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!

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