Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Assignment 2: Decorative Silhouettes
This week in DIM you are going to work creating a piece of artwork which I will refer to as a “Decorative Silhouettes“. I was inspired to do something like this when I saw some featured art (and expensive art) at a local Harvest Market festival.
This project will work on:
- Source imagery for the fill content. You the designer will take the photos. The photos can be of natural, iconic, or other Vermont content. Compared to DIM1, people and man-made content are legal. Church Street. UVM. The Waterfront. A soccer game. Etc.
- A silhouette using a vector mask in the shape of “Vermont’y” object to hide/reveal portions of the fill content. My above example used a leaf, but at the Harvest Market festival above you can see that we have fish, a fox, a snowflake, etc.
- A layer effect on the vector mask to give it depth, and the illusion that it sitting over the background imagery. I used inner glow / shadow and turned it dark.
- Use of guides to distribute your work evenly.
- Use of folders to organize content.
The work product
All 3 projects will be 8.5 by 11 inches at landscape at a resolution of 300 DPI. This will create a piece of art which could be printed, or used large format digitally.
Find a silhouette to use which that is “Vermont’y” to use as a vector mask. Something that is identifiable through a silhouette. If doing something man made it has to be a Vermont’y object, such as a covered bridge, or the like. Regardless of your silhouette object, it must be readily identifiable. As an example, the fox above is obviously a fox.
You will also put a slight inner shadow on the vector mask so it looks as if the white around the background is a matte. If being made in real life this is likely how it would be constructed, so by using a slight inner shadow we are able to give the illusion that the white is matte-board, and the imagery is behind the outline.
What we are going for in real life. The matte is “over” the subject imagery:
(The bottom left white area, see how it is lower, farther back from the viewer.
What it should look like in Photoshop. My example may be a little too dark when zoomed in, but it works when zoomed out at normal viewing size.
Under each add your last name and 2017. Be creative with letter spacing and line height to get a more artistic look. Do not stretch the letters. Increase the space between the letters.
Project #1: Single
Choose a single fill image that you take, and choose a silhouette to use as a mask.
Remember that you are taking the fill photos, and the shape you use as the mask must be easily identifiable. In the above, you can see the outline of Camels Hump.
Project #2: Multiple
Chose a series of at least 3 (different) images to use. You take the photos. Combine these with a different silhouette to use as a mask. Setup guides and distributes each so that each slice of the image is the same width as the next. For example, if using 5 images, each slice should be 20%.
Project #3: Choice (internet as source for imagery)
In this piece, you are going to use a series of at least 5 (different) images to use. You do not need to take these Photos, you are allowed to take content from the internet. Combine with a silhouette image as a mask. Again distribute your guides so that the images are equal width.
This choice project allows you work with non-Vermont content. You could do a silhouette of an old joy-stick, and images of classic video games. You could do a silhouette of a cat and use images of kittens. You could do a silhouette of a skateboard, and images of famous skateboarders.
Let’s just say that your silhouette and the source images must be of the same theme.
Turning in work
Create a folder called “dim”.
Create a folder called “assignment_2” inside “dim”.
If you don’t know how to do something
- Talk to Mr. Moore. He is very good at this.
- Talk to me.
The presentation is 100% of your grade. You will take 3-5 minutes and present:
- Goals of the assignment (1 or 2 sentences, we will all have the same-ish content, but it is good to do)
- Your work, and what you did specifically with each. What were your goals with each specific photo?
- Self-reflection. What went right? What would you change in the future? (Must have at least 1 critique of your own work, this helps growth and internal evaluation of you as a designer.)
- Show me your files / digital asset management.
Be ready by 11:10 every other Wednesday. Plan your time well. Ask Mr. Moore for Cameras. Give yourself time to go out and take great photos. Plan on at least two hours for each project in Photoshop.
Dates to remember
- Assigned Wednesday, October 18th
- Due Wednesday, November 1st at 11:10 AM through Presentation in Cawd2