Assignment 9 – Presentation of the Final Project

1. Finalize your project for the critique that will begin at the start of class.
2. Post your final project on your Learning Portfolio and share the link with me ahead of time (before class) Be sure to include sketchbook images, process documentation, screenshots of the digital components, reference, all of the original drawings or paintings and final outcome. As with previous posts, a written reflection should be included. Remember, the LP post will be projected during the crit as a part of your presentation. 

This project is 15% of your final grade, so make it your best. If you are not present for the crit, you will fail the project.

Please review the grading policy for the class.
Note, that two or more absences result in a reduced grade.

Grading of the project
: Remember, I am looking for complexity to your projects, the techniques you use from the class, how you use them, your composition, color usage, concept, image quality, digital application, hand drawing or painting application, and an excellent presentation.
Prepare by thinking about the following questions:
a. How did you come up with the concept(s)?

b. Why did you decide on your format?
c. How are Photoshop, Illustrator, painting/drawing and other techniques merged together to reflect the focus of the course?
d. What does color, medium, etc. symbolize?
e. How does the supportive material (sketches, reference, process, etc.) play a part?
f. Difficulties? Successes?
g. Did you try something new or experiment? Expand on a technique to broaden your skills?
j. How has your work improved over the semester?

1. Your final physical project
2. The completed Learning Portfolio post sent to me as a link. The post is for presentation purposes to be used during the crit.
3. Food, drink, etc.

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Assignment 9, Final project, work in progress (Weds., 5/10)

1. Have 50% of the project completed for your desk crit
**Remember the final is 15% of your grade and should be one of the best projects you have produced. Time, effort, complexity and creativity are important. So far, so good.
2. Complete the required posts for your Photoshop Montage project on your Learning Portfolio before coming to class (last chance)
3. Complete your course evaluations before coming to class (Thanks to those who have already done so)

1. All parts of the project that you have finished and the parts you are working on. I need to see it all ahead of time.
2. All materials needed to complete your final project 

Please be on the lookout for my comments on your project proposal.

Let me know if you require any help via email.

I look forward to seeing your progress!

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Make-up Class (Saturday, 5/5) and Assignment 9: Final Project (Monday, 5/7)

On Monday we will meet in our previous classroom in the basement of Kerry hall.

This is a long post. Please read it all.

TO DO for Saturday, 5/5
We will have a make-up class on Saturday, May 5th from 12 – 2 pm in room 306 of the University Center.
Bring any paper and drawing materials you would like to use for a figure drawing assignment.

TO DO for Monday, 5/7
1. Use your own “people” related concepts, motivations, concerns, desire to continue in specific mediums we covered in class, etc. to drive the direction you take with your project.
(If you need suggestions, just ask, I will brainstorm with you via email.)

2. Brainstorm in your sketchbook. Create 4-6 images based on your chosen theme. The requirements are to make one or more images (depending upon the complexities) combining digital and analog materials we have used in our Drawing/Imaging course. The digital and analog aspects can be combined or created separately.
-The size is determined by you. However, this is your final so give it time and impact!

3. Please type out and submit a two-page proposal.
Be sure to include your overall concept, process, materials, research, class reference and final presentation.
Here is an example of a written proposal to use as a reference or template. 

Submit changes to your project based on comments from the final critique, into your drive folder. Label the revised documents with the usual naming conventions followed by “version 2.”
-Place the Photoshop Montage project with all its parts into your Google Drive folder by Monday if you have not done so.
-Be sure to place a post for the project on your Learning Portfolio by Monday. I will be using your post to determine the final grade of your project.

In your sketchbooks, work on any subject matter and in any material of your choice. I will be checking the books on Monday. Aim for 50 pages which can include sketches, drawings, paintings, collages, etc., completed for other classes as well as our own.
(The 4-6 sketches due as part of the start of your final project will apply.)

Come to class with 4-6 concept sketches for the final in your sketchbook, typed out proposal, computer and other materials you plan to use so that you can work on the project during the entire class. Bring your sketchbook to submit for grading.

Use this project to summarize the learning outcomes from the class
In other words, combine drawing and digital imaging to show how you can put in place aspects of what you have learned from the class. (sketchbook process drawings, watercolor painting, charcoal, Conte, ink drawing/painting, collage, figure studies, color theory, Photoshop and Illustrator techniques, etc.)


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1. We will have a make-up class on Saturday, May 5th from 12 – 2 pm in room 306 of the UC.
2. In your sketchbooks, work on any subject matter and in any material of your choice. I will be checking the books on Monday, May 7th. Aim for 50 pages which can include sketches, drawings, paintings, collages, etc., completed for other classes.

