes quickly.

Ideally, these should be done AFTER Value Studies.

Instructions:

  • Refine and finalize your drawing based on feedback and suggestions you have received.
    • Do not shade your drawing. Focus on drawing clean line art only.
    • Do tape off the edges of your composition.
  • Edit your drawing by using photo editing software.
    • Scan or Carefully Photograph final art.
    • Adjust Brightness and Contrast
    • Carefully Crop Art
    • Save your Artwork as a HighRez file (to continue working on)
    • Save a Copy as a LoRez file (to post to Openlab)
  • Create fill in sheets for Color Studies using one of the following methods:
    • Using a Adobe PS, copy/paste your design to create a fill in sheet.
    • Reduce the size of your artwork, using Adobe PS or Photocopier.
      • There’s no hard and fast rule, but studies should be small enough to fill in quickly.
      • About 25% of the FINAL ILLUSTRATION SIZE usually works
    • Copy and Paste the artwork so that you have 3 or more to Fill in .
    • PRINT this sheet, so you can and fill in traditionally with colored pencils or markers, OR create DIGITAL COLOR STUDIES by using Adobe PS/ or Procreate etc. to color.
  • Color each Color Study.
    • Create one Lo-Key, one Middle-Key and one High-Key Design.
    • Consider Focal Points, Image Hierarchy, and Contrast.

PRO TIP:

*Try coloring digitally in Adobe PS on a transparent layer on top of your Value Study. Try setting your layer to “COLOR”.

Examples:

Dana Moreno Final Pencil Drawing

Color Study (1 of 3)

Color Study (2 of 3)
Color Study 3 of 3

Working in Color

Color is one of the most powerful aspects of making art. Almost everyone who loves to create can remember the childhood excitement generated by a brand new box of crayons!

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Everyone has a favorite color, artists and non-artists alike.  Our relationship to color is one of the most powerful relationships we have as a species. It is intrinsically connected to how we relate to our world. And so of course it is one of the most powerful aspects to consider when making art.

Color Temperature

Much of our relationship to color is based on instinct. For example, we see colors as warm or cool based on our physical response to them.

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Warm things are warm colors (such as fire, the sun, hot coals, and in this case hot food.)

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and cool things are cool colors (such as water and ice, which as blue or bluish).

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Interestingly warm and cool colors also create a sense of perspective and depth when we look at an image. Warm colors tend to advance towards us, whereas cool colors tend to recede away from us.

In these two images note how early 20th-century illustrator Edmund DuLac uses this trick. In the first image of The Princess and the Pea he creates a sense of incredible height, as the cold blue-purple recedes from the viewer, effectively raising the height of the bed canopy. And in the second one, A Palace of Wonder, a sense of depth is created between the warmth of the interior space and the cold dark outside.

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COLOR AND CULTURE

However, a great deal of our reactions to color are not innate, they are in fact cultural. For example Black and Death are associated in many Western cultures, in many Eastern cultures it is associated with white鈥攊ts direct opposite.

Take a look at this info-graphic. Note how many color associations change, depending on where you are in the world. However also note how HOT and COLD or Color鈥檚 Relationship to Temperature do not.

It is however important to understand your target market and the culture that they come from, because culture has a strong influence on the development of cultural-color associations in childhood building the adults eventual perceptions of color.
It is however important to understand your target market and the culture that they come from, because culture has a strong influence on the development of cultural-color associations in childhood building the adults eventual perceptions of color.

Throughout this module and the next we will look at these basic reactions we all have to color and learn to compose in color effectively. We will build on what we have learned regarding composition, concept, point of view, and value and we will see how we can use these reactions to color to aid us in our ultimate goal, telling a great story through narrative illustration.

However, before we can do that lets be sure we have down the basics.

THE COLOR WHEEL

The color wheel is one of the most powerful tools artists and designers have to help us understand and use color effectively.  It is strongly recommended that as you examine the different color schemes throughout this post, you look at a color wheel and plot them out.

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FUN FACT! The first circular color wheel was created by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. As if the laws of planetary motion and gravity weren鈥檛 enough!

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Foto: picture-alliance

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We begin with a three-part color wheel that shows only pure colors, meaning colors which no amount of mixing will result in. These three colors are of course our primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. All other colors are derived from these three hues.

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Next we move on to our secondary colors.These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors with each other: green, orange, and purple.

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You can further break down the color wheel into tertiary colors.These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and secondary color: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green.

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And of course, we divide that wheel based on Color Temperature, with warm color opposite cold.

To create a successful illustration, your color palette or scheme needs to support your main idea. It must work to further your narrative and or concept.  

