Class Lectures

Photoshop is used in the fields of fine arts, design, advertising, photography, mobile apps, film, websites and more.

See what the experts in Photoshop are doing when making projects similar to the Audible Montage Narrative assignment.
Note how interesting the image is due to correcting, selecting, modifying, and touching up the montage in precise ways. The use of layer masks, different selection tools, adjustments, blends, effects, texture and more make these professional, compelling images.

Below is the commercial shown in class

This montage was inspired by Aerosmith’s Dream On.
Created for the GS&P ad agency in celebration of the 25th year of Adobe Photoshop.

Examples of three of the several images submitted as part of a commercial that aired during the 2015 Oscars.


Collage examples across cultures and over time.

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” project and its parts

Final “Apple” project shown step by step in the videos and another version.


Alaiyo Bradshaw creating “Portable Still-Life”

Alaiyo Bradshaw painting a portrait in watercolor

Stanley Kubrick’s Use of One Point Perspective:
Foreshortened and Chiaroscuro drawings (charcoal with white conte highlights)
 You will combine these elements in your in-class drawing -see definitions on handout
 foreshortening,  method of rendering a specific object or figure in a picture in depth. The artist records, in varying degrees, the distortion that is seen by the eye when an object or figure is viewed at a distance or at an unusual angle.chiaroscuro, ( from Italian: chiaro, “light”; scuro, “dark”)  technique employed in the visual arts to represent light and shadow as they define three-dimensional objects.

Alaiyo’s stages:


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Drawing and Imaging – Perspective Drawing Learning Portfolio Post for Reference

Circles in perspective:
A circle in perspective becomes an ellipse. When at eye level or the horizon line, the circle will appear flat. The shape of the circle changes as it moves above and below the horizon 1-circles-in-perspectiveline.
The circle is the basis for a cylinder or arch.

The circle can be circumscribed into a square.

Note: The front circles are parallel to the picture plane. The circles on the top are in perspective. The first half of the cylinder is greater than the back half.


Common Errors When Drawing Ellipses:
-The front and back ellipse should not meet on the sides with a point.
-The front and back curves should not be flattened.
-The upper ellipse should not be drawn fuller than the bottom. All should mirror and are determined by the eye level.

-Draw the front curve first
-Draw the matching curve for the back
-Join the corners on each side with matching curved lines
-Draw a row of three above each other exactly the same
-Draw another row where the three get smaller as they go down
-Try connecting a row with verticle lines to make a cone
-Try connecting them with a diagonal line
-Try a series going to a vanishing point as seen in your handout.


YES-due to distance and details

Used less floor. More accurate than this photo

grid components extend beyond the page

grid components extend beyond the page

example of application of grid on top of someones drawing2_0001

example of application of grid on top of someones drawing2_0002



Francesco Guardi, 1712-93, Rococo style
He often painted his hometown in Venice. There was a focus on light and shadow and an expressive, poetic quality. He possessed the qualities of the movement, Impressionism, sans the aspect of color. Guardi was one of the last representatives of the classical school of Venetian paintings.

Examples of Perspective Drawings from the Early Renaissance

 No one would deny that the painter has nothing to do with things that are not visible. The painter is concerned solely with representing what can be seen.
—Leon Battista Alberti, 1435

In 1435, Leon Battista Alberti provided the first theory of what we now call linear perspective in his book, On Painting

The discovery of perspective is attributed to the architect Filippo Brunelleschi

The discovery of perspective is attributed to the architect Filippo Brunelleschi

Paolo Uccello was obsessed!

Paolo Uccello was obsessed!

Overlay study of Uchello's painting of the hunt

Overlay study of Uchello’s painting of the hunt

Right and wrong choices for perspective drawing locations at the library (BELOW)


ASSIGNMENT #4 and #5

The torso is made up of the ribcage, spine, and pelvic bone.

