Intro to Computing // Pen & Pixel

Fall 2016: My students’ next Photoshop project was entitled “Pen & Pixel,” in which they had to construct a self portrait. It was a requirement to scan in textures, drawings, paintings, or items they could edit to become a part of the image. Many students demonstrated impressive concepts about themselves. Below are some examples that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

section1_carly-bond_pen-and-pixel

by Carly Bond

section3_april-porter_selfportrait

by April Porter

section3_bethany-smith_pen-pixel

by Bethany Smith

section3_gerald-wicks_pen-pixel

by Gerald Wicks

section3_laura-hicks_pen-pixel

by Laura Leigh Hicks

section3_maryemilymoore_penpixel

by Mary Emily Moore

section3_milly-rone_pen-pixel_strangerthingsthanmilly

by Milly Rone

section3_olivia_ketchum_penpixel

by Olivia Ketchum

section3_parker-webb_pen-pixel

by Parker Webb

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by Allie Hanson

section4_jenkins-katherine-pixelselfiefinal

by Katherine Jenkins

section4_josie_goodman_penpixel

by Josie Goodman

section4_meredith-morris_pen-pixel

by Meredith Morris

section4_morgan-helton_penpix

by Morgan Helton

Intro to Computing Art // OMG American Gods

Fall 2016: For students to refine their skills using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen Tool, my students accepted the challenge of the OMG project, as in “Oh my gosh, this is so challenging and time consuming!” But the effort is well worth the outcome.

In the past the theme has been to recreate a movie scene.  This semester to mix things up, the theme was to recreate a god or goddess in modern society. Students researched Greek, Roman, and Aztec mythological figures to learn about their core characteristics, and brainstormed how to apply them in our current culture.

They photographed themselves, friends, or family as their models. Then they used that photo as a template to make a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator.  Tiny solid shapes make up the entirety of the photo to make a realistic representation.  They spent about three weeks on the project. The process is like creating a digital painting! Below are some examples that were turned in. I also included the outline imagery of a couple illustrations to show the number of shapes that were created to make up the compositions. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results! These illustrations are sure to blow your mind!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Americangods

Huitzilopochtli by Moesha Wright

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(Outline of shapes)

Print

Apollo by Allie Hanson

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(Outline of shapes)

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Poseidon by Kaitlyn Upton

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Aeolus by April Porter

aphrodite [Recovered].ailast

Aphrodite by Bethany Smith

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Dionysus by Gerald Wicks

section03_maryemily-moore_Karpo

Karpo by Mary Emily Moore

Section3_Parker-Webb_Hephaestus

Hephaestus by Parker Webb

Print

Dionysus by Ryan Guillory

Section4_Canaan-Griffin_GodnessHekate

Hekate by Canaan Griffin

Hermes

Hermes by Josie Goodman

Print

Ninkasi by Meredith Morris

S4_morgan_helton_demeter

Demeter by Morgan Helton

Aphrodite

Aphrodite by Taylor Knight

Intro to Computing Art // Creature Cartoon

Fall 2016: In Intro to Computing, students learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. In the past, their first project was creating an illustration based on an idiom in Illustrator. It was time to retire that project for awhile and try something new that challenged fresh ideas. This semester, I teach 3 sections of Intro to Computing for a total of about 40 students.

I am proud to admit that this new project was something I conceived on my own! For Creature Cartoon, each student pulled words out of separate bags– one for a physical trait, one for an action, and one for an emotion. Then they had to illustrate a unique creature that accompanied all those traits successfully in Illustrator.

After receiving their words, students brainstormed and submitted a series of thumbnails of their ideas, which were then narrowed down to their top three when I visited them in class one-on-one. Those three were turned into well-drawn comps that were drawn with Sharpies and Micron pens, and critiqued by their entire class. The best drawing was scanned into Illustrator, and vector shapes were placed on top. The focus of this Illustrator project was learning the Pen Tool and conducting organized layer management.

For even MORE fun, my students turned their illustrations into animated GIFs when we started the Photoshop segment. See how the GIFs turned out HERE.

