Monday, April 16, 2018

Project 5: Rotoscope

Due Class 29 - 5/4 (During Final Exam time 8:30am-10:30am)

Create a 5-10-second rotoscope animation, at 12-24fps.

             -  Must have at least one active subject and background elements.
             -  I recommend having it as 12fps, or 24 fps on twos.  Can vary from being on ones and on twos as needed.
             -  The animation may be rough, but must be readable/easy to follow.

             - You may replace the actor with an original character, or trace the actor as is.  Either are fine to do.
             - Animating two or more characters is very time intensive.  It might be more time efficient to keep it to one character.
             - Does not require a set beginning and end.  You may start and end the 5-10 seconds at any time, even in the middle of an action.
             - You may go over 10 seconds, but rotoscoping takes a lot longer than you'd think, so I'd suggest 10 seconds just to keep it manageable.
             - You may deviate from the source material and add abstract elements as much as you want - so long as you can explain your decision.
             - The animation can be rough (in fact I wouldn't recommend inking/coloring, as volume issues are far more forgiving in the roughs stage than in the inking/coloring stage), but the figures must be readable and the volumes should be consistent.

          Animation/Clarity:  Can we tell what's happening?  Are the visuals clear, or is it too messy to understand what's happening? Is the animation clear?  Are the volumes and line work consistent?

          Technical:  Are there any noticeable technical issues, such as unwanted artifacts (things appearing and disappearing from the screen), the video length not matching the film length?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Project 4: Poster

Due Class 24 - 4/16

Choose one line from a song, poem, quote, dialogue, book or nursery rhyme.  It can be from a source that already exists, or it can be from one of your own stories, songs, poems, etc.
 Make a 300dpi poster taking inspiration from that quote.

1) The poster should use at least 5 different layers of content
2) You may use any of Photoshops tools to enhance the image, including brushes, patterns, filters, etc.
3) You may include the text from the song, poem or nursery rhyme in the collage, but it's not required.
4) Can be portrait or landscape. Recommended sizes include Letter (8.5x11) or 11x17in.  You may deviate from these sizes if you have a reason for it.
5) You may use photographs or illustrations as needed.  You don't have to create everything yourself but it's recommended (and you'll have more control of the size).  If you do use an outside source, look for royalty free stock photography.
6) You may use Illustrator as a tool to create graphics, but the poster must be arranged in Photoshop and use at least some of its tools.
7) While it can look realistic or fantastical, the image integration needs to be seamless.  All images must work together to make one whole art piece.

 The Photoshop file you submit to me should be 300dpi, with the layers separated for editability. 

Be careful about merging layers.  Remember, any time layers are merged in Photoshop, the images are combined forever.  Photoshop is not like Illustrator in that you can just grab an image and cut/paste it on a different layer.  This is one of the most common mistakes I see in a Photoshop project.

Submit the .psd file to the Student Server, and a smaller, 72dpi JPEG version of the image onto the blog along with your artist statement.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Article: Photographer Adds Herself into her Childhood Pictures

This article contains a very interesting use of Photo manipulation, done by Chino Otsuka, who integrated images of herself as an adult into her old childhood photographs.

She did an especially nice job of matching the style, lighting, shadows and even the amount of noise.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Assignment 3: Self Insertion

Due Class 20 (4/2)
Put yourself in a place you have never been.  This will be a test of your basic selection tools, move tools and adjusting colors to make your image integrate with the new background as seamlessly as possible.

What I look for is seamless integration (no 'crustiness' around the edges), that the colors and light sources match and that the figure appears rooted in the environment.

My advice would be to find two images that already have a similar light source (or avoid drastically different light sources, such as merging an indoor picture with an outdoor picture), or changing the color scheme to unify the two images (such as converting them to greyscale or monochromatic).  Another option is to use filters.

Also keep in mind what's going on in the scene.  If you're behind glass, being backlit, under water, etc. that will require special attention to make the images integrate well.

Student Examples:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Project 3: Vector Illustration

Due Class 16  (3/19)
Draw a vector illustration from a photograph. 

You are allowed to take artistic liberties with the vector drawing.  How cartoony or realistic the final product looks is up to you, and you may deviate from the colors used in the original photograph if it suits the final look.  The purpose of the project is to test your technical skills and knowledge of the tools with Illustrator, as well as your understanding of the Elements of Design, and see how you use those skills and tools as a means to an end.

     No blank spaces.  There should be some kind of background, even if it's a gradient or flat color.
     The subject can't be cartoon characters, logos, drawings or otherwise flat, illustrated graphics.  I will be looking for mastery of the tools, and your ability to work with complex imagery.  Cartoons, as much as I love them, do the conceptual part of the work for you. 
     None of the original photograph should be visible in the final piece.
     No Live Trace, or use of outside graphics.
     Vector illustration must be done in Illustrator.

     Should have background and foreground elements.
     Should have at least one subject (a human, dog, object, etc.)
     Try to avoid over-simplified objects, such as a single fruit sitting on a plain table or background.  It doesn't give you much to work with.
     Graphics with a lot of very fine details, like excessive markings on animals (such as tiger stripes), or a lot of trees with very fine branches, can be difficult to render.  You're certainly allowed to use them, but it can be time consuming.

Student Examples: