Friday, April 28, 2017

Monday May 1st : Profile Mask finish

Happy May Day!

Midterm grades are in. What do you need to finish for the Quarter Portfolio check?

Did you print your 4x5 last Friday? Do it now if not!

Today's goal: Finish your Profile Mask- finish this and put in your portfolio today. ONE is required, more is encouraged.
*images from or your own images.

Target:  My work is stronger because I use the elements and principles of art/design.

Remember to think about COLOR, CONTRAST, UNITY, BALANCE, TEXTURE...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Friday April 28 : Prep your 4x5

1st hour ends 7:57
3rd hour ends 9:11

Since we have such a short's what you need to do.

1. Choose something to put in our May 4x5 Show.
You can choose anything you want that you have made, but it has to fit in a 4x5 or 5x4" space.
Open Adobe Illustrator. Create a new file that is 4x5".
File/Place your work onto the space. Size it or rearrange it to fit in the space.
Print it to the HPM 750 printer and give to me.

*If your work is from a photograph, you might want me to print it for you at Sams Club. If that is the case, follow the above directions but don't print.

File/Save for Web and set it to the Maximum JPG options.
Add that JPG file to THIS folder and I will print for you this weekend.

2. Done? Continue to work on your Profile Mask piece. We can finish that up on Monday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday April 27 : New Meaning Pen Tool practice

I will still be coming around to grade portfolios today... tomorrow is the last day!

NEW UNIT: New Meaning

Target: I feel confident creating designs in Adobe Illustrator.
Sub Target:  Practice using the Pen Tool to create a profile silhouette photo mask.

First we are going to practice the PEN creating a PROFILE FACE 
Step One:  Use Webcam to take a pic of your PROFILE. Save to your H drive.
Step Two: Pen Tool your silhouette in Illustrator
Step Three: Find two Creative Commons images and save to your H drive
Step Four: Use Clipping Masks to create a see through silhouette

ONE is required for your portfolio- more is encouraged for Above & Beyond!!!!

Wednesday April 26 : Finish your portfolio for MIDTERM

I would like to start grading portfolios for midterms today and finish on Friday.

THIS is what you need to earn a B standard:
1 Geofilter Mockup
1 Photoshop Tablet drawing
Monogram Thumbs Step 1 (min 12 designs, 16 for extra)
Monogram Roughs Step 2 (min 3 designs)
Monogram Final Step 3
Moment photo shoot contact (24 images at least 18 new for extra)
Moment Collage (2)

Identity Reflection

You need above plus 3 of these for an A standard:
Extra Geofilter Mockup
Extra Photoshop tablet work
More than 16 monogram thumbnails
Extra Final Monogram Step 3 page
More than 24 NEW shots on Moment Contact Sheet
More than 2 Moment Collages
New Cover page with Monogram at start of portfolio

For an A+ you need all of the B list and one extra from each project:
Extra Geofilter
Extra tablet drawing
Extra Final Step 3 Monogram
Extra new Moment images on contact sheet
Extra Collage
New Cover page with monogram

Done for midterm?
Practice Pen Tool! Try to make these

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday April 25 : Silhouettes and Pen Tool

Let's talk about Juxtaposition & Silhouette in our Notes

Assignment ONE for New Meaning will be done in Adobe Illustrator using silhouettes, shapes and vectors.

First, we practice a new Technical Media Skill. 
How do you make a silhouette? The PEN TOOL and talk about anchor points.

Everyone needs help with this tool. Game on...  (works in Explorer)

Or try Bezier Game

Can you:
Make straight lines
Make geometric shapes
Make curvy lines
Make a "circle"
Use the Smooth tool
Control the pen and make a closed shape.
Use ALT to break a bar.
Make a heart?

   Not this...

But this...

Monday April 24: Identity Unit to New Meaning Unit/ Midterm/ Pen Tool

Identity Unit recap
Your portfolio needs:
Tablet brush work
Monogram Step 1
Monogram Step 2
Monogram Step 3
Contact Sheet (24 images)
2 Collages
Identity Reflection


Done? Ready to start a new Unit: NEW MEANING
Target: I feel confident creating designs in Adobe Illustrator.

First, we practice a new Technical Media Skill.  The PEN TOOL.

Everyone needs help with this tool. Game on... 

