The Illustrator self-portraits that I've seen so far are very well done. This week I'd like to see everyone finish their digital portraits by Tuesday afternoon. If you're having problems "seeing" the lines in Illustrator, you may want to try this Photoshop Tutorial that allows you to turn a photograph into a sketch:
Below is a before/after sample of one that I completed this afternoon. We'll work on this in our theory session on Monday.
Once the illustrations are complete we are going to try a new transfer technique. This will require you to print your finished Illustrator file out in color to fit a 8.25" x 10.25" area. These prints will then be chemically transferred to wooden frames. The end product will be displayed in our room and they will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Make sure that you're happy with your portrait before doing the transfer. We will be limited in how many frames we have to work with each year.
I have enjoyed reading your journals every week. These journal entries are a record of your growth in our program and they allow you a chance to ask questions and make suggestions. Dan Berger asked a great question this week in his journal. We'll be researching an answer to the question, "Is digitally-created work art?"
Shea O'Neill asked that more choices be made available for project work. I'm supportive of Shea's suggestion, but I have a request. If you want to work on an alternate project during the lab period of our class - you need to send me the details via your journal and let me know that you made a proposal via twitter when you want me to okay the alternate project.
Another task that we'll be beginning this week is to do post-production touch up of all of the underclass photo portraits that we took the past two weeks. We'll be working with Photoshop to complete this task. I'll post a how-to video on Wednesday to make sure that we're all following the same workflow with these images.
Happy National Career and Technical Education Week! There are several events we need to photograph this week for the yearbook - here is the rough schedule:
Monday - finish scheduled group portraits in CTE classes
Tuesday - TechBowl - 9:30 AM - off campus
Food Fight Rollout - Auditorium
Wednesday - NHS/NTHS Induction Ceremony
Our in-class plan for the week is to finish up the tracing project that seems to have stumped many of you. If you've gone through the exercises you have the mechanics - now you need to work on the composition or breaking it down into smaller parts. We'll be working with these files to help us understand the concepts involved in putting the shapes together. We'll also be working on different ways to color your artwork once the paths are created.
Most of you are trying to stay current with your journals - if you're working on a personal or class project please make note of it in your journal. I've tried to model what I'm looking for in my personal learning journal. If you're struggling with a part of a project check out my journal and I've tried to address parts that might be tricky in those daily posts.
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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