Projects


Project 1: The Inner Self Portrait


Research (Jan 18)
Entries need to be complete in your sketchbook. I will check these.

Final Image in JPEG format (Feb 6)
Due in digital form as a jpeg. Image must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you were to put it) by 1:10 p.m. Mandatory critique is to immediately follow during class.

Final Print (Feb 13)
Due at beginning of class in print form as an inkjet print no smaller than 11x14 inches, printed at PIP lab. Critique is to immediately follow to discuss print and resolution quality.

Overview:
Create a self-portrait that demonstrates your ability to creatively express facets of yourself in a compelling visual form.

Objectives:
  • To further develop technical skills in Photoshop.
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.
  • To push students to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in their work.
Methodology:
As an inner self-portrait, you will demonstrate your ability to creatively express facets of yourself in a compelling visual form. This is a modern interpretation of the self-portrait in that you will not include any full body imagery of yourself. Think of this project as a visual poem of your personality or life.
You will create your self-portrait in the form of a photo montage or photo collage. I think of a photo collage as an assemblage of pieces and parts combined in such a manner as they still appear as separate pieces. A photo montage is also an assemblage of pieces and parts combined, but the emphasis is to combine all the elements into a relatively seamless image.

Photo Collage:
  • An artistic composition of materials and objects over a surface.
  • A work, such as a literary piece, composed of both borrowed and original material.
  • An assemblage of diverse elements.
Photo Montage:
  • A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs.
  • A composite of closely juxtaposed or seamless elements.
Important Notes:
You must use your own imagery for this project, or use royalty-free stock images. Consider that you will need to use high quality photos for final print output. If you are unable to find a stock image of what you are looking for, consider painting it using Photoshop brushes. Do NOT use googled web images! You do not have legal rights to use them for your artworks.

I am giving you a great deal of latitude in interpreting your self-portrait. Technically, I want you to demonstrate an understanding of various techniques learned in the class, as well as using some combinations of your own.

The combining of imagery will be done through Photoshop tools using layers, selections, masking, filters, blending modes, adjustments, etc.

Scanners are available in the Mac Lab and Print Lab upstairs. Some digital still cameras can be checked out at the ARC (Art Resource Center). I encourage you to take risks with this assignment. Use this class as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any you have created previously. Embrace your creativity and produce work that you are proud of.

Make sure that you create an artwork that is not too literal!
For instance, if you define your personality by playing video games, don’t just throw a bunch of characters together and call it a self-portrait!

Instead, think about how you can depict your fascination with video games in a different way:

  • How does a particular game affect your life?
  • Do you play for 8 hours a week?
  • How do you show that?
  • Do you not clean your room because you are busy playing?
  • How do you express that in a way that is visually interesting?
  • How do you express it in a way that others, including people who aren’t into video games, can find it intriguing and approachable?

This is the challenge for the assignment. Really think deep about the things, beliefs, motives, perceptions, and values that define you.

How do you relate to the world you live in? I am looking for you to think deep for this project.
(DO NOT USE THIS VIDEO GAME EXAMPLE!)

Constraints:
  • Avoid literal translations of things that you simply like. This piece is about the definition of your soul as a human being.
  • This is a photo based project. You can use photographs, scans, and digital painting work within
  • Photoshop.
  • You are not to use full frontal or full face (portrait-type) images of yourself. However, you can use detail images of yourself such as an eye, hand, foot, etc. Consider using detail images of yourself to emphasis conceptual meaning.
Technical Requirements:
Part 1: Research (Jan 18)
  • Find 3 artists to analyze; you may use those listed at the bottom of the rubric to research.
  • Take notes on each artist describing conceptually what the artist is trying to accomplish visually. How do you relate to these artists? I will come around the class during lab time on this day to check your sketchbook entries. Do not overlook this part of the project. Researching is the most important part in getting your creative juices moving.
  • Draw 3 possible proposals in your sketchbook for what you would like to develop in photoshop
Part 2: Final Image in JPEG format (Feb 6)
  • Create a folder called “Project 1” in your individual class folder on the server. Within the “Project 1” folder, create a new folder called “Resources.” All of the images you used for your project should go in the resources folder. The working psd file should be in the Project 1 folder. Save your working psd file as a jpeg, and place it in the “Current Crit
Part 3: Final Print (Feb 13)
  • Revisions should be made to your project, printed in the Print Lab, and the print should be turned in on this day. Your image should be at least 11x14 at 150 ppi. I would prefer 11x14 at 300 ppi or larger if possible. Your final project grade will be based on this print.
Grading:
  • You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment.
  • You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery and craft.
Research Notes:
Following are links for your research entries. Feel free to research other self-portrait artists as well.
http://www.pdngallery.com/legends/uelsmann/
http://www.kelliconnell.com/
http://www.maggietaylor.com/
http://www.catlinharrison.com/self.htm
http://www.missaniela.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0

