COMD 3313 Intro to Illustration

Prof. J. Longo | Fall 2023

Week 14 in Review!

Use Class Lab to experiment with KYLES BRUSHES FOR PHOTOSHOP: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/brushes.html INSTRUCTIONS: https://helpx.adobe.com/it/mobile-apps/how-to/kyles-brushes-in-sketch.ug.html

“INTERIOR PAGES” refers to the contents INSIDE a book that tell the story. For the final, you are imagining as if you took 2 interior pages and are sharing what would be on them. Additional “Interior” definition here: https://pothi.com/faq/n92/what-is-interior-or-book-interior-file

WEEK 14 Class Info Date: 12/8/23:

Objectives

  • Closing this out with a review of previous classes, exercises, take-aways and key lessons before launching into your final files preparation.

Activities

  • DEMOS: Facial Reconstruction to get familiar with the 5pts of emotional articulation: 1) EYES 2) NOSE 3) MOUTH 4) BROWS 5)CHEEKS
  • Shout’ergories: H
  • Pencil/Gradient Test + Exquisite Corpses
  • LECTURE: COMD 3313 RECAP

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

LAB: Work on assignments

DUE WEEK 14/This Week

Fairytale Folktale or Fable Reboot — Overall Description:

In this multilayered project you will reinterpret a classic folk tale, fairy tale, or established story found in pop culture or media through your own creative lens. (Inquire if this project can be adapted to support other work, projects, or your own story)

For example, Note how different artists over time have reinterpreted the story of Alice in Wonderland, by Louis Carrol.

Final Project has 4 required parts to this project.

1) STORY CONCEPT + 2) CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT + 3) FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS + 4) PROCESS PRESENTATION

FIRST PART IS DUE WEEK 12: FULL STORY CONCEPT • Full details here: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/?p=823

  • Part 1 Requirement 1: CONCEPT: Settle on a concept for your reinterpretation. The story should still be easily recognizable
  • Part 1 Requirement 2: RESEARCH: Create a Pintrest Board, online mooodboard, or collect images to collage for this project.
  • Part 1 Requirement 3: STORY PROPOSAL: Write a brief ~3 paragraph summary of your proposed project to post to the open lab/share with class. INCLUDE: • What is the original story? Link to story • Explanation of the changes you are making for your interpretation • Summary of your story. • Description of the characters and setting • Demographic for this proposed project

FINAL EXPECTATIONS ARE/SHOULD MEET: 1 COVER ILLUSTRATION • 2 CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 ENVIRONMENT ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 INTERIOR PAGES • PROCESS + SUPPLEMENTAL • PRESENTATION

TAKE A LOOK AT FINAL PROJECTS I WILL EXPECT FROM YOU: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/2023/11/10/final-project-process-book-examples/

FINALS DUE DEC. 15TH

Week 13 in Review!

BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR FILES FROM THE DRIVE BEFORE NEXT WEEK

WEEK 13 Class Info Date: 12/1/23:

Objectives

  • Leaping off of VIZDEV, WARDROBE and CHARACTER DESIGN that was an extention of last weeks TV/FILM+GAMING+ANIMATION trifecta of Illustration outlets. we go further into fashion, figure drawing, loosening our styles and being open to interpretations that suit the story and characters. We delve into the 3-prong world of Cartooning/Comics with a focus on -POLITICAL CARTOONS, HUMOR, & SEQUENTIAL ART as a means to express ourselves, tell our stories and engage your viewers with.

Activities

  • Week 12 Recap: POV + Narrative expanded into uses in 3 particular fields & more
  • DEMOS: Croquis Figure drawings + 3/4 face breakdown + Picasso Digital Coloring
  • LECTURE: Comics & Cartooning: Political Cartoons, Humor & Sequential Art. Designed to finalize the expectations of the Character Sheet (x2) portion of the final & show you the career opportunities that make use of these common skills of Illustration. Hitting the requirements of the Character Sheet requirements: 2 Poses + 3 Expressions + 1 Object

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

LAB: Work on assignments

DUE WEEK 13/This Week

HOMEWORK: READING

!HOMEWORK: FINAL PREP!

Fairytale Folktale or Fable Reboot — Overall Description:

In this multilayered project you will reinterpret a classic folk tale, fairy tale, or established story found in pop culture or media through your own creative lens. (Inquire if this project can be adapted to support other work, projects, or your own story)

For example, Note how different artists over time have reinterpreted the story of Alice in Wonderland, by Louis Carrol.

