Intro to Computing // Pen & Pixel

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.

Carson-Brantley_Pen-Pixel

by Carson Brantley

Elizabeth_Gammill-Pen&Pixel-Portrait

by Elizabeth Gammill

Grayson-Brown_Pen-and-Pixel

by Grayson Brown

Josephmacgown_pixel_intuitiveexpression

by Joseph Macgown

Julia-Thompson_pen and pixel

by Julia Thompson

Madison-Wigginton_pen-pixel-portrait

by Madison Wigginton

Whitney-White_Self-Portrait

by Whitney White

photoshop this one

by Mary Hannah Ruff

Intro to Computing // Creature Cartoon GIF

As an added continuation of their first Creature Cartoon project done in Adobe Illustrator, I challenged my students to turn it into a GIF after we started learning Photoshop. There are many ways to make a GIF, but in my research I found it was best to form their creature in Illustrator, and pull the file into Photoshop to put it into action.

I posted my own Part I and Part II tutorial YouTube videos demonstrating the steps on my laptop screen so students could reference them outside of class to produce their own GIF.

Students had to implement at least 3 actions in their GIF to receive full credit– for example eyes blinking, arms moving, and feet tapping. The number of frames they incorporated depended on their actions and how many they personally needed to see the actions to smooth completion.

It was so fun seeing these little guys and gals come to life!

Below are some GIFs 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 Carson Brantley: anxious, fly, antlers ^

by Elizabeth Gammill:  crawl, giggly, long tail ^

by Shannon Shepherd: big feet, running, sad ^

by Grayson Brown: mellow, shell, exercise ^

by Whitney White: afraid, mane, sleeping ^

by Madison Wigginton: calm, short legs, smell flower ^

by Mary Hannah Ruff: long arms, upside down, bashful ^

by Caylee Hubbard: squishy cheeks, happy, climbing ^

 

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.

Carson-Brantley_impossible-reality

by Carson Brantley

Elizabeth_Gammill-Impossible_Reality

by Elizabeth Gammill

Huner Smith

by Hunter Smith

Jacquelyn_Mullins_Impossible_Reality

by Tori Mullins

Julia-Thompson_impossible-reality

by Julia Thompson

Shannon-Shepherd_Impossible-Reality

by Shannon Shepherd

Whitney-White_impossible-reality-Rgb

by Whitney White

Intermediate Computing for Design // Nature Posters + Blufish Visit

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 textural and/or colored paper ordered online. Most students chose to order from Neenah or French. 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.

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by Laura Leigh Hicks, cream paper

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by Laura Leigh Hicks, cream paper

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by Connor Booth, white dimpled paper

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by Connor Booth, white dimpled paper

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by Gerald Wicks, cream speckle-toned paper

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by Gerald Wicks, cream speckle-toned paper

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by Bethany Smith, pink speckle-toned paper

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by Bethany Smith, pink speckle-toned paper

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by Kate Webb, silvery pearl paper

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by Cara Moore, cream linen paper

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by Cara Moore, cream linen paper

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by Carly Bond, cream dimpled paper

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by Carly Bond, cream dimpled paper

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by Trent Furr, green speckle-toned paper

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by Trent Furr, blue speckle-toned paper

Also a big thanks to Blufish design studio in Starkville, MS for allowing my class to tour their firm, learn about their business, what to expect in the workplace outside of school, and ask questions. It was a delightful, informative visit!

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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.

bethany-smith

by Bethany Smith; insects

cara-moore

by Cara Moore; flowers

carly-bond

by Carly Bond; fairy-tales

connor-booth

by Connor Booth; under the sea

gerald-wicks

by Gerald Wicks; Harry Potter

imani-smith

by Imani Smith; dancers

ques-nevels

by Ques Nevels; fighters

sarah-ferguson

by Sarah Ferguson; fruits & veggies

stephen-latham

by Stephen Latham; bit-syle Mario characters

taylor-knight

by Taylor Knight; stereotypes

lauraleigh-hicks

by Laura Leigh Hicks; facial hair

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

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