Final Critique of Mid-Term Pattern Man Project, Wednesday, March 14

HOMEWORK: Review the two previous posts for the Pattern Man project.
In the last page of the Jedi figure step by step instructions, it tells you how to recolor the color version of the Pattern Dude all at once. The technique is not a requirement as it was not taught in class.
(Print all parts of your project and bring the materials to the next class listed at the end of this post.) I won’t be projecting them from the monitor. We will hang the work on the wall.

  • 1. Finish the Pattern Man homework.  All suggested corrections in your notes taken during the mini-crit should be applied.
    A. Complete the seven color patterns.
    B. Complete the color version of the Pattern Man. (Have fun with the patterns.)
    C. Print out the black and white Patterns, Pattern Man, Color Patterns, Color Pattern Man (or other chosen subject matter to fill with color patterns.)
  • 2. Place the following into your assigned Drive folder. 
    A. TWO black and white pattern ai files. The first one is the document where the pattern swatches were created in their separately named layers. The second one is the template where the swatches were transferred and shown next to the pattern.
    B. Black and white Pattern Man ai file
    C. The jpeg scan of your original figure drawing. Very important for me to have to relink in Illustrator
    D. Color pattern ai file
    E. Color Pattern Man ai file
    Use the correct naming conventions which are all listed in the two Pattern homework posts below.
  • 3. Post the Pattern Project on your Learning Portfolio (Highly suggested but optional) See an example of another Pattern project post linked on the Learning Portfolio page.
  • 4. BRING  
    A. Your original figure drawing if I don’t already have it
    B. All parts of the project PRINTED OUT in the required sizes
    C. Show both the old and new versions of your project so that we can see the changes that were made
    D. Your sketchbook


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A lot of you won’t have time to print this morning if you have not already done so.
It is more important to submit all of your project parts into your Drive folder.
However, bring your figure drawing. This is a mini-crit. 

Please put all of your projects in your Drive folder by 10 am at the latest this morning. You need to submit to get credit for your efforts.I will place them on the blog, and you can present during class from the blog images on the screen. I will not do so after 10 am.I will include your black and white patterns, pattern man and other submissions.
As stated on the blog, there is no need to complete the color portion until Wednesday. It is most important to have the black and white finished for today.

PLEASE NOTE: All color and black and white parts will HAVE to be completed and printed for Wednesday when we have the final crit.

Questions? Please ask

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Pattern Mid-Term Project Mini-Critique for Monday, March 12-must attend


***Please note
: Monday is a check-in mini-crit to discuss your progress with the class. Print and DISPLAY what you have done so far. Have all of the Black and White completed and part of the Color pattern portions done. At least three color patterns. You don’t need to finish the color patterns or fill the Pattern Man with color. You have until next Wednesday to finish the color portion.
What you have will be shown on Monday. Print the Pattern Man in tabloid size 11×17″. The black and white and color swatch documents can be smaller.
Please place the documents in your pattern folder in the drive before Monday and use the naming conventions provided in the last post below. I will then look at all ahead of time.

GO THROUGH THE PROCESS FOR EVERYTHING WRITTEN and shown in this post and the post before TO WORK ON THE PROJECT. It is a long post but helpful.


The document on the right shows you
an easier way to work with color groups and recoloring. Selecting your original design and double clicking on
your color group folder will colorize in
in a faster more direct way.
The document on the right shows you how to make, save and scale down your color patterns as well.
Click to open to full scale.

(More below)

-OTHER HANDOUT LINKS TO SHOW YOU HOW TO WORK WITH COLOR TOOLS AND METHODS AS DEMONSTRATED. (The tutorial links all the way to the bottom of this post show pictures and techniques of how to create color, recolor and other aspects of the project)
Color properties/terminology is defined in the latest Vocabulary page post.
Review the Student References page for examples of related color pattern projects.

Added links on the bottom in Digital Reference Handouts for your review:
#14. Understanding the Basics of Choosing, Applying, and Changing Color
#15. Color Groups: Harmonies (technique shown in class)

pattern man final_small patterns diff color harmony-color COMPILATION

THE FOLLOWING IMAGES HAVE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AND DETAILS FROM MY CLASS DEMONSTRATIONS. I think the best way to go is to alter and color each individual pattern instead of the total drawing. Click the image to see instructions for both ways. MORE SCREENSHOTS appear below.

