student work: Professor Victoria Martin

Today I want to shout out to the very talented Krysta from my Digital Imagery for the Fine Artist class. These pieces are all about line quality. Often you’ll hear artists and designers talk about line and how important it can be to the emotional context of a work of art. May I say Krysta nailed it.

My students are required to keep a sketchbook, so these were initially doodles filling the pages of Krysta’s. She scanned the images into Photoshop and incorporated photographs of textures and colors to create variations. The line is so delicate, and speaking of subtle, check out the faded colored dots. I taught my students how to create image transfers, which give the beautiful faded/aged feel to the colored dots. Miss Krysta, these are such lovely pieces. Please keep up the magnificent work, and keep inspiring all of us around you.

student work: Professor Victoria Martin

Digital Portraits

A quick post to show some new work. Today was critique day in Digital Imagery. Students were required to create a digital portrait and here are three of my favorites. I may post more from them later this week.

It didn’t have to be a face. It could be anything that represents who you are. A place, a vibe, color, animal, or something like that. 

When the first image came up on the screen I heard a collective gasp in the room. Vivian used electric jewel tones as accent to make this portrait pop. Such a beautiful piece of art.  I introduced Viv to the work of Cezanne. She really loved how he used flat patches of color and she wanted her work to echo his style.

The image below was created by Alex . It’s a self portrait with a character that he developed traveling through outer space. Throughout the term Alex has steadily made the class giggle with his lighthearted concepts. The composition feels so open and I personally enjoy the implied line between the figures.

This bewitching portrait was created by Nicole. I love her subtle use of color (and not so subtle). Look at the way the golden tones frame her face. The watercolor splashes on the face and the distorted grid of dots in the background contrasts nicely with the fluid portrait. And of course the doodles of flowers feel very current. Well done guys.


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!

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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.