Project 2: Self Portrait: The Identity
Critique / Finished image is due Oct. 20th
The print is due Oct. 27h
Student will create a minimum of two (2) Self Identity Portraits. This is considered a body of work. The series must be cohesive.
Aaron Nace and Rosie Hard
Key to successful combine different sources of images:
- To match the light and shadow direction.
- To match perspective and camera lens.
- To match color temperature.
- To match color hues and saturation
- To match pixel resolution.
- To match reflection.
- To match white balance.
- Good blending the edges.
Key to successfully combine different sources of images:
- Match the light and shadow direction.
- Match perspective and camera lens.
- Match color temperature.
- Match color hues and saturation
- Match pixel resolution.
- Match reflection.
- Match white balance.
- Blend the edges.
Based on the examples I presented, students will find artist(s) who work on portraiture and present them to the class. You may not use examples that I have already used. Along with your examples, include a biography for the artist, an analysis of the idea behind the work and techniques that he or she used and present this to the class.
- Finished Images should be saved in the PSD format
- Images for printing should be saved in the Tiff format
- Images for presenting on screen should be saved in the JPEG format
Images must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you where to put it) before the start of class. Mandatory critique will immediately follow during class.
Final Print due a week after critique
Print your work on Luster Photo print (LPP) paper no smaller than 11x17 inches, printed at the MCaP lab. Critique is to immediately follow to discuss print and resolution quality.
Create a self-portrait that demonstrates your ability to creatively express facets of yourself in a compelling visual form.
- 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.
You will create an inner self-portrait that will demonstrate your ability to creatively express facets of your personality in a compelling visual form. This is a different 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. A photo collage is 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, but the emphasis is to combine all the elements into a relatively seamless image.
You must use your own imagery for this project, or use royalty-free stock images from the providers covered in class. Consider that you will need to use high quality photos for your final print; do not rescale to a larger size. If you are unable to find a stock image of what you are looking for, consider using your own photo or painting it using Photoshop brushes. Do NOT use googled web images or scanned copyrighted images! You do not have legal rights to use them for your artwork and will receive an F on the project.
You must take you photograph in high quality, a minimum of 6 Megapixels.
||common print size (rougly 300dpi)
||10x13cm / 4x6"
||13x18cm / 5x7"
||2400 x 1600
||18x23cm / 6x8"
||20x30cm / 7x10"
||30x40cm / 10x14"
|12 MP - better more
||40x60cm / 16x24"
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 that I presented in the class along with some of your own.
You will combine imagery using Photoshop tools such as layers, selections, masking, filters, blending modes and adjustments.
Scanners are available in the Mac Lab and the MCaP lab. You may also check out digital still cameras from the MCaP. I encourage you to take risks with this assignment. Use this class as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any that 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 video game 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. Think deeply about the things, beliefs, motives, perceptions, and values that define you.
How do you relate to the world you live in?
(DO NOT USE THIS VIDEO GAME EXAMPLE!)
- 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
- 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 or foot. Consider using detail images of yourself to emphasize conceptual meaning.
Part 1: Research
- Select 3 of the artists listed at the bottom of the rubric to research. You can also select other fine artists creating self-portrait work, as long as they are legitimate and established artists.
- Write a paragraph for each artist describing conceptually what the artist is trying to accomplish visually. How do you relate to these artists? Be thorough in your writings. 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 three possible proposals in your sketchbook for what you would like to develop in Photoshop
Part 2: Final Image in JPEG format (due date can be seen on class schedule)
- Begin a NEW psd document which is 11 x 17 inches with a resolution of 300ppi.
- Within the folder titled "Project 2" on our class server, create a folder labeled with your BGSU ID (e.g. saritds). Inside this folder, put your working Photoshop document in this folder labeled yourName_project2.psd. Also included a folder titled "Resources." This is a retainer for all your working files.
- Save to the server often. Back up to your flash drive often. Corrupted files won't be accepted as an excuse for a missing project!
Part 3: Final Print DUE:
- Revisions should be made to your project and then printed in the MCaP Lab. Your image should be at least 11x17 at 300 ppi or larger if possible. Your final project grade will be based on this print and subsequent improvements made over the original final image.
- Has the student completed the assignment in its entirety?
- Has the student generated a clear and compelling concept?
- Has the student resolved all compositional concerns?
- Is the project executed with technical precision? Are edges of objects blended appropriately?
- Is there a level of complexity attained which reflects the required time investment?
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