Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Study

First when you go to do a study of anything new... review what you are familiar with. Last year, you drew lots of faces. Now the tricky thing is to draw your own. Yikes! So it is key not to not forget to use guidelines and measurements that you already know.

Beyond the measurements remember how value effects the form and visual planes on face.

Second, remember geometry... your face is made up of visual planes. Squint your eyes and you will see the planes come together like puzzle pieces.

These planes reflect how light hits the face.


Third, never forget the importance of gesture! It is your greatest storytelling messaging device. Drawing faces is a lot more than geometry especially when you are drawing your own. Messaging is very important. That's why Rembrandt said gesture is...

He knew a thing or two about drawing portraits.

The gesture in the hair offers great framing and contrast to the smooth sculptural quality of the face.

Play with framing and contrast so that you set up the most important elements you are trying to give emphasis to.

Play with lighting! Light gives drama, adds intensity. The true ooohs and ahhhs come from lighting not color, Value makes color sing in tune! Get it right and everything will fall into place.

Remember you should have at least 3 facial studies or more!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Who we are...

Our personalities are complex. Humans are not simple creatures. We often wear many masks depending on our context with whom we are speaking too. For example, we are different around our principal than we are with our parents or our best friends. Yet, we do have dominate personality traits or likes that help define us that are recognizable to all who meet us. 

We have things in our lives that are very important to us. Symbolically these things may tell a significant part of our personal story. Many of you know I like Star Wars. It's hard to imagine someone knowing me and not knowing that. Even people who don't know me well, know I have an addiction to Starbucks. I like music that has loud guitars, and there isn't a visual dictionary on the planet that doesn't have my face as the definition of sarcasm. 

What about you?

What are symbols or visual cues that help tell your personal story?

What are some personality traits about you that help define who you are? 

Personally, I'd like to think I'm creative, intense, thoughtful, and enjoy laughing as much as a goldfish loves water. 

We are all different. Not everyone is like me. Our personal experiences are the root of our originality. What are your experiences that shaped you? Where do you want to go or what do you want to be? These dreams equally help define who you are. 

There may be a reality you see in yourself that has yet to manifest in the eyes of those around you. 

A self portrait is a safe way to explore the person you are or the person you want to become.

Most important enjoy defining how you want to be seen. You will always be your most important audience.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Introduction to Self Portraits

Look at this awesome self-portrait by Morgan Penn. It's awesome! Guess who else is awesome? You, and you know why...

We are learning how to do Self-Portraits!

Self-portraits are a tremendous opportunity. Our whole lives we live in categories that often other people try to put us in, or trying to escape them. Terms like gamer, nerd, jock, dramatic, silly, are words that can sometimes latch on to us like a stain that won't go away.

The power of self-portraits is that you get to learn to define yourself! You get to say what you want to about you. 

Rembrandt made self-portraits so important by his study of how his face changed over the years. Every year on his birthday starting from when he was young he would do a self-portrait. His face became a control in a experiment documenting his artistic progress.

This portrait of a young Rembrandt tell us a lot. Notice the limited color palette? Brown... there is lots of brown everywhere. His brush strokes are very precise, he's not taking many chances. His hairstyle would fit in with many of you now. His eyes look almost timid or shy.

I would also note Rembrandt's sense of humor. This is important since most portraits at the time were either royalty, the very rich, or the church. The fact that not only he depicted himself as an everyday person, but having humor while doing it was groundbreaking for the era.

As Rembrandt got older his brush strokes got bolder. Notice how he's using contrast to create drama! Those eyes aren't shy, and look at all those colors. Rembrandt ain't scared. He's transitioned from being timid and shy to bold, an artistic force to be reckoned with. 

Next, lets look at Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo reveals the secret to beauty in this painting. It's confidence. 

Frida was not only a great thinker, but she loved nature. Her images are a striking almost defiant look of who she is and what she loves.

Who knows you better than you? Time to define who you are, but first 
you are going to select a self-portrait that inspires you and doing a 5" by 7" master study. 

Analyze why this particular painting works artistically. What methods and theories are the artists using? Why did you pick this painting. Write what about it appealed to you and how can you use what you enjoyed to help make a statement about yourself.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Vince Low

We are going to look at Malaysian Artist Vince Low for several reasons...

First, Low is a great a capturing likeness and mood. He does this by focusing on the eyes on the face. They don't call them the windows to the soul for nothing. The eyes also can establish a system to measure by.

The Second reason we are going to look at Low is because of gesture. We want to create movement and energy in our work. So we are going to study Low's line work to embrace the energetic power of his drawings.

The third reason also involves gestural lines. Low's wild line work allows for the artist to make discoveries. These discoveries lead one down a visual path to success. When you find what works you darken the lines to emphasize out what is working. This is like singing that amazing note your voice hits a little louder so your audience can really appreciate you got it right.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Finish Testing and Social Awareness Images...

Now that you have finished your certification testing it is time to hit your Social Awareness Posters at full speed. Don't forget your process, and finish strong!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Certification Testing Time & Finishing Social Awareness Posters

Make sure that you are already you have already created a Certiport account so when we switch classes with Mr. Frank this week you have this step completed so you can get right to testing. Review your notes, and again if you have any questions about the test or Photoshop please...please...PLEASE... ASK MR. FERRELL!

We are still wrapping up our Social Awareness campaigns...
Our goal with our Social Awareness campaign is to maximize our impact.

It is critical that you just don't write what your topic is, but you show it graphically. I remember my editor always telling me at the newspaper," PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT THE PICTURES FIRST BEFORE THEY'LL READ!" So getting the picture to tell the story is critical.

Yes, the words and facts do matter, but you need to catch people's attention with the story. The image has to seamlessly work with the text. The one can't over power the other or your messaging won't be as effective.

 Take a look at this Diabetes awareness poster. The messaging, facts, and typography all perfectly work to sell the Snickers bar joke. Candy bars can definitely contribute to diabetes. So this harmony becomes very effective. Do you have this kind of harmony in your poster?

Whether you are doing Global Warming...

or animal extinction

or even autism...

We need to strive for messaging and visual harmony.

  1. Remove all the text, can you get a rough idea of what your topic is about?
  2. With the text put back in does the image adequately express what the text is about?
A key component to design is efficiency... How quickly can the viewer understand what the message is. It is imperative that you blind test this. Go to people unfamiliar with what you are trying to do and ask if they understand your poster. The goal is speed. The quicker someone understands the more effective your image is. You won't spend a long time waiting for a webpage to load, why would you care about someone's random poster?

Once you test your poster adapt to the feedback to get the strongest image possible!