Semester Wrap Up Information – Important News :)

Dear CGII Class,

Well, here we are wrapping up our semester. It has been a difficult one… but I believe that we have made the most of it, and completed a ton of great work! Im super proud of everyone! Please read this whole post as it holds a lot of important info for the remainder of the semester.

*This Friday May 15th we will have our final class critique and student presentations in ZOOM (same info as always).

We will begin at 10am and end at 12pm.

Join the Friday May 15th 10Am Zoom Meeting via URL here

Join the Zoom Meeting via Meeting ID: 449 258 871

As we discussed, each student will have the chance to share with us all of their completed work from this semester. This is a non-formal presentation so please get creative and plan to have fun with it. Feel free to group your work into a slide show, or make a PDF, or make a another form of sharing the works, its all up to you. Yes, you can make a cover page or graphic for your presentation, Yes you can convert your own work into your OWN ZINE if you wish, sky is the limit there!

You can always just add the presentation work to our class Google drive folder and navigate from there too – (here is the link) Make a folder for yourself there, in case you haven’t yet –

Just in case anyone wants to resubmit critiques work, revise work, or connect with me agin in zoom, I will be available by request for the following Friday May 22nd from 10am – 12pm – e-mail me to confirm please

All completed work is due no later than Friday May 22nd at 5pm. I believe that this will give us a good amount of time to keep pushing things and make up, and catch up on anything pending. If you need an extension on anything, you have it, please get in touch with me so we can discuss the options.

I am always here, and happy to help.

Please reach out and let me know if you have any questions –

Zine & After Effects Video Tutorial from Class on 5/1/20

Dear Class – Thank you for your patience as I produced this video from our class this morning on 5/1.

Here is an Adobe Illustrator ZINE Layout & Simple After Effects Demo. In my basic computer graphics and digital art courses we have been generating variations of our vector portraits and converting them into graphic assets to apply in various other applications. Here is basic after effects demo of importing video and adding an asset (one of the portrait assets from our project) to create a little motion graphic.

Aside from completing the Self-Portrait poster project (1 horizontal version and 1 vertical version) we have spent time experimenting with the manipulating of the vector portrait through various platforms shared in class both web based and mobile – see this link to recap the applications.

We started a Class collaboration project that asks for us all to submit 2-3 variations of the Vector Portrait. 1 being the original portrait and the others as various manipulations. It is important to scale those variations at the size of 8.5 X 11 inches (300 resolution is good too) so that they will fit easily into our ZINE layout. The folder for these pieces is located here – simply add yours ->

See you in Zoom on Friday!

ZOOM zoom info for Friday 5/1!

 Join the Zoom Meeting via URL here:

Join the Zoom Meeting via Meeting ID: 449 258 871

On Friday 5/1 – WOW its MAY!

We will learn a bit of Animation / a few tricks and helpful techniques to apply to the Portrait / Poster project and how it will transcend into a collaboration ZINE for both print and an Internet exhibition – we will walk through various applications as shared in the 4/24 class recap and also lay out the ZINE front and back cover!

Zoom Zoom on 4/24 – link info

 Join the Zoom Meeting via URL here:

Join the Zoom Meeting via Meeting ID: 449 258 871

On Friday 4/24 we will continue chatting about the Portrait / Poster project and how it will transcend into a collaboration ZINE for both print and an Internet exhibition – we will walk through various applications as shared in the 4/10 class recap.

4/3/20 – Class Re-Cap, Portraits, Zines, Apps & More

This Friday’s class was chock full of great progress! We started with individual student updates on their vector portraits / poster projects. We looked at a great series of works created by our class. I appreciate the interaction and feedback that everyone was sharing. The support and creative insight helps fuel the process. It makes us grow, and ask questions about how we can improve. Several 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.

Aside from the production of both a horizontal and traditional vertical poster made in illustrator, students will push the boundaries and application / usage of their portrait imagery. What is the creative potential of the image? How can you push it further? We decided to make a collaborative class ZINE that will isolate and showcase the portrait work. (The image above is the lay out that we went over in class, we will revisit this was we build the zine together as a class.) The ZINE will consist of 2 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 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 Z 11 Vertical. This makes it easy for use to plug the images into the ZINE lay out.

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? We walked through a little demo, some examples are below, along with a slew of apps to play with.

Experiment with the apps below! Save your results, add them to your folder in the shared google drive space here: (PS, make a folder for yourself if you haven’t – use your name and add your class work there.

