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Monday, April 4, 2016

Com Design 12 Novel Covers


Connor Miller

Rebecca Gu

Nelly Wat

Helen Shen
Grayson Taylor
Christine Yang

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Graphics 9 FLIPBOOKS 2015

I neglected to post these amazing animations when my students made them last year.  It took some time and effort to digitize them, then I got distracted (as I tend to do) and just remembered a few days ago as I was preparing for my current Graphics 9 class  to begin their animation unit.  I was blown away watching them again (as I was he first time around) as it demonstrates the crazy talent of these kids and their truly weird, wild and wonderful imaginations.












Friday, January 8, 2016

Art Careers: Tabitha Chen

The topic of my art blog assignment is “The Human Face". I picked the five facial senses drawing and the other pieces of skull drawing which I have done as practise . The connections between all these pieces of art works are they are all pencil works, all about human's faces. I have been interested in building stronger basic skills, creating pretty facial senses by pencil and learning the ratios between five facial senses . I have always trying to achieve my spacial shading. Pushing my drawing skills to a higher level is my goal of doing this art blog.

My interest of this drawing is to learning the basic ratios in human's face. This is my first practice facial drawing. By doing this drawing, I am trying to achieve a stronger basic skill of sketching.
For my skull drawing practice, I drew a young man looking to the side. In this drawing, I am interested in the nose, because it is a big challenge for me. This is my second real facial drawing. my goal of this drawing is to make it look like a real man.
Sometimes, people do not have to see the whole face to get to know the person, and what they are considering. Eyes are always saying something about people’s minds. I would like to let readers have the imagination of the full facial expression only by reading such an eye drawing. The shading part is what I am interested for this drawing.

As an ear drawing practice, the goal of this drawing is making the ear look 3D. For this drawing, the shading part is what I am interested in, and also my favourite part. I would love to let people having good imaginations after they see this drawing. The imaginations could be the stories behind this human ear, or something else.
This is a practise piece of mouth drawing. I have always tried to express the feeling of relaxation and grace in this piece. I don't want to draw the whole beauty of the face. Instead, I would like to pick one portion of the lovely face, describe the specific details well. I am interested in the shading. With this piece, I want to exercise the imagination of the reader.
This is a skull practice drawing , mostly using straight lines to draw the whole skull drawing. Drawing such a skull from a side angle is a little bit harder compare to a front angle. However, such a side angle drawing is the basic practise in the path of facial drawing. Even though such a skull drawing might looks not that pretty, it is the basics of every facial drawing. For this drawing, I have only few straight lines. Improving my basic skills is the goal which I have been always trying to achieve.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Commercial Design 11 Letterform Development

This project by our Commercial Design 11 students served two purposes:  It encouraged students to study letterform development through the deconstruction and then development of letterforms, and gave me a snazzy new cupboard labelling system!  The students are focusing on the importance of process, fundamentals of visual communication, and the interpretation of image using different mediums.  Students had to enlarge their designs proportionately and use a limited palette of coloured tape to execute their designs.  Click on each student's name to see process work (it's really neat - you won't be disappointed:)

Shabir Sharif "M"
Felix Huang "B"
by Rachel Au "A"
by Stephanie Huynh "C"
by Lucy Liao "I"
by Ryan Lee "E"
by Sabrina Li "G"
by Selena Li "H"

Friday, December 4, 2015

Art Careers: Concept Art for Untitled Comic Book by Helen Shen

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The following images represent concept art for a comic series I have been developing. The comic will be about different generations of high-school friends and teachers and the invention of free-will artificial intelligence. 
Though I have worked on many comic books before, this is the first time that I feel confident enough to show drawings of my process and the “ideas behind the scenes”.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Art 11: Pochoir Watercolour birds

Pochoir is a method of illustration that incorporates stencilling with more traditional watercolour techniques.  the results are characterized by clean/hard/graphic edges on objects that are otherwise painted with the softer and often looser qualities of watercolour.  Stencilling as a method has been used throughout art history, from cave painting to the decoration of cloth in any number of cultures, notably in japanese Katazome, an Edo-period method of decorating silk.  More recently stencilling, in the form of Pochoir, was used extensively in the Art-Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the 1920's.

Here, we use the technique to create graphically arresting images of birds.  Students place clear frisket film over watercolour paper, then using a sharpie marker are asked to draw, as accurately as possible from selected photographs, the silhouette of an image of a bird.  The silhouette is then carefully cut out and peeled off, leaving the watercolour paper exposed in the shape of the drawing.  Students then paint the bird in watercolour, focusing on building depth of colour, value and detail through patient layering, while simultaneously maintaing a loose style, allowing the brush and the paint to do a lot of the "work".  Despite some early problems with "bleed under" we were very pleased with the results.
Maren Heymann
Lucas Li
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