Below are some illustrations that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

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by Andrea Osby: joyful, shell, smell flower

section1_ashley-rude_creature_curiusclimbshortlegs_sticky-01

by Ashley Rude: curious, climb, short legs

section1_austin-smith_creature_bashfulantlersupsidedowngiraffaconstrictor-01

by Austin Smith: bashful, antlers, upside down

section1_hannah-livingston_creature_boredtalkingonphonesharpteeth_wesleye-01

by Hannah Livingston: bored, talking on the phone, sharp teeth

section1_kaitlyn-upton_creature_angryflywhiskers_melvin-01

by Kaitlyn Upton: angry, fly, whiskers

section3_april-porter_creature_webbedfeetanxiousfloat_sail-01

by April Porter: webbed feet, anxious, float

section3_bethany-smith-creature-surprisedflybeak-geegle-01

by Bethany Smith: surprised, fly, beak

section3_brittany-riland_creature_madlongarmsswing_uggo-01

by Brittany Riland: mad, long arms, swing

section3_christopher-gates_creature_singshortlegsgiggle_songster-01

by Chris Gates: sing, short legs, giggle

section3_gerald-wicks_creature_excitedclimbinglongtail_scansorialsaurus-01

by Gerald Wicks: excited, climbing, long tail

section3_laurahicks_creature_squishycheeksafraidsmellingflowers_beedo-01

by Laura Leigh Hicks: squishy cheeks, afraid, smell flower

section3_maryemilymoore_creature_bigeyesbrokenheartedeat_fuzzler-01

by Mary Emily Moore: big eyes, broken-hearted, eat

section3_olivia-kethum_creature_happysharpteethread_triroceros-01

by Olivia Ketchum: happy, sharp teeth, read

section3_ryan-guillory_creature_hornsexerciselazy_grumbalodile-01

by Ryan Guillory: horns, exercise, lazy

section4_alice-hanson_creature_longarmscalmunicycle_granola-01

by Allie Hanson: long arms, calm, unicycle

section4_anngray_flowers_creature_maneboringsmellflowers_flowerchild_ai-01

by Ann Gray Flowers: mane, bored, smell flowers

section4_josie_goodman_creature_squishycheeksjoyfulupsidedown_wild_chimahusky-copy-01

by Josie Goodman: squishy cheeks, joyful, upside down

section4_meredithmorris_creature_tentaclesfloatingmellow-01

by Meredith Morris: tentacles, mellow, float

section4_morgan-helton_creature_beaksleepyread_karen-01

by Morgan Helton: beak, sleepy, read

section4_ques-nevels_creature_grumpywebbedskate_solestealer-01

by Ques Nevels: grumpy, webbed feet, skate

section4_sarah-ferguson_creature_sadjumpingshell_sheela-01

by Sarah Ferguson: sad, jumping, shell

section4_taylor-knight_creature_bigearsbashfuleating_rosie-01

by Taylor Knight: big ears, bashful, eat

UPDATE: See GIFs created later during the semester here.

Design I // Line Explosion

Fall 2016: My Design I class is a sweet group. I have 15 girls and 2 guys. (Where are the creative major guys these days?!) Most of them are Interior Design majors, but I also have a few representing Fine Art, Photography, and Floral Management.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

anna-terry_line_fluffyprickly

by Anna Terry: fluffy, prickly

caroline-fitzwater_line_confusion

by Caroline Fitzwater: confusion

elise-sears_line_mellowawkward

by Elise Sears: mellow, awkward

karleigh-harfst_line_violentdeepwrinkled

by Karleigh Harfst: violent, deep, wrinkled

marykatherine-swindoll_line_noisywhimsical

by Mary Katherine Swindoll: noisy, whimsical

megan-henry_line_frustratedgrouchy

by Megan Henry: frustrated, grouchy

megan-norman_line_angryaggressive

by Megan Norman: angry, aggressive

ashtyn-carpenter_line_exciteddeepmighty

by Ashtyn Carpenter: excited, deep, mighty

Intro to Computing // Pen & Pixel

My students’ second Photoshop project was entitled “Pen & Pixel,” in which they had to construct a self portrait. It was a requirement to scan in textures, drawings, paintings, or items they could edit to become a part of the image. Many students demonstrated impressive concepts about themselves. Below are some examples that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 2 sections

