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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:

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

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

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.

Period 3 Portrait Photography Schedule

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

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • Kayla B.
    • Mary B.
    • Vincent C.
  • Wednesday, October 26
    • Sergei E.
    • Kelly F.
    • Alison G.
  • Thursday, October 27
    • Julia G.
    • Ryan H.
    • Connor H.
  • Friday, October 28
    • Mara H.
    • Emily W.
    • Justin L.
  • Monday, October 31
    • Romondo M.
    • Cameron N.
    • Kyle P.
  • Tuesday, November 1
    • Conor R.
    • Max S.
    • Lydia W.-G.
  • Wednesday, November 2
    • A.J. L.
    • Dane W.

Sketchbook Assignment – Free Choice

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For this assignment, you can draw an object of your choosing. Place in a location that has strong lighting (near a window, or by a nice, bright light), and draw the object, paying close attention to the shadows that are both inside/on the object, as well as the shadows that the object casts on the table, etc. And as a general note, when I say “draw from real life,” I am talking about drawing an object that is in front of you, as opposed to drawing from a photograph. Some people have misinterpreted that, and thought that it meant that they have to draw something that is alive. This is not the case – I just don’t want you drawing from a photograph.

Sketchbook Example: Old Toys

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Here are some examples for this week’s sketchbook project. Pay special attention to all the values that show that the object has form (3-dimensions). Read the directions on the handout carefully! Some of these examples only have 1 toy in them, so don’t forget that you need more than one!

Surrealism Digital Portrait Project

Our next project is a surrealistic portrait assignment. Below is a copy of the handout, and a few examples of previous student work for this project (or one close to it). The last two images are ones I found on the internet that I liked because it shows you all the different photographs used to make the images.

Line Design (Font) Evaluation

Below are links for the Line Design Evaluation that I passed out in class. Use the Word Doc if you want to type your answers. Please use a different font (readable) or italics so that it is easy to differentiate your answer from the questions!