Assignments

Class assignments will be posted here:

Assignments are listed in chronological order below – the NEWEST assignment(s) will be posted at the top of the page as we move forward. Past assignments can be found by scrolling down towards the bottom of the page.

**Assignment Submissions Reminder – When you complete each assignment, please e-mail me to let me know – always add both your production files (.psd or .Ai or otherness file) as well as a .JPG version of the assignment into your folder in our shared Google Drive (the link is located on our Canvas page in the NYIT portal)

Please label finished work indicating that it is a “Final” file submission – here is an example below:

Ryan_Seslow_Assignment#1-Final.psd

Ryan_Seslow_Assignment#1-Final.JPG

 

 

*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

 

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*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

 

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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”

The Noun Projecthttps://thenounproject.com

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.

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.

 

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*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.

PART 1

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!)

POP ART, SURREALISM, MEXICAN MURALISTS AFRO-FUTURISM, ANIME/MANGA, POLITICAL ART, FAUVISM, AFRICAN MASKS, ANIME, VIDEO GAMES or (Another Style Not Listed Here or create a Hybrid using 2 or more styles)

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.

Specifications: 

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.

 

**PART 2 – (assignment #2 – Part 2)

We will focus on creating a series of manipulated iterations / versions of the original vector portrait that you create. The aspect ration of the isolated portraits must be sized at 8.5″ X 11″ – We will explore using filters, techniques and various desktop and mobile applications – (the info for this is located in this blog post for weeks 7,8 & 9)

The purpose is to further advance and re-purpose the 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 animated GIF versions (not mandatory). The portrait iterations will be collected and placed into a class collaborative ZINE that will be displayed here on our class website. 

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.

 

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*Assignment #1:

Post Card Design / Hack, Re-design & Animate

 

This is a multipart project. We will be hacking and re-designing a new series of standard sized postcards to promote and communicate the following messages below: 

1 – A place (or two ) in the world that you would like to travel to.

2 – A fictional up and coming event that you will attend.

Assignment Specifications:

Size: The final designs will be 4″ X 6″ in size. (Students should decide on the arrangement of the height and width, will your postcards be a horizontal or vertical image? You will be designing both the front and back side of the post card with the full intention of mailing it so space must be allotted for the address and postal stamp. 

Part 1 – Process: 

  1. R&D = Research – Gather images & inspiration. Where will you find visual inspiration and research? Lets chat about where we can find images to work with – https://freesvg.org/  Flickr? NYPL Digital Archives

2 – “Sketches” – Students will generate a series of 2-3 “sketches / rough ideas” to help brain storm and illustrate their process. A demonstration will occur in class to help.

Production:

What images will you be referencing and using? Where did you find them? Are they “free” to use, if so, how do you know? Please bring all of your resources and research to class by adding them to your folder in our class google drive (link is on canvas)

Students will search for, discover and gather existing postcards as content (from the Internet, from books or magazines or scan your own).

We will be cutting out and extracting fragments to create individual graphic assets. Working with photoshop, we will be using the pen tool and the selection tools. You will need at least 10-15 individual assets.

You will remix and recompose the postcards into 2-3 NEW variations (or more if you wish.)

Examples – Check out this blog posthttps://www.ryanseslow.com/remix-fun-with-a-vintage-postcard/

 

(don’t start this part yet)

Part 2 – Static to Animation – Students will learn and apply basic animation techniques using photoshop learned in class. “Animated postcards” will be explored as methods of communication, advertising and marketing.

 

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.

 

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