Or the Bezier Game

Can you:
Make straight lines
Make geometric shapes
Make curvy lines
Make a "circle"
Use the Smooth tool
Control the pen and make a closed shape.    Not this...

But this...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday April 21 : Finish up Identity Unit for Midterm

Will you please go to Google Web  store 

and search for the Lightspeed extension. Please add it to your Chrome- 
this will allow me to unblock sites we will need for class!

Things you need to get done:

Get your portfolio ready for MIDTERM GRADING.

Step 1,2, 3 monograms for portfolio
24 images in a contact sheet in portfolio
2 collages in your portfolio (with at least one clipping mask)

Don't remember how?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday April 20 : Moment Collages

Target: I feel confident creating designs in Adobe Illustrator.
Target: I honestly think about the elements and principles of art before/while I am making my art.

Your last task in the Identity Unit is to create a collage using your images and monogram together.
You will create at least TWO for your portfolio check at Midterm.
They include your monogram.
They include at least three images.
They tell a story about a moment.
The collage is unified aesthetically.
Use a clipping mask at least once.

You need to think about a some things before you create.

CONTEXT (the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed)

Which photos will tell what story?

EDITING (do you need to edit any images so they work better together?)

What feel/mood/story are you going for?

UNITY (designing all the elements so they look like they belong together)

Does your story come through and does the design appear as ONE image?

HOW do you create a collage? Two choices.
1. Create in Illustrator. Use an app we have used before to edit images. Build the collage in Illustrator.

2. Edit and build the collage in PicMonkey or BeFunky. Place what you built in Illustrator, add the monogram, use clipping masks and add designs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wednesday April 19 : Clipping Masks and Layers of images

Target: I feel confident creating designs in Adobe Illustrator.
Target: I honestly think about the elements and principles of art before/while I am making my art.

Your last task in the Identity Unit is to create a collage using your images and monogram together.
You will create at least TWO for your portfolio check at Midterm.

New technique to learn in Illustrator: Clipping Mask

Be aware of how this collage looks:
As you create your first collage, think about the Elements & Principles... 
choose COLOR and CONTRASTS wisely and be aware of TEXTURES.

Dimensions for our practice version can be 4x5 inches OR the dimensions of your phone screen...
Google it!
For example... IPhone 6 Plus is 1242 x 2208 pixels

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tuesday April 18 : Survey (again), Photoshoot & Contact Sheet, Step Three Monograms

Here is what you should work on today:
1. Please take THIS SURVEY if you didn't the other day- I only had 17 responses and I need more!
2. Photoshoot- Please create a folder called "Moment Photoshoot" with your 24 images on Drive.
*Get your images off your device (if not in Google Drive) HOW TO VIDEO HERE
3. Review of how to make a contact sheet (CONTACT SHEET VIDEO HERE)
4. Put your contact sheet in your portfolio for Midterm Grading.
5. Continue Step 3 for your final Monogram

Last minute ideas you can do at home tonite!!
Listening to music
Doing homework
Walking/Ride to school
Being outside
Playing an instrument
Time on the computer or phone
Watching TV
Hanging out with your pet, friend, family
Eating, cooking
Talking on the phone
Snapchating, texting, Facetiming, etc

Monday April 17: Step 2 to Step 3... Why does opinion matter?

STEP 3. 1 Comp sheet with logo in b/w, color, 2" and 5", designed layout

Next you will share your Rough monograms with your classmates.

Remember, though this design is for you, public opinion always comes with new design.
And sometimes, it's not good.
Logo redesigns that have created a stir...
When Instagram changed and everyone hated it...

Designing the new Instagram logo

Your classmates are your "test" audience and give you feedback on which design is the most successful in their opinion!

Step One: Open your class's slideshow
Take a look at your classmates designs and give them feedback on the strongest design in your opinion. *Add a comment on their page and just add the number of the design you think is the strongest.

Step Two: In your portfolio, show the data of the results. How many votes did you get for each design? Which will you move forward with and why?

Step Three: Create your Final Comp page with the logo you choose to move forward with.
This page should be
Well Designed
Show variety of the logo (colors, size, usage)
Be unified (intentional color, layout)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday April 13: Share step 2/ Capture a Moment photoshoot

Identity Unit:
Part One- Personal Monogram Logo (in progress now)
Part Two- Capture a Moment photo shoot or photo gather
Part Three- Identity Collages (using both images and monogram)
Extras: Monogram keychain vector, phone wallpaper design

I take many photographs so I can explore a wide range of options to choose from for my final project.
I feel confident using digital cameras (whatever device you have).
My work communicates an idea to an audience because I have made good choices with the elements and principles.

