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

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Mean Girls by Isabelle Cottrell

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Breakfast Club by Joseph Garland

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The Other Woman by Kenan Simpkins

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Phoebe Fitzgerald

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Love & Basketball by Tykia Joseph

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Nightcrawler by Alex Cayson

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Shutter Island by Becca Van Horn

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Legally Blond by Calli Nelson

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Cool Hand Luke by Haylee Upton

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Mulan by Justice Williams

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Prisoners by Matthew Rogers

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Princess Mononoke by Nicolette Johnson

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Fried Green Tomatoes by Samantha Sumrall

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Sherlock Holmes by Victoria Martin

Spring 2016 // 1 section

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Cara Moore

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Fight Club by Cecilia Lemus

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Phantom of the Opera by Connor Booth

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Anne of Green Gables by Katherine Huang

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Scream 4 by Dion Colemon

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Reservoir Dogs by Stephen Latham

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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

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by Alleigh Moffett: Whatever Floats Your Boat

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by Carly Melton: Sleep Like a Rock

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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

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by Alex Cayson: Get Off Your High Horse

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by Becca VanHorn: Sick as a Dog

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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.

MSU Summer Arts Camp 2015

Hello world! It has been awhile since I have documented my art and teaching experience on the web. You last heard from me in May as I was wrapping up the spring semester. Summer brought new experiences, visiting friends and family, making new discoveries to improve my health, lots of gluten free cooking, and REST. I also finished buying the supplies I needed to convert my apartment dining room and back porch into a papermaking studio! I will share in future blog posts how I’ve been using my home studio, what my students are doing this fall semester, and more exciting news.

Between June 5th-12th, I volunteered to lead three workshops for Mississippi State University’s art camp for high school students. The camp has been an annual event for three years now for students that are 16-years-old through incoming college freshman. I taught a recycled papermaking workshop, and beginner workshops about Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students also learned about photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics, and sculpting processes from other MSU faculty.

What is great about this event? Young students get to have a hands-on experience with all types of mediums and processes, and decide if art and design has a part in their college future!

Below are examples of what students produced in my workshops, lasting a couple hours each:

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Students constructed and stylized an animal of their choice in the Adobe software.

by Thomas Kennedy

by Thomas Kennedy

by Sarah Hoing

by Sarah Hoing

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Vosbein

by Phillip Vosbein

by Natalie Blaylock

by Natalie Blaylock

by Mary Preston

by Mary Preston

by Kristen Page Stacy

by Kristen Page Stacy

by Jordan Kirk

by Jordan Kirk

by Jana Hubbard

by Jana Hubbard

by Ivy Williamson

by Ivy Williamson

by Haley Lawrence

by Haley Lawrence

by Caroline Harris

by Caroline Harris

PHOTOSHOP
Students’ goal was to design a non-objective, abstract composition that creates space and interest. They needed to experiment to consider color and value as they worked in the Adobe software.

by Caroline Harris

by Caroline Harris

by Tatum Roper

by Tatum Roper

by Sam Turba

by Sam Turba

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Merryman

by Emily Manning

by Emily Manning

by Jordan Kirk

by Jordan Kirk

by Jana Hubbard

by Jana Hubbard

by Haley Green

by Haley Green

 

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Each student had the opportunity to make at least two sheets of hand-recycled paper with the supplied paper, leaves, flowers, grass, and dyes to their creative liking.
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If you know a high school student that has an interest in art, I hope you will share this opportunity with them so they can attend next summer!

More to come….

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

Intermediate Computing for Design // Nature Posters

The fourth project for Intermediate Computing for Design class was to create two poster designs for a fictional lecture called “Nature as Design.” One had to be done using Illustrator, and the other using Photoshop and InDesign. The challenge was to design two posters that have a cohesive, complimentary style and will catch the public’s eye. Using different software to create the same effect for different posters also helped inform the students the differences between the programs’ capabilities.

This project was their first project dealing with typography. Students were also required to print their designs on special non-coated textural and/or colored paper ordered online. Most students chose to order from Neenah. As this was their first time printing on paper other than Epson, they had to make adjustments in relation to image color and contrast.

Below are photographs of posters 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 Layne Smith, grey paper

by Layne Smith, grey paper

by Jeremy Childress, speckled creme-toned paper

by Jeremy Childress, speckled creme-toned paper

by Keats Haupt, grey paper

by Keats Haupt, grey paper

by Erin Frazier, yellow-toned paper

by Erin Frazier, yellow-toned paper

by Brittany Roberts, light grey paper

by Brittany Roberts, light grey paper

by Anna Zollicoffer, white column paper

by Anna Zollicoffer, white column paper

by McKinley Ranager, pearly white paper

by McKinley Ranager, pearly white paper

by Kelsey Bishop, white column paper

by Kelsey Bishop, white column paper

by Austin Thomas, white paper

by Austin Thomas, white paper

by Logan Sanders, white column paper

by Logan Sanders, white column paper

by Ian Green, vector image redo as an exercise to demonstrate what he learned after the project critique

by Ian Green, vector image redo as an exercise to demonstrate what he learned after the project critique

Intermediate Computing for Design // Reinterpret a Cliché

The third project for Intermediate Computing for Design class was called Reinterpret a Cliché. Imagery seen too frequently is often not seen at all. This is the case with overused design symbols and everyday objects. Overuse renders them ineffective, and they lose their power to communicate. It is the function of the designer to revitalize these clichéd symbols and objects by interpreting them in individual and personal ways.

Students picked 6 of the following 12 examples of typically clichéd objects to be reinterpreted:

  1. Heart
  2. Key
  3. Apple
  4. Sun
  5. Stars
  6. Mouth
  7. Light Bulb
  8. Tree
  9. Cloud
  10. Eye
  11. Rose
  12. Nuts & Bolts

Then they chose a theme all 6 illustrations would have in common. Not only were they to work stylistically, but conceptually, as well. The final product had to be black & white. They scanned their sketchbook designs into Photoshop or Illustrator to continue rendering them to completion, either using the Pen Tool or Live Trace option.

Below are some designs 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 Anna Zollicoffer, countries

by Anna Zollicoffer, countries

by Aubrey Pohl, houses

by Aubrey Pohl, houses

by Austin Thomas, smoker stereotypes

by Austin Thomas, smoker stereotypes

by Brittany Roberts, childhood

by Brittany Roberts, childhood

by Erin Frazier, technology

by Erin Frazier, technology

by Ian Green, instruments

by Ian Green, instruments

by Jeremy Childress, mechanical

by Jeremy Childress, mechanical

by Keats Haupt, fashion

by Keats Haupt, fashion

by Kelsey Bishop, ocean

by Kelsey Bishop, ocean

by Layne Smith, ironic characters

by Layne Smith, ironic characters

by Marianna Myrick, fruit

by Marianna Myrick, fruit

by McKinley Ranager, animals

by McKinley Ranager, animals

by Tori Holmes, tarnished and broken items

by Tori Holmes, tarnished and broken items

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