Assignments 4: Portrait and Analytical Studies of the Head (3/27)

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

Review page one of the handout. (Attached).

Bring a sketchbook and all drawing materials listed on the assignment sheet. (Medium beige or gray color charcoal or pastel paper, color chalks and pastel pencils in sepia, brown, red, orange, yellow) CHARCOAL STICKS and charcoal pencils. Bring all the charcoal you have from your kit and any other supplies listed that you can. (I will bring a few supplies as well) 

Announcement: I will be reviewing all of your sketchbooks next Wednesday for mid-term grading.

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Final Step to Complete for the Coloring Book Project, due Friday, March 17


Complete this task by Friday, March 17th at the latest.
I am not giving you homework over the break so complete it before the break.

  1. Submit all color, black and white documents with any needed corrections from suggestions given to you during the crit yesterday by tomorrow, Friday, March 17th. Let me know when you do so and that you have placed the corrected Illustrator documents in your individually assigned folder for me to find easily. You can email the revised documents as well.
  2. Post the Pattern Project and its parts on your Learning Portfolio by tomorrow, Friday, March 17th. Let me know when you do
    a. Visuals can include:
    A picture of your book, jpegs of all the pages you created individually, your pattern dude with patterns in both black and white and color. Your swatch documents in color and black and white, stages of making the project, your sketches.

    b. Reflection and writing can include:
    Title of your book
    What is the project about?  (such as pattern making in Illustrator, color, research, and working as a group to create a coloring book)
    What did you learn on your own? (A bit of detail on how you used illustrator. The application methods and experimentation) 
    What part did you take in the group project? (how did you come up with your concepts? Did you create the cover? How did you decide the order of the pages? How did you merge styles and pages together?)
    How was working in the group an enjoyable and learning process?

    Were you the organizer or did you take over a particular role?
    Did the experience help your organizational skills?
    How did you feel in the end after you saw the complete product?

    What did you learn from the critique and did you make changes?

    Will you continue anything from the project in the future?

I will put another post on by Thursday letting you know about our new project and what to bring to our next class.

Have a great break!


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Final Critique of the Pattern Coloring Book Project, 3/15

Needless to say, you are all producing very successful coloring books. They were great to see! Your hard work is paying off. As a reward, I will bring snacks to our next class.

Arrive on time to avoid holding up the rest of the class! If you do not attend the mini-crit and final crit, your individual grade will suffer.
1. Students will present their individual parts of the project.
2. Students will present their coloring books as a group. Each member will speak about one thing, such as a particular aspect of making the book, theme, title, working together as a group, the part of the book they created, changes made, problems they faced. 

1. Make sure each and every page of your coloring book has been revised, printed and submitted to me before I bind the books.
If you updated a page that is to go into the book, it should be emailed to me separately so that I can see it easily. I need the revisions right away. Nothing should be sent to me after Tuesday, 5 pm. 

2. Finish the color patterns.

3. Finish the color version of the Pattern Dude. All students have to submit this version even if it did not go into the coloring book.

4. Finalize your proposal and submit it to me via email so that I can see it easily.

5. Finalize your individual reference page. Include photos and web addresses.

6. Put each and every part of the book into the Drive folder I made for you. Let me know if you create an updated version by calling it “2nd version”.

1. Everything printed out ahead of time. You learned from our last class that you have to allow enough time. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRINT DURING CLASS.

2. During the crit, you will need to show your drawings you made by hand for the patterns, Pattern Dude, other 3 pages of the book, cover and back cover.

3. During the crit, you will need to show your drawings made in Illustrator. The images include black and white patterns, black and white Pattern Dude (with more patterns applied than the version in the book), color patterns (with your pallet of harmony colors placed on the same page), Pattern Dude in color, and anything else you want to add.

4. During the crit, you will also need to show your reference and sketchbooks. 

*If you have any questions about the homework or need help completing a part of your Illustrator drawings let me know by Tuesday night.

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Pattern Coloring Book Mid-Term Project Mini-Critique for Monday, March 13-must attend

  • *****Please note: This is a check-in mini-crit to discuss your progress with the class. PRINT and put up what you have done so far. Have all of the Black and White and Color pattern portions done, the Black and White coloring book pages, Color cover and back cover pages. (One or more students should design the cover, and a different student should design the back cover unless otherwise decided by your group.)
    According to the syllabus, the Black and White portion of the project is to be completed by Monday and the Color Pattern portion by Wednesday. However, We will be reviewing the total project on MondayI will give you until Wednesday to finish the reference portion and some final corrections.

all the way to the bottom
-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 a related color patterns project.

