Intro to Computing Art // OMG American Gods

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.

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.

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Aditi by Madison Wigginton

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(Outline of shapes)

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Hera by Carson Brantley

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Venus by Caylee Hubbard

Apollopp

Apollo by Darren Cheairs

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Hecate by Elizabeth Gammill

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Athena by Grayson Brown

American Gods

Loki by Rebecca Bailey

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Apollo by Whitney White

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 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

Section3_Parker-Webb_Hephaestus

Hephaestus by Parker Webb

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Dionysus by Ryan Guillory

Section4_Canaan-Griffin_GodnessHekate

Hekate by Canaan Griffin

Hermes

Hermes by Josie Goodman

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Ninkasi by Meredith Morris

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Demeter by Morgan Helton

Aphrodite

Aphrodite by Taylor Knight

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

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O Brother Where Art Thou by Katie Erickson

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Abbey-Rigdon_TheHangover

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

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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

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

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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

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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

Section1_Phoebe-Fitzgerald_idiom-ill

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

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.

Published Artwork

I will be writing blog posts in the coming months to make up for the year that I failed to document due to teaching a packed college class schedule in the fall, and sickness in the spring. It was a challenge to do anything more than what was required of me! I look forward to sharing with the world what my students were capable of accomplishing this past school year.

During Fall 2014, I was contacted by a publisher in China called DesignerBooks about the possibility of being included in a paper arts book. After much emailing back and forth, it became a reality. On July 23, 2015 I received an email that my work was officially included and was sent a copy of the published book a couple months later.

My chosen paper art from undergraduate and graduate school was featured in four full spreads with detailed descriptions of my idea and creation process.

It is a beautifully designed book, and I am proud to be included with many of my paper art heroes throughout the world.

Title: Paradise of Paper Art 2: The World of Dance Paper
Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.3 x 11.2 inches
Pages: 400
Color: four-color printing
Paper: Matte paper
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9789881378217
Shipping Weight: 2.3kg (5.1 pounds)

At the moment, it’s available on the Australian book website Booktopia and other Chinese vendors, including DesignerBooks.

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The book

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Book jacket with laser-cut holes & the front cover

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Table of Contents & Biographies (see my ice cream cones on right page)

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Cloud Gazing spread 1

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Cloud Gazing spread 2

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Summer’s Day Treat & Jacks

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Eldritch Forest typeface promotional mailer undergrad project

All of these projects are featured on my portfolio website, brittanyspencer.com.

It’s amazing how the Internet makes our world so much smaller and offers connections we would not make otherwise. I’m grateful that a DesignerBooks representative found my website and offered me this opportunity!

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