Weeks #13, 14 & 15

Weeks #13, 14  & 15

Please mark your calendars as our semester is coming to end soon!

Friday May 6th – Last day of our Class

Friday May 13th – follows the make-up week calendar – it is not mandatory to be here – but if you want or need help or to use the lab, I will be here in person by 9:00am on this day.

Friday 5/20 – Final presentations (see info below) from 8:15am – 10:15am – (this is mandatory)

Final Portfolio / Final Presentation Date & Information

NYIT schedules our final exam / final presentation date and time. It is scheduled for Friday 5/20 from 8:15am – 10:15am

It is mandatory that we follow this schedule. On the final exam date each student will present a final portfolio of all of the work that they have completed in our class this semester. You may create a traditional presentation of simply make a clean PDF of all the works. The file presentation file will also be added to your folder in Google Drive.

***All completed student work must be submitted to their google drive folders by 6pm on 5/20


The last and final assignment is below:

Assignment #4 – FINAL PROJECT

Specifications: “Open Project ” – What would you love to work on? Create, or have the time to explore?

Process: Students will generate a brief written proposal stating the concept / idea of the project. The proposal will state how the project will expand and further develop your computer graphics practice. The proposal will also state how many pieces (1? or 2?) will be completed, the medium and process it will take to complete the works  ( 1 paragraph is fine)

Materials: Open to all / any medium / software but the final piece (s) must be digitized in high resolution if produced by hand. (analog style)

Completed Outcome File Size: The size of the completed artwork is open but should be included in the concept proposal. I suggest keeping things in the highest resolution.

Submission of work in Process – Students will present their work in sketch / concept / progress / completed format / in our class. Please take a series of well lit, clean and clear images to present using the screen share option in zoom – please don’t hover over your work and cast shadows of yourself onto the images


***All completed student work must be submitted to their google drive folders by 6pm on 5/20

Weeks 10, 11 & 12 Info & Resources

Weeks #10, 11 & 12

Welcome Back!

Lets jump into some student lab / work time as we begin and then segway into our weekly updates and progress, We will be seeing more of the the remaining student presentations of assignment #2 (Portrait Posters) and a ZINE layout of the portraits extracted from you posters. Ryan will share the process again.

Ill share a few examples from previous classes. On 4/8 Lets learn how to make a ZINE using Adobe Illustrator (if you don’t have illustrator this demo will share the process and how it can be replicated in other applications)

(Above – example of a ZINE of portraits from the previous section of this class – spring 2020)

Please check the post for week’s 7,8&9 for the process on how to prepare your zine portrait image

Lets discuss the new assignment and jump into a tutorial – (I will add this info to the assignment page shortly as well)

Assignment # 3 – Advertising Hack / Remix & Promotion

Students will complete this assignment using a full color palette of their choice (at least 4 colors at minimum)

Specifications: Students will first gather research imagery to work with and bring it to class next week. We will be creating a new series of 2-3 digital art works / digital illustrations that hacks and remixes existing advertising content. (What era of advertising do you resonate with?) The remixed designs should communicate and promote a product or a service. The product or service should be something that currently exists or has at one time existed in the “real world” as we know it. Your remixes can be “hybrids” by combining 2 or more products together, or you may choose to remix the way that the imagery is displayed. Either way it should be a very noticeable series of iterations. Aside from producing individual designs as imagery / files we will apply our work using product mock-ups as well. We will discuss context during our class sessions.

Examples to Explore: 

Google Search results for –  “1980s Advertising Posters”

Google Search results for“Food Ads 1990s”

Free product mock ups in PSD formathttps://graphicburger.com/mock-ups/

Software: students can work with familiar design software (not limited to adobe) that can produce the final digital art works.

Size: The size of the completed digital artworks are open. Students can decide but I suggest considering that you work consistently in scale and relationship to your regular workflow.

Submission or work in Process – Students will present their work in “sketch / concept progress” in our next class.


Weeks # 7, 8 & 9 – Info & Resources

Weeks # 7, 8 & 9  – Info & Resources

Welcome back!

We will start our class time with some solid lab / working time on our assignments.

