Project One
Self Portrait

For this assignment you will be creating self portrait icon/symbol. This should depict you as a person rather than an object representation. You will create a highly stylized and simplified self-portrait or icon. Each of you should think about how best to represent yourself in an icon. Faces are generally made up of similar parts but how can you use these pieces to emphasize specific features to create a self portrait that is uniquely you. 

This should work at both large and small sizes so limit your detail to only there essential elements. It should also work in one color and have high contrast. Especially at small sizes you will need to exaggerate features and simplify elements in order for it to read as you.

This will be a quick assignment focused on getting us going this semester.

FINAL DELIVERABLES:
  • (1) 11”x17” Printed and mounted to black matte board or foamcore

    The board should be split into two sides. One side should show the portrait in high contrast and the other side should show it in reverse. (For example side (1) would be a black portrait on a white background and side (2) would be a white portrait on a black background.) Your welcome to use colors instead of black and white but make sure your color combination has enough contrast. 

  • 11”x17” Digital Illustrator File (Going to be looking at these to see construction make sure the file has been finalized correctly.)
SCHEDULE:
8 / 20 / 18  

IN CLASS

Go over syllabus and introduce project one.

HOMEWORK

Watch Videos & look at examples. Begin sketching (40 minimum) Loose sketches / Pencil and Paper

8 / 22 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique initial sketches. In class drawing excercise.

HOMEWORK

Refine sketches (Narrow to best 20) (Iterate on features and simplification) Tighter sketches still pencil and paper. Use tracing paper to iterate on features, shadows, etc.

8 / 27 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique Refined Sketches

HOMEWORK

(10) Sketches for each version. Explore style, contrast, and scale. Make sure you are looking at how things look in reverse. Simplify linework. How much can you remove and it will still look like you?

8 / 29 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique Drafts (Choose final direction)

HOMEWORK

Refine! Refine! Refine! Iterate on final direction and explore different styles. Email me for feedback if needed. Project Due Wed. since the Holiday is Monday. (Introduce Movie List so you can watch over the Holiday)

9 / 5 / 18  

IN CLASS

PROJECT 1 DUE!
Introduce Project 2 

HOMEWORK

Begin Project 2 homework.