Prof. J. Longo | Fall 2023

Week 3 Reading Assignments

These 3 articles go in harmony with this weeks lesson: Giving life to thumbnails beyond sketches, how to develop sketches with photo reference, and continuing a MUCH needed primer on Roles and what part you play as an Illustrator.


Be sure to read each other’s observations BEFORE posting your own. Remember… ITS A DISCUSSION. 🙂


  1. Cassidy

    The first article on pattern making was very helpful and provided 2 options that are easy to follow and understand. Both always included creating some type of frame for the work then creating your composition and adding elements after that step.

    The second article was fun to read and browse through because it showed how far a reference photo can take your work. It reminded me to have that childlike curiosity/imagination when I draw and think of concepts.

    The third article was useful in terms of knowing the roles in the industry and getting a feel of the length of time of each role. I will be referencing this article throughout my career.

    • Olya Gasparyan

      1. Making patterns that repeat themselves may be useful in a number of ways. First off, it enables the production of expert-looking patterns that can be applied to a variety of materials, including fabrics, wallpaper, or digital backdrops. Second, it encourages creative expression and creativity by enabling people to experiment with various components and arrangements. Finally, repeating patterns are adaptable and appropriate for a variety of applications since they are simple to duplicate and scale. Learning the craft of making repeating patterns may be a useful talent, whether for leisure or work.

      2. The significance of self-reference in artistic creation is discussed in the essay. Artists can capture the angles, lighting, and details they need for their artwork by taking selfies or utilizing self-portraits as references. This makes compositions more precise and coherent. The article also points out that utilizing oneself as a model makes it easy and less expensive for artists to try out different positions and facial expressions. Additionally, the flexibility and capacity to take reference photos anywhere, even outside for better lighting conditions, is made possible by the use of cameras, camera phones, or webcams.

      3. Because it makes the many responsibilities and levels within the creative business obvious, the creative hierarchy is useful. It aids people in navigating their career paths and establishing reasonable expectations for progress. Creatives may plan their professional growth and concentrate on learning the skills and expertise required for each level by understanding the journey from intern to senior roles. Additionally, as each function has certain obligations and contributions to make in a project, recognizing the hierarchy enables successful cooperation and teamwork.

  2. jlongoart

    Encourage anyone interested more in patterns, an extention of that is to create your own TESSELATIONS— the patterns akin to MC Escher that create a field of repeating or alternating images. Its create for full peices, backgrounds, and just tinkering!

  3. Chess Miller

    1. I really enjoy the simplicity of the instruction in the first article. I’ve never really gotten into pattern making, but do love both the concept and the execution- usually when I make something repetitive, I intentionally make it shift slightly (some combination of spacing, size, and shape, often color as well) as I’m used to working physically and by intentionally creating difference, I’m not beholden to recreating things *exactly*
    2. As Cassidy said, using self portraiture/photography can be an excellent jumping off point. I’ve on multiple occasions just gone and taken a photo of myself to have the exact reference pose I want for a drawing. I enjoy the creativity and self expression displayed in the article, though I personally very rarely use photos of myself a a finished product- when I draw or paint myself, I prefer to stylize and add elements I feel capture more the feeling than the exact likeness of me.
    3. I really appreciate the blunt honesty of this one- realistic expectations and all that. I definitely would slot myself into the “internship” category- I’m decent at a lot, but have little professional art experience outside of photography. My lack of specialization is something im both not eager to remedy and also has me hesitating as to where and what exactly I’d like to do, but I’m always eager to explore.

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