We will also look into individual student updates/progress on Assignment #2 – vector portraits / poster projects (and previous updates). As always, we will look at a great series of works created by our class. I always greatly appreciate the interaction and feedback that everyone continues to share. The support and creative insight helps fuel the process. It makes us grow, and ask questions about how we can improve. Some of our students have integrated the assignment text and verbiage into their process by challenging their compositions and visual arrangements. A lot of exciting work is taking place and being produced. Forward we go.

On 3/11 – I shared a series of demonstrations with Adobe Illustrator – focusing on working with typography, text, fonts, live tracing options, lay-out / composition and “poster” contexts – this video tutorial is located on canvas and should be reviewed.

On 4/1 – we will continue with Assignment #2 – with an emphasis on Part 2.

Aside from the production of a vector self-portrait (and both a horizontal and traditional vertical poster) students will explore and push the boundaries and application / usage of their portrait imagery. 

**All of our class tutorials are located on canvas 🙂

We will experiment with what the creative potentials of the portrait image can be? How can you push it further?

For Part 2 of this assignment we will all contribute to a collaborative class ZINE that will isolate and showcase the portrait work from part 1. (The image at the top of this post is the lay out that we will soon go over in class, we will revisit this as we build the zine together as a class.) The ZINE will consist of 2-4 or more submissions by each student. I would love to see everyone submit at least 2 images: 1 traditional vector image created in illustrator, and 1 -2 highly manipulated version of that image by exploring and hacking into some of the applications below.

The isolated portraits should be sized at 8.5 X 11″ Vertical only. This makes it easy for use to plug the images into the ZINE lay out. (ill add a template to the our g-drive)

What are the potentials of web and mobile applications in our day and age when it comes to creating styles, textures and over all visual aesthetics? Lets walk through a little demo, some examples are below, along with a slew of apps to play with…

(forgive me if a few of them have expired links)


Desktop / Web Browser Art Making Platforms:

Glitcher – http://akx.github.io/glitch2/

Image Glitch Tool – https://snorpey.github.io/jpg-glitch/

Glitchatron – http://www.errozero.co.uk/glitchatron/#

Gimp – https://www.gimp.org

Trianglify Generator

Trianglify Generator 2 


Mobile Apps:

Glitche’ – glitche.com

Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video

Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video

Platoverse App

Assembly Design App – http://assemblyapp.co


Ultra-Pop -Infinite

GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)

Glitch Wizard

iColorama S rich featured image editor that maintains full resolution of images

Decim8 – Glitch


ImgPlay – Awesome GIF maker! Conversion to video, and video to gif.

Back Eraser – Great to remove background areas and make layers.

GIF Maker Create GIFs from a sequence of still images from your photo library.



Project / Assignment Submissions:

The assignment will be worked on in and outside of class and then added to your Google Drive folder located in our shared class folder. The google drive link is located in our course canvas page.  Students will share the production files both in progress and completed (photoshop .psd & high res JPG files) – When you complete each assignment, please e-mail me to let me know that your work is now in your folder for review.

Weeks #5 & 6 – Info & Resources

Weeks #5 & 6 – Info & Resources

Welcome back!

This post will reflect both weeks #5 (2/25) & #6 (3/4) –

Forward motion!

As of now we all should have completed assignment #1 part 1. Hopefully everyone has progress to show /share and has moved onto on the animation aspect of the assignment?

I added a full tutorial to canvas from last classes lab session. Did you get a chance to watch it? It is important to review the video recordings (especially if you miss class or did not participate during the tutorial.)

How did your animation experiments go after seeing a few examples last week? Did you do a bit more research? What did you discover and what changed about your process and outcomes?

Lets share those and some questions during our class session today. We do need to keep moving forward.

***Please make sure that your Google Drive folder is updated with your work in progress files and completed work files. We have discussed this in depth by now 🙂




It is now time for an Illustrator tutorial – Its time for some Vectors to entertain.

Its time to talk about Assignment #2!

Vector Portrait, Poster, Zine Design & Collaboration:

We will bring together the applications of a vector portrait, composition, image, typography, animation & ZINE layout. This is a multipart / fragmented project.


Museum Exhibit Poster (examples will be shown in class – as well as a series of Illustrator vector demonstrations)

Please reference one or more of these styles/movements of art to create a vector based poster using a SELF-Portrait: (thats YOU!)


