Illustration 1: Basic Principles

Prof. J. Longo • COMD 3313 Spring '24

Week 5 in Review!

Class Info

  • Date: 2/23/24: Expand our understanding and enhance our abilities. We know the process, we know the pieces, and we know how to put them together, but lets take this class to patiently observe and recreate different techniques to increase our skills and techniques when using pencil and pen. Observe how other artists influence others and how other Artists’ techniques and approaches can be adopted by you for something entirely new. Then, lets see how those techniques can be put to use with advanced thumbnails leading us to the final project.

To-Do Before Class

Review:

• Value and how it’s achieved.

Design Concepts in Illustration: Advancing our understanding of Composition by way of VALUE

• Lineart: Expressive VS. Controlled • Pen and Pencil techniques

In-Class:

• Watch Oscar Nominated Short, Ninety-Five Senses:

https://www.docplus.com/details/ninetyfive-senses/FwnPa7Bz/

• Review Quilts & Cross-Contour

• 4 Textured Cubes : Texture Follows Form : IN PENCIL • 1: Hatching ONLY (to achieve 3 values) • 2) Hair/Fur • 3) Rock/Crags • 4) Wood

• 6 Exercises: 1) Expressive Line Art via Pablo Picasso (focus on flow, fluidity, continuity, control and stlus-management) • 2) Expressive Line Art via Egon Schiele (loose lines creating shape and value, ok to not be precise, use lines as a guide, note dips in pressure and pull and try to put yourself in Egons flow) • 3) hand-drawn line via Don Rosa (mix of thin and thick, multiple textures, clouds, ground, vegetation included) • 4) Hand-drawn Line via Romita: How a careful mix of thin and slightly thick can set a scene apart, with sparse use of blacks. (guide yourself through the work, knock out the blacks with sharpies and do the rest with just one pen) • 5) Scrimshaw-Style Line weight thin-to thick (use ruler, steady lines to execute, observe cross hatching and use of contrast and value) • 6) R. Crumb Line Dabs (for a brush pen or sharpie, note how the pen lies dip thin to thick in blots that build the scene)

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #1: INK 2 ABSTRACT INTERIOR DRAWINGS

•Use Sharpie • Be Loose • Observe, THEN draw

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #2: 4 Advanced Thumbnails

We are selecting 1 of your thumbnails due today and using that ONE thumbnail to create 4 Advanced Thumbnails that explore ways to execute your selection. This is to break down 1 idea into variations that can push the drawings in different ways.

EXTRA CREDIT: Optional Sketchbook Assignment #3

  • By Ink/Pen/By Hand — NOT DIGITAL! This is meant to be a new ink session than the one in class, done ontop of a printout, using whichever pen emulates the artists line art accurately.
  • Consider if the techniques, values and line art you are emulating can be used on your own midterm poster to make your own work more dynamic.
  • NOT ACCEPTED AFTER WEEK 6
  • MUST MATCH/BE ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE ORIGINAL ART WORK (NO SLOPPY OR HALF-ASSED EFFORTS ACCEPTED!)
  • If you need to print at home/weren’t in class/ messed up the sheet yu had: Examples can be found in the Google Assignment Folder for you to print out.

Week 5 Presentation:

(NOTE: These PDF’s are condensed versions of the class and are not a substitute for attendance, its so you goobers can review many of the hints Ive shown you on how to do the homework 🙂

Week 4 in Review!

Class Info

  • Date: 2/16

To-Do Before Class

Topic:

• Value and how it’s achieved.

Design Concepts in Illustration: Advancing our understanding of Composition by way of VALUE

• Pencil Techniques transitioning to Inking Techniques

Aubrey Beardsley

Objectives

  • Last week the Professor WOULDN’T SHUT UP about 4 Fundamental Pencil Techniques. This week we use that understanding of techniques and apply the consideration of “Value” and start finessing those techniques into a range of darks and lights to achieve a full range, lifting our drawings out of “THE GREY ZONE”
  • Explore how COMPOSITION is vital to the conception and execution of the art. How to give consideration to your audience and devise your art in ways that illicit certain sensations, ideas, and satisfaction.
  • That know-how of COMPOSITION is made stronger with the fundamentals of these basic instruments to Illustrators.

Activities

Discussion

  • Thumbnails + Composition + Value + Line Art

Sketchbook

  • Quilt cont + Artist Selfies + Advanced Thumbnails

In Class:

  • Pencil Line Art exploration a la Herge
  • 5 Brush Pen Activity Sheets

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

Due Next Week (WEEK 5)

W4 Sketchbook Assignment 1 : Midterm Poster : Step 1 • 8 (EIGHT) THUMBNAILS.

