Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Painting- You Pick It Project


What do you want to paint?  First decide what type of painting you would like to make.  Next, choose the style you want to paint.

Major Types of Painting

landscape is an outdoor scene. A landscape artist uses paint to create not only land, water, and clouds but air, wind, and sunlight.How many of these types of painting have you tried—did you ever paint a local landscape or draw a self-portrait? Some paintings combine types. For example, a portrait might also include details of a still life.

portrait is an image of a person or animal. Besides showing what someone looks like, a portrait often captures a mood or personality.

still life shows objects, such as flowers, food, or musical instruments. A still life reveals an artist's skill in painting shapes, light, and shadow.

A real life scene captures life in action. It could show a busy street, a beach party, a dinner gathering, or anyplace where living goes on.

Major Styles of Painting
Look at the following website.  It explains different styles of paintings.
This is to get you thinking about what your style is.

CHOOSE one type of painting, and CHOOSE one style of painting.

Google search to find an artist that you like who uses that style.  

Open Microsoft Word or Google Docs.  Title your document with your chosen art style (ex. Abstract Expressionism.  Place your name in the header of the document.  Write at least 6 complete sentences in your own words that describe the art style and why you chose it.  Choose and artist that use the style you like.  Copy and paste a picture of the artist and one of their painting into your word document.  Lastly, find a reference photo of what you would like to paint.  The reference photo needs to be realistic, and you will adjust the image to your style when you sketch it out.  Print and staple the sentences, and photos, and turn in to Mrs. Hurd.


Computer Assisted Art


Get snagit

Graphic Design Album Art

For this lesson, you will create a CD booklet based upon your favorite song. The song’s lyrics will serve as an inspiration for the look and feel of your project. 

  1. Art communicates powerful ideas and fosters an understanding of history, culture and each other.
  2. Art develops creative thinking and problem solving skills.

  1. How/where do artists get their ideas?
  2. What choices do artists make?
  3. How does art communicate?
  4. Where is art in our world?
  5. Do artists need skills to create art?

Students will:
  1. Learn how to use Photoshop’s image selection tools in order to manipulate images.
  2. Learn how to add and edit type in Photoshop.
  3. Learn how to edit the size, color and shape of images in Photoshop.
  4. Learn how to correctly set up a Photoshop document by using layers.
  5. Locate and identify examples of how color and texture are used in CD cover design.
  6. Analyze song lyrics to determine the message of the song. 
  7. Learn how to create sketches for design projects.
  8. Create a CD cover that incorporates a specific color palette, visual texture and a successful combination of words and images.

Step 1: Inspiration
Begin by finding the lyrics to your favorite song. It should be a song that has personal meaning, yet also be appropriate for school. Double check for inappropriate language and themes/content that is not conducive for a school setting. 
Print out two copies. One to turn into me and a smaller version that you will use in your final design.
Step 2: Color Research
Search the internet to find examples of how graphic designers have incorporated color into CD design. Find at least one example of each of the bulleted items listed below. Print out your copies and glue them into your sketchbook. Be sure to label your images with the subcategory of color, as well as cite the url where your images are originally from
Here are the art elements that you should find examples of:
  1.   Primary
  2.   Secondary or Complimentary
  3.   Monochromatic Design Instruct 
  4.   Bold use of color (bright color, many colors, etc.) 
  5.   Pastels
  6.   Primarily black and white
Step 3: Texture Research
For homework, photograph five different examples of textures from around school or your neighborhood. These should be printed out and and handed in. Here are some examples of different types of texture:
  1.  Rough/Distressed
  2.  Gritty
  3. Cracked
  4. Speckled
  5. Smooth

Save your electronic files onto your computer. You might wind up using them for your project.

Step 4: Color Palettes
Next, search the internet for examples of color palettes that you are thinking about incorporating into your design project. Here are some links to get you started:

Find at least three different color ideas, print them out and hand them in with your name on them!

Step 5: Sketching
Now it’s time to be creative! Complete 3 detailed colored thumbnail sketches of your CD layout ideas on computer paper. Each sketch should have a front and back cover, show the types of images you are planning on using, suggest a type treatment and indicate a color palette. Your designs should be image dominant.
IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T DRAW- use simple shapes to represent your images and then make note of what the shapes stand for.  You can still get a good design out of simple shapes.
Feeling stuck for ideas? In addition to using some of the Elements and Principles of art, here are some ways to alter a design based upon some of the Synectic Trigger Mechanisms by Nicholas Roukes.
Here is a animated short about typography:

Once all your sketching is complete, choose your most successful sketch and try to recreate it in Photoshop. Your CD must have the following project requirements:

Visuals1) At least three images that have been digitally combined together on the front cover of your CD
2) Visual texture
3) A distinct color palette
4) Front cover on the right hand side of your file, back cover on the left.
1) An interesting, yet readable type treatment that relates to the mood of your piece
CD Front Cover1) Name of artist or group2) Name of album
CD Back Cover
1) Bar code2) Record label logo3) Song titles4) The small print (we will go over this in class)

Inside of CD Jacket
  1. At least three images that have been digitally combined (Jacket only)
  2. Must have a visual texture
  3. Must have a distinct color palette
  4. Images match the look and feel of the outside of the CD jacket. Think fraternal twins, not identical. 
  5. Interesting and readable type that relates to the tone of your piece, as well as your outside CD jacket.
  6.  The complete lyrics to your song. Adding additional song lyrics is suggested, but not required. It improves the overall look of your CD (inside of CD Jacket Only)
  7.  Name of Artist and Group (the actual CD only)

CD Cover Design

Monday, March 21, 2016

Emoji's with Computer Assisted Art

Log in to computer and find scanned images.
Open photoshop
Open newly scanned images in photoshop.
Adjust image so that it has big bold black outlines.
Adjust image so that it has solid areas of color.
Embellish image using filters, blending modes, and different tools (paint bucket paint brush, magic selection, quick selection, etc...)
Delete background and save as a png file and as a psd file.