Added links on 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)

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.


(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.


My color pallet and recolored pattern examples  (from black and white versions found in the swatches palette and dragged onto the artboard). Created in Color Guide/Edit Colors


for this Monday should be mostly finished and is due at the start of class. Print all before not during class. Your group should have all pages printed out and placed on the wall for the crit.
You will be handing off the printed pages to me by the end of class on Monday. I will then come in with the books bound on Wednesday when we will have the final formal crit.

  1. Finish and print your 5 black and white pages which include the pattern page and 4 coloring book pages.
  2. Print your color cover and back cover documents with as much as possible in place on the objects and background. Print your color pattern page as well.
  3. Print your reference pages showing images and web addresses you researched for your project.
  4. Bring all hand drawings in or out of your sketchbook. I will bring your figure drawing.
  5.  Submit documents to your Drive Folder even if you are not quite done. 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:
    I have already given you the naming conventions for the first 10 documents due for submission yesterday.
    Add color documents to your drive folder
    -Color patterns document (color patterns_student
    -Color Pattern Dude document (color pattern_dude_student
    You can also apply the color patterns to another coloring book image you choose to use on the front or back cover. Be sure to apply all of your color patterns on your cover images in one way or another.
  6. Let me know who has the following in their folder.
    -Coloring Book Cover (coloring book cover_student
    -Coloring Book Back Cover (coloring book back cover_student

Bring your computer and be sure to attend the Mid-Term mini critique.

AS MENTIONED ABOVE: Print, bring and display all of the project parts during the critique.

Added links on 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)

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Continuation of Pattern Project-Applying Color (3/8)


1. Complete the Illustrator drawings of all your patterns.
2. Complete the Illustrator drawing of your Pattern Dude.
3. Complete as much as you can on the 3 additional pages for your coloring book.
4. Study the step-by-step document attached. I have added 2 pages. Steps 5 and 6 show you how to save the patterns to your swatch pallet. Step 16 and beyond show you how to pull the patterns into all of your other documents.
5. Work with your group to create a cohesive book. 
6. Save 10 documents, which include your hand drawings, into your Drive folder. See the specific, detailed instructions on the bottom of the last page in the step-by-step document for saving and naming your documents before placement in the Drive. 
7. Put perforations on each of your coloring book pages. Place them 1/2 inch (not 1 inch) from the left edge of your page to give yourself more room for your image. All members of your group should have the same placement on each page. See screenshot below.

View the Digital Reference Handouts on the bottom  for painting with strokes or pattern strokes: Using the Blob Brush Tool

ILLUSTRATOR TOOLS and TECHNIQUES taught in our last class:  Pencil, watercolor brush, charcoal brush, pattern brush, making your own brush, blob brush, variable line width, eraser tool, creating patterns with solid gray or black backgrounds, a variety of gray lines, a variety of line thicknesses in one design, making patterns, sizing patterns, saving patterns, bringing patterns into a new document, using the Multiply option to expose lines hidden under a pattern.

Computer with completed documents

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Here is a simple step-by-step I made for you. I hope it helps if you are stuck when drawing and saving the patterns.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE STEP-BY-STEP document for making patterns.


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Continuation of Pattern Dude Coloring Book Project for Monday, 3/6


Above is an example to review for your homework assignment due in its final state, this coming Monday. Keep your original Illustrator document made up of your pattern designs. Do not get rid of it and change it to a jpeg document.

TAKE THE TIME TO THOROUGHLY READ THE POST BELOW ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM. USE the notes you took during class to apply tools and techniques I introduced, along with the handouts and video links below to help you complete the project.
IMPORTANT!!! Only create the patterns, line drawing for the figure and three other pages of the coloring book. DO NOT PLACE THE PATTERNS INTO ANY OF THE LINES DRAWINGS UNTIL I GO OVER THE SPECIFICS IN CLASS. You don’t want to have to start again.

grey to white
If your image is too gray in the background, you can correct it in Photoshop before placing it as a template
 into Illustrator (as we did in class.) This small task is the ONLY part of the project that should be completed in Photoshop. All of the rest of the project should be done in Illustrator.

Homework for Monday, March 6
a. 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 designs inspired by the patterns you found. Create, name and save all swatches in your swatch pallet. Use the template I provided to you 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. Use type to label the swatches with the names of the cultures you chose. 
b. In a separate document, have the figure drawing scanned and placed in Illustrator. Complete the Illustrator line drawing.  8.5″x11″  (letter) sized paper (Pattern_Dude_Student Do not add in the patterns.
c. Hand draw the templates for the remaining three drawings in your sketchbooks. Scan, save the jpegs, place them and create separate documents for each in Illustrator. Draw on the template using Illustrator, if you choose. 8.5″x11″ (letter) sized paper. Save each as (Pattern (Name)_Your Name_di_sp17.aDo not add in the patterns.

