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This week we will continue to focus on Photoshop basic skills through a major project we'll be using to decorate our room. On Friday, Sean asked me if we could do an Andy Warhol style portrait. Warhol was the father of pop art and he was famous for this style of serigraph (screen printing). Warhol's portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy and other famous people in the 60s were some of his most popular work. It is important to remember that these portraits were done in an age before Photoshop and Warhol hand cut the color separations for his work.
Photoshop makes creating this style much easier. The Photoshop skills necessary to alter a photograph into this style are as follows:
Below is a video tutorial that we'll be using to learn this technique. We can all create one of Marilyn Monroe. You can download the same image being used in the video by clicking on this link. After you've worked through the technique with Marilyn, I'd like you to create a self-portrait study using either a photo you already have or one taken in our lab. We'll be printing these out for a Welcome to CommArt bulletin board section.
One aspect of working in Photoshop that you will learn is that there are multiple ways of solving a problem. Below is another way to create a similar style. Both ways work, if done carefully.
Many of you have finished your mobile project. If you have not, please take this extra day to put the finishing touches on your work. For those of you finished your mobile, our next major project will be a self-portrait study.
You will be creating two self-portraits - one portrait will be done using Adobe Illustrator. We may also use photoshop to add color and shading to our basic portraits. Some samples of the digital versions can be found here.
The other portrait will be created using traditional illustration tools like colored pencils, graphite pencils, pastels or a combination of these media.
Most of you who are veterans have already finished these Illustrator work exercises. If you feel like you have the skills to skip to the last tracing exercise, do so. Otherwise, today I want you to review these stepped exercises to become comfortable with the pen tool. This will take you some time - don't rush through any of the steps. I will be looking at where you are tomorrow morning, so make sure you do some work with these today.
It may also be a good idea to get your portrait taken today so that we can use them as trace objects for the digital portrait. The camera and lights are set up perfectly for this type of portrait.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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