Project One Project Two Project Three  

REQUIREMENT FOR EACH PROJECT

  1. Digital Files: Name Convention Format
    1. (your user name)_ (project name).ext
    2. Example: 
      • saritds_Kinetic.JPG
      • saritds_ Kinetic.PSD
  2. Each period of class project, students must bring all the work progress to every class section until the due date.
  3. The final output on all projects will be on CD/DVD disc depending on the size of all the digital files.
  4. You are required to update your artworks on your digital arts student portfolio during this semester.
  5. The prints on each project
    • Every print must have the border at least ½ inch all sides
    • Example:
  6. Students are required for participating during class critiques.
  7. To submit you print, please follow this link : https://falconbgsu.sharepoint.com/sites/Art/MCaP/Lists/Digital%20Arts%20Printer%20Dropbox

Project 1: Photomontage: The Kinematic


Critique / Finished image is due Sep. 15th  / The print is due Sep. 22nd
Research

  • You must write a paragraph and post images of artworks on one contemporary artist working with the momentary concept in his or her art.
  • You will post the image and written words on the class Facebook group by Sep. 1st

Project Overview:

  • Students will be required to submit one print in a standard medium size format, 17"x 22". Your image for print must be in the Tiff format. Please see the printing requirements here
  • The final print must have about a 1-inch border on all sides. Also your photomontage must be uploaded to the class homework folder before class begins in digital form as a Jpeg.
  • Mandatory critique will immediately follow during class.
  • You must take you photograph in high quality, a minimum of 6 Megapixels.
  • Megapixels Resolution common print size (rougly 300dpi)
    2 MP 1600x1200 10x13cm / 4x6"
    3 MP 2048x1536 13x18cm / 5x7"
    4 MP 2400 x 1600 18x23cm / 6x8"
    6 MP 3000x2000 20x30cm / 7x10"
    8 MP 3600x2400 30x40cm / 10x14"
    12 MP - better more 4200x2800 40x60cm / 16x24"


Create sequence of images that capture a moment and that collapses a narrative or action sequence into a single photomontage. I would like you shoot and manipulate your own photographs.

Objectives:

  • To develop technical skills in digital camera and basic photography
  • To develop technical skills in Photoshop
  • To 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 students to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in their work.

Methodology:
Influenced by David Hockey, Students will create a photo montage panel that reflect narrative and movement. The entire sequence implies a fragment of a story. By "imply", it means that the fragment can loosely lead the viewer to a story, reference other known stories or events, or it can elicit a feeling of things that may or may not happen next. The imagery may be realistic, surreal or imaginative.

David Hockney

   
   

These are example of kinematic shots from Eadweard Muybridge

 

Concept

The keys to create a sense of kinematic and movement in still image

  1. The Visual Flow
    • Eye movement:  The majority of people are right handed and in English we read from left to right. Thus, you will assume that our eyes will read your image from left to right. Remember to keep it simple for now. Horizontal is easier to read than vertical movement because human eyes are horizontally aligned.
    • The Rhythm: The flow of visual elements in repeatable forms or patterns
      • Legato (Tied together) means a smooth transition along the similar subject or action
    • Legoto

      • Staccato (stac·ca·to) - a break inbetween in the rhythm or a punch.

    staccato rhythm

     

  1. The Repetition in Elements
    • Action Sequence

     

    • Directional and Recurring elements
     

     

  2. Frozen movement on subject to imply motion

     

  3. Blur

     

  4. Old trick: Passage of time
    • Old trick: Passage of time
      • Transition in colors
        • Black/white presenting past VS. Colors presenting present
        • Vivid Colors presenting present VS. Dull Colors presenting past

        • Fading in shape or subject

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

Grading Rubric:

  • 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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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.

Example:

Aaron Nace and Rosie Hard

Aaron Nace and Rosie Hard

Victoria Frances

Victoria Frances

Wojciech Grzanka

Wojciech Grzanka

Wojciech Grzanka

Wojciech Grzanka

Wojciech Grzanka

Rachael Koscica

Rachael Koscica

Rachael Koscica

Rachael Koscica

Manu Pombrol

Manu Pombrol

Manu Pombrol

NOTE:

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.

NOTE:

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.

Research Due
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.

File Formats

  • 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

Final works
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.

Prints
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.

Project 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:
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.

Important Notes:
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.

Megapixels Resolution common print size (rougly 300dpi)
2 MP 1600x1200 10x13cm / 4x6"
3 MP 2048x1536 13x18cm / 5x7"
4 MP 2400 x 1600 18x23cm / 6x8"
6 MP 3000x2000 20x30cm / 7x10"
8 MP 3600x2400 30x40cm / 10x14"
12 MP - better more 4200x2800 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!)

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 or foot. Consider using detail images of yourself to emphasize conceptual meaning.

Technical Requirements:

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.
Grading Rubric:
  • 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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Project 3: Transformation

  • Digital Image DUE: Dec. 10th
  • Print DUE: Dec. 16th


Methodology:
You will create a series of three images that read as a cohesive body of work with a single theme.  For each image you will choose a word that serves as an initial concept for all three works. You will ultimately create a narrative composition that visually expresses your personal views about the theme.

List of words for consideration: change, alteration, mutation, conversion, metamorphosis, transfiguration, transmutation, sea change, revolution, overhaul, remodeling, reshaping, redoing, reconstruction, rebuilding, reorganization, rearrangement, reworking, renewal, revamp, remaking, remake; informal transmogrification, morphing a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.

Procedure:

  • Research Due on Nov. 3rd
  • Sketches Due on Nov. 10th
  • You must get started on your first image by Nov. 17th
  • There will be a progress report two weeks after the assignment is given. At this time, you should upload to the class server versions of your project to discuss with the professor. I don't want to see images that you WILL be working with, but your own PSD files that are expressing the direction you intend to take. Consider this a pre-critique.
  • Final Images in PSD and JPEG format: This series is due in digital form in the PSD format and they must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you were to put it) before class. Mandatory critique will follow during class.
  • Final Prints: Due by May, Dec. 16th (3) THREE prints of no smaller than 12 x 12 inches each print from MCaP lab.
  • Upload images to canvas for grading


Objectives:

  • To further develop technical skills in Photoshop
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.

You can use any imaging means to create the artwork: digital painting, photo manipulation, scanning, etc.

Sample

 

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