Process: Research! Find and discover a series of images and references to work from. Your research should inspire you! Create a new project folder in your google drive folder titled “Assignment #2 – Portrait Project” – save these images to your project folder. Create your self-portrait in the style of the Art Movement that you chose for a Museum Exhibition. It should be kind of obvious which style you picked without seeing the title.

*Your self-portrait IS the artwork for the poster campaign that you will create for the exhibit. You must design the poster in 2 sizes – one landscape version and one portrait orientation version. I suggest 11” x 17” (or slightly smaller)

Your self-portrait must first be drawn in Illustrator (pretty please) and can be brought into Photoshop later for manipulation, (like adding blended color, additional imagery or effects.) After you illustrate your self-portrait, you’ll create the actual poster for the ex­hibit.


The museum having the exhibit you’ve chosen is: SAM, Seattle Art Museum. Find out more about the institution at this website: https://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/seattle-art-museum

(Or another Museum of your choice if you wish)

For the project please use the actual SAM logo as it is: (attached as a download link here) *feel free to re-render the logo on your own if you wish. (This does not mean change it)

You may use any of the tools in Illustrator that we’ve learned or explored and also find and experiment with new ways to draw. You can work from a photo in Illustrator as demonstrated in class. (next week)

**Do the Portrait First. (you may need to make a few versions to get the hang of it)

Then compose the poster. 


**Minimum required copy/text verbiage for the poster is:

Title: New Voices Exhibit (or another title of your choice)

Date: April 15th – May 30th 2021

Opening time and Date: Opening Reception, April 20th 7PM-9PM

A contextual link: https://www.seattleartmuseum.org (or the url of your museums choice)

A Museum logo : *(the S.A.M logo or the one you chose)

Fonts and colors – are entirely student choice. Students may ADD additional copy, but may not delete from the minimum above.

Submissions & Due Dates: Rolling Deadline- Students will submit their work via google drive as both a PDF file saved from Adobe Illustrator as well as a high resolution JPG. saved from Photoshop (I will give a demonstration on this)

**PART 2 – We will focus on creating a series of manipulated versions of the vector portrait using various desktop and mobile applications (the info for this will be placed here soon). The purpose is to further the artwork and create various textures and filters by cross-synthesizing techniques. The new discoveries may be applied as animated versions (not mandatory) of the portrait and then preparing the portraits for a class collaborative ZINE that will be displayed here on our class website. 

Research / Inspiration / Tutorial – Check out these links below:

Art Movement Resources:




2021 Trends in Graphic Design – Check it out!

Week #3 & 4 – Info & Resources

Weeks #3 & 4 – Info & Resources

Welcome back!

Forward motion on assignment #1 – most students have completed part 1 of the first assignment, we will take a look at the progress and begin work on part 2 of assignment #1. A big part of completing Part 1 is to make sure that you are creating variations by manipulating copies of your work. I will share a demonstration in our class. Im a big fan of creating iterations!

The assignment asks us to remix and hack something that is already in existence. Did you find some vintage images that you want to work with? Are they vintage postcards or other various pieces of media? How many assets have you created? Be sure to upload all of your assets, files, research and outcomes to your folder on google drive! (if you did not yet create a folder in our shared google drive please do so now!)

Assignment #1 – part 2 class – recap – tutorial by Prof. Ses on cutting out images, working with assets, the pen tool, the section tool, and the new object selection tool. Preparing assets for animation. –

(Check Canvas for the video link)

This is also a great tutorial for photoshop tips and tricks via the 2020 version of PS:

(Im reposting these tutorials just in case you did not get around to them – Here are two photoshop pen tool tutorials to help you practice this week)

For Part 2 of Assignment #1 –  I found a series of images that I wanted to work with, mostly from the creative commons search engine over on flickr -some are old post cards and others are simply “otherness” like old travel posters, click the images below to expand them.