Final Project has 4 required parts to this project.

1) STORY CONCEPT + 2) CHARACTER SKETCHES + 3) FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS + 4) PROCESS PRESENTATION

FIRST PART IS DUE WEEK 12: FULL STORY CONCEPT • Full details here: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/?p=823

  • Part 1 Requirement 1: CONCEPT: Settle on a concept for your reinterpretation. The story should still be easily recognizable
  • Part 1 Requirement 2: RESEARCH: Create a Pintrest Board, online mooodboard, or collect images to collage for this project.
  • Part 1 Requirement 3: STORY PROPOSAL: Write a brief ~3 paragraph summary of your proposed project to post to the open lab/share with class. INCLUDE: • What is the original story? Link to story • Explanation of the changes you are making for your interpretation • Summary of your story. • Description of the characters and setting • Demographic for this proposed project

FINAL EXPECTATIONS ARE/SHOULD MEET: 1 COVER ILLUSTRATION • 2 CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 ENVIRONMENT ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 INTERIOR PAGES • PROCESS + SUPPLEMENTAL • PRESENTATION

TAKE A LOOK AT FINAL PROJECTS I WILL EXPECT FROM YOU: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/2023/11/10/final-project-process-book-examples/

HOMEWORK DUE DEC. 15TH

2x Character Sheets:

5x Color Illustrations

Week 12 Presentation HERE:

Post your projects when complete!

  • GO TO: CLASS SITE
  • DASHBOARD > POSTS > ADD NEW >
  • Write your post. Add a Descriptive title.

Week 12 in Review!

WEEK 12 Class Info

  • Date: 11/17/23: WEEK 12 with many balls in the air, we pluck 3 that encapsulate TV/FILM + ANIMATION + GAMING INDUSTRY and see how they overlap and how previous lessons have prepared us for this step. We dive into the 3 areas in service to our final project and 2 specific aspects: ENVIRONMENTS + CHARACTER DESIGN…while also tapping into Wardrobe, Board Games, Storyboards and all the areas where Illustration is an asset for the job.

Objectives

  • ACCUMULATING OUR SKILLS TO ACHIEVE MULTIPLE OUTPUTS IN THE FIELD OF ILLUSTRATION AND HOW THEY COME INTO PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF TV/FILM+ANIMATION+GAMING INDUSTRY

Activities

Discussion

  • Week 11 Reading: Story Structure
  • Lecture: POV + Nararative expanded into uses in 3 particular fields & more
  • DEMOS: 4 Environment Quickfires • Storyboard Breakdown • Picasso Digital Coloring Exercise: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17AaeqOIitPrZMn_k3el12r-n3ZFT6WJ8?usp=drive_link

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

LAB: Work on assignments

DUE WEEK 12/This Week

HOMEWORK #1) Sketchbook Assignment: TWO PERSPECTIVE EXERCISE

  • EX #1: CREATE A BACKGROUND/ENVIRONMENT IN PERSPECTIVE. ADVANCE AS FAR AS YOU CAN.
  • EX #2: BACKGROUND/ENVIRONMENT + CHARACTER. DECIDE HOW BEST TO PLACE YOUR CHARACTER WITHIN. ADVANCE AS FAR AS YOU CAN.
  • IN PENCIL: PHYSICAL OR DIGITAL (DIGITAL MUST BE TREATED LIKE PENCIL!)
  • FOR FUN VS. FOR FINAL
  • STEP 1) SET HORIZONTAL HORIZON LINE • STEP 2) CREATE VANISHING POINT • STEP 3) EXTEND LINES FROM VANISHING POINT TO GRID POINTS

HOMEWORK #2) READING

!HOMEWORK #3) FINAL PREP!

Fairytale Folktale or Fable Reboot — Overall Description:

In this multilayered project you will reinterpret a classic folk tale, fairy tale, or established story found in pop culture or media through your own creative lens. (Inquire if this project can be adapted to support other work, projects, or your own story)

For example, Note how different artists over time have reinterpreted the story of Alice in Wonderland, by Louis Carrol.

Final Project has 4 required parts to this project.