Measuring points



Front and back skeletal structure of the torso

Front and back muscular structure of the torso

JOHN ASARIO- “Planes of the head” was developed in the 70’s. Now used as a tool for learning how to draw the face and head in planar definition. This is applicable to male, female and all races. Though structural the planes are not straight but instead made up of French curves and ovals. On these shapes are concave and convex elements none of which are flat. The planes are next to and relate to each other.

planes of the head anatomy lecture


Features                                                Planes

Forehead                                                 3 Planes
Temples                                                   1 Plane Each
Eyes                                                          1 Plane Each
Nose                                                         7 Planes
Tip of Nose                                             3 Planes
Cheeks (including Jaw)                       3 Planes Each
Mouth                                                      6 Planes
Lips                                                          6 Planes
Chin                                                         6 Planes


Coloring book example

Global Baroque Pattern Dude Coloring Book Project Reference
Process example:

Pattern: Repeated decorative design often used as a template.

Austrian Symbolist painter Gustave Klimt and his impact on commercial pattern usage.



A.Preparation-reading the blog and following the guidelines, having the work in on time and finished to the degree required, bringing in all required supplies and any communication with me and exchange for help
1. Reading the blog
2. Having homework in on time
3. Finishing the work up to the point required
4. Bringing in all required materials
5. Communicating with me by asking questions and for help
6. Preparation and presentation during the critique

B. Project grade-effort, improvement if handed in again, submission of project to folder, proper naming conventions, proper layer labeling (no more or less than three layers) and usage, use of tools and techniques, problem-solving, overall comprehension and creating three parts of the project which work together
1. All four parts of the project, computer, sketchbook, materials used etc.

2. Participation in the critique
3. Placement of Illustrator documents in your drive folders
4. Posting project process and written reflection on your Learning Portfolio

C. Quality– presentation during critique, time and effort placed into the project, how consistent the three parts of the project are in quality. Always put your best effort in, it is a reflection on you.
Each of the three evaluation portions will be given letter grades separately as will each of the three images.
1. Neatness
2. Time and effort
3. All parts of the project are equal in quality

D. Improvement- changes made to better the project, based on suggestions from a critique or me. Any adjustments will better your understand and grade.


Below are three different drawings in the same series by one student

Below are three different drawings in the same series by one student

Below are three different drawings in the same series by one student


Adobe Illustrator
Elements of the program to remember as they apply to drawing. Terminology is always important.


Contour Drawings
Contour is the French word for “outline”.Focus on the outermost edges of a form, as well as dramatic changes of planes within the form. Draw without shading or rendering. Use various weights of line to show distance, differences in detail etc. You can also outline a shadow or reflection. Remember, if you can’t touch the outer edges they can not be included. For instance, don’t include patterns on an object unless it can be felt not just seen.


The Met slideshow

(SELF-PORTRAIT) Personal exploration through cultural and personal objects.
(3 weeks)
Combine sculpture with 4 personal objects in three different  compositions to create problem-solving outcomes for contour (hand drawn), positive negative (Illustrator), value (hand drawn, Illustrator, mixed media and collage)

Keep in mind both the personal and the cultural aspects of these objects and the overall subject matter. (Be sure to record the historical and relevant information regarding your museum object).

The four objects should be with you in class throughout the project including the final critique when they become part of your presentation. (On the first day, when we visit the Museum, the objects can be shown in a photograph on your phone, etc.)

Draw a small box less than 3 inches across. Place in a rough sketch of a composition. Create several versions of the same subject matter in different arrangements. No need for a lot of details just focuses on line and shape. Include all 5 objects in each but in different arrangements.

Gesture Drawing: A gesture drawing records what the subject is doing or the action of the pose. It is done quickly, without forethought or planning. 
The gesture drawing may look like a tangle of fishing line. The drawings may look meaningless but the benefits that you have at the moment of reacting to the gesture will pay dividends…learn to act swiftly and directly without questioning it. –Kimon Nicolaides

Ink and brush drawings and paintings


Additional Sargent and Giacometti reference

The only way to learn how to draw is by drawing, it’s not what you know, but what you do.
-Kimon Nicolaides author of The Natural Way to Draw