“Creating a visual essay”



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“Creating a visual essay”

This two-week advanced illustration course will enhance the students’ creative abilities in the process of drawing/telling stories in pictures by expanding their personal visual vocabulary. The course will cover a general historical overview of illustration and a particular visual exploration of the Arab culture representation. The illustrator/visual journalist will attempt to visually document his/her final proposal. The illustrator is a visual narrator in this case. A story will be told throughout an eight frames storyboard.

In this course the students will experiment with a range of material and techniques to explore various visual strategies.

They are required to develop a personal style in combining their illustrative and typographic skills to create a sequential layout for the (8 pages) story.




Course objective

• Acquire visual research skills in gathering references

from life, photographs, found objects, imagination, and memory

• Explore space and perspective/light and shadow

figure/background relationship

• Develop and refine a clear and individual voice/style

• Learn and apply the stages of visual thinking/problem solving:

Research/thumbnails/roughs/comprehensives

• Analyze illustrations in terms of color interpretation, the use of typography, layout and composition.
Reading material will be sent to the students during the course
Suggested online references:

http://www.societyillustrators.org/index.cms



www.kerbaj.com

www.lenamerhej.com

www.bradholland.net/beta/portfolios/portfolioGre.html



www.sarafanelli.com

http://yasminetaan.lau.edu.lb
www.cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/start.html
suggested online open blog for illustrators:

http://www.si-la.org/blog/

Material list:

• A sketchbook

• Watercolor/acrilics and various brushes

• Pencils

charcoal

• color pastels

• china ink and a brush

craft and other kinds of paper

colored/textured paper for collage

+ fabric + found objects + old magazines

a camera

• a scanner

Agenda:
Day 1: Definition of the illustration profession

Introducing a number of illustrators and their work

Reading material provided by the instructor

Day 2: Online brainstorming for the visual narration

Students’ participation is required

Day 3: Online brainstorming for the visual narration

Students’ participation is required

Day 4: experimenting with various media

Day 5: experimenting with various media

Day 6: develop the visual for the first frame

Day 7: submit the sketches for 4 frames

Day 8: finalize the sketches

Day 9: submit the sketches for the last 4 frames

Day 10: finalize the sketches for the complete storyboard


Project proposals

Phase 1: online course

• Research text/visual material to describe the subject

in terms of space/color/texture/style

• Explore various materials and technique

Decide on the medium/angles/typography/layout

• Design the layout for each frame in terms of space/angle

Foreground/background

Finalizing the storyboard

Phase 2: face to face (2 days) develop a character

• verbally describe the character

list his/her characteristics in terms of mood personality etc.

• draw:


1. the face from 5 different angles

2. 5 different facial expressions showing various emotional moods

3. 5 body postures

Assignment

In a series of eight A4 drawings the student will enter a suggested space related to his/her final project proposal. The illustrator in this case is taking the visual reader/viewer throughout his/her journey. After having gathered enough visual references the student will illustrate the surrounding of the chosen site in roughs, later developed in final colored sketches. The project is process–oriented and may be represented in final sketch format. The finished artwork will be critiqued during phase 3 of the course. One illustration will be chosen to be enlarged to fit A3 poster format for final presentation.


Evaluation:

By the end of the session the student will submit:

• a sketchbook

• research material

• eight A4 final drawings

• one A3 poster

The project will be evaluated on concept and creativity, process, communication, technical achievement and presentation.



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