(Dates and projects are subject to change)
WEEK 01 _Jan 21_______________________________________________
-- "I bought a 4K TV!"
-- Photoshop vs Illustrator
-- Raster vs Vector
-- Quality and Resolution
-- Around Photoshop
-- Around Illustrator
-- Documents/Imports and Outputs
Let's make some lines. (or paths?)
Download [Ch1] file.
Take a good/straight/frontal photo of your building (home, house, dorm, ...).
Draw your house in Illustrator.
Keep your lines straight. No curves.
Use only flat/solid colors. No gradients or textures.
In Illustrator save your .ai file.
In Photoshop place your drawing AND the real photo in a letter size document/portrait/print quality/1" margin/
You will upload 2 files to your canvas BEFORE next class on Tuesday.
Value (Dark / Medium / Light)
WEEK 02 _Jan 28_______________________________________________
Size vs Resolution
Curves and paths
Download [Ch2] file.
First we work on the tracing_template file.
Then finish the shapes file and upload to Canvas before leaving the class.
Via Google search image find a good quality image of a sea creature!
Trace and create digital version of your creature (with strokes and fills) while you are minimizing the details.
Add some background using pen tool behind the creature in different layers.
Place your final result + actual photo in a single document, letter size, 300dpi, 1" margin
You will upload 2 below files to the Canvas. (Pay attention to the formats and artboard)
Due Date: Before our class time on Thursday.
Relativity of visual elements
You will take 6 photos with different contrast. (Follow the instruction)
WEEK 03 _Feb 04_______________________________________________
Due today: 6 photos / upload to Canvas.
Tracing a figure
Download template for value exercise [here]
Download and print the template for value exercise [here] home
Return your black and white orange on paper
Shape/Value with Color
Windy Northridge [Here]
Edit path, Text on path, Adjust values in color
Shape and Composition, Balance
Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical
WEEK 04 _Feb 11_______________________________________________
Continue on Shape/Compositions/Balance
Download template ch.8 [Here]
Download template ch.9 [Here]
Color / Color Theory
Paint vs Light
Area contrast vs Background Contrast
Working file ch.10 [Here]
Working file Flower [Here]
WEEK 05 _Feb 18_______________________________________________
Contrast and Depth
Download working file ch.12 [Here]
Value vs. Intensity
Contrast by Values
Contrast by Intensity
Working file ch.14 [Here]
Working file ch.15 [Here]
Download the Boat file [Here]
- Set Boat in Good Contrast
- Set BG in Low Contrast Light Value
Download the Infographic [Here]
Adjust the contrast for the various layers to create separation. This time, clarity is more important than depth. Make sure that the anatomy image stands out but do not clip lights or darks. It should have good contrast. The panel with 82% should have the most emphasis. SKY and SYSTEM STATUS should be legible but do not need to stand out. Balance darks and lights.
Download the VideoGame sketch [Here]
Adjust the contrast for the various layers to create separation and depth. The adjustment layers have been created and linked for you. The dragon character should have good contrast. Make sure that the ball at the side of his mouth does not turn solid white; it actually has shades of gray. The background should have low contrast light values. Make the adjustments visible enough to create separation but do not make the adjustments so dramatic that the image becomes disunified.
Due by the end of class: Boat, Infographic, Videogame
Due before next class: Chapter 15, Ex. A,B,C,D.
WEEK 06 _Feb 25_______________________________________________
Working file ch.16 [Here]
Edges / Movable Edges
Compositions with circles
Ch.18 and Ch.19 due: By the end of class.
Ch.20 due: Before class on next Tuesday Oct. 9th.
Adobe Color [Link]
Working file ch.20 [Here]
Using Illustrator, create 4 different compositions / letter size / preferably in landscape orientation
For your 4 compositions consider:
1. Color theme
2. If the three circles are arranged in a triangle you will have a dead zone of white space in the middle.
3. All of the composition must be addressed. This does not mean everything has to be filled up. You should not be able to cut off part of the page without ruining the composition.
4. Color theme
5. Make sure there’s negative space. Consider symmetrical or non-symmetrical.
6. Avoid geometric and hierarchical arrangements. Rhythm means that things are not arranged geometrically and sequentially. That’s also the reason for the different sizes.
7. If two shapes overlap or are close together they read as one - proximity.
8. Color theme
9. This is an exercise of determining size and placement.
10. Reinforce from earlier: Don’t be afraid of going off the edge. Don’t stick images in corners.
11. Color theme
WEEK 07 _Mar 04_______________________________________________
WEEK 08 _Mar 11_______________________________________________
Working file ch.16 [Here]
Working file Rhythm [Here]
Due before Thursday:
Upload to canvas > You will take 6 photos (horizontal) to emphasis complementary color by including at least 2 objects.
Consider your composition (balanced? symmetrical asymmetrical? ...) and rhythm in your frame.
Make sure you will have your sketchbook and pencil for Thursday.
During the class: Sketch your 3 characters > Document your sketch > Upload to the canvas > Get approval
Iteration > Iteration > Iteration
Digitize and develop in 2 different style your approved character during the spring break!
WEEK 09 _Mar 18_______________________________________________
WEEK 10 _Mar 25_______________________________________________
WEEK 11 _Apr 01_______________________________________________
WEEK 12 _Apr 08_______________________________________________
WEEK 13 _Apr 15_______________________________________________
WEEK 14 _Apr 22_______________________________________________
WEEK 15 _Apr 29_______________________________________________
WEEK 16 _May 06_______________________________________________
WEEK 17 _May 13__FINAL_________________________________________
Final portfolio Due before 10:15am.
Upload your portfolio in PDF format to Canvas.
Exam starts at 10:15am.
Keep a color wheel handy!
Pen Tool is your friend!