2. View the Digital Reference Videos posts on the bottom of the page for the rotation tool and making a simple pattern (importantWatch this video all the way through. In the video, it tells you how to reduce your patterns, so they show up smaller in scale and other info as well.

4. View the Digital Reference Handouts on the bottom, on using the reflect tool, creating and saving swatches.

5View the Student References examples

6. 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, created brushes, line variation, blob brush, brush, swatches, blend, gradient, variable width and more.
Create patterns with solid gray or black backgrounds, a variety of gray lines, a variety of line thicknesses in one design, gradients, etc. Create variety.

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

Additional Reference:
 ****Go to the Digital References Handouts posts and find these links on the bottom- (review) #11-12 on Reflect Tool,  Making Swatches (all very helpful)

Go to the Digital References Videos posts and find videos on the bottom for Rotation Tool and Using and Creating Swatches, using, changing and creating your own and Making, Scaling, Copying, Saving, Filling and Editing a Pattern (A MUST SEE!!) Watch this video (linked on the blog) all the way through. In the video, it tells you how to reduce your patterns, so they show up smaller in scale along with other editing possibilities for your created pattern.

See you Monday!

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The First Year Film Series is kicking off the semester with Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

This Thursday6:30 pm, Kellen Auditorium. See Student Opportunities for more details.

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Assignment 3: Mark Making and Pattern Dude (3/1)

IN CLASS Wednesday: Learn more aspects of Illustrator to complete the Baroque Pattern Dude Coloring Book Project. **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. 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. 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. Have it scanned no matter what stage it is in.

3. Create images you would like to appear on the other three pages of your coloring book. (One will include the figure drawing). You will combine these pages with those in your group. Each person in the group will create four pages in total. Try to contact people in your group to go over what images will appear in your coloring book.

4. 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: Pattern Dude Coloring Book (2/27)

Please let me know if you attended the Figure Drawing workshop last week and I will give you extra credit. There is another figure drawing student workshop this coming Thurs. 3/2

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

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. Post the project images, process, and written reflections onto your Learning Portfolio. I will be checking it Sunday.
(refer to the LP page here on the blog for requirements and student reference links) It gives you questions to answer when writing, examples of how to post from former student reference. Show and talk about sketches, each of the three parts of the project and photos of the museum piece and your objects. Do not just post the photos from the critique.  The images from the crit taken by your classmate will be placed into your Drive folders by later tonight. You don’t have to use them but if you do, place them as the final image in your post, not the only image in your post.

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.

TO BRING: 1. Bring your sketchbook; all drawing materials are listed (Bristol board paper, drawing medium, etc.) on the top of the assignment sheet. (print and bring)  Study the examples and instructions on the assignment sheet to be prepared for class.

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To clarify:
I did not show you how to add mixed media to your final value project because I wanted to leave it open. 

Print out the value portion done in Illustrator. Save one print out to show in class. Work on top of another print. Add paint, collage, mark making, type, brush strokes in Illustrator as shown in class, etc.
The student reference examples are good to study.
 I also showed you the original version of my project with mixed media placed on top.
Here are examples of materials I applied. materials-for-the-day
(See my steps below and read all parts of the post for further instructions to prep for the crit.)

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FINAL CRITIQUE OF MUSEUM TRYPTIC – Personal Exploration Through Cultural and Personal Objects (Weds, February 22)

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.

1. Your four objects   2. materials you used to collage, paint and draw   3. your computer with documents and a photo of your museum or found object  4. your sketchbook with drawings for the project.   5. Five drawings-(contour, positive-negative, negative-positive, print out of value project done in Illustrator and the mixed media version done 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:
1. PREPARATION FOR FINAL CRIT (the handout was given out in class). Please read through and prepare.
2. Vocabulary sheet for crit (link)
3. Also, please check out the examples of the project posted on the Student References page. (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)
You can also scan your value mixed media_your name_di_spring17.jpg and place that in the drive folder.

There are helpful handouts for Pathfinder and Shape Builder linked below.
Please read below 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.


1. Have Contour, Positive-Negative and Value 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.
 This is not a 3d rendering. (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,
#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, nine greyscale applications from the swatch palette.
Optional: gradients, brushes, and type/type on a path. 

DIGITAL TIPS: Use all of the gray scale 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 in 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_sp17

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.

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For Week 4, Assignment 2: Museum and 4 Personal Objects Hand Drawing/Painting, Collage and Illustrator Drawing (2/15)

pos-neg Adobe Illustrator Drawingnegative_positive_alaiyo_di_spring16

HOMEWORK for Wednesday
1. Positive/Negative Illustrator drawing finished and placed in your folder on the drive along with your original hand drawing in jpeg format.
Complete a version with white objects on a black background and another of the same image with black objects on a white background.
For printing, purposes to occur later, save your ai document as a separate pdf document.

2. 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 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 (Do not leave them behind you can not work from memory) 
5. materials for hand drawing, painting, (any black, gray and white medium you want)

See you in class!

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Special panel discussion for students!
“What I wish I’d learned in Design School but DIDNT!”
Takes place this week. Tuesday, Feb 14th3-4pm and Thursday, Feb 16th3-4pm
More information available on the Student Opportunities page.

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For Week 4, Assignment 2: Positive-Negative Illustrator Drawing (2/13)

Positive/Negative drawing of your own objects and Museum piece (Create 3-5 thumbnails in your sketchbook. Choose one 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. Complete three-five positive/negative thumbnail studies. Use the same objects as before in a different arrangement which suits the technique.
2. Use the one 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. (Don’t work in Illustrator until Monday)
2. Review and practice using the handout of STEP-by-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR the PROJECT:
Illustrator tools to use: layers, smooth, shapes, pen, direct select and convert anchor point tools (convert between round points and corner points).
Click on this assignment sheet HANDOUT I made of a step-by-step visual document (link) to SEE how to create your version of the project using the drawing template I provided you through email in class.

PROCESS to complete on your versionScan 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
Do not leave them behind you can not work from memory) 

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Week 3, Assignment 2: Exploration Through Museum 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 worked on during our last class.
3. Go to the Digital Reference Handouts– (review) Getting Started: Illustrator Workspace Basics and Shortcut keys (page one only).  You can print out the shortcut key reference and use it as you work in class this Wednesday if they are not familiar to you.

1.Laptop with CC Illustrator installed. You will start drawing through 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

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See the first installment in Our Student Showcase!

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Adobe Illustrator Student Workshop, Weds., February 8

The workshop will occur on Wednesday. For further information giving time and location go to the Workshops page.
Gain experience with Illustrator using type. Bring your project from the workshop in to show me if you attend… and have fun! You can apply these skills to our current project.

(Follow the homework instructions in post below)

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For Week 3, Assignment 2: Exploration Through Museum and Personal Objects-Contour Drawing Continued (2/6)

Alaiyo-sharpie and micron pen contour drawing

Alaiyo-sharpie and micron pen contour drawing

1. Bring in the contour drawing started during the last class, complete the drawing in pencil lines to show at the beginning of class. The 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 to finish the ink portion of the

1. 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 begin the assignment in the classroom. No need to bring in Newsprint. 
2. Bring assignment sheet. (linked in the post for last class).
3. Bring in the actual 4 personal objects from home/dorm. 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: Museum and 4 Personal Objects-Part 1, Contour Drawing (2/4)



Lily’s examples of thumbnails. The same five objects (museum sculpture and four personal) in three different 2″x2″ compositions


1. STUDY VOCABULARY and apply:

2 Create 3-5 thumbnails done in your sketchbook which include compositions incorporating all five objects (4 personal objects and the museum object) to help you choose the best structure.
 It is fine if you changed your objects from when you showed me on Monday. Just let me know what they are when you show me your thumbnails during class.

3. Complete and bring in your sketches of the chosen museum sculpture in your sketchbook. Tighten up the drawing, so it serves as an accurate reference for your final drawing, on the Bristol board.

Do not begin the final drawing for homework. All of that step will be done in class. 

4. Review the Student References examples and the handout for assignment clarification.

1. Materials listed on the assignment sheet from last class and any of the ones discussed in class.
(different sized sharpies, microns, ink pens, gray value pens, one piece of Bristol board, sketchbook, pencils, one sheet of newsprint, tracing paper, etc.) they definitely will be used to begin the assignment in the classroom.

2. Assignment sheet(linked in the post for last class).

3. The four personal objects from home/dormYou will have to work from them in front of you, not from memory. (Be sure to bring them in next class instead of the photo of the objects) We need to see them together to check for accuracy in your drawing. 

If you enlarge your sculpture drawing during class and want it to look just like your sketchbook drawing I suggest you use the two-page grid technique on tracing paper (how to link) and transfer to your larger paper.

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

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