(See the homework post below)

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FINAL CRITIQUE-Edible, Audible or Narrative Montage and Introduction to the Final Project (5/2)

**On Wednesday we will meet in the K building, 113 University Place, room 1101

The course evaluation link was sent to you via email and can be accessed through Canvas. Please fill out the forms for all courses.
I appreciate your taking part in the process and value your feedback.

You can re-watch the 25th Anniversary of Photoshop commercial I showed in class on our Class Lecture page. (link)
Please read all the way to the bottom of the post to be adequately prepared:

(Alaiyo’s Audible Montage Project and examples of what you can include in your presentation)

Student wall set-ups from past projects

-As you work on your PSD project, please use the tutorial videos referred to in the last post. The steps are also in the posts below. Make notes of what selection tools, adjustment layers, layer effects (handout linked here,) blends, and other Illustrator elements so you won’t forget during the crit. Please be sure you know the names of the tools and processes.

-Please think concept/single frame narrative, visual readability, scale, color and utilize many of the Photoshop techniques required.

-Make sure you have good, clean selectionsClean up ragged edges on the layer mask using the Brush tool, not the Eraser tool to paint the pixels in and out.

1. Finalize you Photoshop montage project document. Keep it as a PSD file. Make a PDF version for printing.
2. Put all of the 5-7 original or internet photos you used in the PSD image in a contact sheet to print out.
3. Make an 11×17″ print of the PSD montage (before class not during),
4. Place the PSD montage document, and the photograph document(s) along with the jpeg version of your watercolor painting into your Photoshop Montage google drive folder so that I can grade all parts. Naming conventions: Photoshop Montage_Your Name_DI_Sp18.psd

TO BRING for the critique:
1. Please have your computer to show the document for comparison and if applicable to play your song as you present.
2. Original watercolor painting
3. Print out of the final Photoshop montage in tabloid size, 11×17″.
4. One print out of all the photos you used in a contact sheet format.
5. Your computer to show the image on the screen which often appears differently from the print.

***Come prepared to share your Photoshop process, tools, reasons for choices. Explain your well thought out concept/narrative during the crit.
(here are a set of questions to help you prepare)

I look forward to seeing the projects!!

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Photoshop Montage Assignment Continued (4/30)

On Monday we will meet in our previous classroom in the basement of Kerry hall.

ASSIGNMENT, Combine the internet/personal photos plus the watercolor painting image to create a color harmony PSD montage narrative with interesting composition and visual relationships that reflect your personal concepts.
Your final project will be 11 x17″. Read all the steps below and follow the step-by-step videos.
Complete most of the project for homework. On Monday, half the class time will be dedicated to working on the rest of the assignment. We will review the projects as a class.

Started on Wednesday: 
Open your drawing and painting documents by dragging them into the PSD logo on your doc or by using File>Open in the drop down Menu. Do not drag images into the same document and do not use “Place” as you did in Illustrator.
-Make sure all of your documents are set up as 300dpi. Use appropriate selection tools and create a layer mask for each image. Only use the brush tool, not the eraser tool to avoid destructive editing.

Techniques you learned in class:
Background color, background texture, different selection tools (magnetic lasso, magic wand, quick select), layer masks, scale by transforming, gradients, transparencies, adjustment layers, blends, moving a layer with the layer mask into a different document, using the brush tool to make corrections on the layer mask.

  • (Please review the Digital Reference Videos I made for you) they show the step-by-step process for each of the techniques needed to finish the PSD Montage project. Look at the bottom of the Digital Reference Videos to find more reference.
    Look at the Digital Reference Handouts as well.

  • THIRTEEN possible STEPS:
    (you can add techniques to these, but don’t leave them out. The outer Glow layer effect shown in the video is not required.) Do not use Filters.
    *Advanced students (see list on the top of the blog’s Video Reference Page for additional tools and techniques you can use.) Do not use Filters.
    1. Create a new 11×17″ project document in Photoshopname it “Photoshop Montage_your name_di_sp18” leave the extension as PSD. Save it to your project file Audible Montage/photoshop/final project folder.

