Posts Tagged ‘class assignment’

An Elephant Takes Flight

Stain Drawing - Elephant

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One of the more fun and fanciful assignments in my drawing class was an exercise where we took a stain (in my case some wine I spilled on some paper), and drew what we saw in it. My stain had this funny little outcropping that I thought looked like an elephant head, so I started there and just let my imagination go — and I ended up with an elephant flying through the clouds!

Black and White Drawings

Black and White Drawing Study

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During my drawing class one interesting exercise we did was drawing a white and black object. We looked at the range of values in each object and really looked at how a black object isn’t fully black — or at least one black — and a white object isn’t fully white. I think my black object turned out better than my white one. I also found out that I really like drawing with charcoal pencils.

Finding a Sense of Interspace

I’m taking a couple more UCLA Extension classes this quarter — Color Methodologies and Drawing for Communications. I haven’t done too much yet that I’ve wanted to post up here, but I feel like my positive/negative space composition turned out well, so I thought I’d share it.

The idea was to create a sense of “interspace,” a balance between positive and negative space, by creating a photomontage and deciding which areas to use as positive space, and which as negative. I had a lot of trouble at first, not liking my compositions and not feeling inspired — I was also really short on time. So I turned to a past photomontage project I’d done — decoupage chairs, and decided to use them as inspiration.

Here’s what I came up with:

positive and negative space composition

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Here’s the original photo I took of the chair so you can see what I was working from.

Decoupage Chair - Photomontage

Updating the Owl Calendar in Illustrator

For my Illustrator class, we had a calendar project and I thought it would be the perfect time to start updating my Owl Calendar. I created another yearly version with the tree with pretty much the same layout but completely revamped images and colors. I’m still considering some changes, so I’m not posting an image fit for download yet, but you should be able to get a good view.

Owl Calendar 2011

I also started creating some individual calendar months — here are January and July. More to come soon! Let me know what you think…

Owl Calendar JanuaryOwl Calendar July

How to Create a Late Night Disaster

For my first Illustrator II class assignment, we had to create a how-to illustration. I decided to go timely with How to Cause a Late Night Disaster based on all the hoopla going on at NBC with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and the Tonight Show.

How to Create a Late Night Disaster per NBC, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien

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Final Photoshop II Project: NYTimes Opinion Illustration

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. It’s been a really busy month and I have lots of adventures to catch up on writing about. First, though, I wanted to share my final project from my Photoshop II UCLA Extension class.

We had to create an illustration for a New York Times Opinion Section piece in the style of ParkeHarrison. I was inspired by the surreal images, and loved the themes of flight, clouds and tethering. I chose an article called “Have Work, Will Travel” about working holiday visas for young people and the freedom it gives them. I focused on the freedom to travel and explore the world as opposed to the parts of the article that talk about how the U.S. doesn’t have such reciprocal agreements with other countries. As someone who has used a working holiday visa — when I went to London — it really was a great experience.

I put together a number of different photos — my friend Guiselle leaping into the air, a stock landscape, many stock cloud photos and a photo of a parachute for the strings.

"Have Work, Will Travel" ParkeHarrison-Style Illustration - Click for larger view

"Have Work, Will Travel" ParkeHarrison-Style Illustration - Click for larger view

Recreating a Planet Terror Poster, Textures and All

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Last week’s Photoshop class assignment was to recreate the look of a Planet Terror poster using our own images and textures. I chose a photo I took of Guiselle where she looks sort of scared, and painted on some eye makeup and made her lips a deeper red-orange so she looked like she was wearing lipstick. I couldn’t quite recreate the drippy mascara as well as I wanted, so I left it out. I also changed the color of her shirt from purple to green, and added a lot of highlights and shadows to make the lighting feel more like the original.

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Click to view an even larger view of Guiselle's Planet Terror moment

For the background, I blurred some crumpled paper to give the yellow some texture, and added scratches to the edges. I also added the paper folds, which was a pretty complicated process since I wanted to match the original colors in the folds, as well as the original feel, and I wasn’t working with the best photo of folds to begin with since my paper was just white and it has quite a lot of shadow on it.

I played with the text a bit, though just used the Title and production company logos from the original.

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Click to view a larger version of Evan's texture moment

As this was texture week, we also had to create a bunch of original textures from photos/scans and use them in an image. I made of of Evan, using many textures, from tree bark to crumpled aluminum foil to ripped paper in the background, and dirt and more marked up tree bark on top of him to make him look grittier.