Some instructions below are for colorizing the total artwork. No need to follow those guidelines right now.


(Alaiyo) Illustrator drawing techniques, pattern making techniques, color making and application, another technique and a second version.


The practice documents I sent to you via email through Google docs were used briefly in the practice session you were following in class. You can select different color harmonies and test color combinations in the practice document boxes. This is just an example format but does not have to be the final you will use in your project. 

You only have to make one pallet and apply it to each swatch. Not different pallets for each pattern. However, if you would like to make more than one color harmony you can.

NOTE: Some line patterns will only print in one color. It depends on how the patterns were made. If they have different grayscales, backgrounds, complexities and parts, they will print in different colors. You can add/change the original black and white patterns to generate more colors.

due Monday
should be mostly finished and is to be handed in at the start of class. Print all before not during class. We will put it up on the wall for the class to see.
Print your Pattern Man, black and white patterns. Print your color pattern page as well.

  1. Bring all hand drawings in or out of your sketchbook and bring your figure drawing.
  2.  Submit black and white documents to your Drive Folder by Monday. You have until Wednesday to submit the color portion. You can resubmit later if you make corrections. Submit the following and use the correct naming conventions as I have already discussed.
    Add color documents to your drive folder
    -Color patterns document (color patterns_student

Again, print, bring and display all of the project parts for Monday’s class and be sure to attend the Mid-Term mini critique.

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Color Application (Wednesday, 3/7)

The following are several step-by-step and screenshot documents as promised. I hope they help. Use 4 or more new techniques. Please read the total post.

There are handouts and video links below to help you complete the project. Please be sure to have all Pattern Man and Pattern Documents in your Drive folder in addition to the scan of your figure drawing. (Even if you are not quite finished.)

 Finish the 7 Pattern drawings in one Illustrator document, use seven layers, one for each pattern. Save the document as (Original Patterns_student Draw from your designs inspired by the patterns you found. Create, name and save all swatches in your swatch pallet.
b. Use the template I provided or your own and have the swatches showing the original portion of the pattern (swatch) you drew in Illustrator neatly placed next to the square with the patterns filled in It has to be finished by Wednesday. Use type to label the swatches with the names of the cultures you chose. (most of you finished this part in class) Name and save as  (Patterns Swatches_student
c. In a separate document, have the figure drawing scanned and placed in Illustrator. Complete the Illustrator line drawing or leave it as it appears when done by hand.  11″x17″  (tabloid) sized document (Pattern_Man_Student Add in all 7 of the finished patterns. Have the pattern man mostly finished to show at the start of class.

2. View the making a simple pattern video If you did not do so before.

3. View the Digital Reference Handouts page on the bottom. There you will find links for creating and saving swatches and painting with strokes or pattern strokes. (review) #11-16 on Reflect Tool,  Making Swatches,  Using the BLOB BRUSH TOOL. (all very helpful) Also, USING AND MAKING YOUR OWN BRUSHES.

4. View the Student References examples for examples of ways you can apply the patterns. Again, use all 7.

5. Ask me if you have questions no matter what and when

 Use pen, pencil, selections, shapes, curvature, brush, Pathfinder, Shapebuilder, rotate, reflect, regular brushes, created brushes, line variation, blob brush, brush, swatches, blend, gradient, variable width, eraser (only on a blob tool application) and more.

Create patterns with solid gray or black backgrounds, a variety of gray and white stroke lines, a variety of line thicknesses in one design, gradients, etc. Create variety.

If you get stuck, ask me questions and send me your ai file to review. I will also help you during class on Wednesday, but you need to have read this post and have the homework as far along as you can. 

1. sketchbook
2. Your computer

See you Wednesday!

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Continuation of Pattern Man Project for Monday, 3/5

Please be sure to keep all of your original .ai Illustrator documents made up of your pattern designs. Do not get rid of them or change them to a jpeg document

USE the notes you took during class and the handout I gave you near the end of class which covers all the steps I went through.  There are also handouts and video links below to help you complete the project.