1) STORY CONCEPT + 2) CHARACTER SKETCHES + 3) FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS + 4) PROCESS PRESENTATION

FIRST PART IS DUE WEEK 12: FULL STORY CONCEPT • Full details here: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/?p=823

  • Part 1 Requirement 1: CONCEPT: Settle on a concept for your reinterpretation. The story should still be easily recognizable
  • Part 1 Requirement 2: RESEARCH: Create a Pintrest Board, online mooodboard, or collect images to collage for this project.
  • Part 1 Requirement 3: STORY PROPOSAL: Write a brief ~3 paragraph summary of your proposed project to post to the open lab/share with class. INCLUDE: • What is the original story? Link to story • Explanation of the changes you are making for your interpretation • Summary of your story. • Description of the characters and setting • Demographic for this proposed project

FINAL EXPECTATIONS ARE/SHOULD MEET: 1 COVER ILLUSTRATION • 2 CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 ENVIRONMENT ILLUSTRATIONS • 2 INTERIOR PAGES • PROCESS + SUPPLEMENTAL • PRESENTATION

TAKE A LOOK AT FINAL PROJECTS I WILL EXPECT FROM YOU: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/comd3313jlongoart/2023/11/10/final-project-process-book-examples/

HOMEWORK ANNOUNCED WEEK 12

(DUE DEC. 15TH)

2x Character Sheets:

5x Color Illustrations

WEEK 12 READING ASSIGNMENTS:

• Art Department in Film: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/the-art-department-film/

• Essential Guide: Film Crew Positions: https://www.wrapbook.com/blog/film-crew-positions

Week 10 in Review!

WEEK 10 Class Info

  • Date: 11/3/23: WEEK 10 Lecture of Web/UI Design in the field of Commercial Illustration • Color Theory > Digital Illustration

DUE WEEK 10/This Week

Objectives

  • Exploring the basics of converting and cleaning up your art work and advancing that with digital coloring making use of the color knowledge gained over the past few weeks. We see how the pulls of print and advertising advance into the digital age and the new expectations that surround us as Illustrators.

Activities

Discussion

  • Reading Assignments form last week: Thoughts?
  • Drawing the News: Critique/Group Chat
  • Lecture: We push past the print boon of the 1900s and move into the 2000s to recognize how the industry shifts to digital, adding the use of Web & UI Design into the Illustrators toolbox and know-how.

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

LAB: Work on assignments

Due Week 11

Use this link to access scanned Mid-Terms: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17AaeqOIitPrZMn_k3el12r-n3ZFT6WJ8?usp=drive_link (REMINDER: Some scans need to be converted to RGB: Image > Mode > RGB)

HOMEWORK #1) 3-COLOR DIGITAL MID-TERM/ EDITORIAL/ REQUEST YOUR CHOICE

  • USE YOUR EDITORIAL, MID-TERM, OR—WITH PERMISSION—SOMEONE ELSE’S, OR REQUEST PERMISSION FOR YOUR PROJECT. OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDED IN GROUP FOLDER.
  • CHOOSE COLOR SCHEME: Base/Mid-Tones + Shadows/Dark-Tones + Accent/Highlights
  • CLEAN UP ART > blacks are BLACK / whites are WHITE!
  • Layers recommended in this order (top to bottom): 1))LineArt{ fx: multiply } 2))Highlights/Accents 3))Midtones 4))BKGNRD/Basecolor
  • Do not use white or black as any of your 3 colors

HOMEWORK #2) Digital Grey 2 (TWO) Previous Assignments

  • RECOMMEND CONTOURS + INKTOBERS + ARTIST SELFIE
  • USE 3 DISTINCT VARIATIONS OF GREY • BLACK & WHITE AS NEEDED
  • CANNOT USE VALUE STUDIES / PACKAGING SKETCHES / SILHOUETTES

HOMEWORK #3) Sketchbook Assignment: Advanced Packaging Sketch

  • EXPLODED SKETCH OF PACKAGING
  • STRAIGHT LINES FOR BOX! • MINIMUM SIZE 8.5˝ x 11˝
  • DETAIL ELEMENTS THAT MAKE UP PACKAGING: SPOT ART, BOX MATERIALS, WINDOW, TAGS, BARCODE LOCATIONS—EVERYTHING!!

HOMEWORK #4)

Week 10 Presentation HERE:

Post your projects when complete!

  • GO TO: CLASS SITE
  • DASHBOARD > POSTS > ADD NEW >
  • Write your post. Add a Descriptive title.

