Negative Space

Today’s essential question: How can I make my silhouette piece more interesting by incorporating negative space?

The following students have done a great job utilizing negative space.
What are some ways the negative space adds to their artwork?

Interested in pursuing art in college? You may want to attend RIT’s “Design Your Future” event on Friday, October 11th. (You have the day off school.)

Today we will:

  • Continue tracing over our silhouette sketches in Adobe Illustrator with the pen tool.
  • Upload our PDF, PNG, and photo of our sketch to our shared Media 2 Google Drive Folder
  • Create a new blog post with both a PDF and PNG of our progress so far.
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Vector Silhouette Day 4: Setting Up Our Files in Illustrator

Today’s essential question: How can I set up my project in Illustrator?

Part 1: Setting Up Our Files in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Open Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Select “New Print Document” from the pop up screen:
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  3. Create a new file in Adobe Illustrator with the following guidelines (you should pick the same orientation as your sketch, so some of you may need to set up your document to 14″ wide by 11″ tall):
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  4. Press the blue “create” button to create your file
  5. Place the photo you took last class the file you just created. (File -> place)
    DO NOT try to open your downloaded image in Illustrator! This will cause strange things to happen.

Part 2: Tracing Over Our Sketch with the Pen Tool

  1. Create a new layer by clicking on the “new layer” button at the bottom of the layers palette on the right side of the screen. new_layer_button
  2. Select the pen tool. pen_tool
    Trace over your first shape. (You may need to decrease the opacity of this layer so you can see what you are tracing. You can do this by clicking on the transparency icon transparency_icon on the right side of the screen and decreasing the opacity so it is below 100. transparency_window)
  3. Bring the opacity back 100% and adjust the color if necessary.
  4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you are happy with your vector illustration.

Special Tool: The Shape Tool

  1. You may wish to use the shape tool to easily draw squares, rectangles, and circles. It is located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Click and hold the rectangle to bring up other shape options:

Part 3: Saving Our File

  1. Save your file as BOTH a .pdf and PNG
    1. To save as a PDF (File -> Save As – PDF)
    2. To save as a PNG (File -> Export As -> PNG)
  2. Create a new blog post with BOTH the PDF and PNG of your progress. I do not expect you to finish your design, but I do expect you to post what you worked on today.

Today we will:

  • Create a new 11×14″ or 14×11″ file in Illustrator and place our silhouette sketch in this file.
  • Begin tracing over our t-shirt design sketches in Adobe Illustrator with the pen tool.
  • Upload our PDF, PNG, and photo of our sketch to our shared Media 2 Google Drive Folder
  • Create a new blog post with both a PDF and PNG of our progress so far.

Vector Silhouettes Day 3: Posture & Body Language

Today we will continue working on our vector silhouettes.
Make sure the entire figure fits on the page. Don’t awkwardly crop anything!

You must complete a blog post with the following to get permission to work in Illustrator:

Today’s essential question: How can posture and body language illustrate the interaction between characters?

Here are some strong student examples from last year. How has each character’s posture or body language helped tell a story?

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Image Credit: Lily


Image Credit: Avery

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Image Credit: McKenzie

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Image Credit: Subash

Today we will:

  • Finish taking our reference photos or drawing our reference sketches
  • Finish our official project proposal blog posts. This should include:
    • written description of your concept (can be copied and pasted from previous classes’ blog posts)
    • final reference photos or sketches

Vector Silhouette Day 2: Creating Our Reference Images

Today’s essential question: How can I create strong reference images to later trace over in Illustrator?

Today we will either create our reference drawings or take our reference photos. Make sure your image uses the most powerful point of view for the concept you are trying to convey. The examples below illustrate what I am looking for.

Sample Reference Photos (you must take the photos yourself – do not use internet images created by someone else):
Same Sketch (use a Sharpie to color in the silhouette so we can make sure you have an appropriate balance of positive and negative space):
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Image Credit: Lily

Today we will:

  • Either create our reference drawings or take our reference photos
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • The reference photos/drawings created during this class
    • Written description of your concept (can copy and paste from last class’s blog post)

New Project: Conceptual Vector Silhouette Inspired by Kara Walker

Today we will introduce our next project, Conceptual Vector Silhouettes Inspired by Kara Walker.
We will use Adobe Illustrator to communicate a message about a social issue of our choice.

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Kara Walker is best known for exploring the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic, silhouetted figures. Walker unleashes the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette directly onto the walls of the gallery, creating a theatrical space in which her unruly cut-paper characters inflict physical and emotional violence on one another. (PBS’s Art 21). More background information on Kara Walker is available through TheArtStory.

Read about Kara Walker’s recent statements regarding the current political climate in the NY Times and Quartz.

