In case of lack of technical ability we can incorporate some of below assignments to develop required technical knowledge.
Six hours activity per week.
Prerequisites: ART 108, ART 201 and ART 203
Explorations into the utilization of computer-based technology in the creation of digital illustration and painting.
Techniques and processes include digital drawing and painting projects that incorporate the use of vector and raster software programs.
Investigations into the various applications of digital-based artwork will also be investigated.
Lab fee required.
This course includes the study of illustration as visual interpretation of words, concepts, and ideas. Students learn technical software skills while developing drawing abilities in a digital environment. Strategies for communicating content through pictorial narrative are also explored. No computer experience required but highly recommended. Software used: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. If you are interested we will incorporate using Adobe InDesign and After Effects as well.
Class begins: Jan 22
Last Day to Add/Drop: Jan 22 - Feb 09
Class Ends: May 11
Spring Recess (no classes): Mar 19-24
Finals Week: May 12-18
In this course, you will build your skills in the following areas:
Demonstrate advanced ability to use illustration software features and tools to create illustration and design projects;
Create mock-ups to prepare and plan creative project processes;
Understand the creative advantage in scanning hard copy sketches or images prior to creative manipulation of digital tools;
Apply design principals using geometric, organic, and typographic design elements
Sketch and discuss concepts/design objectives relative to the world of media or self-expression;
Research and discuss relative creative or design outcomes.
When you successfully complete this class, you should be able to:
Demonstrate advanced ability to use illustration software features and tools to create illustration and design projects.
Create mock-ups to prepare and plan creative project processes.
Understand the creative advantage in scanning hard copy sketches or images prior to creative manipulation of digital tools
Apply design principals using geometric, organic, and typographic design elements
Sketch and discuss illustration/design objectives relative to the world of media or self-expression
Modify your designs based on evaluation and critique;
Discuss your work, and the work of your colleagues, using appropriate vocabulary.
CRITIQUES AND QUIZZES (NOTICE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Please read this thoughtful guide to design critiques. It was written for web designers but applies to any kind of critique.
IMPORTANT NOTE: all assignments must be turned in as both a printed page and as a digital file placed into the class dedicated online page. Every assignment must have the student’s name included as part of the composition and as part of the digital file name. Students must follow this naming convention when naming their files:
Below is the schedule for Project Critiques and Quizzes :
Critique 1 Shapes and Composition
Critique 2 Black Squares
Critique 3 Mondrian (REVIEW)
Critique 4 Playing Cards (REVIEW)
Critique 5 Corporate Logomarks (REVIEW)
Critique 6 WCC Logo Redesign (1st Draft)
Critique 7 WCC LogoRedesign (Final)
Critique 8 Stamp (1st Draft)
Critique 9 Stamp (2nd Draft)
Critique 10 Stamp (Final Version)
Critique 11 Final Project (1st Draft)
Critique 12 Final Project (2nd Draft)
Critique 13 Final Project (Final Version)
Final Assessment: MAY 9
Note: all assignments must be turned in as both a printed page and as a digital file placed into the class online page. Every assignment must have the student’s name included as part of the composition and as part of the digital file name. Students must follow this naming convention when naming their files: Last_First_AssignmentNumber(ProjectTitle)_MMDDYY.
Assignment 1: Shapes and Compositions– create a non-objective design or illustration using only basic shapes: rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and star.
Assignment 2: Four Black Squares – use 4 black squares to express the meaning of each of 4 different concept: Tension, Play, Bold, Congestion.
Assignment 3: Color Exercise – recreate Mondrian painting using compound paths and color filled rectangles.
Assignment 4: Bezier Curves – draw playing card suits (heart, diamond, club, and spade) using Pen, and Arc Tools.
Assignment 5: Corporate ID (Or Moving Poster?) – choose and recreate 3 corporate logos with curves using Transform and Align Tools.
Assignment 6: Type Exercise: Personal Logo – create a type-based personal logo that represents you professionally.
Assignment 7: Postage Stamp – create an original postage stamp design @ 400% size; use Join, Cutting, and Rotate Tools.
Assignment 8: Illustrate An Object – choose any real object (not a drawing or photograph) and create an Illustration of it using as many of the tools and techniques we’ve studied as possible.
Assignments: 10% each (80% total)
Final Assessment (mandatory for 3 credit classes): 5%
Your final course grade will be determined by the grades received on assignments, quizzes, in-class participation and productivity, and your final evaluation. Each of the assignments will be evaluated according to a specific list of required criteria given to you with the assignment. The participation and in-class productivity portion of your score will be based on promptness, your participation in discussions and critiques, completion of reading assignments and your in-class work ethic.
NOTE: you are required to buy the class textbook and read the assigned chapters. You are expected to get a copy of the textbook by the 2nd week of class and bring it with you every week.
You will be expected to turn in all assignments on their due dates. Assignments turned in late will accrue point losses for each class session they are not submitted. Late assignments are not eligible for resubmission. All assignments turned in on time may be improved or redone and resubmitted up until the last day of resubmissions.
ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY
This class meets twice a week: MW 12pm-2:50pm. Each absence over three will result in loss of ½ a letter on your final course grade for the semester, i.e.; A to B+, C+ to C. Note that three late arrivals and/or early departures equal one absence. Only prolonged infirmity or an approved university required function would be reason for altering this policy. If you cannot attend class please notify the instructor and any assignment partner ahead of time!
Note: This is largely an experiential, laboratory type of class. If you are not in class you are missing important participation in projects and activities for which there is no possible make-up. The grade reduction (gauged by attendance), even to the point of failing the course, is based on that missed work or lack of participation in the course.
Visual Quickstart Guide Illustrator CC, by Weinmann and Lourekas 2014 Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA
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MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
Media for saving digital files (DropBox or USB Flash drive)
NOTE: On the first day of class the instructor will gather current email addresses from each student and will send invitations to share files via the class DropBox shortly thereafter.
Sketchbook for creating mock-ups and sketches
Portfolio binder for artwork presentation (8.5×11)
Students can sign up for free access to the Lynda.com training library, which includes rich, detailed, step-by-step instructions in a wide range of software as well as demonstrations of design principles & techniques.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
CSUCI provides services for students with documented learning disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, visual, hearing, and other health impairments. To learn more about what support services are available visit:
This class will be conducted in accordance with the college’s Student Code of Conduct and basic standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
For more information about CSUCI Academic Honesty Policy, please visit: http://www.csuci.edu/dep/english/plag/honesty.htm