Week 8 in Review!

WEEK 8 Class Info

  • Date: 10/20/23: WEEK 8 IS THE MIDTERM PRESENTATION OF YOUR INKED POSTER. This is a key part of your grade — don’t be late — find a way to get on track & present 10/20 after the lecture.

DUE WEEK 8/This Week

Objectives

  • Week 8 hops, skips and jumps into our laps having been made familiar of art & illustrations evolution alongside mankind (week 7). We delve deeper into the impact print has made for Illustrators, namely “Editorial Illustration,” while setting the scene for future weeks discussion of Political/Humor/Sequential Comics. Settle in to connect the dots of history that are alive in the present. Stay for insights that make impactful Editorial Illustrations and apply those insights across your work in the future. From here on out, we are stepping beyond the basics of Illustration and into the world that uses those basics to make a career for themselves. Future weeks will focus on Illustrator insights, techniques & careers/job opportunities that make use of illustrators.

Activities

Discussion

  • Transition from Week 7 to Week 8 with a focus on Print and Editorial Illustration

History is not an exploration of the past—it is an explanation of the present.”

  • Lecture: Knowing how the Blombos Cave Paintings connect to the Newspaper Wars, we take a historical look at the seismic impact print has made on the modern world and the opportunities it brought about for Illustrators. Then, we go over established concepts and practices in the world of Editorial Illustration and consider the use of visual metaphors for your Assignments.

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

LAB: Not expected, take off early as a reward for your hard work.

Due Week 9

HOMEWORK #1) Drawing The News: Advanced Thumbnails

  • IN SKETCHBOOKS –: Draw The News/ Revisit Compelling Topics: Source & Supply THREE News Stories that inspire you personally or visually.
  • Create 3 Advanced Thumbnails of Editorial Illustration per story (digital or analog)
  • Keep your sketches in proportion to 6˝ x 10˝ which will be your final size.
  • 9 Advanced Thumbnails are the minimum.

HOMEWORK #2) INKTOBER PROMPTS

  • IN SKETCH-BOOK: DRAW TWO PROMPTS, from Oct 1-27th:
  • OBJECTS MUST HAVE VERY DISSIMILAR SURFACE TEXTURES! Distinguish your textures from one another.
  • FOCUS ON TEXTURE: Before you begin to ink, pre-plan the strokes. Mentally organize the shapes that are to be a pattern, texture, or local color/value. You need to decide whether the stroke has a specific function, such as defining a form or creating a surface like fur or scales. No strokes should be random.
  • FIND PHOTO REFERENCE for your textures, such as a wood-grain surface, basket, mammal, reptile, grass, flower, tree, metal surface, etc. Do your research, don’t just race to the finish line in your mind.

WEEK 8 READING

Week 8 Presentation HERE:

Post your projects when complete!

  • GO TO: CLASS SITE
  • DASHBOARD > POSTS > ADD NEW >
  • Write your post. Add a Descriptive title.

Homework Tracker

Some folks have been asking: What do I owe? To them I say: You tell me! Everything has been tracked in OpenLab’s all-encompassing Week In Review!posts, as you know—but below is a run-down of assignments for reference. This Homework Tracker will update along with posts on the main page.

Creative fields are often very fast-paced, require quick turn-arounds, and demand self-motivation, time-management, and communication to resolve any issues. I’m a free-range teacher who will leave you alone to produce your work knowing that I’ve provided the information on what is due, when it’s due, AND that I’m available for questions. Your grade is yours to present and earn. Ignoring due dates and ghosting assignments is as bad for your grades as it would be for your professional career!

WEEK12: NOV. 17, 2023: FULL FINALS ANNOUNCED, DUE DEC. 15TH

  • 2x Character Sheets for 2 Characters • (1 Character Sheet = 2 Turn-Around Poses (1 pose in color) + 3 Expressions (1 in color) + 1 Object (2 angles)
  • 1x Cover (Final art for a magazine cover, or other print media promotional, that accounts for any copy/text/barcode and conveys your story, the world, and its characters in a solitary image)
  • 2 Interior Pages: Can be individual pages within the story, or sequential pages that compliment each other. Can also be a 12˝x6˝ SPLASH page that is a spread of 2 pages side-by-side that shows a big event within the story.
  • Environment: 2 Different Environments: 1 Environment w/Character (at least 1 Character) + 1 Environment w/o Character. (COLOR OPTIONAL)