Section1_Alleigh-Moffett_Pen-Pixel

by Alleigh Moffett

Section1_Amy-Farrar_Pen-Pixel

by Amy Farrar

Section1_Carly-Melton_Pen-Pixel

by Carly Melton

Section1_Imani-Smith_Pen-Pixel

by Imani Smith

Section1_Joanna-Bauer_Pen-Pixel

by Joanna Bauer

Section1_Joseph-Garland_Pen-Pixel

by Joseph Garland

Section1_Katie-Erickson_Pen-Pixel

by Katie Erickson

Section4_Alex-Cayson_Pen-Pixel

by Alex Cayson

Section4_Calli-Nelson_Pen-Pixel

by Calli Nelson

Section4_Lauryn-Rody_Pen-Pixel

by Lauryn Rody

Section4_Maddie-Marascalco_Pen-Pixel

by Maddi Marascalco

Section4_Matthew-Rogers_Pen-Pixel

by Matthew Rogers

Section4_Sydney-Armer_Pen-Pixel

by Sydney Armer

Spring 2016 // 1 section

Abbey-Goodman_pen-pixel-copy

by Abbey Goodman

Conner_Booth_Pen-&-Pixel

by Connor Booth

Dion-Coleman_pen-pixel

by Dion Coleman

Katherine-Huang_Pen-Pixel

by Katherine Huang

Stephen_Latham_Pen&Pixel

by Stephen Latham

taylor_darby_penandpixel

by Taylor Darby

Intro to Computing // Impossible Reality

For my students’ first Photoshop project, I wanted them to think outside the box and create an “Impossible Reality”. They had to gather their original photography and make new photos as needed to compose their surreal image. The main artist of inspiration was Eric Johansson. He is an incredible Photoshop artist, but also kind enough to post photos and videos to demonstrate his entire process, which is great for beginners to see. Like Eric, they needed to produce an image that tricks the eye to appear realistic.

Below are some examples that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 2 sections

Section1_Abbey-Rigdon_ImpossibleReality

by Abbey Rigdon

Section1_Alleigh-Moffett_ImpossibleReality

by Alleigh Moffett

Section1_Amy-Farrar_ImpossibleReality

by Amy Farrar

Section1_Carly-Melton_ImpossibleReality

by Carly Melton

Section1_Imani-Smith_ImpossibleReality

by Imani Smith

Section1_Katie-Erickson_ImpossibleReality-

by Katie Erickson

Section1_Phoebe-Fitzgerald_ImpossibleReality

by Phoebe Fitzgerald

Section4_Alex-Cayson_Impossible-reality

by Alex Cayson

Section4_Haylee-Upton_Impossible-Reality

by Haylee Upton

Section4_Katherine-Moore_Impossible-Reality

by Katherine Moore

Section4_Lauryn-Rody_Impossible-Reality

by Lauryn Rody

Section4_Maddie-Marascalco_Impossible-Reality

by Maddie Marascalco

Section4_Nicolette-Johnson_Impossible-Reality

by Nicolette Johnson

Spring 2016 // 1 section

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by Cecilia Lemus

Abbey-Goodman_impossible-reality

by Abbey Goodman

ConnerBooth-impossible-reality

by Connor Booth

Gerard-Woods-Impossible-reality

by Gerard Woods

Katherine-Huang_Impossible-Reality

by Katherine Huang

Stephen_Latham_Impossible_Reality_Cyborg

by Stephen Latham

Design I // Balance

For Design I’s third project, we focused on balance. Students constructed 4 compositions based on the following options of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial, and pattern. Their theme had to be inspired by the lyrics of a song or poem of their choosing. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work. Some students even accepted the challenge of making 3D pop-up elements.

