Salute to Ian M.

photoshop pieces created by Ian

These pieces were created by Ian, who is enrolled in my Photoshop 2 course here at Palm Beach State, Lake Worth. Each of these pieces is impeccable.

What makes them powerful is the use of scale to alter the way we view things. A shark fine becomes even scarier, and from a cave, a gigantic eyeball stares back at the viewer.

Well done, Ian, keep up the excellent work.

student photoshop work created by Ian
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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.

Jazz Postcard Student Project

My Graphic Design 2 class  is in it’s second week and the students already have two projects under their belts. Well done. One of the projects was a 6 x 9 postcard for a Jazz concert. And my students know to never come with just one version. 

Here are two created by Jen. During crit this first student (Jen) said that “she had never made an illustration in Adobe Illustrator before”.

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 I am very proud of both of these students because they both stated that they felt they had a weaknesses in a particular area and wanted to challenge themselves to push their comfort levels and try something different. The card below was created by Monica who challenged herself to explore typography. She chose a serif typeface that she felt reflected NYC Jazz clubs. I really like how she rotated the type to echo the stem of the J. She also rotated the order of the word Jazz. Did you notice? When I think of Jazz I think of music that sort of skips all over the place. So the A being in the middle makes sense to me.  Two very different approaches and both successful in different ways.  Well done ladies.

Featured Student: Mike

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Another week and another talented student shout out. This work was created by a spring graduate named Mike. When he started here at the college he had never used Photoshop.  I would say he progressed nicely, wouldn’t you?It’s always funny when students apologize because they don’t know the software. My reply is generally “well isn’t that why you’re here”?

The images featured in this post were created in my Photoshop 1 and  2 courses. Above we have his art history project. Students have to be inspired by a famous artist/designer from a historical standpoint. A quote attributed to Picasso states “good artists copy, great artists steal” Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, start by looking at the work of artists you admire. What or who inspired them? Why did they make certain choices? What can you learn from those who came before you? And then sketch from each of those artists and begin mashing ideas together.

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Perhaps you are inspired by a favorite book or author? Mike was inspired by H. P. Lovecraft for this next assignment. All of my students in all of my courses must keep a sketchbook. With each assignment they pitch their concept to me, as if I were a client. I am not into hand puppet shows while in the classroom; I do not want to see students gesturing “the text goes here and the picture goes there”.

 I want to visuals, and so do your clients. They want to know that the money they are paying you was a wise investment.  Sketchbooks easily demonstrate thought processes, time  and considerations to those around you. Ideas coming to life is what I see represented in the drawings above. Below is the finished work.

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The image below is Mike’s interpretation of a steam punk robot. He photo bashed the background, did some color matching to create turmoil and then he started to draw. It’s also worth mentioning that I also require my students to try and use our graphic tablets.

Have you ever seen a prison movie where the guard slides a food tray under the door? Day after day… sliding the tray. Well, that’s a pretty good visual for me sliding a tablet to a student who resists trying one. I stand there smiling, making direct eye contact and I hear a sigh, sometimes see a grimace… and one day they actually ask me for one. (Love when that happens)

Honestly, if you’ve tried using a graphic tablet and don’t like it, please, please for the love of God try it again. No lies, the first day it’s usually pretty awful. We’re so used to navigating a computer with a mouse that drawing with a pen on the computer feels weird. But once you get the hang of it watch out for great things to happen. Consider all of the years experience you have holding a pen or pencil. Sure the tablet has a different surface feel, it just takes getting used to. And to our students just a reminder all of our labs have graphic tablets, ask your professor to borrow one.

Below is his digital painting created in Photoshop 1. This was his very first digital painting. Nice progression.

Well done Mike. It’s no wonder why as soon as you graduated you were snapped up by a design firm. Congratulations!

 
art and design professor Victoria Martin, Palm Beach State, Lake Worth, Florida