Email Mrs. Hurd the png file.

Don't be afraid to try new things with in the same image!  See examples below.

Original image after being scanned:

Image after being altered with photoshop:

Friday, March 18, 2016

Graphic Design Leprechaun Yourself!

Directions- Use copy and paste, blending modes, filters, quick selection tool, and etc...to create your own leprechaun image.
Try to make look realistic as possible.  Line up facial features, and match skin tones!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Color Splash Graphic Design

Today's Assignment:
Make sure to finish Scribble Art and email nhurd@fchsmules.com in JPEG format.

Watch Mrs. Hurd's demonstration on color splash technique using the chalk build up brush.  Create your own color splash image. Both documents should be the following size-
New File
8.5 x 10 inches
150 ppi

You will be creating 2 color splash images using 2 different techniques.  One using the chalk buildup brush/color mode and the other using layer mask.

Once you have completed the first colorsplash image watch the tutorial below and create your second color splash image.

Email both images in jpeg format to Mrs. Hurd nhurd@fchsmules.com

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pop Art Painting Class

Write these notes down on a piece of paper.
Watch below video and fill in the blanks.

Follow the step by step instructions in the below handout.
Print image and turn in notes when completed.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Graphic Design Scribble Art

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Scribble Art using Photoshop Masks
Orginal Photo
Photoshoped with filters and blending modes
Final image with scribble masks

Lets try this again with a little more OOMF!
Please follow the tutorial on the art blog (artfchsmules.blogspot.com). Look at the student examples for inspiration- link is attached.
Create your own scribble art using a person or an animal. Make sure to include a background that makes sense with your photo, as well as enhances image. Brush strokes or scribbles should be crisp and clean (try out different brush sizes). You should experiment with drop shadows, blending modes, and filters. Create as many layers as you want to get an interesting effect.
Document Size: 8 x 10 inches, 150 ppi
Submit on google classroom and comment how you created your image.

Step One- Altering image in photoshop and creating layers

Creating a layer masks and adding more water splashes

Here is what I did:
1. Found interesting photo via internet
2. Selected the figure using the quick selection tool < EDIT < COPY < EDIT < PASTE x2
I create two layers of the figure to experiment with. On the first copy I added a drop shadow, on the second copy I applied <FILTER < ARTISTIC < CUTOUT and adjusted the opacity to 30%.
3. Next I really wanted to accent the boots. To do so I used the quick selection tool to select just the boots < EDIT < COPY < EDIT < PASTE I applied the same cut out filter, and changed the blending mode to COLOR.
4. I noticed at this point the image was a little fuzzy looking and I decided to go with it and emphasize it. < FILTER < NOISE < ADD NOISE 12.5 This created a really nice texture.
5. < SELECT < ALL < EDIT < COPY MERGED- select everything and copy it for new document.
6. < FILE < NEW 8x10 in 150 ppi < FILE < PASTE CTRL + T to resize
7. I selected the figure with the quick selection tool < EDIT < CUT to remove move figure
8. I then filled the empty space with content aware (this fills the image with was is surrounding it) < EDIT < FILL < CONTENT AWARE
9. <EDIT < PASTE x2 to create two layers with just the figure.
10. Created two layer masks- one using a big brush, and the other using a small brush
11. Added drop shadows to both layers
12. Found water color splashes via google images and copied and pasted into the image- adjusted opactity and used the chalkbuild up brush and color filter to add more color over the drops. 
13. Lastly I created a new blank layer and filled with a blue color. I then used a giant brush and low opacity to erase the center to create a faded frame.
Sounds like a lot but its all about the details!!!
Don't follow me exactly but know that it takes alot of steps to get great artwork!

use the tutorial below to create your own wrapped looking picture.  Need some ideas? Here is a link to other student examples  http://www.artofapex.com/2012/05/scribble-art-using-masks.html


Monday, March 7, 2016

Graphic Design Facebook Covers 2

Monday Assignment:
Make sure you have emailed Mrs. Hurd your final facebook cover from last week.


Google/Research Facebook Covers- find one for your inspiration, or if you already have an idea of your layout stick with that.  Look at layout, and placement of pictures and background effects.

Using your knowledge from the previous assignment create your own personal facebook cover design.

Things to remember:
Easily readable
Clean & Professional Looking
Include Layer Styles & Blending Modes
Include Layer Masks with different shapes
Create your own icons for the information you put on the cover (examples- facebook, deviant art, google+, twitter, ect....)
Must have a coherrent THEME

Turn in by Wednesday end of class and email to Mrs. Hurd