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
screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-10-34-26-am
(Outline of shapes)
Print
Apollo by Allie Hanson
screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-10-33-19-am
(Outline of shapes)
Section1_Kaitlyn-Upton_Poseidon copy
Poseidon by Kaitlyn Upton
03_April_Porter_Aeolus
Aeolus by April Porter
aphrodite [Recovered].ailast
Aphrodite by Bethany Smith
Section3_Gerald-Wicks_Dionysus
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.

section1_andrea-osby_creature_joyfulshellsmellflower_marley-01
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.

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

01_cecilia_lemus_impossible_reality
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

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.30.37 PM

Abbey-Rigdon_TheHangover
The Hangover by Abbey Rigdon
movie
22 Jumpstreet by Alleigh Moffett
section1_Amy-Farrar_OMG_TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly by Amy Farrar
Print
The Hobbit by Carly Melton
MeanGirls
Mean Girls by Isabelle Cottrell
section1_JosephGarland_BreakfastClub
Breakfast Club by Joseph Garland
COPYSection01_Kenan-Simpkins_TheOtherWoman copy
The Other Woman by Kenan Simpkins
Vector Illustration [Recovered]
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Phoebe Fitzgerald
01_Tykia_Joseph_Love&Basketball
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.

Intro to Computing Art // Simple Logo & Resumé

For Intro to Computing’s final project, they built simple personal logos in Illustrator and constructed resumes in InDesign. This project was meant to create an awareness of how much or how little they have accomplished during their first years of college, as well as give them a little experience with logo development and InDesign. Many of the students had not typed a resume before, and they found this project useful as they prepare to apply for part-time after-school jobs and post-graduate jobs.  The layout needed to be organized, easy to read, and fluid with a sense of style. Creating hierarchy with text was a challenge, as they have not taken typography classes yet.

Below are some resume 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. Contact info is purposely fake for their protection.

by Heather Hardman
by Heather Hardman
by Reagan Huffman, pg. 1
by Reagan Huffman, pg. 1
by Reagan Huffman, pg. 2
by Reagan Huffman, pg. 2
by Morgan Linnett
by Morgan Linnett
by Sarah Tewolde, pg. 1
by Sarah Tewolde, pg. 1
by Sarah Tewolde, pg. 2
by Sarah Tewolde, pg. 2

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.

by Ali Meeler
by Ali Meeler
by Sarah Tewolde
by Sarah Tewolde
by Randi Watson
by Randi Watson
by Morgan Linnett
by Morgan Linnett
by Justin Mayfield
by Justin Mayfield
by Heather Hardman
by Heather Hardman

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.

by Ali Meeler
by Ali Meeler
by Justin Mayfield
by Justin Mayfield
by Heather Hardman
by Heather Hardman
by Randi Watson
by Randi Watson
by Morgan Linnett
by Morgan Linnett
by Tré Braswell
by Tré Braswell
by Sarah Tewolde
by Sarah Tewolde