Unfortunately I did not do a good job of keeping documentation of the songs and poems the students were inspired by.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 1 section

Christine-Smith_Balance

Design by Christine Smith

Annie-Kesler_Balance

Design by Annie Kesler

Hannah-McCain_Balance

Song: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”; Design by Hannah McCain

Jessie-Holloway_Balance

Song: “How to Save a Life” by the Fray; Design by Jessie Holloway

Josie-Goodman_Balance

Design by Josie Goodman

Kaitlynn-Harness_Balance

Deisgn by Kaitlynn Harness

Lexus-Nealy_Balance

Design by Lexus Nealy

Rachel-Wilson_Balance

Design by Rachel Wilson

Wrenn-Parrish_Balance

Song: “Hail State”; Design by Wrenn Parrish

Zynettra-Woodard_Balance

Design by Zynettra Woodard

Spring 2016 // 2 sections

Carson-Brantly_Balance

Design by Carson Brantley

Colin-Brown_Balance

Design by Colin Brown

Elizabeth-Phyfer_Balance

Design by Elizabeth Phyfer

Emory-Endicott_Balance

Design by Emory Endicott

Gabrielle-Martinez_Balance

Design by Gabrielle Martinez

Grant-Carter_Balance

Design by Grant Carter

Jeremy-Hamilton_Balance

Design by Jeremy Hamilton

Johnathon-Johnson_Balance

Design by Johnathon Johnson

Mary-Zuniga_Balance

Song: “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift; Design by Mary Zuniga

Mimi-Sheperd_Balance2

Design by Mimi Shepherd

Olivia-Williams_Balance

Poem: “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”; Design by Olivia Williams

Intro to Computing Art // OMG Movie Character

For students to refine their skills using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen Tool, my students accepted the challenge of the OMG project, as in “Oh my gosh, this is so hard and time consuming!!!” But the effort is well worth the outcome. The objective: Recreate a movie scene with your own models and photography.  Then use the photo as a template to make a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator.  Tiny solid shapes make up the entirety of the photo to make a realistic representation.  They spent about three weeks on the project. The process is like creating a digital painting! Below are some examples that were turned in. I also included the outline imagery of a couple illustrations to show the number of shapes that were created to make up the compositions. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results! These illustrations are sure to blow your mind!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 2 sections

Print

O Brother Where Art Thou by Katie Erickson

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Abbey-Rigdon_TheHangover

The Hangover by Abbey Rigdon

movie

22 Jumpstreet by Alleigh Moffett

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly by Amy Farrar

Print

The Hobbit by Carly Melton

MeanGirls

Mean Girls by Isabelle Cottrell

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Breakfast Club by Joseph Garland

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The Other Woman by Kenan Simpkins

Vector Illustration [Recovered]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Phoebe Fitzgerald

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Love & Basketball by Tykia Joseph

Print

Nightcrawler by Alex Cayson

Print

Shutter Island by Becca Van Horn

Section4_Calli_Nelson_LegallyBlonde-01

Legally Blond by Calli Nelson

Section04_HayleeUpton_CoolHandLuke

Cool Hand Luke by Haylee Upton

Section04-Justice-Williams-Mulan

Mulan by Justice Williams

Section04_Matthew-Rogers_Prisoners

Prisoners by Matthew Rogers

Section4_Nicolette-Johnson_PrincessMononoke

Princess Mononoke by Nicolette Johnson

Section4_Samantha-Sumrall_FriedGreenTomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes by Samantha Sumrall

Section4_Victoria-Martin_SherlockHolmes-01

Sherlock Holmes by Victoria Martin

Spring 2016 // 1 section

Cara-Moore_BreakfastAtTiffanys

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Cara Moore

Cecilia_Lemus_FightClub

Fight Club by Cecilia Lemus

ConnerBooth_PhantomoftheOpera

Phantom of the Opera by Connor Booth

Katherine-Huang_Anne_of_Green_Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Katherine Huang