After “hacking” and “extracting” image fragments from these existing images I will create a series of assets – it is then time to remix and recompose them. The best part about having assets is how easily they can be reused and reapplied. Ill share a few examples (much like the image at the top of this page) Lets talk about formatting our work as well. The layout of our post card and picture plane structure in photoshop can easily display both sides of your post card in one art board. I suggested laying out both the front and the back side of the postcard in one composition using layers to work with the card in unison together. We will also talk about variations and iterations by tweaking subtle things like background colors and playing with the composition and scale. Here is a visual from the layout demonstration. Using rules and guides makes it very easy to control your layout.

Design Inspiration: (Discover Awesomeness)

Laci Jordan – http://www.solacilike.com/work/


MORE INSPIRATION: please watch this amazing documentary and leave your response in the comments section below.

**The Underground Sistine Chapel is a free documentary on youtube telling the story of the street artist Pascal Boyart’s construction of a modern Sistine Chapel in the heart of an old gold foundry in the suburbs of Paris, in what some would call a cut-throat area.


More Tutorials / How -To Resources:

Adobe.com also has a ton of great tutorials and many of their evangelists have youtube channels for their live streams.

Check out one of my favorite’s, Terry White here.

I also really like Paul Trani’s channel here

DANSKY is another great teacher of Adobe application techniques

Week #2 – Info & Resources

Welcome back!

Week #2 will be a productive class!

Did you remember to make a folder for yourself in our shared Google Drive? (the link is on canvas) please set that up now.

We will dig into our first project’s progress and have solid class time working on assignment #1!

First, we are placing an emphasis on creating sketches / ideas which means finding images and cutting out assets, where do we look? What are our resources for free images, with out attribution and or creative commons? We learned about FLICKR, the NYPL Digital Collections and the Met Museums Open Access repository.

What image resources did you find? Add them to the comments section below as a link!

Once we found images, we dug into the practice of cutting out and extracting specific “elements and objects” from those images that we discovered through our research. We learned how to create graphic assets and save them for both use in photoshop (.psd files) as well as exporting them for the web as transparent .PNG files. (Ill share another demonstration in class).

Here are two pen tool tutorials to help you practice this week:

After cutting out a series of graphics assets (extracted from the post cards that you will will be re-composing, and you will need several to work from) – lets talk about the layout of our art-boards and picture plane structure in photoshop (last weeks class recorded this part) . I suggest laying out both the front and the back side of the postcard in one art board to work with the card in unison together. We can talk about variations and iterations by tweaking subtle things like background colors and playing with the composition and scale. Here is a visual from the layout demonstration. Using rules and guides makes it very easy to control your layout.

What about adding realistic shadows to a graphic asset with Photoshop? – Here is a great Tutorialhttps://memorynotfound.com/add-a-shadow-to-an-object-person-photoshop/

Adobe.com also has a ton of great tutorials and many of their evangelists have youtube channels for their live streams. Check out one of my favorite’s, Terry White here.

This Friday, 2/3/22 we will dedicate a part of our class for sharing our progress of assignment #1 part 1 and then move onto to some subtle animation tutorials, we will then discuss our outcomes as a class.

Spring 2022 – ARTC-251 – Computer Graphics II

Welcome to ARTC-251! –> Computer Graphics II

Spring Semester 2022

Week #1 – Class Introductions – 

Dear Class, WELCOME!

Im excited for our semester and wanted to share a few things as we go forward this morning.

**Be sure to Subscribe to this site so you will receive the weekly blog posts to your e-mail –>

This is our official class website! It will grow as the semester goes on, and it will remain a resource and repository of value and inspiration for years to come! We will ALL be contributing to the website. Ill be sharing more on this soon.

Be sure to check out how our website navigates from the menu above, the class resources page has a great amount of useful information and inspiration that will fuel your projects with references and resources –> https://artc-251.com/class-resources/

The Course Syllabus page is here –> https://artc-251.com/syllabus

The Assignments page is here -> https://artc-251.com/assignments/

Lets jump in!

Who and what is inspiring you at the moment?

Each week, I will ask everyone to share something in class that is inspiring you. This could be a single piece of design, illustration, art work, animation, film, book, recipe… or anything that has caught your attention and is contributing to your learning / process. This will most likely come in the from of a website link / URL, this makes it easy to share in class and here on our website.

Assignment #1 Discussion & Class Exercises!

Let’s GO!

(the assignment specs are on the assignments page)


If you have any questions please reach out via e-mail – rseslow@nyit.com