WEEK11: NOV. 10, 2023

HOMEWORK #1) Sketchbook Assignment: TWO PERSPECTIVE EXERCISES:

  • EX #1: CREATE A BACKGROUND/ENVIRONMENT IN PERSPECTIVE. ADVANCE AS FAR AS YOU CAN.
  • EX #2: BACKGROUND/ENVIRONMENT + CHARACTER. DECIDE HOW BEST TO PLACE YOUR CHARACTER WITHIN. ADVANCE AS FAR AS YOU CAN.
  • IN PENCIL: PHYSICAL OR DIGITAL (DIGITAL MUST BE TREATED LIKE PENCIL!) • FOR FUN VS. FOR FINAL • STEP 1) SET HORIZONTAL HORIZON LINE + STEP 2) CREATE VANISHING POINT + STEP 3) EXTEND LINES FROM VANISHING POINT TO GRID POINTS

WEEK 11 READING • Story Structure: 7 Types All Writers Should Know: https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/story-structure/ • Week 11 Reading: Story Structure: Stories, A Love Letter: https://www.muddycolors.com/2015/01/stories-a-love-letter

FINAL, PT. 1 (FULL STORY CONCEPT)

  • Part 1 Requirement 1: CONCEPT: Settle on a concept for your reinterpretation. The story should still be easily recognizable
  • Part 1 Requirement 2: RESEARCH: Create a Pintrest Board, online mooodboard, or collect images to collage for this project.
  • Part 1 Requirement 3: STORY PROPOSAL: Write a brief ~3 paragraph summary of your proposed project to post to the open lab/share with class. INCLUDE: • What is the original story? Link to story • Explanation of the changes you are making for your interpretation • Summary of your story. • Description of the characters and setting • Demographic for this proposed project

WEEK 10: NOV. 3, 202

  • WEEK 10 HOMEWORK #1) COLOR YOUR MID-TERM/EDITORIAL: USE YOUR EDITORIAL, MID-TERM, OR—WITH PERMISSION—SOMEONE ELSE’S, OR REQUEST PERMISSION FOR YOUR PROJECT. OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDED IN GROUP FOLDER. • CHOOSE COLOR SCHEME: Base/Mid-Tones + Shadows/Dark-Tones + Accent/Highlights. Do not use white or black as any of your 3 colors • Clean Up Art • Layers in order to color using the 3 color schemes intended.
  • WEEK 10 HOMEWORK #2) Digital Grey 2 (TWO) Previous Assignments: RECOMMEND CONTOURS + INKTOBERS + ARTIST SELFIE • USE 3 DISTINCT VARIATIONS OF GREY • BLACK & WHITE AS NEEDED • CANNOT USE VALUE STUDIES / PACKAGING SKETCHES / SILHOUETTES
  • WEEK 10 HOMEWORK #3 Sketchbook Assignment: Advanced Packaging Sketch: : EXPLODED SKETCH OF PACKAGING • STRAIGHT LINES FOR BOX! • MINIMUM SIZE 8.5˝ x 11˝ • DETAIL ELEMENTS THAT MAKE THE PACKAGING UNIQUE: SPOT ART, BOX MATERIALS, WINDOW, TAGS, BARCODE LOCATIONS—THINK OF COSTS, PRODUCTION, USER INTERACTIVITY—EVERYTHING!!

WEEK 9: OCT. 27, 2023

WEEK 8: OCT. 20, 2023

  • Week 8 Sketchbook Assignment: (IN SKETCHBOOKS) Draw The News/ Revisit Compelling Topics: Source & Supply THREE News Stories that inspire you personally or visually. • Create 3 Advanced Thumbnails of Editorial Illustration per story (digital or analog) • Keep your sketches in proportion to 6˝ x 10˝ which will be your final size. • 9 Advanced Thumbnails are the minimum.
  • Week 8 Sketchbook Assignment 2: Inktober Prompts from Oct.1-27. FOCUS ON TEXTURE: Before you begin to ink, pre-plan the strokes. Mentally organize the shapes that are to be a pattern, texture, or local color/value. You need to decide whether the stroke has a specific function, such as defining a form or creating a surface like fur or scales. No strokes should be random. • FIND PHOTO REFERENCE for your textures, such as a wood-grain surface, basket, mammal, reptile, grass, flower, tree, metal surface, etc. Do your research, don’t just race to the finish line in your mind.