    –(see my how-to and, digital videos indicated below) double click on the locked layer, name the layer “background color” and fill it with a color to use as a background (red, yellow or blue, orange, green or purple or a darker mixed version).  (have it as the bottom-most layer)

    open one of the background texture images I shared with you via email or your own and copy it to your Photoshop Montage document. Name the layer “background texture.” (have it as the layer above the background color layer)

    4. Open your watercolor image, use selection tools, create layer masks, check size (300 dpi) save it and then copy the layer or drag the images into your
     “Photoshop Montage_your name_di_sp18″ document.5. AFTER OPENING YOUR PHOTOS IN PHOTOSHOP (follow the search instructions we practiced in class), go to image size and be sure to save them as 300 dpi.  Try to make the images as small as you need to (3-5″) 300 dpi. Use selection tools and layer masks. Copy (duplicate layers), move each photo into your Photoshop Montage project document and name the layers for each.

    6. WHEN USING SELECTION TOOLS (see my how-to videos and digital handouts indicated below) use the magnetic lasso, magic wand, and quick selection tools to isolate images from their backgrounds or to cut away portions of images. Selections should have very clean edges, and a layer mask applied.

    7. TRANSFORMING IMAGES –(see my how-to videos) CMD T. Click on the right side of your trackpad and choose perspective, scale, rotate, warp, flip, etc. When scaling double click on what I showed you to lock.

    8. CREATING A LAYER MASK(see my how-to and digital videos indicated belowAfter selecting the outline of an image, to separate it from it’s background, go to the Select drop-down menu on top then click on inverse (when using the magic wand tool only.) -Go over to the right layers pallet, bottom, make a new layer mask. Adjust and clean up the layer on the layer mask only using the brush tool (be sure you are in the black and white mode in the bottom of the tools bar) go back and forth painting in and removing from the image. Black is transparent and removes. White is opaque and adds.

    9. GRADIENT TOOL(see my how-to videos) Create a layer mask. Click on the gradient tool, choose the black and white option. Click on the top of the document layer drag down and click on the bottom of the layer. Be sure to only work on the layer mask.

    10. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS-(see my how-to and digital videos indicated below) They can be found above your layers menu, in its own symbols window. Try using vibrancy, hue saturation, color balance, etc. to adjust and change layers.

    11. BLENDING MODES– (see my how-to and digital videos indicated below) On the top of the layers window you will see a drop-down area labeled normal next to the opacity slider. If you click on the normal drop-down menu, you can select and play with various blending modes. Suggestions: Multiply, dodge, color, overlay, etc. Again, work on the layer mask only.

    12. TRANSPARENCIES(see my how-to videos) Can be made in either the layer mask or the image.

    13. LAYER STYLES– (see my how-to videos) Double click on the layer for the pop-up menu to find options.

    History Window
    Is your form of “undo” in Photoshop. Use CMD+alt+Z or click on the different levels in the History Window to undo. The number of times you can go back in your history window depends on upon your settings.



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Photoshop Montage (4/25)

On Wednesday we will meet in the K building, 113 University Place, room 1101

Please create these folders on your desktop and place all that you will gather and create in the appropriate place.

Setup for your Photoshop Montage desktop folder

Gather your photo images. Save all at 300dpi. 
1. Collect 5 or more high-resolution photos from the internet or your personal images (If you are taking from an internet search in Google images, click on search tools to the right, then click on size, select larger than, then 1024 x 768).  Save them to your project file/Internet-Personal Photos folder.
Your overall theme, color theory, and watercolor painting should be kept in mind.
2. Work more on your watercolor painting started in class and scan it into your computer.

To Bring
1. Your finished watercolor painting
3. Your computer with Photoshop installed

I will bring a scanner, and you can begin to create the project in class.

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Assignment 7: Watercolor Painting and Photoshop Montage (4/23)

On Monday we will meet in our previous classroom in the basement of Kerry hall.

  • TO DO:
    1. Apply suggested corrections given during the crit to your perspective assignment and show them to me by this coming Monday.
    2. Snap a picture of the grid and box homework assignments and email them to me if you did not show them after class on Wednesday.
    . Photograph/scan and post the project on your Learning Portfolio with a written reflection. Please include pictures of your process and a written overview of the “Tracing Perspective” assignment, process and learning outcomes. The narrative can include what you learned, how the critique played a part and the changes that were made. 
    The visual process can show your photograph, acetate drawing, stages of your drawing before it was finalized and the finished version.
    (See student LP example linked on the Learning Portfolio page of our blog)
    4. Decide on your topic of choice for our next project. 
    Examples of topic:
    1. Audible Montage- Interpret a song, musical group or story
    2. Edible Montage- Start with a fruit, vegetable or other food category and create a story
    3. Narrative Montage- Create a self-portrait based on experiences, emotions, preferences, people, places, things in your life or a depiction of your future

See Student References examples for inspiration

    1. One object of choiceIn short, you will use the object painted in watercolor to start to form a single frame narrative based on the topic you choose. 
    2. Watercolors – brushes, palette and watercolor paper (if you have them), graphite pencils and eraser.
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Assignment 6: FINAL CRITIQUE. Tracing Perspective (DUE Wednesday, 4/18)

On Wednesday we will meet in our previous classroom in the K building, 113 University Place, room 1101.
You are working hard and achieving great results! I was pleased to see your progress.
Use your handouts on making the perspective grid and placing people in perspective space handed to you last Monday to help complete the problem-solving aspects of the assignment.

