Have a great Spring semester!

Posted on: January 1st, 2012

It’s been a pleasure teaching this class! You guys knocked it out of the park with every assignment. Keep doing great work and good luck!

Continuing with 7-Stage Transition

Posted on: December 3rd, 2011

In Stage One of this project, you choose an object:

  • Find a full color photograph of an object.
  • Wide value range is a must. Use your value knowledge and squint to make sure you have a full value range.
  • The live portion of the photo should measure that measures between 7 and 8 inches at the longest measure.
  • Use an image that interests you. Try to find several different views of this object so that you have the best references possible.
  • Look for something that might ultimately make a good symbol. You may crop from a larger area.

In Stage two, you draw a continuous tone drawing:

  • Draw this image same size.
  • Use realistic continuous tones only. Include details of light and shadow and surface textures.
  • Use any B/W media and techniques with which you are comfortable (except graphite):
    • Pen or marker pen on white paper
    • Colored pencil on white paper
    • heightened drawing on gray paper with black and white colored pencil or black and white charcoal
  • You may trace carefully to get correct proportions. Keep this tracing for other stages.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 we will work on Stage Two. If you have stage two completely done, you may leave after presentations and announcements. Otherwise, you should stay and work on your drawing.

Last Assignment – 7 Stage Transition

Posted on: November 29th, 2011

Tonight we went over what will be our last assignment: developing a logo/symbol from a color photo in 7 stages.

Handout here.

We start with a color photo, and create seven iterations of that photo:

  • a continuous tone drawing,
  • a three-tone gouache painting,
  • a black/white drawing,
  • a reversal of the black/white drawing,
  • a gesture drawing,
  • a reduction of the last three 60%
  • the best iteration set with type to make a logo/wordmark combination.

We will present the piece as an eight-panel accordion fold piece.

If you missed class, please download the handout and read it carefully.

On Thursday, bring your photo and all the drawing materials you’ll need to work on the continuous tone drawing stage. I’ll be meeting with each of you individually to talk about your choices and progress.

Creative Brainstorming Workshop on Dec. 6

Posted on: November 29th, 2011

Doug Voegtle, Principal at Glowac+Harris+Madison, a respected Chicago marketing firm, will present a creative brainstorming workshop for us next Tuesday, Dec. 6! Wow!  Doug’s passion is creative collaboration and he’s known for sharing his unique approach to the process to others.

In addition to his extraordinary work in marketing, Doug actively teaches the art of creative collaboration in Illinois and Wisconsin, and composes for new musical theater projects in Chicago. Many of his past acting improvisation students are writers, actors and directors in TV, film and theater.

Tuesday, December 6, 11.30am-12.20pm, in Room 288

Letterform Postcard Assignment – a last word

Posted on: November 27th, 2011

This assignment, as you know, is due on Tuesday, November 29, at 5:45.

You don’t have to mount the cards on a board. However, you should come up with a method of making the cards stay together. You can do cool, interesting things – construct a package for them, tie them up with a ribbon – or you can put them in an envelope.

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