Character Design Illustrations

Book illustration by Anabel, for Professor Victoria Martin's Publication Design Course

The illustration above was created by Anabel for my Photoshop 1 class, Fall 23. The assignment involves students creating a character¬† design. This is Anabel’s portfolio cover page for the asisgnment. I blurred her last name for privacy concerns. The students illustrate a book cover and accompanying movie artwork. She’s incredibly talented and inspiring to all of those around her. As well as being a really nice person.

Anabel's book jacket and merch for Character design assignment for Professor Victoria Martin

Mountain Man by Yaritza

Mountain man by Yaritza, student of Professor VIctoria Martin, Palm Beach State College

Yaritza created this fabulous work of art, and its title is the mountain man. Isn’t he beautiful?

Yes.
Yes, he is.

Yaritza is a fine artist who wanted to learn Photoshop because she realizes it’s so crucial for artists to know how to self promote and create digital artwork.¬† I mean, do you want to have to pay someone to create pieces for you, or would you like to know how to do it yourself? (I am a cheap-skate. Pocket the cash people!)
The colors, composition, and subject matter have a genuinely ethereal quality. Fabulous job, Yaritza. Keep going with the Photoshop work; you are amazingly talented and splendid things lay ahead in your artistic future.

Digital Painting by Crystal M

student work Professor Victoria Martin

Today I would like to share a work of art created by the incredibly talented Crystal M. Believe it or not, this painting was Crystal’s first attempt at painting, and I would like to tell her that it shouldn’t be her last. Pablo Picasso and Cubism inspired Crystal’s portrait of the artist Frida Kahlo.
The blending of two separate faces, the colors, and composition all make this an incredibly well-executed work of art.

If you like art and painting, and even if you think you’d be no good at it, you should consider registering for one of my Photoshop classes.

Concept is King

Professor of Graphic Design and Art. Victoria Martin's student work

Concepts are probably the most crucial part of creating a successful work of art. Today I would like to feature an illustration created by Jessica. I asked the students to research Shepard Fairey and create a piece inspired by his style. Jessica drew an incredible sketch and digitized it, employing a monochromatic color scheme. It’s important to remind students that computers are just a tool. Without strong concepts, you may struggle with creating designs. So, next time you have a project due, take out your sketchbook and get to work.