Capture a Moment expectations & examples

By Tuesday next week, you need to take and gather 24 photos that capture a moment.
For an A at midterm- take 18-24 NEW images of moment (can gather additional)
For a B at midterm- gather 24 older images of a moment

What is capturing a moment?
Images of the THINGS or WHO
Images of the WHERE
Images of the WHAT

How do you capture a moment?
Closeups of textures/colors
Interesting angles/ viewpoints
Depth of field (focus)
Rule of thirds (subject matter)

With the rest of the time today, make sure you share your Monogram Rough Step 2

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday April 12 : Monograms Step Two for sharing and voting

Things to try and get done today:
1. Today your goal is to complete your Monogram Step Two file and SHARE for voting. 
Remember the MUSTS:
  • Use 3-4 of your best thumbnails.
  • Show that design in black/white and at least one colorized version
  • Clean up your design (create outlines, cut out space)
  • Use intentional color palettes
  • Number each design.
When it is done, save as JPG and add to your class periods slideshow.

If you have forgotten how to add color with new swatches, watch the video

2. If you are done with that, update your portfolio (See MINE) with your Step one and Step Two.

3. Create a new cover page for your portfolio using your monogram in some way.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday April 11 : Monogram Thumbs to Roughs

Personal Identity Assignment- your goal today is to finish your Step 2 to SHARE tomorrow.

STEP 1. Thumbnail using CARP
(min 12 for midterm check, 15 or more for extra credit)

STEP 2. 3 or 4 designs in B/W and in color

Create Outlines
Clean up designs (delete extra vectors and neg space)
Add at least one version of color
Try Live Color/Transparency
Use intentional color (swatches?)
Add name if you want

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday April 10th : Monogram thumbs to roughs

You are currently working through the Three Step Process to create the best identity logo you can.
Step One- create at least 12-15 thumbnails showing

Are you stuck? Read the questions below... did you try all these things?

Then begin Step Two- Roughs. Perfect and add Color to at least 3 best designs.

A rough is where a designer edits, perfects, alters and varies an idea.
1. Open a new file and name it "Monogram Rough".
2. Copy or drag over 3 or 4 thumbs you decided were your strongest.

3. Alt/Drag each design to create a 2nd copy.
4. Add color to the 2nd copy.
5. Feel free to create multiples of different color attempt.
6. Add text of your full name in a typeface that complements the design.

Don't forget to use color palettes like   or Adobe Color!!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Friday April 7 : Sub, Survey and Thumbs

I am out today helping interview potential Principals!

ONE; Please take THIS survey today; it is just documenting how you feel now about your progress toward our class targets.

TWO: Continue designing your logos... our goal is for you to have between 12 and 20 by Monday's class.

Did you try:
All Caps?
All lower case?
In a shape?
Repeating the letter?
Linking the letters? (Pathfinder)
Making letters from lines?
Making letters from shapes?
Cutting parts out of a shape?
Editing the shape of the letter with white arrow?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thursday April 6 : Designing your thumbnails

Target: I honestly experiment with many design choices before choosing my best option.

You are still going through developing your monogram using the CARP Principles.

Follow me for techniques or continue to play on your own.
Your goal is to play with 
ALIGNMENT- align your letters top, bottom, left or right or center. Play with fonts
CONTRAST- Utilize strong black and white shapes 
PROXIMITY- can you make the letters touch to create a new shape? Can you leave parts open?
REPETITION- how can you produce repeating angles or shapes?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tuesday April 4 : Monogram Thumbnails

Target: I honestly experiment with many design choices before choosing my best option.

Creating your logo is a long process. We begin with lots of little ideas using the CARP Principles as a guide. Today we will work more on creating logos using Alignment and Proxmity, as well as discuss Repetition and Contrast.

Identity: Personal Identity Logos
3 Step Process
1: Thumbnails- LOTS of ideas, good, bad and ugly
2: Roughs- take your best ideas and refine, add color
3: Comp- beautiful final result you would show off

Let's start your Step One page so you can begin your ideas.