Do NOT use below artist’s list for your research; however, follow these links for more photo montage examples.
http://www.worth1000.com/contests/26158/h5h-digital-art-iv-inner-self-portrait
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manusanchez/
http://shuttermade.com/alisonscarpulla
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/with/5143197791/

Project 2: Alternative Sources


Research (Feb 27)
Entries need to be complete in your sketchbook. You should create 5 drawings which are proposals for compositions and experiments you wish to try. I will check these.

Final Images in JPEG format (Mar 14)

Due in digital form as a jpeg. Images must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you were to put it) before the beginning of class. Mandatory critique is to immediately follow during class.

Final Prints (Mar 21)

Due at beginning of class in print form on paper of your choice. The finished print should contain all three images in the sequence on a single sheet with a minimum width or height dimension of 36 inches, printed at PIP lab. Critique is to immediately follow to discuss print and resolution quality.

Overview:
Create an image which demonstrates the unique characteristics of digital art making.

Objectives:
  • To further develop technical skills in Photoshop.
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.
  • To push students to discuss their work as it is impacted and restricted by the tools being used.
  • To push you to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in your work.
Methodology:
Topics:
Current events, Activism, Ecology/environment, Globalization, Consumerism, Colonialism, Ritual/Religion, Mythology, Magic, Superstition, Fetish, Being/Becoming, Time and change, Eternal/Universal

Alternatives sources is a project in which you will hybridize the different tools at your disposal for a conceptual vision/narrative.

Create three images (triptych) that tell a narrative story together about one of the options listed above.

The narrative story can be of personal belief, observation, or reaction to the many options above. You should be sure to let the images tell the story. I will allow you to use text in creative ways within the artwork, but text use should be scarce and have particular impact in the piece if used. Consider a beginning, middle, and end for your three images, but make sure that all three images make sense together and play a special role of their own within the triptych. Conceptually, I want you to think deep and exercise your brain. Make observations and evaluate your take on these concept ideas.

You must use digital painting, photos, and scans to complete this assignment. However, you cannot complete the whole assignment only using one of the three. You MUST use scanning and alterations of those scans THROUGHOUT all your works.

I encourage you to take risks with this assignment. Use this project as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any you have created previously. Embrace your creativity and produce work that you are proud of.

Important Notes:
For this project, you MUST use only your personal imagery. This means you will need to use the cameras in the PIP Lab and the scanners and wacom tablets.


Important Links

Project 3: Parody


Written Proposal (Mar 28)
Each student will be required to submit a 1-2 page typed proposal for the final project. This document should include details on methodology, inspiriation, and concept. Projects will be reviewed by the instructor, and revised accordingly. Keep in mind that this step is worth 5% of your FINAL grade.

Research (Mar 28)
Entries need to be complete in your sketchbook. You should create at least 5 drawings which are proposals for compositions and experiments you wish to try. I will check these.

Final Images in JPEG format (TBD)
Due in digital form as a jpeg. Images must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you were to put it) before the beginning of class. Mandatory critique is to immediately follow during class.

Final Prints (TBD)
Due at beginning of class in print form on paper of your choice. Print size must be a minimum of 17x22 for a triptych, and 11x14 for individual prints, unless a smaller size is essential to the concept proposed. Critique is to immediately follow to discuss print and resolution quality.

Overview:
Create a series of images that demonstrate what you have learned, applying these methods of art making to your own interests through a satirical lens. You may choose to parody popular culture, societal issues, or something else.

Objectives:
  • To demonstrate proficiency in Photoshop.
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.
  • To encourage artistic development and in an open environment.
  • To explore critique through comedy or satire.
Requirements:
  • Projects must show a significant amount of thought and refinement. This may be realized through various reimaginings of one image, or a series of images that fit together in a cohesive manner.
  • A minimum of three different images must be turned in.
  • Images must incorporate a combination of techniques covered in the class.
  • You must have rights to ALL of the images used.