Project 1: What is an Image and How Does it Mean?
January 22 – February 19
In this first project you will develop manual sketches into digital (vector) drawings using Adobe Illustrator, creating abstract, non-representational shapes and simple symbolic forms in a fixed space, using a variety of tools, methods, and organizing principles.
Project 1 Readings
Arranging Things – Koren: January 24
‘Image’ definition, Wikipedia: January 24
Communication Models – Davis: January 24
Nature of Representation – Davis: January 31
Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino: February 7
Tutorials – Sign up here
Sun. January 27 – Illustrator I & II (3hr per session)
Session 1: 12pm-3pm
Session 2: 3:30pm-6:30pm
Project 1.1: Literacy: January 22 – January 29
Project 1.1 Description
Project 1.1 Examples
visual literacy: image analysis, translation/abstraction/repetition
Discuss assigned readings, bring a sound recording to class and describe—identify source, media, visual character. Review reduction strategies for the audio, translate/draw your interpretation in Illustrator; develop as repeating unit in a pattern composition.
Final + 6 studies, 1-color (black and white)
Bring in a field recording (30 seconds – minute) to class
Notes for Project
1. In class I will cover how to print from a PDF. You can also print from Illustrator, the directions for how to do this are here.
2. You will also notice that the project final work should be 10.5″ x 10.5″. This means that you need to print on paper larger than the standard 8.5″ x 11″. The Phaser prints on Tabloid paper, which is sized to 11″ x 17″. You should set your Final Layout page to this size, and then place your Final Image inside this image. Here is short video tutorial on how to do this, please watch:
Project 1.2: Meaning: January 29 – February 7
Project 1.2 Description
Project 1.2 Template File
Project 1.2 Example
symbolic representation: visual research, reduction
Design a tri-fold manual for an object to solve a contemporary or fictional problem. Research and appropriate/adapt/hybrid designs using existing vector symbol libraries.
Final + 6 studies, 2-color (black and white plus 1-color)
Project 1.3: Abstraction: February 7 – February 19
Project 1.3 Description
Project 1.3 Examples
Project 1.3 More Examples
Please choose your city by February 12th and come to Tuesdays’s class with three sketches in your sketchbook.
Abstract interpretation of a city from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
Final + 6 studies, Full color