Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday in class we will start using the computer for logo development. You should come to class prepared with a hand drawn logo ready to scan. This logo could be small but would work better if it is drawn at the size of your hand and filled in with marker. It is always best to start with a scan when developing work on a computer. We tend to see better and draw better naturally by hand. Once scanned we can force the computer to re-create faithfully our aesthetic choices. If you do not start with a scan there is a tendency to let the computer decide what is easiest to do. A computer created logo doesn't need to look like it was done on a computer. There are ways to make sure that your lines and curves still feel lively and natural. We will be primarily learning to use the vector pen tool. When using the pen tool try to use as few points as possible. Curving points should be placed at the extremes of a curve and have equally balanced control handles. This will all make sense later. You are welcome to use the same logo that you inked by hand, but it would be better for your portfolio to try a different logo. Perhaps another one from your process that you didn't choose to ink up. Inked logo is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday. If you require feedback, post it on your blog.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- Subject Text List - make a list of words that describe the themes that you are trying to say. Graphic Design should always start with a clear idea of what you want to communicate.
- Signifier Text List - continuing with text, list words that refer to or remind you of the subject that you listed. Include a friend, they may have ideas related to their experience that will give you more options
- Image Thumbnails - by getting started with words we can easily switch to illustrating them. Let yourself have fun with these images and doodle some variations on the obvious. Also remember to draw filled in shapes rather than line-described images; it will be easier for the next step.
- Scan for Opportunities - with a sheet full of drawings you can quickly do a visual scan and look for drawings that have qualities that would help them relate to other drawings. These graphical opportunities may be:
- similar shape
- complimentary edges
- details that could co-exist
- negative shapes that look like another drawing
- Redraw as Combinations - using your layout or tracing paper can help you to make new drawings that are combinations of more than one of the thumbnails
This does not have to be a linear process. Go back and forth between text and image to help you find ideas that you missed the first time.
- Side by Side Comparison- two objects are placed side by side or stacked vertically to get us to look at them as a similar pair. We relate the two because of their similarity and imagine logical connections or metaphors.
- Form a Single Object - draw the two as one object while maintaining the details from each that make it identifiable. This may involve sacrificing a portion of the object that is not necessary for recognition and allowing it to take on the form of the other.
- Positive and Negative Space - The holes or edge details in one object can take on the characteristics of the second object.
Two strategies may help you make a better graphic image.
- Try to reconstruct the form using only geometric primitives:
circles, rectangles, triangles, etc. . .
- Emphasize the stylistic elements that describe the form best while eliminating others:
if your image is curvy, eliminate everything except the curves.
- Law of Closure - we perceive closed and complete forms when given sufficient parts
- Law of Similarity - things that are similar are perceived as a group or related
- Law of Proximity - we form groups out of things that are closer or equally further than other things
- Law of Symmetry - symmetrical forms are perceived as belonging together
- Law of Continuity - once a pattern is recognized we perceive its repetition
- Law of Common Fate - things that move or act the same are perceived as a group
Many Gestalt principles rely on a good use of positive and negative shapes. Altering edges of an object to serve a dual purpose for another form can help you to make use of Gestalt priniciples. Always take a step back from your work and try to see what sort of connections and visual order people will try to make of your work.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
What did you draw?
Most art students will draw a fairly detailed eye with iris, pupil, highlight, eyelid, eyelashes. This is what they have been taught to do. They are taught that the more "realistic" and more complex they can make their drawing the better it is. So this is where I have to un-teach them. Sometimes the best drawing of an eye is just a single dot. It is quick and easy to draw, and in the right context, it is easy and quick to identify. The single point eye is a powerful universal symbol for an eye where a realistic looking eye gets tied down to representing a specific age, race, sex, or character. When communication is the goal the quicker, more universal, less complex eye is better. There is no need to impress anyone with your rendering virtuosity, just show me an eye and make it quick.
It goes smoothly from very thin to full and thick. It can do that because a good brush makes a sharp point when it is wet. Don't be deceived by all those sharp looking cheap brushes in the store. They look that way because they have the equivalent of a stiff hair gel/insecticide in them. Here you can see a dry sable brush next to the same brush when wet. A cheap brush will never form that sharp point again after you wash it the first time.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
ART 2610 - Fall 09 - Babcock
Create a Blogger Blog to record course progress, lectures, comments, research, and works.
Enter this link in your browser (no spaces or breaks) for screenshots of this process:
First commit to an email with a good username. “YourNameDesign” if possible. Be consistent with the email, account name, and passwords across all of these processes. Have a strong password that doesn’t include the word “password” or your account name, has numbers and letters and at least 8 characters.
You might consider signing up for a new email from gmail to make this all work well.
http://www.google.com click on MAIL
Send me your URL to you’re done.
Delicious social bookmarking
delicious.com. Copy the tagroll code into a blogger html gadget on your blog.
Picasa web album
Will use your same google account as the gmail and blogger. Images posted on your blog will automatically load into an album here. Load images directly here and use link to image codes.
More Blog stuff
Title blog with your Full Name and Graphic Design and Illustration in the Site Description.
Settings - Public, No word verification required, google account signature.
Gadget 1 - Delicious HTML code
Gadget 2 - Blog Roll - add http://www.profbabcock.blogspot.com/ to your blog roll.
Delete the followers gadget.
Fill out the profile gadget.
Blog entry 1 - Test Post
Title, text, and test image.
Blog entry 2 - Course Work
State your major. List courses you plan on taking and which semester you will take them.
Assignment and Lecture Posts
You will be making posts that work like class notes. If there is a lecture blog a summary. Post progress on projects. For many things you can mirror the content of my posts for class.
Quoting and Linking
In your blog entries, if getting content from others: summarize in your own words or use a citation for words quoted. Include URLs for call content that is not your own.
Create all files at 300 dpi for print, 180 dpi for Picasa and 72 dpi for Blog
Follow my blog for assignments and lectures.
Follow Blackboard page for announcements, recorded lectures, grades, course documents.
There are days throughout the semester when for a variety of reasons assembling for class is not going to happen. These days may be designated as “Blog Days”. This means that you are responsible for posting specific content to your blog as an indication of your labor in the course for that day. Attendance credit for that day will be given based on your post. Posts should be complete before the next scheduled meeting date.
Post comments using your GoogleID. You will be required to comment at various times. Do it spontaneously. Remember good etiquette.