There will be a formal critique. Critical not to miss the class, even if you are not quite finished or the final grade will be reduced.
-Please be sure the drawing is neatly presented, with precision and not creased or folded.
-The perspective drawing should be finished in your final chosen medium, fine-tuned and ready for handing in.
-If working in Illustrator, the project must be printed out in tabloid size (11×17)
and not just shown on your computer.

1. Complete your perspective drawing shown in progress on Monday.
A. Include suggestions for corrections we worked together on during class.
B. Include the silhouette or outline of one or more people or other fun characters in your interior drawing
C. 1. Bring the grid homework exercise on your worksheet with the four rectangles. 
    2. Bring the One Point Perspective Cubes exercise in your sketchbook.

D. You can include an aspect of the grid either on the floor, ceiling or another area of the final drawing. You don’t have to place the grid everywhere. 
E. If desired, you can change an element to something you prefer to draw. (such as a background on the wall in front of you, type of door, ceiling lights).

2. See student examples of perspective rendered drawings with the figure.

3. Study the perspective drawing vocabulary. Use your words to define the vocabulary. Please write on the top sheet of your set of in-class handouts to define the terms.

1. printed out photo of your interior space
2. sketchbook to show the grid and box exercise homework 
3. preparatory drawings (If you have an old and new version of your drawing, bring them both for comparison.)
4. Finished hand drawing, painting or Illustrator drawing. If working in Illustrator be sure to bring the hand drawing done as a preliminary. Have the Illustrator document printed out in an 11″ x 17″ format.

****Feel free to email me a photo of your drawing for feedback.

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Tracing Perspective Assignment Continued (4/16)

Homework: Have your perspective drawing almost finished in its final medium.
Monday is the last day to work in class.

Examples of silhouette poses in perspective

  • 1. (Due Monday) Work on the final version of your perspective drawing shown in progress last week.
    A. Include elliptical shapes for arches and lights using the french curve, template or compass.
    B. Include the silhouette or outline of one or more people in your interior drawing
    . You can be creative and imaginative. If you have doubts about the scale or proportions, leave them unfinished so that I can help you. However, complete the rest of the drawing.
    C. Include an aspect of the grid either on the floor, ceiling or another area of the final drawing. You don’t have to place the grid everywhere. If you are not sure it is working correctly, put the grid on a tracing paper overlay. Use the grid homework exercise you completed for reference.
    D. If desired, you can simplify or change an element to something you prefer to draw. (such as a background on the wall in front of you, type of door, ceiling lights.)
    -Bring back your drawing, the photo of the interior space, sketchbook, If you have an old and new version of your drawing, bring them both for comparison.
    -Ruler, t-square, triangle, compass, pencils, eraser to work with during class.
    Bring back the handouts given to you last Monday to review how to place the figure in your drawing and to see the best technique with which to apply your grid.
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Tracing Perspective Drawing with Figures and Grid (4-11)

Use your new handouts on making the perspective grid and placing people in perspective space handed to you on Monday to complete the problem-solving aspects of the assignment. BRING THE HANDOUTS TO EACH CLASS UNTIL THE ASSIGNMENT IS COMPLETED.

  • TO DO:
    1. Click on the image above and it will open on a very large scale to help you complete one of your grid exercises. This is practice for placing a grid in your perspective drawing. You will find the boxes on page 7 of the handouts. You can draw 4 boxes in your sketchbook as well.
    2. Go to the 5th and 6th pages in your handouts and complete the One Point Perspective Cubes exercise in your sketchbook. You will create two boxes and transition them into final images. One will rest above the horizon line and one below. The step-by-step applies to the same two boxes. Be sure to look at both sides of the page to complete the exercise.

You will be given the class time on Wednesday to work on the perspective drawing from the library.

    1.your photo of the interior space
    2. sketchbook
    3. your drawing in progress
    4. ruler
    5. t-square
    6. triangle
    7. pencils
    8. eraser
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Assignment 6: Tracing Perspective Continued (4/9)

I hope you enjoyed our trip to the NY Public Library!
We will meet in our classroom on Monday and not at the Library. The location of our classroom tomorrow is at 113 University, room 1101. 