WEEK 7: Oct. 13, 2023

  • Week 7 Assignment 1: Mid-Term Development #3: Ink your 8.5˝x12˝ Poster!
  • Week 7 Sketchbook Assignment: EXTRA CREDIT: Choose ANY prompt from Oct 1 until Oct 13 and draw/ink it! Extra Credit per prompt: one, some, or none, it’s up to you. FOCUS ON YOUR MID-TERM POSTER FIRST. THIS. IS. OPTIONAL…it is also a fun life-raft to those in need!) https://inktober.com/rules

WEEK 6: Oct. 6, 2023 (w5+w6 combo)

  • Week 6 Assignment1: Mid-Term Development #2: Choose 1 of the 4 Advanced Thumbnails to convert to 8.5 x 12 IN PENCIL. Pencil phase only.
  • Week 6 Sketchbook Assignment: Five “Acceptable” Value Studies using Shading Techniques the fill 6 squares from light to dark.

WEEK 5: Sept. 29, 2023 (Class Cancelled: RAIN)

WEEK 4: Sept. 22, 2023

  • Week 4 Assignment1: Mid-Term Development #1: 4 Advanced Sketches in proportion to 8.5˝x 12.˝ Text should only take up 20% of entire image. Guide yourself through the work that lies ahead.
  • Week 4 Sketchbook Assignment1: Finish Inking Your Quilt
  • Week 4 Sketchbook Assignment2: Silhouettes (2 objects or 1 Scene)
  • Week 4 Sketchbook Assignment3: Contour (Contour two everyday objects)

FRIDAY 15, 2023: No Class • Rosh Hashanah

WEEK 3:

  • Week 3 Sketchbook Assignment1: Create 4 Advanced Thumbnails of previous assignments (Advance 4 of the 15 thumbnails from last week, advance your beverage label into additional concepts, expand on your brainstorming of 3-5 Important Topics). The goal is rethink and improve upon earlier ideas.
  • Week 3 Sketchbook Assignment2: Pencil Your Creative Quilt
  • Week 3 Sketchbook Assignment3: Artist Selfies. Using a photo OF YOU (preferably, def no stock image) create a fun image that goes far beyond what you see in the picture.

WEEK 2:

  • Week 2 Online Class Portal Assignment: Post 5 Illustration Heroes
  • Week 2 Brainstorm: 3-5 Important Topics, whats important/interesting to you
  • Week 2 Sketchbook Assignment: (AT LEAST) 15 THUMBNAILS of something you would want to draw (Book Cover, Movie/Event Poster, Comic Book Cover, Game Background, Greeting crad, etc)

WEEK 1

  • Week 1 Assignment: Horizontal Label Design: 5 inches high 6 inches wide for an aluminum can label wrap around 4 inches high 6 inches wide for a tea box. Illustrated, black and white only. No shading/Smudging.
  • Week 1 Sketchbook Assignment: #MeetTheArtist. You may choose to include any information about

Week 7 in Review!

WEEK 7 Class Info

  • Date: 10/13/23: (Picking up from last week with Substitute Professor Antal) You now know what is Value, you know Inking Techniques, you know How to choose a pencil, you know Design Concepts AND you know your role as an Illustrator—we take a look at how things came to be and where you find yourself, in a historical context, as an Illustrator today. WEEK 8 IS THE MIDTERM PRESENTATION OF YOUR INKED POSTER. This is a big part of your grade, don’t be late — find a way to get on track.

DUE WEEK 7/This Week

  • Poster: Fully Pencilled 8.5″x12″ Poster
    • FINAL WILL BE DUE NEXT WEEK: -Inked -On Bristol board/Illustration Stock. -No Digital. -No Color (B&W Ink only)
  • Sketchbook Exercise Week 7: FIVE Value Studies
    • 5 “acceptable” Value Studies done THROUGH shading techniques. (line-weight/stipple/hatching/etc—not grayscale!)
    • Acceptable = 1 value study includes 6 progressive Squares
    • Acceptable = No smudging!
    • Acceptable = No Large Gaps in value!
    • 5 is not the limit—5 is the REQUIREMENT. Produce as many Value Studies as needed to get 5 good ones—I will call you out on it!!
  • Week 5/6 Reading: Best Brush Pens for Comics + Max Pack Brushes for Procreate + Kyle Brushes for Adobe CC + WPA Poster Design

Objectives

  • Week5/6transitions into week 7 SEAMLESSLY in a way to expand your understanding of the Illustrative power you wield, but also to give context for the field you are competing in/ways to sound smart when you talk about art and key factors that got us here.