This is what I want to see:

  • Your words used to develop the CONCEPT
  • 8 Different ideas/compositions/approaches
  • TEXT IS OPTIONAL / 20% OF IMAGE MAX
  • TOPIC/CLIENT IS UP TO YOU
  • Thumbnails that use PENCIL TECHNIQUES (hatching + cross-hatching + scumbling + stippling + etc) to quickly convey value in your preliminary sketches.
  • Guide yourself through the work that lies ahead, pencil sets the pace for pen!
  • FINAL WILL BE: -Inked -On Bristol board/Illustration Stock. -No Digital.

W4 Sketchbook Exercise 2 : FINISH INKING YOUR QUILT

  • Using a variety of pens and inking techniques, ink the pencil-markings you set created in your quilt last week. Apply care, make it look nice, feel how the brush pen rolls in your hands, identify what size felt-pen is best for hatching and following your pencils.

W4 Sketchbook Assignment 3 : 4 (FOUR) CROSS CONTOUR INK DRAWINGS

  • Sketch out an object IN PENCIL, just enough to establish the shape your contour lines will follow.
  • Use PEN/BRUSH PEN to create cross-contour lines across sketch
  • This is a VARYING-LINE-WEIGHT exercise—If your contour lines all appear the same width/thickness, you are not doing the assignment right. Give your pencil sketch volume by inking it with lines that accentuates its -TEXTURE -LIGHTING -DEPTH -FORM.

W4 READING + RESEARCH:

WEEK 4 CLASS PRESENTATION:

Week 3 in Review!

Class Info

  • Date: 2/9/24

To-Do Before Class

  • Join this Openlab Site + Post yer assignments to the classes google folder in the appropriate folder or show the work in person next week
  • Purchase Supplies
  • Week 2 Reading + Assignments

Topic: Ideation > Thumbnails > Advanced Concept Sketches

Objectives

  • Knowing the illustration cycle, your role and those of others, we continue to develop our ideas and thumbnails in our quest to become idea-making machines. The concept of Date + Rate + Size + Usage should be a staple consideration for the professional Illustrator during the early phases of working out concepts with their clients. There is a focus of sketching during these first few weeks. This class leans into that with previous assignments and a focus on 4 basic pencil techniques: Hatching + CrossHatching + Stippling + Scumbling.

Activities

Discussion / Lecture:

  • Review reading
  • Thumbnails serving a purpose
  • Advancing thumbnails
  • Pencil Techniques
  • Composition

Sketchbook/Lab

  • Pencil Values: Testing our ability to transition form light to dark in various directions, keeping that movement free and not strained, and using it to work on other fundamental pencil techniques.
  • Creative Quilt: Using your ruler, INK even lines and rows to create a grid of squares. IN PENCIL, fill those squares with textures, patterns, items or designs. When penciling them, consider how you would ink them. Be diverse in your squares, turn the sketchbook in a different angles or choose random squares to make the quilt less of thought-out, linear and more abstract.

Due Next Week

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #1: FIVE (5) ADVANCED THUMBNAILS

  • Pencil ONLY, meant for sketchbook • NOT computer/digital brush/drawing app-assisted
  • Choose a project / thumbnails from your 30 Thumbnails to advance
  • Provide 5 advanced thumbnails of the project, thinking EVERYTHING OUT.
  • The goal is not a finished drawing—use pencil techniques to advance concept.
  • SKETCHES SHOULD BE IN PENCIL & IN PROPORTION TO FINAL PRODUCT….not rhombuses or uneven shapes!!!

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #2: CREATIVE QUILT

  • This assignment is a direct response to the part of to W3’s lecture about the 4 basic principles of pencil technique: STIPPLING + HATCHING + CROSS-HATCHING + SCUMBLING/ OTHER TECHNIQUES. DO NOT FILL IN WITH SOLID PENCIL OR SMUDGING! Use various techniques with varying line weight or markings to achieve value.
  • Pencil ONLY, meant for sketchbook • NOT computer/digital brush/drawing app-assisted
  • USING YOUR RULER, CREATE A GRID OF 5×7.
  • LEAVE SPACE BETWEEN SQUARES
  • EACH SQUARE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 1˝
  • Again. DO NOT FILL IN WITH SMUDGING OR SOLID PENCIL.

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT #3: ARTIST SELFIE

  • Pencil or Digital. This is meant to be a sketch/exploration of composition, not a finished piece. If done digitally, try to find a brush that mimics how a pencil would look and use that to practice trying our ideas. Be loose, gestural, leave room for exploration with your sketches that allows feedback and better ideas to be absorbed.
  • Reference a photo OF YOU (don’t pull from the internet) to create a fun image that goes far beyond what you see in the picture. Provide Reference Image as well as the the selfie. DO NOT OVERTHINK THIS!
  • This is where you take the lecture of Composition and thoughtfully apply those considerations when sketching out your Artist Selfie. Perhaps take a photo that references a work of art you like and explore how you can adapt their composition to suit your new vision using your photo reference.

READING:

WEEK 3 PRESENTATION HERE:

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