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Monochromatic Color

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It isn鈥檛 always necessary to use many colors to achieve a colorful image 鈥 the monochromatic color scheme consists of one color plus black and can be very powerful. 聽A monochromatic color scheme has one principle color in all its various聽tints, shades, and tones.

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1980s fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta whose work we鈥檝e looked at in previously, makes great uses of a monochromatic color scheme in this illustration, Silver Warrior.

Note the tiny dabs of warm color he uses to create high contrast focal points within this otherwise completely monochromatic composition. Those warm spots stand out due to color temperature.

Tony DiTerlizzi鈥檚 Monochromatic Palate

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Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi often works in a monochromatic palate. For his book The Spider and the Fly he chose a metallic silver and. The beautifully rendered drawings are printed in black against a silver printed page. Silver is a gray and not, therefore, really a color. But because it鈥檚 metallic, it contributes more than a standard gray. Though DiTerlizzi鈥檚 color solution may seem basic, it is unique in children鈥檚 picture books and greatly enhances the mood of his illustrations.

For his more recent series of chapter books, The Search for Wondla, DiTerlizzi chooses a different approach. Here, there are no contrasting dabs of warm color like there were in the Frazetta piece.

DiTerlizzi again works monochromatically, but in this case he chooses a two color printing process, meaning he chooses a principle color and the illustrations are all formed by the various combinations of this ink and black 2 along with the white of the paper.

It isn鈥檛 always necessary to use many colors in order to achieve a colorful image 鈥 the monochromatic color scheme consists of one color plus black and can be very powerful.  Amonochromatic color scheme has one principle color and in all it鈥檚 various tints, shades, and tones.

Three Attributes of a Color

To accurately describe a color and differentiate it from another, there are three attributes to measure.

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HUE

When the average person says “color” they are actually mean hue. The hue of a color is its particular light wave energy frequency. Remember, light is waves of energy, and white light is contains all possible colors! Violet is the highest visible light frequency and red is the lowest, which we humans have receptors to see.

In this diagram, note how the blue becomes pink, but all of the colors in between are of equal intensity, as it as it moves from right to left.

SATURATION

Saturation (or chroma as it is sometimes called) means a color’s purity. When people are talking about a color’s intensity they mean its saturation or chroma.

In the diagram, note how the blue becomes less saturated as it as it moves from right to left.

VALUE

As we discussed earlier in the course, colors have values just as shades of gray do. A color’s brightness or darkness, and its nearness to white or black respectively, is the color’s value. Value is independent of hue or saturation and can be seen even in a black-and-white photo.

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Value has is has its own color terminology.

Remember that the value of a color is how light or dark a color is, or how close it is to black.

Tints are when we add white to a pure hue:

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Shades are when we add black to a pure hue:

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Saturation also has its own color terminology.

We get different tones when we add gray to a pure hue:

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Another way to envision this is as the hue itself becomes less saturated, it appears more and more gray.

Munsell’s Color Tree

Talking about color can be very misleading! For example, when you go to a paint store, you can buy a can of Honorable Blue, Flyway, or Wondrous Blue! When we say Flesh Tone, what exactly does that mean? Whose Flesh Tone are we talking about?  It can be very confusing!

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Albert Munsell, an artist and professor the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, felt the same way. In 1905 he developed a “rational way to describe color” using numeric notation instead of names to describe color. To assign these numbers he used the three attributes we discussed above: huevalue, and chroma (saturation).

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In the diagram above, you can see the traditional color wheel as the center ring, and Munsell’s Color Tree, as it came to be known, growing from the center. The trunk of the tree represents zero to ten in value. The farther we move from its “trunk” represents an increase in chroma, until the hue鈥攔epresented by the separate “branches”鈥攊s at full saturation, farthest away from the center.

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Munsell’s Color Tree

NOV 2 | Week 10

Class #9 鈥 Project 3 (Conceptual Portrait) –

1. Attendance

2. Warm Up Drawing

3. Students hang their work-in-progress, Conceptual Portrait Thumbnails, and Reference images

4. Class Critique

Prepare to answer these questions during the Critique:

  • a. Why did you choose this subject?
  • b. How do your thumbnails represent the spirit/personality of the subject?

5. Guest Lecture Professor Eli Neugeboren

HOMEWORK :

Project 3: Conceptual Portrait

DUE Next Class: Refine your chosen thumbnail sketches to a Fully Rendered Portrait Sketch, 2-3 References,

Specs: Image Size 9鈥漍12鈥 Portrait, Full Color.

FULL PROJECT LINK

INSPIRATION – REVIEW PORTRAITURE LECTURE

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