Activities

Where We’re At

  • Shout’ergories #4 + Pencil Critique at end of class.

Discussion

  • Wrap Up Week 5/6

Lecture: A History Surrounding the field of Illustration:

  • Review of early tools, inventions and landmark moments that provide us the industry we play in today.
  • Lecture: From Blombos Cave Paintings, to King James Bible, to Joseph Pulitzer VS William Randolph Hearst: How the table was set for you to enter this world as an Illustrator. Taking you up to WW2, the state of newspapers, and the advent of commercialism driven by print and production, these are the events that shape the modern world that provides us opportunities as Illustrators, for better or for worse.

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

Critique: Week 5/6 Assignment: Pencilled Posters & 5 Value Studies.

LAB: Hammer out your final ideas for inking/ INK!

Due Week 8!!

  • Poster Midterm 2:3 – Fully INKED Poster in actual size (8.5˝w x 12˝h) on Bristol Board/Illustration Board. This poster dimensions mirror 24×36 at a much smaller scale, but serve the same purpose.
    • MUST INCLUDE (AT LEAST) 3 INKING TECHNIQUES (line-weight +stipple +hatching +etc)
    • There have been gaps in our classes due to holiday and weather that have given you AMPLE time on all assignments while ALSO knowing the path ahead— NO excuses can be made at this time!
  • EXTRA CREDIT #Inktober Sketchbook Homework : Choose ANY one prompt from Oct 1 until Oct 13 and draw/ink it! Extra Credit per prompt: one or none, it’s up to you. THIS. IS. OPTIONAL (and a fun life-raft to those in need!)

WEEK 7 READING

Week 7 Presentation HERE:

Week 5 in Review!

Class Info

  • Date: 9/29/23: This class was cancelled due to extreme rain throughout NYC. The lessons and objectives of the class will be absorbed into future classes, NOT to be made up by extending the end of the semester. This was an extremely frustrating (and dangerous) day for transit of any kind, and my apologies if anyone made the attempt to get to class only to find it cancelled!!

WEEK 8 WILL NOW BE THE MIDTERM PRESENTATION OF YOUR INKED POSTER. This is a HUGE part of your grade, don’t be late and find a way to get on track. You are expected to have 4 ADVANCED Thumbnails of your poster to present on Week 6 (10/5) to then convert into final size for presentation on Week 7 (10/13) to then have inked and finalized Week 8. Get on it!!!

Discussion Week 2: Illustrator Spotlight

Carefully research a minimum of 3 Illustrators or Illustration Influences that motivate your own work or inspire you. Write a quick 1-2 sentence summary of them and their work (DESCRIBE THEIR STYLE/MEDIA/LOOK + WHAT FIELD THEY WORK IN + WHERE THEY WORK OUT OF + WHERE DOES THEIR ART LIVE/WHAT IS THEIR ART USED FOR + CLIENT LIST/WHO HAVE THEY WORKED FOR) and PROVIDE LINK to socials/website for others to explore.

• Use these spotlights to begin figuring out where you want fit in the illustration market, and where you’d like

• Be prepared to share a quick overview of 1 artists to the class Week 3

(In class on Friday 9/1, I know I said I wanted 5 Illustration Heroes…but maybe that was too many? Feel free to prove me wrong!!)

Read each other’s spotlights and explore new art!

Uploading Instructions

Upload your Projects from this semester into your ePortfolio.  

Upload your Sketchbook from this semester in the Sketchbook Category on this site.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS:

Be sure to give the artwork a title.  Write brief descriptions of the artwork.  Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each artwork was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answer.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to the + symbol on top (+) > Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this: Assignment 1, thumbnail drawings: “Evil Urges” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may include other thoughts as well.

How to Post to your ePortfolio

Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate “Parent” in the Page Attributes > choose “Academics” from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Foundation Drawing) or our course code (COMD1103).  Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.  In settings, be sure to state either “Public” or “Private>visible to City Tech members.”  Otherwise no one will be able to see what you’ve posted.

To take the photo: Find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.  Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.  Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.

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