Section1_Dion_Coleman_Scream4

Scream 4 by Dion Colemon

Stephen_Latham_Reservior_Dogs

Reservoir Dogs by Stephen Latham

OMG project

Harry Potter by Victoria Allgood

Intro to Computing Art // Idiom Illustration

FALL 2015

In Intro to Computing, students learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. For their first project, they had to choose an idiom (raining cats and dogs, hit the hay, you are what you eat, etc.) and construct an interesting, successful illustration. Brainstorming processes such as mind mapping and forced connections were introduced.  Then they had to submit a series of thumbnails of their ideas, and narrow down to their top three. Those three were then turned into rough comps that were drawn with sharpies and micron pens, and critiqued with their entire class. The best chosen sketch was scanned into Illustrator, and vector shapes are placed on top. The focus in Illustrator was learning the Pen Tool and layer management.

Below are some illustrations that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Section1_Abbey-Rigdon_idiom-ill

by Abbey Rigdon: Pinching Pennies

Print

by Alleigh Moffett: Whatever Floats Your Boat

section1_Carly-Melton_idiom-ill

by Carly Melton: Sleep Like a Rock

Easy as Pie copy

by Imani Smith: Easy as Pie

section1_Joseph-Garland_idiom-ill

by Joseph Garland: Eat Like a Bird

section1_Katie-Erickson_idiomill

by Katie Erickson: Broken Record

Section1_Phoebe-Fitzgerald_idiom-ill

by Phoebe Fitzgerald: Eye Candy

Print

by Alex Cayson: Get Off Your High Horse

section1_Becca-VanHorn_idiom-ill

by Becca VanHorn: Sick as a Dog

Cold Turkey

by Samantha Sumrall: Quit Cold Turkey

At this point I would intend to feature the Idiom Illustration student work from my Spring 2016 classes, but I was unfortunately on medical leave. I am thankful my art department colleague and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Suzanne Powney was willing to step in to instruct my Intro to Computing class while I was out.

Design I // Line Explosion

As mentioned before, I will be catching up this summer to feature artwork my students produced over the last school year.

FALL 2015

First up, my Fall 2015 Design I class! This was a special large class made up of ALL GIRLS. Most of them were interior design majors. They were a really sweet bunch and I looked forward to seeing “my girls” on the days I taught them. Their work ethic was pretty phenomenal. The line work these girls demonstrated for their first project as college freshmen is impressive, as you’ll see.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Wrenn-Parrish_Line_AwkwardLoud

by Wrenn Parrish: awkward, loud

Serina-Popham_Line_MellowAnger

by Serina Popham: mellow, anger

Kaitlynn-Harness_Line_SharpKnottedWrinkled

by Kaitlynn Harness: sharp, knotted, wrinkled

Josie-Goodman_Line_Violent

by Josie Goodman: violent

Jessi-Holloway_Line_SlowMellowSharp

by Jessi Holloway: slow, mellow, sharp

Christina-Stachowski_Line_DramaticEnchanted

by Christina Stachowski: dramatic, enchanted

Hannah-McCain_Line_WildEnchanted

by Hannah McCain: wild, enchanted

Christine-Smith_Line_MightyMesmerizingMellow

by Christine Smith: mighty, mesmerizing, mellow

Caitlin-Gardner_Line_ElectrifyingBoldWild

by Caitlin Gardner: electrifying, bold, wild

Kayla-Cauthen_Line_CalmMellowBouncy

by Kayla Cauthen: calm, mellow, bouncy

Rachel-Wilson_Line_SteadyLoudMighty

by Rachel Wilson: steady, loud, mighty

Zynettra-Woodard_Line_WhimsicalBoldEnchanted

by Zynettra Woodard: whimsical, bold, enchanted

At this point I would intend to feature the Line Explosion student work from my Spring 2016 classes, but I was unfortunately on medical leave. I am thankful my art department colleague and technology director Aaron McElfish was willing to step in to instruct my Design I classes while I was out.

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