Here are some examples of Kara Walker’s artwork:

Project Requirements:

  • Vector black and white silhouette imagery created in Adobe Illustrator
  • 11×14, 14×11, or 12×18 (depending on desired dimensions)
  • Illustrates the complexity of a social issue of your choice
  • Balance of positive and negative space
  • Choice of one of the following:
    • One detailed scene with figures and an environment
    • Triptych (three artworks that should be displayed together) of simpler silhouettes

Today we will:

  • Brainstorm project ideas for our conceptual vector silhouette project
  • Create a new blog post with the following (this will count as a 10 point homework grade, so be sure to fulfill all requirements):
    • A written description of your concept. Not sure what to write? Start by answering these questions, but make sure your final blog post is written in paragraph form:
      • What social issue will you illustrate?
      • If this is currently a contentious issue, what side/argument of this issue will your artwork portray?
      • What imagery (figures, environment, props/accessories) will your artwork contain?
      • What will be happening in your artwork?
    • A sketch of your planned design (you will later trace over this in Illustrator, so be sure to add the appropriate amount of detail)

If you do not finish all the elements of your planning blog post this class, post what you have in order to receive a participation grade for the day.

Welcome to Media!

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Today’s essential question: What do I need to do to be successful in Media?

Today we will look at some of the projects we will create this year, set up our Media folders in Google Drive, learn how to use the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator, and publish our first blog post. By the end of this class you should:

  • Discuss tracking sheets, grading policy, and view examples of the projects we will create in this class
  • Create a Media2 folder in your school Google Drive account and share it with Ms. Lawson (2013045@rcsd121.org)
  • Complete the Vector Practice Assignment
  • Publish your first blog post

Part1: Overview of Foundations 2 Media Projects

Here are some examples of the types of projects we will create in this class.
Which projects are you most excited by?

Part2: Creating a Shared Media Folder in Google Drive

  1. Log into your school Gmail account. (Username: student # @rcsd121.org; Password: same password you use to log into the school computers.)
  2. Click on the squares in the top right corner of the screen and select Drive
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  3. Click on “New” on the top left side of the screen and then “Folder” from the drop down menu to create a new folder
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  4. Name your folder “LastName_FirstInitial_Foundations2”
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  5. Right click on the folder and select “Share.”
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  6. Share the folder with me and make sure you give me permission to add items.
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Need help? Please follow the following process:

  1. Check the blog
  2. Ask two classmates
  3. Still stuck? Raise your hand and Ms. Lawson will help you as soon as she is available.

Vector Practice Tutorial

Today we will view a demo at the Smart Board and then follow these steps to learn how to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator:

Part 1: Setting Up the File
  1. Right-click to save the image below:
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  2. Open Adobe Illustrator.
  3. Select “New Print Document” from the pop up screen.
  4. Create a new file in Adobe Illustrator with the following guidelines:
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  5. Place the image you just downloaded from this blog post. (File -> place)
    DO NOT try to open your downloaded image in Illustrator! This will cause strange things to happen.
Part 2: Using the Pen Tool to Draw Straight Lines
  1. Create a new layer by clicking on the “new layer” button at the bottom of the layers palette on the right side of the screen. new_layer_button
  2. Select the pen tool. pen_tool
  3. You can change the color by clicking on the square at the bottom of the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen: 2_color_change
  4. Trace over your first shape (the star). Click once to add the first anchor point. Move your mouse to the next position and click again to create the second point. The two anchor points will be connected together.3_star1
  5. Continue clicking points around the star IN ORDER until you reach the starting point.
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    (You may need to decrease the opacity of the star you are drawing so you can see what you are tracing. You can do this by clicking on the transparency icon on the right side of the screen and decreasing the opacity so it is below 100. transparency_window)
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  6. Close the path by clicking on the starting point a second time. Bring the opacity back 100% and adjust the color if necessary.
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Part 3: Using the Pen Tool to Draw Curves
  1. Click to create your first point.
  2. Click where you would like your next point to be, but do not let go of the mouse until you have dragged the point to adjust the curve:
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  3. Click on the middle dot. This should make the second half of the tangent line, or handle, disappear:
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  4. Click where you would like your next point to be, but do not let go of the mouse until you have dragged the point to adjust the curve:
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  5. Once again, click on the middle dot. This should make the second half of the tangent line, or handle, disappear:
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  6. Continue adding points around the heart in order. Close the path by clicking on the starting point a second time.
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  7. Follow the same steps to outline the apple.
  8. Follow the same steps to outline the dog.
Part 4: Saving your file and posting to the blog
  1. Save your file as a .pdf (File -> Save As -> PDF)
  2. Save your file as a .png (File -> Save for Web & Devices -> PNG-24)
  3. Create a new blog post with both a PDF and PNG of your work

Today we will:

  • Discuss tracking sheets, grading policy, and view examples of the projects we will create in this class
  • Create a Media2 folder in your school Google Drive account and share it with Ms. Lawson (2013045@rcsd121.org)
  • Complete the pen tool mini lesson in Adobe Illustrator
  • Save our file as a PDF
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • the PDF file of our completed mini lesson
    • a PNG of our completed mini lesson
    • a few sentences describing any challenges you faced, how you worked through them, and how you feel about the pen tool