Weeks #12, 13, 14 & 15

Weeks #12, 13, 14 & 15

Welcome back!

We are moving into the final phases of our course!

This post covers the dates of -> 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 & 5/15 (Final presentations day)

****We will have our final presentations Pizza Party on Monday 5/15 – @2pm – 5pm students will share a presentation of all of their completed work – we will go over how to create a PDF portfolio using adobe Illustrator.  If you have another final exam scheduled on this day at the same time – please contact me and let me know – we can set up an alt. day or present the week before on 5/8****

Let’s talk about our next assignment, Assignment #4 – this will be the last assignment for the semester, however, we will also be creating a presentation and submitting a final portfolio of our completed work on the day of our final exam meeting time on 5/15. (I will share a demonstration on how to do this next week).

Examples below:

A short animations above (and linked below) are by Prof. Seslow – made in 2022 & 2023 – The process of each animation consisted of adobe photoshop and illustrator to create the individual “assets, pieces and parts” and then organized in adobe after effects to make the sequences and animation outcomes.




Assignment #4 –  Student Driven Project: Short Story Animatic 

Photoshop/Illustrator/After Effects

Academy Award winning Animation: (made in Photoshop)

Project Requirements: There are going to being a few parts to this project (as usual).

Part 1 – Answer a few questions and do some basic research:

What topic or subject do you want to focus on?
You may choose to create a character and make the animation central to that character.
Where is the location of your story?
Who are the main characters?
If you are using pre-existing characters that you created, who are they?

What are they doing? Where are they going? What is the arc of the story?
Is your story a one-character story or is it multi-character?

You can not proceed to step 2 without approval of Part 1

Part 2 –
You will need to present a storyboard of the animation you plan on creating (FUN!)

Examples: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/video/discover/storyboarding.html


Your storyboard should be a minimum of 8-15 frames / shots.

It does not need to be in color, but can be if you want. Keep in mind that a storyboard only serves to show the direction and outline of the storyboard, not the full detailed outline. A storyboard is a “plan”.

Things to consider in your design:
Background images/landscaping
Characters / objects

Part 3 –  The short animation is at least 15 – 45 seconds long in duration.
Students will complete this assignment using the color palette of their choice

Software: students can work with familiar design software that can produce the final animation – adobe photoshop, illustrator and after effects/

Size: The size of the completed animation is up to you but decide on the presentation orientation – will it be landscape or portrait mode? What are the common sizes for this using pixels? (1920 px V 1080 px is standard for all devices).

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

**Assignment Submissions Reminder – always add both your production files (.psd, .Ai , AE) as well as a final presentation format – for animation – .GIF or .MOV or .MP4  version of the assignment into your folder in our shared Google Drive (the link is located on our Canvas page in the NYIT portal)



Assignment #5 – Final Portfolio 

The full information will posted here soon on the final portfolio and presentation requirements.

Stay Tuned!



Weeks # 8, 9, 10 & 11

Weeks # 8, 9, 10 & 11

Welcome back!

(This post will expand and cover 3 class sessions – 3/27 – 4/3 – 4/10 – 4/17)

Forward motion on completing assignment #2 and introducing Assignments #3 & #4 – Exciting!

The Assignments Page has all of the current Assignment Details and Criteria as well as our blog posts that feature all of the inspiration and supporting content to take action! This post covers the new details about Assignment #3!

Let’s begin our classes with some solid lab /working time to prepare your work in progress or any un-shown work / revisions.

Exciting stuff below! There is a lot to see here so please allow me to present everything over the next few classes.


Assignment / Project #3 – 

Building with Adobe Illustrator – from flat design in 2D to 3D -> Shapes, Forms, Composition & Color.

Exploring the 2D / 3D tools with in Illustrator. Project outcomes will instill the skills and techniques to design a new Toy(s) or a Collectible object ).

Process – This is a 3 Part series of exercises

PART 1 – Working in Adobe Illustrator we will create a new document sized at 11″ X 17″ (or something similar but keep the orientation vertical) Consider, how will you set your guides to equally balance and format the graphics evenly? Will you use a grid? Do you have a preferred method for layout? Let’s explore what this means.

Generating shapes and forms with Illustrator is endless!

Digging into the “tools” and developing contrasts..

Allow yourself to be experimental! There are numerous ways, methods and techniques to generate shapes and forms. I suggest working with one single color to emphasize the forms and use of positive and negative space.