Homework for Monday, March 5
1. Finish the 7 Pattern drawings in one Illustrator document, use seven layers, one for each pattern. Save the document as (patterns_student Draw from your hand drawn designs inspired by the patterns you found. Create, name and save all swatches in your swatch pallet. Please, use the template I provided to you or another you design on your own. Have the original portion of the pattern (swatch) you drew in Illustrator neatly placed next to the square with the patterns filled in.
The purpose of doing so is to help you see the size of the pattern in a shape to note if you need to scale it down or not.
Use type to label the swatches with the names of the cultures you chose. 
2. In a separate document, have the figure drawing scanned and placed in Illustrator. Leave the lines as they appear in your hand drawing or complete the line drawing in Illustrator.  11″x17″  (tabloid) sized paper (Pattern_Man_Student Please do not add in the patterns.

Additional Reference:
3. View the Digital Reference Videos posts on the bottom of the page for Rotation Tool and Making, Scaling, Copying, Saving, Filling and Editing a Pattern (A MUST SEE!!) Watch this video all the way through. It tells you how to reduce your patterns, so they show up smaller in scale along with other editing possibilities for your created pattern.

4. View the Digital Reference Handouts
(review) #11-12 on Reflect Tool,  Making Swatches (all very helpful)

5View the Student References examples

6. Please ask me if you have questions no matter what and when

ILLUSTRATOR TOOLS:  Use pen, pencil, selections, shapes, curvature, brush, Pathfinder, Shapebuilder, rotate, reflect, regular brushes, gradient, variable width and more.
Create patterns with solid grays or black backgrounds with light lines on top, a variety of gray lines, a variety of line thicknesses in one design, gradients, etc. Do your best to create variety.

Get as far as you can. If you get stuck, please ask me questions and send me your ai file to review. I will also help you during class on Monday, but you will need to have the homework completed.

See you Monday!

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Side note for an important issue:
Please take part in the school-wide Disrupt Climate Injustice week
Please click on this links to learn about climate change and its impact on victimized areas around the world


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Assignment 3: Mark Making and Pattern Man (2/28)

IN CLASS Wednesday: Learn more aspects of Illustrator to complete the  Pattern Man  Project. **Please be sure to bring all materials listed on the bottom of this post which includes your computer.

pattern examples

Example for creating a pattern: 1. Choose a pattern (Italian-Florentine) 2. Create your own swatch version as a drawing  3. Use it as a template in Illustrator 4. Create a greyscale Illustrator drawing 5. Try to create a different version of some of the patterns. (Create at least one version of seven different patterns) Swatches are small portions of the final pattern.

HOMEWORK due Wednesday
1. Scan drawings you made of swatches from your sketchbook of the seven cultural patterns. Please be sure they are from seven different cultures. Some of you have already completed the seven drawings, some of you need to create your drawings from the swatches you printed out.  These drawings/sketches should be small portions of the original patterns you found. They also should be your interpretations.

2.Start most of your figure drawing in pen, try to complete it. If you do, scan it into your computer as a jpeg, 300dpi or as a well lite photograph. Transfer it over to white bristol paper if you drew the original version on Newsprint.
You can work with me online via email if you need me to help you with corrections between classes on your figure drawing.
If you prefer to complete the inking in Illustrator, you can do that as well.
You can finalize the figure in pen during the first 1/2 hour of class. Please have it scanned or photographed with proper lighting no matter what stage it is in.

5. Look at examples of patterns and of patterns applied to figure drawing on the Student References page.

1. sketchbook with assigned drawings.
2. The figure drawing from Monday in its finished state. 
2. Study the examples and instructions on 
assignment sheet to be prepared for class.
3. Your computer

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Assignment 3: Mark Making and Pattern Man (2/26)

Monday: Figure drawing from a model for first the part of the project.

Please READ this post carefully for details and all the way to the bottom where the requirements for what to bring to our next class are listed.

1. Finish and hand in all of your digital and hand applied changes
for the last project by Monday. Bring them to the next class and place them into your drive folder for grading by Monday morning.
*** All students who make changes based on suggestions from the critique will receive a HIGHER GRADE for their efforts.

2. Please post the project images, process, and written reflections onto your Learning Portfolio by Monday.
(refer to the LP page here on the blog for requirements and student reference links) It gives you questions to answer when writing, and examples of how to post from former student references. Show and talk about sketches, each of the three parts of the project and photos of the museum piece and your objects. Please do not just post the photos from the critique.  

3. Create seven sketchbook images on separate pages of an aspect you would like to practice. For example: If you have trouble drawing faces, draw faces. Other choices: You can also draw figures sitting, hands, feet, fabric, hats to prepare for the next assignment. (If confused email me with questions.) 

