Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 - Week 5 - Class 2 - Homework

Work on finishing your cover illustration (can be line art, value rendered, or in color - but needs to be an image that would be finished enough to be taken to color, not a sketch-in-progress)

Finish Storyboards

Finish one color interior spread

Finish two final line drawings from interior (one of those can be the image you take to color, but it would be better if they are two other images)

Finish scanning all art for dummy with text applied (ready to print)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 - Week 5 - Class 1 - Homework

2 1/2 size color comps of your realized cover design (1 or 2 designs)

Lookybooks: 2 book covers that rely heavily on type treatments

Storyboard to dummy size - lay in type to size

Keep working towards one color interior final (if you need to go back and do value/character/light/color studies to accomplish this, do so)

2017 - Week 4 - Class 2 - Homework

Finish Storyboard

Complete and fully render one interior final piece at full size

We will go over Chip Kidd's GO in Lookybooks

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 - Week 4 - Class 1 - Homework

Lookybooks: Pick out books to evaluate for continuity of color palette, design, style, plot movement, etc. (You can pick out one that's doing this exceptionally well and/or one that's doing this poorly.) Continue working on storyboard, media studies, etc.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 - Week 3 - Class 2 - Homework

Create half-sized color/media studies (2 to 3) for one spread of your choice to determine your final medium of choice (or one that you’d like to experiment with)

Finish 2 final interior black and white drawings to full size (ready to be rendered drawings)

Continue tightening up storyboard

Lookybooks: Go over your mentor books more – reexamining color/layout/proportion. Share on Tuesday. Also: Select two books that have artwork rendered in ways you admire and/or hope to achieve

Bring your computer to the next class!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Week 3 - Class 1 Homework

Lookybooks: Bring a book and discuss its style and how a different style might have changed the meaning of the story.

Watch Will Terry's "Am I Good Enough to Become an Illustrator?" (link is also in the Hollinzeen video list).

Pick 2 illustrations from your storyboard and create half-sized black and white finished sketches in full value, planning out your light source(s) and using other discussed design choices to carry the viewer's eye around the page.
Note: Making a black and white copy will help you figure your values when you go to final color.

Read Nodelman, Chapter 9 to go over in Thursday's class

Continue working on your storyboards, characters, and color studies.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 Week 2 - Class 2 Homework

Continue developing and refining your main characters - try to have them nailed down.

Make clay models of your main characters

Build a model set to place your characters in for photography purposes

Draw a line art version of your characters - make 5 copies to use for color studies

Choose 2 to 5 books that have the color palette you have in mind for your book (you can use the color palettes in these books for your character color studies)

Keep working on and tightening up your storyboards - move to the larger storyboard template

Read Perry Nodelman, Chapter 3

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017: Week 2 - Class 1 Homework

Continue your character studies - consider style from realistic to simplified - where does your preference lie?

Create a line-up (rotated view) in b/w of one of your main characters (like the handout example of Hugo from SOAP).

Continue work on your storyboard

Looky Books: Pinpoint light direction on existing titles - find the most unusual light source you can

IMPORTANT: For next class - Bring a flashlight, camera, and shoebox (or cardboard, white poster board and boxes), and sculpting tools to class.

Your final project book title or illustrator is due Thursday.

Continue reading assigned texts.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017: Week 1 - Class 2 Homework

Lookybook: Choose 2 titles that speak to you on a character level, that use page turns to strong advantage, and 2 more titles that speak to you on a composition level, to share in next class. Concentrate on layout and size of book as well. (4 books total)

Create three storyboard sketches from the manuscript you've chosen to work with

Create 5 sequential illustrations, telling a simple wordless story that you make up, with the theme of, "I did it!" - Keep in mind altering the perspective and employ black and white sketches or value studies

Read Chapter 6 - Perry Nodelman, "The Depiction of Action and the Passing of Time"

Final presentation book title or illustrator will be due next Thursday

Continue working on break-up of text

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017: Week 1 - Class 1 Homework

Create 3 value studies of existing book covers - about 3" to 5" wide or tall.
Note: Be sure to bring the chosen books with you to class on Thursday!

Finish your value scales and practice drawing motor skills - with both hands!

Read Words About Pictures by Perry Nodelman
     Chapter 2: Format, design, visual features
     Chapter 5: Visual weight and directed tension: The relationship of visual elements to each other.

Looky Books: Bring a book with a cover that intentionally directs your eye. Choose a book we haven't discussed already.

Start saving/collecting boxes/cardboard for model-making.