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)

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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

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Aphrodite by Bethany Smith

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Dionysus by Gerald Wicks

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Karpo by Mary Emily Moore

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Hephaestus by Parker Webb

Print

Dionysus by Ryan Guillory

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Hekate by Canaan Griffin

Hermes

Hermes by Josie Goodman

Print

Ninkasi by Meredith Morris

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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.

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

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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

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

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O Brother Where Art Thou by Katie Erickson

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The Hangover by Abbey Rigdon

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22 Jumpstreet by Alleigh Moffett

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly by Amy Farrar

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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

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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.

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by Abbey Rigdon: Pinching Pennies

Print

by Alleigh Moffett: Whatever Floats Your Boat

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by Carly Melton: Sleep Like a Rock

Easy as Pie copy

by Imani Smith: Easy as Pie

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by Joseph Garland: Eat Like a Bird

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by Katie Erickson: Broken Record

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by Phoebe Fitzgerald: Eye Candy

Print

by Alex Cayson: Get Off Your High Horse

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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

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