4. Research and gather seven cultural patterns for our next project beginning on Monday. Place them in your sketchbook as collaged and drawn swatches (squares). You can cut them out from printed magazines or the internet and draw them. Write down the culture and type of pattern under the swatches in your sketchbook as shown above. (These can take up as many pages as you can to fill the sketchbook). Examples of cultures can include Japan, China, India, Islamic, Medieval Europe, etc. One example can be from your culture.
Body decorations such as tattooing, jewelry, and different types of clothing can be included.


Look at the swatch examples gathered by former students in student references.

Your sketchbook; all drawing materials are listed (Bristol board paper, drawing medium, sharpies, etc.) on the top of the assignment sheetsPlease study the examples and instructions on the assignment sheet to be prepared for class.

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FINAL CRITIQUE OF MUSEUM TRYPTIC – Personal Exploration Through Sculptural and Personal Objects (Weds, February 21)

Finish and bring all parts of the project for the FINAL CRITIQUE (I am changing part of the syllabus listing as we will have the crit on Wednesday instead of working during class due to the holiday)
***HOMEWORK TO DO: is listed below the second set of images showing stages of the Value project below. There is a step-by-step handout linked at the end of this post. If you can’t get Pathfinder/Divide of Shape Builder to work, please let me know. Use closed shapes not open paths for both.

1. Your four objects so we can see them in person  2. materials you used to collage, paint and draw   3. your computer with documents and a photo of your museum sculpture  4. your sketchbook with drawings for the project.   5. Five drawings-(contour, positive-negative, negative-positive, print out of value project made in Illustrator and the mixed media version made by hand) .**You will use these items to show and talk about during the crit as you see in the two images below. (see post under photos)

PROJECT CRIT-not to miss or you will fail the project:
2. Vocabulary sheet for crit (link)
3. Also, please check out the examples of the project posted on the Student References page. I added a couple of color examples (link)
4. See set up for critique (in images above) and Learning Portfolio Examples (link)
5. Save your file in your Drive folder as value_your (along with the jpeg version saved as value hand drawing_your
You can also scan your value mixed media_your name_di_spring18.jpg and place that in the drive folder.

Above is an example of the total process. What you need to bring to class are the last two stages shown above. Please remember to leave areas created in Pathfinder showing when you apply mixed media on top.

There are helpful handouts for Pathfinder and Shape Builder/Divide linked below.
Please keep reading and proceed with the project.

Complete the Illustrator portion of your value drawing and print it out for homework. You will also finish the hand-drawn version on a second printout.
You can draw, paint and collage by hand. REMEMBER: The contour, positive-negative and value images should relate in some way. For example, the value image can include:
use of strong black and white areas for value and contour lines.

1. Have Contour, Positive-Negative, Negative-Positive and Value Illustrator and Value mixed media drawings completely finished.
2. Study all reference and Value Handout (discussed in class).
3. Review Vocabulary

Value Drawing Process:

Scan or photograph your tight line drawing of the value composition, (3oo dpi jpeg). Place it in Illustrator. Complete nine black, white and grayscale aspects (brush if desired) in Adobe Illustrator along with some mixed media (you can also create nine monochromatic or single color value swatches through the Blends technique shown in class). The other hand applied black, white and gray materials you use to complete the project are up to you. You can use black, white, gray texture, collage, paint, ink, etc.
 For collage, use textured black, white or gray papers, newspapers, mirrored papers, etc.  You will use your same objects in a different composition along with the museum piece for the third portion of the project.  Most of the same objects have to appear in all three parts of the project to tie them together. Note: you can draw the text and any surface patterns you could not use in the contour and positive/negative versions.
 (use the tools listed below).

Student References will show you a variety of compositions, material usages, value arrangements and more to inspire ideas.
Illustrator Digital Reference Handouts Go to the Digital References Handouts posts and find these links on the bottom-
#9 Combining Objects with Pathfinder,  Remember to use Divide for this project.
#10 Creating Shapes with Shape Builder, (very helpful)
Here is a (link) to a practice session with various brush options.
Here is a (link) to a help session with the curvature pen tool.

