Hello, hello! We’re going to jump right in and use this assignment to warm up, try some new media, and get to know each other. Over the next couple weeks, you’ll post written responses (to slack), create several different images, and some mock correspondences to an imagined art director. Additionally, you’ll be responding to the work of your peers, both to get to know them and to help them improve their work going forward.
- to meet your classmates and begin to develop our “classroom” culture and community
- to represent yourself visually in a way that is both authentic and professional
- to learn to handle gouache paint
- to refresh your skills with our various platforms and applications and, if needed, to make plans to get back up to speed with particular tools (e.g. the scanner, WordPress, slack, etc.)
- to use iterative work and peer feedback to improve future work
What You’ll Create:
- Black and white self-portrait, any media, no larger than 4” x 4” at 300 dpi
- Color, gouache self-portrait, no larger than 10” x 10” at 300 dpi (can be digitally edited)
- An “artist at work” photograph, no smaller than 8” x 6” at 72 dpi
- A professional bio in third-person, between 50 – 100 words
- A mock email and two concept sketches to a fictional art director
- An illustration in the style of or inspired by a contemporary illustrator of your choosing
- A final post to class site using one of the images above and explaining who you are as an illustrator
1/22, T – No Class, fill out First Day Survey
1/24, R – Watch: Beyond Watercolor: Learn to Paint with Gouache, Illustrate + post: Black and white self-portrait, any media, no larger than 4” x 4” at 300 dpi, Write+Post (to slack): Why this class? What are your strengths as an artist/designer? Where do you hope to grow?
1/29, T – Read: AIGA interview with Deanna Donegan , Photograph + post: a pic from the library of an illustration in context that you love, Write + post: Who is your ideal client? What is your ideal job? What did you learn from the Donegan interview?
1/31, R – Watch: Illustrating with Ink: Techniques for Brush and Pen, Illustrate + post: Color, gouache self-portrait, no larger than 10” x 10” at 300 dpi (can be digitally edited), Write + post: What is Illustration? How does it differ from drawing, painting, and other techniques?
2/5, T – Watch:Professional Practice In Illustration: Following a Creative Brief & Executing An Assignment , Create + post: “Artist at work” photograph, no smaller than 8” x 6” at 72 dpi, Write + post: a professional bio in third-person, between 50 – 100 words. Answer: How do you approach your “digital identity”?
2/7, R – Meet in BAC 130 for Domains overview. Write + post: Post bio and artist-at-work photo to your domain, Create + post: Two “roughs” for “Three Little Pigs” cover, screenshot of mock email to art director (as described in video)
This is a link to the mock creative brief from Lisa Congdon’s skillshare class.
2/12, T – Write + post: an overview of the work of a contemporary illustrator whose work you admire (with link to their website), Create + post: Piece in the style of or inspired by your illustrator, final “3 little pigs piece” based on peer feedback of your roughs
2/14, R – FINAL : : Create + post: Using one of the illustrations from the past three weeks, make a post explaining who you are as an illustrator and where you’re headed. Post answer and image to your domain and post link to slack.
Specifications, Notes and Other Things to Consider:
Most of the video collections I’d like you to watch are around an hour long. Please do all the exercises. That’s where you’ll really learn. You can watch the videos sped up slightly (1.25 times faster, 1.5x, or even, 2x faster), but don’t miss out on seeing details like how someone handles a brush or the small details they mention in passing. Take notes as you watch, then make the demo work in your sketchbook.
Artist at Work photos:
This photograph should show you and your face. It’s the kind of thing you might use on your portfolio site under “About” or give to someone who will be promoting your workshop/talk/book. You can be silly or dramatic, if that’s important to you and fits within your style of work, but tread carefully. This link has some good examples: https://www.agoodson.com/featured-artists/.
Try this on that page: find someone whose photo appeals to you, click on their image, and then click on the pink button that says “View Portfolio.” Does the work fit with the sense of the person you got from the photo? Do you like the work as well? Consider how your photograph, while not showing your art work, might hint at your style and approach.