Desktop / Web Browser Art Making Platforms:

Click Drag Click –

Imgur –

Pixlr (photoshop alternative) –

Glitcher –

Image Glitch Tool –

c64 –

Mosh –

Glitchatron –

Giphy – –

Inkscape –

Gimp –


Trianglify Generator

Trianglify Generator 2 


Mobile Apps:

Glitche’ –

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

Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video camera –

Giphy Cam –

Instagram (I say this because you can layer multiple images, videos and transparent images in the IG Stories feature, then “save” your work even with out publishing it –

Platoverse App


Assembly Design App –

ImgPlay –

Imaengine –


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.


ARTC251-CG-II Continuity Plan – Forward Motion

*Important – ARTC251 CG-II – Remote Class Continuity Plan-Forward Motion ->

Dear ARTC 251 – CGII Students – Please read this entire post as it holds information that will be used from here until the end of our semester.

Welcome back!

(There is a lot to read here, so please take your time. I will be reading through it with you during our next remote video class together, posting it to blackboard and also sharing the link here on our class website.)

First and foremost, How are you all doing? Please leave a comment below if you wish.

From here on in, please know that I am here for you in any way that you need me. Nothing is mandatory going forward with our class. Everything is flexible and we will all need to express what we need individually to continue on. Every student will do the best that they can with the means that they have to keep up with our class, however, this is all in context to keeping themselves and their loved ones safe first and foremost. Our health comes first. Physical, mental and emotional health always comes first. I am 100% available to help from e-mail, text and video chat meetings should you need extra help with anything. We will get through this time together.

*Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – – I am here to help you get what you need to complete our course to the best of your abilities. Let me know what you need. Adobe software? Wifi? Reach out.

Moving forward, the transition to online teaching will not be too difficult for our course. I will help make video tutorials, and help you get access to adobe software and even wifi – we are already well versed in the function of the course format and the class website that we use. Our class website is our main hub! We have completed a series of site-on -scene photoshop / illustrator software demonstrations – (and will proceed with adobe illustrator) so the second half of our class is focused on us practicing those skills, design techniques and processes with the creative tools (this might mean some alternative tools for us, I will be posting the info soon) I will be performing and recording the new class demonstrations so that we can all follow along with and revisit the videos as many times as we need to. We have the rest of the semester to work on this at our own pace.
Delivery Methods of the Class Instruction:
My plan is to replace the usual site-on-scene campus lab sessions that met once per week with Zoom video chat sessions during the same normal class times of 8am -12pm on Fridays. This gives students the ability to attend the video class sessions at the same normal class time – if you can. (No one is loosing points if they can not or do not make it, or if they do not have the technology to do this – we will find alternative methods for those who need them) – If you can not attend the video class session, I will post the recaps and info to our class website – – so that you can review them when and how you can. These sessions will help cover the new demonstrations for assignments, live troubleshooting of your questions and critiques of our work.

I will conduct our class online during our normal class-time remotely via the video chat application ZOOM  (zoom is FREE) – I will sync this with our class website. The class website, as you know, is the main place / space for all course content, assignments, student work, course information, lessons, videos, and resources. I will also cross post the information to blackboard as a back-up.

**Please download the Zoom App for your phone and or your laptop / desktop computers – You can join in from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: (having a good wifi connection is advisable if possible but it also works over cellular data)

Need WIFI? This may be of use:

U.S Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days

Here are the scheduled up and coming Zoom meetings:

Prof. Ryan Seslow’s CGII ARTC251 Class
Starting again Friday March 27th, 2020 @8:00 AM

Join the Zoom Meeting via URL here:

Join the Zoom Meeting via Meeting ID: 449 258 871

Friday – Mar 27, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 3, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 10, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 17, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 24, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 1, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 8, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 15, 2020  – Final Critique (10am – 12pm)

Class Schedule:

Fridays – 8:00am – 12:00pm – Bring your assignment work in progress, questions, references and suggestions to our remote video classes via zoom – this will cover demonstrations of software, and also present relevant content for the projects we are working on. You can share your screen and again, ask questions.

How will students submit their work: (past and present)

Students will submit work to me via e-mail, google drive, dropbox, or any other method that makes it easy for them to submit the work. (Keep in mind, some files are large, if the files exceed 20 megabytes they will not reach me on the nyit server – in that case use free sources like google drive, dropbox or

Projects / Assignments:

We will focus on another 2 projects (this includes the current project) and a final project that will display a sum total of the skill sets that we have and will continue to cover. I will also place an emphasis on a class collaboration with adobe photoshop and illustrator skills along with how to make a pdf. portfolio of the semesters completed work. Projects can always be found on the projects / assignments page on our class website.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions that you have. Im here to help –

Be well and please stay safe.