Monday, April 30, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Social Awareness

Social Awareness is creating a conversation about a topic you care deeply about through your artwork. Often a social awareness poster is utilized to attempt to change people minds or make a persuasive visual argument.

It’s important to do research to make any argument. Arguing with facts gives you credibility, but persuasion doesn’t end there. You must also gage what people who don’t share your views think. Anticipating any counter argument could protect your ideas from challenges, and creating answers to those counter arguments can win over your audience.

So, what does Mr. Ferrell want from us?

First I would like you to pick a topic. Sometimes deciding between two topics can be easily solved by doing mind maps. Do you remember these?

Next, Ferrell would like us to do at least a one page paper exploring our topic. We need the facts! Make sure you create an bibliography MLA style so you have facts you can quote. In addition, Ferrell wants us to research counter arguments so that we can inoculate our visual argument from challenges.

  • Select a topic
  • Make a mind map
  • Research and write at least a one page paper based on your facts
  • Write a counter argument
  • Have a bibliography for your research and facts.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Art for a Purpose

Work Due Monday 26th

Thank you for coming in for me today. As a result of the tragedy at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School the students are to create images of healing. The images should at least be 5 by 7 inches preferably bigger. All sections should participate. Work will be sent to the art department of Majory Stoneman Douglas. Students should refrain from politics, gore, and guns. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Tutorial 3 Due...

Tutorial 3 is due... February 8th. 

Remember Photoshop is a tool not the solution. Your brain has to solve the problem. The tutorials teach you tool tricks. Just because you can juggle a hammer doesn't mean you can build a house.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tutorial 2: colorization

Photo retouching is not only big business for Photoshop, but for graphic designers, photographers, and museum curators.  

When I was younger people described dreaming in black and white, I never did and can imagine this is largely due to the media they consumed like black and white television. 

Yet, in modern times it's strange to think of media being in black and white unless it's intentional. Usually the reasons for making modern work black and white is to give it a nostalgic old feeling, create dramatic contrast, or focus on clarity. However, the choice to utilize black and white is just that an artistic choice. This wasn't always so. Television, film, and photography used to have to be black and white, but with Photoshop it doesn't have to remain that way. We can add color to try to envision what Winston Churchill may have actually looked like. 

Whatever you think of the bright idea to add color to black and white the fact that is possible is through the wonders of Photoshop. Tutorial 2 gives you the opportunity to try your hand at it, 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Revised Schedule

Project 1 is due January 24th

Have all 3 retouched images ready to go for review.

Project 2 is due January 29th

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Chip Kidd

Book cover designer, Chip Kidd,  may be the most famous book cover designer in the world.

He has created some of the most iconic book covers in literature history, as well as being a huge influence on popular culture.

He has designed covers for some of the most important comic books.

Kidd has designed book covers for huge best sellers.

Design is about messaging and find the simplest way to convey the most important and relevant information. Think of efficiency.

Hopefully, you have fully read your book and now we can begin designing. 

Take chances and experiment. Through failure we find discovery.