Project 1: Emo Color Posters

Students take a photograph of something intriguing, pick an adjective that best describes the mood of the picture, and sample three colors from it that they think work well together. Additionally, they will pick an opposite adjective to the first one and sample another three colors. They will then create two abstract compositions in Adobe Illustrator using these colors and basic, shapes in order to create compositions that communicate the adjectives they picked.

Posters should be printed on tabloid size paper.

Project 2: Weird Mundane Still Life

Students create a still life from everyday objects and create a series of three analog drawings and three digital drawings using different techniques for each drawing ranging from lines, patterns and texture to color.

After setting up your still life, draw it from a slightly different perspective for each drawing. Based on the Pareidolia discussion, add one imaginary detail to each drawing that seamlessly integrates into the composition and augments it in a weird way.

Take a photograph for reference from each position that you drew from and submit it with its corresponding drawing.

  • Drawing 01: Pencil/Pen Outline Drawing.
  • Drawing 02: Pencil/Pen Pattern Drawing.
  • Drawing 03: Pencil Texture/Shaded Drawing.
  • Drawing 04: Geometric Color Shapes Drawing (Illustrator).
  • Drawing 05: Outline Drawing (Illustrator).
  • Drawing 06: Colored Shapes Drawing (Illustrator).

Project 3: Everyday Ceremonial Tools

Students create a series of drawings of imaginary shamanistic ceremonial tools based on everyday objects. One of the ceremonial tools has to be a Mask.

For each tool, create/do the following things:

  1. Name the tool (what is it for?)
  2. Design a color scheme for your tool. (3+ colors)
  3. At least one analog drawing in a rendering style of your choice of the everyday object.
  4. Grid of 12 different simple monochrome sketches/collages of how your everyday object can be turned into your tool (a la Bruno Munari). Experiment with different ways of abstraction!
  5. Gridded Drawing (Isometric or regular grid)(Illustrator).
  6. Freehand Drawing (Illustrator).

For drawing 5 and 6 in the list above, you have a lot of freedom to contextualize the tool, i.e. draw a character that is using it, find an interesting setting for it or draw instructions for how to use it.

Draw one final digital composition that brings all three shamanistic tools together, i.e. a character that is wearing all of them, a still life composition of all of them or something similar. You will end up with 13 (4 drawings per tool, see above plus the final drawing) drawings for the project!