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Sketchbook Assignment – 1 Point Perspective

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This week’s sketchbook assignment is to draw a house in 1-pt perspective.  This drawing is to be of a real house, and is also to be a value study (shaded) just like a normal sketchbook assignment.

Below are some examples of previous sketchbooks, and then below this a short video on drawing objects in 1-point perspective.  Then below that is the notes from today’s class. Unfortunately, I did them much neater period 5, but I wasn’t recording it, of course.

Remember – you must draw your house with one of the sides facing you, and then one side going off into the distance.  The second example is the best one, so pay extra attention to that one.

 

 

 

 

Sketchbook Assignment: Hand Holding an Object

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Here are a few examples of next week’s sketchbook assignment.  Remember:  This is a VALUE STUDY – no line drawings will be given credit.  You must make at least a good attempt at shading your objects.  Also remember to read the instruction on the handout that I posted on this website at the beginning of the quarter!

 

Sketchbook Assignment – Old Shoes

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This week’ sketchbook assignment is old shoes: Find an old pair of shoes, and place them near a window or some other strong light source. Do a value study of those shoes. A couple of things to remember:

  1. Chose shoes that are old – new shoes are harder!  Do not try and draw shiny shoes, either, as you will be dealing with reflections and that makes it very hard.
  2. Do not draw pure black shoes.  This will also make things much harder.
  3. Make sure you have good shadows and highlights.
  4. TWO shoes (Even though one of the examples only has one)
  5. Fill the page!

 

Sketchbooks for Quarter 2

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Here is the handout with explanations and due dates for all the sketchbook assignments we will have for the rest of quarter 2. I will post examples of the one due next week shortly.

Website Analysis

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In preparation for any design/project, we always look at artwork done by other artists. It isn’t any different with WebSites.

Below I have attached a link to a worksheet I want you to fill out for class on Friday. Follow the instructions on the worksheet, and answer the questions I have given you. You can either print the worksheet out and write in your answers, or you can type them directly into the Word version of the handout. Please note – you need to download the WORD document version of the handout in order to be able to type your answers in – the PDF will not allow you to do so very nicely, if at all. This handout is due on Monday, and you will not have classtime on Monday to finish it, so get it done this weekend if you don’t do it during class today. (The only reason why you might not do it today is if you are finishing up your Surrealism portrait.)

Also, start thinking about what kind of a website you would want to design. What product would you want to sell? It can be real or imagined. More information on Monday!

Surrealism Portrait Project Evaluation

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Your Surrealism Portrait is due on Friday, and here is the evaluation, in case you need it:

Sketchbook – Self Portrait

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Our last sketchbook of the quarter is a self-portrait. This assignment always stresses everyone out, but fear not! I am far less interested in whether or not it actually looks like you, and more interested in whether or not you have an image that has a full range of values. You can really help yourself with this project by sitting somewhere next to a strong lighting source. A nice, bright window, for example. Or set up a desk lamp. Then get a mirror and start drawing. The on thing you probably don’t want to do is try and take a selfie and draw from that, for two reasons: 1)Those wide-angle selfie cameras really distort your face, and 2) It’s very hard to see details on a little 5″ screen. So do yourself a favor and get out a nice, decent sized mirror, and remember – it’s more about the shading and value study than it is about whether or not the drawing actually looks like your face.

That all being said, here are some examples of what I’m looking for:

Getting Rid of the Green Screen Background

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Here is an old demo on how to get rid the of the green screen background in your images.  It looks a little different than what I showed you in class because it was done on a Macintosh computer, but everything is basically the same, and all the tools are in the same place.

Starting Your Digital Portrait

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Once you are ready to start your digital portrait, follow the following procedure:

  1. Find your photos in your project hand-in folder
  2. Copy them into your MediaStudents folder
  3. Open Photoshop and select “File > New”
  4. Change the settings to a letter-sized image at 300 pixels/inch (see the image below)
  5. Chosse “Transparent” under Background Contents
  6. Under the Advanced section, click on the Color Profile, and change it to “Adobe RGB (1998)
  7. Click OK, and your new file will be created.  It will look like a really, really small checker board.
  8. In Photoshop, select “File > Open”
  9. Open your background image, and go to “Select > All”
  10. Now, go to “Edit > Copy”
  11. Close the background image, go into the new file you just created, and go “Edit > Paste”
  12. If the background image does not fill the new file (in other words, if it’s too small), you will need to find a new background image.  Do NOT try to scale it up.
  13. If the background is bigger than your new file, you can shrink it down by going to “Edit > Transform > Scale”  Make sure that you hold the SHIFT key down as you scale it so that you don’t squish your image.  To accept the transformation, click the check mark at the top, or double click in the middle of the image.
  14.  Go to “File > Save As” and save the file in your MediaStudents folder.  Name it “Portrait Project” and then your last name.
  15. Now, in Photoshop, go “File > Open”  Find and open your best portrait image.  You will probably need to open a few of them before you find the right one.
  16. This will open up a plug-in called Camera Raw.  On the right side of this plug-in, you can adjust the basic exposure to make the image a little better, if needed.  I’ll post a video on how to do basic image edits in Camera Raw.
  17. Once you have the image looking good, click “Open Image” in the bottom right-hand corner.
  18. When the image is finally in Photoshop, go “Select > All” again, and the “Edit > Copy”
  19. Close the portrait without saving it.
  20. Go to the new file (that should now have your background image in it), and go “Edit > Paste”
  21. Resize your portrait as necessary.
  22. Start using the Quick Selection tool, and then use the layer mask to get rid of the green screen.  Now you’re on your way to finishing your digital portrait!

 

The Settings for Your New Image

The Settings for Your New Image

Period 5 Photography Schedule

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Okay, here is the photography schedule for this newest assignment. And remember, this list is the list of PHOTOGRAPHERS, not models.

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • Kyle B.
    • Gianna F.
    • Amanda F.
  • Wednesday, October 26
    • Addie H.
    • Brandon H.
    • Daniel J.
  • Thursday, October 27
    • Heather K.
    • Duncan K.
    • Crayton M.
  • Friday, October 28
    • Brendan M.
    • Trevor R.
    • Samantha R.
  • Monday, October 31
    • Mario R.
    • Kevin T.
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