November 17, 2008

Graphic Novel Assignment Sheet

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November 9, 2008

Animation Scanning Tips

Here are a few ideas on how to use a flatbed scanner for producing animation on your computer:

• The scanner can be simple & inexpensive.
Since your scans are from line drawings, the resolution of an 8-bit greyscale 300 dpi scanner is more than enough. Scan your images at 300 dpi.

• Tape a pegbar to the scanner's glass surface.
This ensures that all your drawings will be registered correctly in relation to one another. It is very hard, almost impossible, to re-position images later.

• Set your scanning resolution correctly.
This is important. NEVER scan images at a lower resolution than what will be used in the final production. If you do, the result will be jaggy. I usually set the scanning resolution to about 1.5 times the final resolution. If you set the resolution much higher, you just waste memory and hard disk space.

• The final dimensions of your animation should be at 720 x 480, so that means the dimensions of your scanned image should be slightly larger than that (1.5 times that) and set at 300dpi.

• Set contrast and brightness already in the scanner software.
This ensures a good, sharp line, and also lessens your work in your editing software.

• SAVE your scanner settings!
You may have to re-scan an image later. If you save the settings from each scene, re-scanning is a piece of cake!

• Use suitable software (Photoshop, FinalCut, Flash, After Effects, etc.) to make a QuickTime movie (.mov file) of your files.

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October 27, 2008

Animation Assignment

Here is your assignment sheet for project #3: Animations.
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September 10, 2008

Assignment #1: Portrait Illustration

Here is a link to Assignment 1: Portrait Illustration

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September 5, 2008


Presentation Guidelines:

Find a relevant artist/illustrator that you would like to share with the class. Prepare a ten minute presentation giving us some background information on the artist, some examples of the artist's work, and why you like/chose this artist (not just that you like their work...tell us why). I will always have my computer and a projector, so just bring a flash drive if you want to use them. Lastly, you will post a brief description of your artist with links to websites/images on our blog under the "Artists" category.

Here is the Presentation Schedule:

Sept 22: Elle, Matt
Sept 29: Micah, Joann
Oct 6: Lindsey, Kamil
Oct 13: Michelle, Tarin
Oct 20: Shannen, Sarah
Oct 27: Grace, Kelly S.
Nov 3: Kelly G., Barbara
Nov 10: Nathan, Missy

September 4, 2008

Guidelines for Lecture/Event Write-Ups

Attend the ENTIRETY of the event.
Write a one page summary of the event (take notes while you are there, reflect on the lecture, exhibit, etc.)
Look up some background information on the artist/s.

Some questions to consider:

What is the event about?
What are some main points that struck you?
How is this event or lecturer relevant to what your interests are (how does it influence your own work)?
What are some things you liked/didn't like about the lecture/event?
Other comments/opinions?

Make sure to write thoughtfully and carefully. I do expect you to actually spend time on this in order for me to understand that you have reflected upon the event.

Sketchbook Posts

I will be checking your sketchbook posts weekly, every Monday morning so that you have until Sunday night to post them. The post could be anything from a sketch, to a thought, to a photo, to something you saw or read that was inspiring, to something you are contemplating in your work. The point is for me to see that you are investigating and contemplating things as they pertain to your work. It is also a way for you to bounce your ideas off others as well as a way to see what your peers are doing/thinking. Feel free to post comments on others' posts.

Make sure your image scans/photos are cleaned up before you post them. Furthermore, when you upload the file, you have the option of posting them as a thumbnail that then links to a "pop-up" of your bigger image. Please do that so we don't have giant images on the blog. Your original image should be no wider than 500 pixels and your thumbnail should be approximately 150 pixels wide.

Make sure you label your post with "sketchbook # - your name" and place it under the proper category.
These posts make up 10% of your grade.

Fall Syllabus

Here is a link to your class syllabus.

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