Illustrator tools: Use: pen, direct select, convert anchor point, add anchor point, subtract anchor point. smooth tool, (object/path/simplify), shapes, shape builder, pathfinder/divide, nine greyscale applications from the swatch palette.
Optional: curvature tool, gradients, brushes, and type/type on a path.
Not allowed: Image Trace

DIGITAL TIPS: Use all of the grayscale values in your swatches. Strategically repeat various values throughout the drawing to create continuation for the eye. ALWAYS-make sure your Illustrator drawing layer is separate from you original placed layer. Lock the placed layer at the beginning to be sure. Always place the Illustrator drawing layer above the placed layer. Draw only on one layer creating sub-layers as you go along. Ungroup after you use Divide in Pathfinder to work on separated shapes. SAVE your drawing continuously. Save the final in your D/I-Museum Triptych-Illustrator- (and finally) Value folder. Share the file with me in your Google Drive folder. Naming conventions: value_(your name)_di_sp18

Listed on top of the post. If you have read all the way through the post to complete the value image and prepare for the crit, you are all set.

Click on the image to the left to open a step-by-step document that may be easier for you to use than the blog post.

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1. Please place your scanned hand drawing/thumbnail used as a template for your illustrator drawing in your google drive folder.
Please use proper naming conventions:
hand drawing_your

2. Place your finished positive/negative Illustrator drawing in the drive doc folder sent to you. positive_negative_your
3. Complete another image with black objects on a white background with a different arrangement. negative_positive_your
For printing, purposes to occur later, save your ai document(s) as a separate pdf document with the same naming conventions.
When submitting documents to your drive folder for this project, please only submit ai. document, not jpg. I need to review the workings in your Illlustrator document(s).

(Grading will be based on: use of layers, pen tool, precision, balance, use of hand drawing for reference, comparison to contour drawing and more)

assignment sheet value

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For Week 4, Assignment 2: Museum and 4 Personal Objects Hand Drawing/Painting, Collage and Illustrator Drawing (2/14)

Your current classmate Erin (Rin) Jones used different arrangements as solutions for her positive-negative and negative-positive project.

HOMEWORK for Wednesday
1. Please have your positive/negative Illustrator drawing finished. Please use proper naming conventions: positive_negative_your
2. Complete a version with white objects on a black background and another image with black objects on a white background.
For printing, purposes to occur later, save your ai document(s) as a separate pdf document.

3. If needed, review the handout of STEP-by-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROJECT: to SEE how to create your version of the project.

Illustrator tools to use: Template (place), 2 Layers (hand drawing-locked and another layer for drawing in Illustrator), Stroke, Fill, Smooth Tool (under pencil tool), Shapes tools, Pen tool, Select tool, Direct Select and Convert Anchor Point Tool (convert between round points and corner points).

DIGITAL TIPS for the Positive/Negative drawing: Try not to make too many anchor points. If you click off of the pen tool without finishing the total drawing and creating your final closed paths (close your path before creating a fill), hover your pen tool over the anchor point until you see the anchor point indicated, click and drag another handle out in the direction of your line and click and drag at the next point to keep drawing without stopping until you complete the drawing and close the total path. (Be sure you are connecting your anchor points to continue on the same path). After you finish the complete drawing, THEN go back and correct with the direct select and convert anchor point tools. (If you find any stray anchor points which have nothing to do with your drawing you can delete them with the select tool)

3. Go Digital Reference Handouts– (review) #3-8 Illustrator’s Pen Tool, (very helpful) Illustrator/Editing Paths, others as well…
Go to Digital Reference Videos– (review) Essentials of the Pen and Pencil Tools, and five videos before it as well…

4.  Create a third entirely different compositional drawing for the last image in the tryptic(Please create at least three thumbnails before deciding on the composition. We will look at them together in class before you create the final).

1. Mouse if you have one
2. Laptop with Illustrator CC installed
3. Sketchbook
4. Photos of all four personal objects
5. Materials for hand drawing, painting, (any black, gray and white medium you want) You can choose one color as well.

See you in class!

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See the link to the document which shows all First Year student workshops for the semester on the Workshops and Tutoring page. There is also a link and information about the Learning Center where you can work with a tutor for Illustrator.
Homework is in the post below.

