Contests: Insect Fear – Termites

Looking for something fun to do?  Enter the Insect Fear Film Festival Art Contest.  Termites is the theme.  I’ll be turning in the entries from Uni on Feb. 15.  Any 2D art incorporating insects is acceptable.  Maximum size is 11″ x 14″.

Contest Reminder: Math Team T-Shirt

Mrs. Bocca has approached me about having students create a t-shirt design for the math team to wear to competitions.  Here’s what she’s looking for:

“We think of single color, short sleeve T-shirts (fun, meaningful, appropriate, pretty..”

Design deadline to Mrs. Bocca is Tues. 2/4/19.  Good luck!

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Font and Image

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Congratulations on your impressive work transforming your drawings into book cover designs.  I liked them, but was really impressed that Paul from the Library seemed to find them so captivating.

We watched Helvetica.  Mind-blowing!  If you really want to impress your friends about your ability to spot Helvetia, read this blog article, That’s Ariel Hot Shot.

Homework due 2/11:  Redesign an ad from he 60’s

Choose one of the four classic ’60s ads below and give it a make over (like the corporate identity specialists do) by updating the font and eliminating unnecessary text.  You may replace the central image if you like with a new photo, or use only text, but the key point is to add impact to the print ad by simplifying.  You may also eliminate the image entirely and rely only on text, font and color.  Print out your result.  Here are the choices:

 

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Positive/Negative & Fonts

img_9319This week the Gestalt drawings were finished.  Great ideas with amazing variety of approaches were shown.  Excellent work!

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Interested in street art/hand lettering?  Listen to this podcast with Ben Eine who just finished a huge street art piece in Chicago.

Homework:  due Monday, Jan. 28  Exploring Fonts

  1.  Word bank: mansplain, v.; ransomeware, n.; Disney, adj.; hangry, adj.; (All words  are new 2018 words in Oxford Dictionary)

The words in the word bank should be typed out in a font, size and color (if available) that you feel best expresses their meaning.  Please PRINT ON PAPER, because we will be cutting these up.

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2.  Draw an Illuminated Letter (elaborate letter appropriate for the beginning of a paragraph) of your choice, full page, in your sketchbook. You may make your own, or try copying one you like.

Negative Space and Gestalt

img_9254This week students drew the still life really thinking about negative space and gestalt concepts.  Minimalism, simplicity but readability of the image are the goals.  Rather than realistically shading, students were challenged to treat the negative and/or positive space in a non realistic manner to heighten the design elements.  Media choices include colored pencil, chalk, oil crayon or marker.

 

Homework due Tuesday 1/22: Handcrafted Letters

Using either Helvetica or Arial (bold), type a word or phrase at least 72 point.  This will be the skeleton for your design.  Print it at least 4 times.  You will keep one untouched, but using only black and white, change the letters of the other three, adding or removing elements from each character.  The smallest adjustment can have a huge impact on the flavor and voice of the type.  Play with flourishes, geometric angles, and round corners.  Add texture, movement and depth.  An example is shown below.

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Other option:  Doodle for Google entry!  The theme is “When I grow up I hope….”

Intrigued by hand made type?  It is becoming increasingly popular because of it adds so much personality.  Here’s a blog with some fun examples.

 

 

Contest: Math Team T-Shirt

Mrs. Bocca has approached me about having students create a t-shirt design for the math team to wear to competitions.  Here’s what she’s looking for:

“We think of single color, short sleeve T-shirts (fun, meaningful, appropriate, pretty..”

Design deadline to Mrs. Bocca is Tues. 2/4/19.  Good luck!

Welcome to 2D 2018!

This week we will begin our 2D explorations by focusing on some of the basic elements designers use when creating graphics and art.  Negative space and gestalt are the topics we will explore this week and next in preparation for a rendezvous with typography.

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Read the story behind the FEDEX logo and the history of other logos to brush up on your logo knowledge.

Homework due Monday 1/14:  Negative Thinking and Gestalt

  1.  Create a logo using either your name, Martin Luther King (MLK) or one of Uni’s academic departments that utilizes the NEGATIVE space in your logo design to create a meaningful shape relevant to you or the department you’ve selected.  Render in high contrast!

BTW:

Mrs. Bocca has approached me about having students create a t-shirt design for the math team to wear to competitions.  Here’s what she’s looking for:

“We think of single color, short sleeve T-shirts (fun, meaningful, appropriate, pretty..”

Design deadline to Mrs. Bocca is Tues. 2/4/19.  Good luck!