Examples of Mini-crit set-up
Include the acetate, printout of the photo reference and the transferred drawing
Read to the bottom of this post to see the homework steps, photos of what we will be doing in class, and photos of the materials to bring to class to complete the assignment. (you will need to come prepared with your own supplies)

  • Homework: Perspective drawing started at the Library completed enough for a mini-critique. 
  • TO DO:
    1. Complete the first steps of the drawing in pencil Transfer your acetate perspective drawing started at the Library onto your drawing paperTo transfer, use either tracing paper or place your acetate on a window during the daytime. Put your good drawing paper ( a part of a sheet of large Strathmore drawing paper from your kit) on top and trace the image onto the page by using the window as a lightbox. Use a straight edge such as the ruler to apply lines.
    For now, keep the drawing workable, and open to change. Don’t place lines in that cannot be erased. Make the drawing the same size as the acetate, no smaller. Help will be given on placement of the figure, the arch if applicable and correct measurements in the drawing. You will be able to use any medium you want for the final drawing.
    2. I encourage you to try and place a figure or two into your drawing. You can have fun with the figures by creating them any way you like. For example, a dancer who appears to be moving through space. Lightly draw it in as a silhouette outline.
    3. Print out one of the photos you will use as a reference to show during the wall crit.
    4. View examples of previous projects on the student references…and familiarize yourself with terminology on the vocabulary page.
  • TO BRING: (Images are shown on the top of this post)
    1. The acetate drawing for comparison
    2. Please bring the best photograph you took with the view you had at the Library for comparison during the class. 
    3. It is important to bring the supplies listed below! They are in your kit.***I won’t be able to provide supplies due to the number of students and not having access to my office.

    From your kit:
    2H-HB Pencil
    (not shown in the picture, it is a large T-shaped straight edge).
    Tracing paper
    (I will return them)
    If you have a compass bring that as well

Email me if you need to. You are always welcome to do so.

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Assignment 6: New York Public Library Visit and Tracing Perspective Drawing (4/4)

The class trip will take place on Wednesday.

We will be going on a trip to the NY Public Library Main Branch. (Views and info here)  I will meet you in front of the 2 W. 13th Street building entrance at the start of class instead of the classroom and we will travel as a group. Please have money on your MetroCard to avoid delays.
 We will be drawing in perspective at our location.
*Important to attend.

  • TO DO for Wednesday:
    Create seven sketchbook images on separate pages of a chosen aspect of portraiture, figure drawing, rendering in charcoal. For example; If you have trouble drawing faces in charcoal, draw seven studies of faces in a chosen medium, with at least one applied in charcoal. Other choices; You can also draw seven figures sitting up, sitting on the floor or standing, with at least one applied in charcoal.
    (If confused or if you want to run something by me please email me)


  • TO BRING for Wednesday:
    sketchbook, DSLR or smartphone camerapencils. Please bring a medium width Sharpie as well. You will need it to draw with in addition to your pencil.
  • I will be checking sketchbooks for homework and grading. Please put your name on the inside cover or first page of your sketchbooks.

NOTE: No need to bring your laptop to class on Wednesday.

Let me know if you have any questions. See you in front of the school building!

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Assignment 5: Analytical Study of the Torso (Wednesday, March 28)


  • Compressed charcoal
  • vine charcoal 
  • kneaded eraser
  • Buy a piece of medium gray or medium beige charcoal or pastel paper


 See you Wednesday!

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Assignments 4: Portrait and Analytical Studies of the Head (3/26)

In-class Assignment: We will draw a portrait in chalk from a model.


  • Post the Pattern Project on your Learning Portfolio. (required for grading)

    These were the prompts given via Canvas email right before vacation:
    -What is a short overview of the assignment and purpose?
    -What was your Adobe Illustrator process? (Include visuals of the sketches, black and white and color patterns and pattern man, changes you made, etc.)
    -Explain how you went about completing the project and what tools applied.
    -What did you focus on? Concept? Goal?
    -How do you feel about the outcome?

  • Place all parts of the Pattern project into your assigned Drive folder.


  • Sketchbook
  • Medium beige or gray color charcoal or pastel paper
  • CHARCOAL STICKS and charcoal pencils from your Materials Kit
  • Color chalks and pastel pencils in sepia, brown, red, orange, yellow (optional)

Announcement: I will be reviewing all of your sketchbooks next week (April 2) for mid-term grading.

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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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