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For Week 4, Assignment 2: Positive-Negative Illustrator Drawing (2/12)

Note: You will be working on most of the assignment during class on Monday.
Positive/Negative drawing of your own objects and Museum piece (Use one of the thumbnails in your sketchbook and complete the hand drawing in letter = 8 1/2 x 11″ size.  Scan the drawing and place it in the scan or drawing folder on your desktop.)
Please read and follow all instructions below

1. Use one thumbnail that you like the most and create a large version, 8 1/2 x 11″ to use as a template and trace over in Illustrator. (No need to work on the Illustrator portion of your drawing until Monday)
2. You can review and practice using the handout of STEP-by-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR the PROJECT
Illustrator tools to use: layers, smooth
(I will show you in class), shapes, pen, direct select and convert anchor point tools (convert between round points and corner points).
Click on the link I made of a step-by-step visual document above to SEE how to create your version of the project using the drawing template I provided you through email in class. Again, this would be a practice session.

PROCESS to complete on your versionPlease scan or photograph your tight line drawing of the positive-negative composition, (3oo dpi). Create your final positive-negative drawing in Illustrator during class, not for homework. Review assignment sheet and positive-negative STUDENT REFERENCES.

SUGGESTIONS: (Be sure to resolve the compositional elements by balancing the black and white areas. Create interesting shapes in all regions of the drawing. Turn the picture to the side and upside down to see if all areas are balanced. Cater your composition, scale of 4 objects and museum sculpture, repetition, overlap, etc. to positive-negative problem-solving. Let some of the white areas run off the page to cut unusual shapes into black areas. Do not have lines between objects. When objects touch they join as one as you see in the student references.

1. Laptop with Illustrator CC installed
2. Sketchbook
3. All four personal objects or a photo


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Week 3, Assignment 2: Exploration Through Sculpture and Personal Objects-Part 2, Positive/Negative Drawing (2/7)

Please read and follow all instructions below
1. Finish and bring in the hand-drawn contour pen image (you can take a photo as well) you worked on during our last class.
2. Create 3-5 quick thumbnail sketches to get ideas for the positive-negative part of the assignment. Please use the same objects as you did for the contour drawing. (see the Student References page for examples). Consider a different arrangement from your contour drawing to suit the positive-negative technique. Try out the concept the best you can. We will discuss it in detail during class.
3. Go to the Digital Reference Handouts– (review) Getting Started: Illustrator Workspace Basics and Shortcut keys (page one only).  You can study the shortcut key reference and use it as you work in class this Wednesday if they are not familiar to you.

sketchbook thumbnail

Example of one of 5 sketchbook thumbnails for compositional studies before deciding on final (2″ squares). These are the same objects I used for my contour drawing.

1.Laptop with CC Illustrator installed. You will start drawing in Adobe Illustrator this Wednesday. (Don’t forget to have your batteries fully charged)
2. Sketchbook
3. Bring in the four personal objects or photos of the objects
4. Pencils and eraser
Camera to take a photo of your positive/negative drawing done as a thumbnail sketch during class.
6. Your Learning Portfolio Address
 if it is not linked to your profile on Canvas.


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For Week 3, Assignment 2: Contour Drawing Continued (2/5)

Alaiyo-sharpie and micron pen contour drawing

Sharpie and micron pen contour drawing of objects with reflection and transparency.

1. Please complete the graphite drawing(s) of the four personal objects with the Brooklyn Museum sculpture added to the composition and narrative. In other words, you now have five objects in total. Finalize the image in pencil lines to show at the beginning of class. Use a sharp HB-2H pencilUse accurate drawing and precise lines. How will you tie the elements together? Proximity, style, subject matter, narrative? Try using an imaginative interpretation, such as wrapping things around each other, making the sculpture tiny and other objects surrealistically huge. Challenge yourself. The paper size should be no smaller than 8 1/2 x 11″. Any size larger is ok as is the shape of the paper.
You will have the total class time on Monday to finish the ink portion of the

2. Use the examples of previous versions of the assignment on the Student References page for inspiration. You don’t have to create a crowded page but do consider the white of the paper so that it is balanced and does not dominate the space. For example, have things run off the page so they are not too contained. Turn elements upside down or repeated in different sizes.
3. Study the gestalt vocabulary that applies to Contour drawing which is indicated next to the terms.

4. Study the assignment sheet. (linked in the post for last Monday’s class).

1. Please bring the materials listed on the assignment sheet from last class (different sized sharpies from your kit, Bristol board paper with pencil drawing completed, sketchbook, pencils, etc.) You can bring in other pens such as microns and ones with gray ink. They will be used to complete the ink portion of the assignment in the classroom. No need to bring in Newsprint.
2. Bring in the actual four personal objects from home/dorm. Please don’t rely on photos of the objects. 

