This class explores the ever-expanding territory where illustration meets design. The hybrid designer-illustrator is head and shoulders above the pack, possessing drawing skills; a keen sense of color, typography, and layout; and an interest in doing it all. Today's new breed is poised for long and varied careers. Guest speakers who exemplify these qualities present case studies; slide show lectures provide inspiration; and practical assignments afford students opportunities to produce portfolio work. Assignments include a range of packaging, objects, logos, animation boards, and advertising, all created using a multidisciplinary approach.
NOTE: This course requires students to bring a modern computer laptop to class to complete course assignments. The New School provides all degree and credit-seeking students (enrolled in the current term) with subscriptions for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.
By the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop A conceptual and applied understanding of visual elements such as image, composition, and color.
- Demonstrate ease with "brainstorming" with materials and making effective visual decisions by first experimenting with multiple approaches.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative and incremental making process, including developing sketches and responding to feedback.
- Explore and gain familiarity with strategically selecting and employing the painting/ drawing/ collage/ photography/ video techniques best suited for each work.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect on a thematic concept in a meaningful way and translate those insights into a visual illustration/ graphic.
- Effectively use collected research (information and images available on the internet, in magazines, newspapers, or books) to inform the visual development of a drawing, painting graphic, and animation.
- Demonstrate the ability to archive one's process (sketches, proposals, written thoughts), as well as final products in the form of the Learning Portfolio.
- Demonstrate an understanding of editing final work for an Admissions Portfolio.
- Develop an ability to evaluate artwork and the creative process through dialogue, including group discussions, critiques, and written reflections.
- Develop and demonstrate a consistent and professional work ethic and studio practice.