Intermediate Computing for Design // Oh What a Character

This semester another new-to-me course I am teaching is Intermediate Computing for Design.  This class is for students who submitted their portfolios for the graphic design program review in November, and passed.  Most of these students were in my Intro to Computing class I posted about last semester.

Their first Intermediate project was called “Oh What a Character!” They needed to find an image online of a celebrity, change it to black and white, place it in Illustrator, and work on top of it like a template to create their own caricature of the person.  The requirement of the illustration?  It had to be completed using a maximum of 7 letters and 2 symbols from one typeface on their computer.  Yes, a typeface!  Only black letters and symbols were allowed, and they could rotate and resize them as needed.

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.

Elvis Presley by Tori Holmes

Elvis Presley by Tori Holmes

Jim Carrey by Layne Smith

Jim Carrey by Layne Smith

Tyra Banks by Keats Haupt

Tyra Banks by Keats Haupt

Paul Giamatti by Ian Green

Paul Giamatti by Ian Green

John Lennon by Erin Frazier

John Lennon by Erin Frazier

Sarah Paulson by Brittany Roberts

Sarah Paulson by Brittany Roberts

Bob Dylan by Austin Thomas

Bob Dylan by Austin Thomas

Lucille Ball by Anna Zollicoffer

Lucille Ball by Anna Zollicoffer

Design I Student Work // Fall 2014

I wrote about my Design I class once on my blog, featuring their collaborative installation project. It was a great experience for them! (Click HERE to check it out.) The class consisted of 4 students and it was a nice, intimate classroom experience vs. teaching a class full of 15 students.

Before I start posting work that my Spring 2015 students are doing, I wanted to be sure to highlight some of their great work over the fall semester.  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.

LINE: Straight, Curved, and Combination compositions made with black construction paper on Bristol board.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

SHAPE: Geometric, Organic, and Combination compositions made with black construction paper on Bristol board.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

by Melanie Moore

by Melanie Moore

BALANCE: Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Radial, and Patterned compositions made with black construction paper on Bristol board. Their group of compositions had to be inspired by the lyrics of a song of their choosing.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

by Melanie Moore

by Melanie Moore

TEXTURE: Found, Rubbed, and Created texture cut apart and collaged into a quilt block pattern of their choice.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

by Melanie Moore

by Melanie Moore

VALUE: Acrylic paint used to depict portion of image in grey-scale.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

by Melanie Moore

by Melanie Moore

SPACE & PERSPECTIVE: Designing a shape and imagining it in 3D form, then rotating and moving it through space using acrylic paint.

by George Kinsey

by George Kinsey

by Katie Fratesi

by Katie Fratesi

by Melanie Moore

by Melanie Moore

Hooray for a great semester!

Design I Collaborative Vinyl Public Installation

First off, I just read I now have 635 followers on this blog.  Is this real life?!  Thank you to everyone who likes to read what I post!

My Design I class at Mississippi State University is composed of 4 students.  That may seem small, but they are mighty!  We have had a good time together this semester.  The art department encourages basic design classes to work on a collaborative project.  When I was thinking of project ideas, I remembered seeing Louisiana Tech University design classes make vinyl sticker installations on their classroom floor.  They also placed vinyl stickers on windows and along stairways.

I thought that the window entrance of the building we have class in, Howell Hall, would look great with a splash of color!  We have access to a vinyl cutter, so we got to work.

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Each of my students filled 4 sheets of paper with clean, abstract, geometric and organic doodles with Sharpies or Micron pens. Next I scanned the sheets into the computer, enlarged the imagery to fill the width of the vinyl roll, and imported the shapes into the Cutting Master software. This software communicated to the vinyl cutter where to cut shapes into the vinyl sheets.

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The machine took about 30 minutes to cut out each student’s design sheets. Then I picked the negative space vinyl with a tiny tool so I could pull it away and discard it.

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Then it was ready to install! My students were a little skeptical at first, as the stickers were really sticky and it took them awhile to get in the hang of it. But before the first day of installing was over, they really got into the process! They found it freeing to make quick decisions, and the repetitive nature of picking and sticking allowed them to be reflective in mind. The colors reminded them of Nickelodeon and Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine van. As time moved on, they carried on in fun conversation while they worked. My tiny, quiet class became more talkative as they learned about each other and worked together to create their public installation.

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A lot was accomplished that first day of installment! Today they finished up, and felt very proud of their hard work.

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Students, left to right: George Kinsey (interior design), Melanie Moore (art), Katie Fretesi (interior design) Not pictured– Haley Beckham (interior design)

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It will be on display for two months! Go check it out and enjoy!

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Intro to Computing Art // Illustrator Project 1

It has been awhile since I have had a chance to update my blog, because I am busy teaching at Mississippi State University! This fall semester, I teach Design I and Intro to Computing Art and manage the art department computer lab. This does not leave much time to do papermaking, but I also do not have a space for that at this time. Fingers crossed I will find a studio space soon!

My Intro class turned in their first project last week. I have a great bunch of students. They are mostly sophomores and juniors. It’s so satisfying to see them learn the creative software as beginners and push themselves. I love to encourage community within my classes, and it’s nice to watch that happen, as well, during critique and on work days.

For their first Illustrator 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 examples that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results! Some of them illustrated their idiom as a play on words.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

 

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Grammar Nazi by Jack Hannon

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Splitting Hairs by Jessica Comer

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When Pigs Fly by Logan Sanders

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Whatever Floats Your Boat by Keats Haupt

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Eye Candy by Austin Fairley

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink by Claire Burgett

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Poker Face (reference to Lady Gaga) by Marianna Myrick

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Clean as a Whistle by Jeremy Childress

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Butterflies in Her Stomach by Brittany Roberts

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Fork in the Road by Mitchell Phillips

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Hold Your Horses by Kelsey Bishop

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Close Call by Aubrey Pohl

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Cool Beans by Kelli Clayton

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Drink Like a Fish by Ian Green

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Flip the Bird by Anna Zollicoffer

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Poker Face by Layne Smith