No need to bring your computer, next class.
Any questions for clarity, don’t hesitate to ask.

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For Week 2, Assignment 2: Brooklyn Museum Visit (2/31)

We will visit the Brooklyn Museum ON WEDNESDAY to prepare for the next part of the assignment. You will travel there on your own. Therefore, we will meet in the Museum entrance. Please arrive by 12:30.

LOCATION: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

TRAIN: Take the 2 or 3 train towards Brooklyn and get off at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station.

Bring your sketchbook, pencils and your DSLR camera or smartphone camera.     

***No need to bring your computer to our next class.   

See you there!

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For Week 2, Assignment 2: Self-Portrait Through the Observation of Personal Objects (1/29)

(TWO SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS The sketchbook which came in your First Year Materials Kit is the small black book with blank pages. Canson 180 Degree Hardbound Sketchbook, 80 sheets, size = 8.3″x11.7″. You can work in this one or another of your choice.

1. Two gesture drawings in the sketchbook (The gesture drawings can be in any style/technique we practiced in class, please label the method). 
2. Three contour drawings in white line on black paper of friends or any object you choose. Examples are here on the Student Reference page. Note that the contour drawings are in a tight accurate style. They do not mimic the loose gesture style we practiced in class. Please use the black paper and white drawing tool I handed you in class. Return the white pen to me (Due on Monday) 

1. Sketchbook, and drawing materials listed on the handout.
 Print out and bring the (assignment sheet) with you to class. See sample student work on the bottom/last page of assignment sheet. Read the project description carefully and study the examples.
2Bring in 4 personal objects from home/dorm that say something about you. For example, objects that have personal, cultural, religious, literary, philosophical, psychological and or political references in the form of jewelry, ornaments, a family heirloom, etc. (they should be of small to medium size, somewhat easy to carry, three-dimensional and contain complex shapes).This project is a self-portrait through the exploration of personal objects.
3. Bring in a couple of sheets of bristol board from your 18×24″ pad found in the First Year Materials Kit. Bring in pencils, sharpies, Microns or other black ink drawing tools.

***No need to bring your computer to our next class.

Please see the link to Digital Reference Handouts above for location and hours re help desk for your computer issues.
Please be sure to have Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat on your computer.

Let me know if you have any questions. See you in class!

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Welcome to our Drawing/Imaging: People blog!

1. Read the “Using this blog” post and…
2. the post for the next assignment under this postWeek 1: Assignment 1 cont.

This blog is to keep you posted on all of your assignments, related announcements, examples of work and demonstrations, so check it twice a week for your reference. Adjustments to the course syllabus will be placed here as well. (
First posts for the week will be on Thursday nights to prepare for the following Monday. The second post for the week with additional information will occur Monday nights to prepare for Wednesday.) Samples of work for assignments, references, and the handouts are posted before the assignment begins. Student showcase of chosen class work will be updated regularly. Always check the blog before coming to class and print/bring handouts. The last part of the handouts will show a section called “homework,” this is the requirement for the week following. You will see the due dates indicated.

If students need general assistance or need to have a machine reviewed to see if it meets the qualifications. There are walk-in hours in IT Central on the lower level of 72 5th Avenue, and they will examine both PC and Mac laptops. They take walk-ins Monday-Saturday. Hours are posted on the Digital Reference Handouts page.

Email me as often as you need to for questions and clarification.

PLEASE LOOK AT ALL POSTS FOR HOMEWORK REQUIREMENTS, MATERIALS TO BRING NEXT CLASS, AND REFERENCE FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. Also, study the vocabulary for current assignments and review the grading link above for criteria.

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For Week 1, Assignment 1: Gesture Drawing Continued (Weds., 1/24)

*Please send me an image of your past work via email I will post your examples under “Past Student Work.“
 Here is the gesture handout from class if you need a copy

1Bring back the supplies used on Monday
. Materials: (Graphite pencils in the B range, newsprint pad, pencil sharpener, and sketchpad). Also, you can bring charcoal and markers. We will be using brush and ink which I will supply.

Gesture drawing reference in student references.
Link to other gesture drawing reference examples by John Singer Sargent and Alberto Giacometti.

No need to bring your computer to our next class.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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