When Viewing Examples of Student Work:

Often a single example of work may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the multiple examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with various examples and ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Photoshop Assignment (Examples from Intro Drawing Courses and Intro Environmental Design Courses)

This assignment should demonstrate a thorough exploration of the Photoshop program with out using filters (or at least keeping filter use to a bare minimum). Consider the imagery and subject matter in terms of thematic content. Be conscious of avoiding cliché imagery and subject matter, which lacks substantial concepts and or thematic thinking.  Consider digitally collaged work in relation to Abstract and/or Surreal spaces.  As a component of this assignment integrate traditional drawing materials into the digital process.

PHOTOSHOP  Student Examples:

Digital Collage Assignment 
1st Year BFA Studio Student

Digital Collage Assignment 
1st Year BFA Studio Student

Technique and Thematic Content:
The above Photoshop assignment perhaps references a little too much Science Fiction/Fantasy Imagery and requires further development in terms conceptual, thematic metaphorical content but does demonstrate some very good digital collage techniques with a  reasonable sense of space progressing from foreground to background.

This work above is also demonstrating the following technical skills:
-Playing with different levels of opacity in select layers of the work
-Different levels of feathered edges in some select images
-Colour saturation and colour contrast has been both increased and decreased in different selected areas of the picture. These different levels of colour saturation and colour contrast help to strategically bring visual emphasis to certain areas and at times can clarify a progression of space.

Avoid Visual Clutter or Visual Noise:
As in this work have some visually quite, visual breathing spots or less dominate areas are useful to avoid visual clutter or noise in the work. Sometimes making a lot of images/layers the same colour or lowering opacity, or colour contrast in grouped areas can reduce visual clatterer noise.

In most cases using a more asymmetrical composition will be more successful and generally allows for more visual tension.

Digital Landscape Painting Assignment 
1st Year BFA Studio Student
The above image demonstrates the use of painting and drawing tools used in Photoshop. The above technique is developed by utilizing different brush sizes and various selections of colour. Imagery is a little cliché but does demonstrate significant skill with the paint tools.

Interior Rendering Assignment 
1st Year Environmental Design (Architecture Faculty) Students 
(Works in Progress):
The four images below demonstrates traditional drawings beginning to be integrated with the digital collage and painting techniques of Photoshop. As well they offer an examples in the use of the selection tools and fill tool. These works demonstrate another technical option for the Photoshop assignment, but keep in mind the  examples below do not demonstrate any or very little thematic or metaphorical content. Once again please remember that the Photoshop assignment for this class is required to work towards integrating thematic and metaphorical content into the digital picture.

Above image is an instructor demo based from a student drawing below

Bus Shelter Assignment 
1st Year Environmental Design (Architecture Faculty) Students:
The five images below once again demonstrates traditional drawing integrated with the digital collage and painting techniques of Photoshop. As well they offer a greater use of colour adjusting and use of the transform tools to manipulate scale and/or alter shapes of select images in certain layers of the picture. Once gain the five examples below do not demonstrate any or very little thematic or metaphorical content, but offers a very good example of technical skill with the Photoshop program.

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