Generate a new series of “subjective” graphic Icons following the layout and arrangement example. (Don’t re-create my example) make your own, but follow the balanced composition. Experiment! Make an entire page full of shapes and forms! (see my example from class) Select the 6 – 8 most interesting or compelling forms and use those to layer and compose your icons with. Limit yourself to 6 values of 1 complimentary color scheme. Referring to the adobe color wheel for reference.

Limit yourself to creating and composing your graphics with no more than 6 – 8 shapes created with the pen, pathfinder or the shape builder tool. Begin composing without using a “stroke” around your shapes and then apply a stroke for contrast later. Save your production work as an Ai. file (adobe illustrator) as well as a .pdf – the PDF files are for viewing on the web and printing.

PART 2 – Pattern making, composition and color exploration – each student will follow the images in the example shown in class as a guide to further extend and develop their icon designs.

Size – Use a square shape for this series of designs. I suggest 10″x 10″

Students will select and isolate their strongest single icon/graphic(s) from the original layout in Part 1 of the assignment – 1 version will include a stroke and one with out (example). Students will explore a 4-part color variation drawn from their selected color palette as well as 1-3 balanced patterns using their icons. (We will discuss the examples in class)

PART 3 – Design a Toy or Collectible Object using the skills practiced in parts 1 & 2. Experiment with bringing your 2D forms together to “build” structure and composition. The subjective forms will be used to design recognizable imagery, applying the 3D tools in Illustrator is exciting. The final design work will function as both a “product” and a “digital Illustration”(or a series of them) of your choice that combines a series of your forms together.

Part 4 – (Advanced – Extra Credit ) Explore the ability to Export a 3D Mesh .OBJ file directly out of Illustrator and apply various materials using a 3D application of your choice! (Adobe Dimension? Adobe Substance? Blender? Maya? Other?)

Helpful Video Tutorials – Context & Support – Helpful!

Please watch and re-watch all of the tutorials below, search and find your own as well! Practice practice!


Artistic Inspiration: (Discover Awesomeness)

33 Most Influential 3D Artists to Follow in 2023


Weeks #4 – 7 – Info & Resources

Weeks #4 – 7 – Info & Resources

Welcome back!

(This post will expand and cover 4 class sessions – 2/11 – 2/27 – 3/6 & 3/13)

Forward motion on completing assignment #1 and introducing Assignment #2- most students have completed part 1 of the first assignment, we will take a look at the portrait progress and continue working on parts 2 & 3 – from designing the poster to the animation of the portraits in assignment #1.

Assignment #1 – parts 2 & 3 – New tutorials by Prof. Seslow will be shared and recorded – Students will learn more on cutting out images, working with assets, generating vector graphics, the object section tool, adobe illustrator, poster layout, typography / working with type and preparing your portrait assets for animation. Frame animation w/ photoshop & adobe after effects.

**Assignment #2 will be introduced in this blog post below – scroll down to to take a peek and jump in!

The Vector Portrait Examples above by Prof. Seslow included an extensive process using photocopied images, manipulation, collage techniques and digitizing to achieve these iterations. Did you use and apply multiple techniques for experimentation? Remember – you can always access my folder in our shared google drive for examples and project outcome variations.

Below -> here are a few ways that I organized and composed the portrait work into my posters content / typography

Keep riffing on those compositions, there are so many ways to experiment with type and graphics!


Helpful Tutorials – Context & Support – Helpful!

Object Selection Tool Tutorial (Photoshop)

Frame Animation Tutorial with Photoshop

Stop Motion Animation Tutorial with Photoshop

Vector Art Tutorial w/ Adobe Illustrator

After Effects for Beginners – (prof Seslow’s after effects tutorial is posted on Canvas from Class Recording #4 – 2/27/23 (after effects tutorials)

The GIF the Portrait Project -> https://giftheportrait.tumblr.com/

The GIF the Portrait project is an open call for all! Do you want to participate? Click the link above to follow the rules to submit. I just submitted this example below that I made in our class. I made this example as I was animating the text for the Museum poster (I took away the text to isolate the portrait).


Get INSPIRED -> Digital Artists You Will LIKE!

Research research research – Keep discovering what inspires you!


Assignment / Project 2 – 

Advertising Hack / Remix, Displacement & Promotion & Presentation

Process: We will be creating a new design campaign that will be presented as advertising in public space. The design work will hack, remix, repurpose and re-contextualize existing advertising content. 

(What era of advertising do you resonate with? 1940s? 1980s? 2000s? Other?) 

