Feature Student: Rachelle

 I would like to share the work of another talented student: Rachelle. Today we had our critique in Photoshop 1. The students had to create a character and side kick/ villian, etc. After they completed the artwork the students had to create a book jacket (which has to be printed and fit onto an actual book). The students measure a book they own and set up their document to fit that individual book.  During crit student pass their books around the room so their classmates can appreciate the craftsmanship.

Next: the book has just gotten a movie deal. So they have to create a movie poster. And of course we know all movies advertise and have big splashy marketing campaigns. So the students also had to create no less than 2 swag pieces and a website mock up.

Rachelle painted her own face with body paint, photographed herself and then edited those photos in Photoshop.

As designers we often have to reshuffle artwork for different applications and media. Well done Rachelle.

professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work

In Class Demos: Character Design

When students have a reference point to start a project, it makes things easier. Two weeks ago  I started a digital painting in class and last week I demonstrated how to convert that artwork into a book jacket, poster and website. By no means are they polished but each provides my students with a clear example of expectations.

When you are a designer, especially if doing corporate work there is a lot of rearranging content in different ways. It isn’t unreasonable that you create a vertical that needs to be in a square frame or wide screen. Or consider a responsive web design. Desktop view, tablet and a vertical mobile design.

I also demonstrated how the color of a typeface effects how readable it is. We also discussed the differences between serif, sans serif, body type and display type. Different font families all have different purposes and applications.

And most importantly, I demonstrated why type shouldn’t be set in Photoshop. Vector programs (Illustrator and Indesign) are much better suited.

Art Palm Beach Posters

So while I was cleaning my desktop I came across these posters from 2 years ago and I just go so excited I said “Vic… post ’em”. These pieces were made in my Photoshop class and I had asked my students to create posters for Art Palm Beach and once again my talented kids came through!

Professor Victoria Martin Palm Beach State College

The image above  was the grand prize winner. This piece is inspired by Chuck Close and was created by Laura (who just had a baby!!) Congratulations Laura!

The image immediately below was digitally painted by David. He was inspired by the digital artist Ray Caesar.

student painting Professor Victoria Martin
student painting Professor Victoria Martin

This glorious piece was created by Megan. She was inspired by Mucha. Funny enough I showed this piece to my current photoshop class and a student asked “is that a portrait of Megan?” So, well done Megan, you created a fabulous self portrait.

And last but not least, this piece was created by Luis. I love this piece because of the simplicity. Sometimes we fuss and stress over compositions when the best solution is to not over complicate.

Midnight Sun Festival: Community Project

Professor Victoria Martin _ student work, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth

I believe in giving back to the community. At the start of the term I try to reach out to people/businesses in the community who could use a little design help. Here are a few design pieces from a student named Alyssa. While her choices were not the final picks for the event, I personally really liked them.

 

Professor Victoria Martin _ student work, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth

Ironically, Lake Worth, Florida has one of the largest Finnish populations outside of Finland. Federal Highway in Lake Worth is dotted with Finland inspired hotels.  And can I add, if you haven’t ever seen a wife carrying contest… you don’t know what you are missing.

See the video at the bottom of the page. Or Google. Trust me… you’ll laugh or gasp.

 

Professor Victoria Martin _ student work, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth
Professor Victoria Martin _ student work, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth
Professor Victoria Martin _ student work, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth

Alyssa’s work is colorful and radiates warmth. And the idea of making pins for the entry pass is a great way to invite the public to keep them as a souvenir.