The remixed design work should both 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. The final design work(s) should be compelling and should push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Either way, we should see a very noticeable series of iterations. Aside from producing individual designs as imagery / files we will apply our work using free product mock-ups (using Adobe photoshop) as well. We will discuss context during our class sessions. You should also plan to animate at least one of your final iterations.

Software: Students can work with familiar design software that can produce the final digital art works. This will include adobe photoshop for generating composite imagery, cutting up existing images, creating digital assets and cutting out image fragments, adobe illustrator for creating vector graphics or applying variations of type and type effects, Adobe InDesign for lay out. 

Size: The size of the completed digital artworks are open. Students can decide – but I suggest considering that you work sizing is consistent for presentation purposes.

Web Examples to Explore: 

Google Search results for –  “1980s Advertising Posters”

Google Search results for“Food Ads 1990s”

The Noun Projecthttps://thenounproject.com

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



Artistic Inspiration: (Discover Awesomeness)

Laci Jordanhttp://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

Weeks 1, 2 &3 – ARTC-251 – Computer Graphics II

Welcome to ARTC-251! –> Computer Graphics II

Spring Semester 2023

Weeks 1, 2 & 3 

Class Introductions continue 


***This post will be reflecting weeks 1, 2 & 3 – please check back each Monday for updates! Scroll down to discover and absorb the newest content additions, as well as recap the previous weeks.

**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! 

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/

Let’s 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 creative / learning / process. This will most likely come in the from of a website link / URL, video / this makes it easy to share in class and here on our website.

What is inspiring me this week? 

  1. Dalle-2 <– OpenAi (whoa… Ai is moving FAST!)

2.  kidmographhttps://www.kidmograph.com/ 


3. The Visual Domehttps://www.instagram.com/thevisualdome/


4. More Portrait InspirationGoogle Search Results <–

Assignment #1 – Discussion & Class Exercises!

Let’s GO!

Assignments Page < —

Fictional Form Character –

Vector Portrait -> Poster -> Animation & Collaboration

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


Museum Exhibition Poster using a Fictional Self-Portrait

Process: Research. Find and discover a series of inspirational images and references to work from. Your research should inspire you! Create a new project folder in your google drive folder titled “Assignment #1” – save these images to your project folder.

**What is a “Self-Portrait” How would you define it? Is a self-portrait simply a “head-shot” front on view? Or can it be more subjective using fragments of the face and or various metaphors?

https://www.artlex.com/self-portrait/ <– lets chat about this resource

Your self-portrait must first be digitally drawn or rendered as “vector” art. You may work with vector applications like adobe Illustrator or Adobe Fresco – both can produce vector based imagery. (If you choose to work with procreate or photoshop you will need to convert the raster imagery into vector imagery later).

Create a series of 3-6 iterations of your 1st self-portrait by manipulating the imagery with various filters, textures and experimental methods shared in class. The purpose of iterating is to further advance and re-purpose the design / artwork and create various textures and filters by cross-synthesizing techniques. This is permission to be experimental and to display how many variations can be generated. (The new iterations may also be applied as animation content in Part 3)

After you illustrate your self-portrait and 3-6 compelling iterations, you’ll move on to creating the poster for the ex­hibit.

*Your self-portrait IS the main 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 11” X 14”

Google search for“self portrait examples in various digital art mediums”

Part 2 – Poster Design Specifications: 

Select a museum of your choice that will be having the exhibit. Find out more about the museum / institution by viewing their website for research materials and resources. This includes getting access to the museums logo so that it can be placed into the poster.

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

An Exhibition Title: “New Voices Exhibition” (or another title of your choice)

An Exhibit Date: April 15th – May 30th 2023

An Opening Time and Date: Opening Reception, April 20th 2023 7PM – 9PM

A contextual link: https:// the url of your museum.org

A Museum logo : *(the logo of the museum of your choice)

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

Part 3 – Animating the Self Portrait or Poster

Students will learn basic frame animation skills with adobe photoshop and adobe after effects. You may choose to animate the self-portrait by itself or animate the museum poster (or both). Creating graphic assets and preparing them for After Effects will be demonstrated and encouraged. Output to file methods will be: .GIF, .MOV & .MP4

**PART 4 – Collaboration Submission

The aspect ratio of the isolated portraits must be sized at 8.5″ X 11″ – students will selected

Web Examples to Explore: (will source inspiration from our class discussion)

Resources – GIF the Portrait (Tumblr project)


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

Art Movement Resources:





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