Project 1: What is an Image and How Does it Mean?

Project 1: What is an Image and How Does it Mean? 
August 26 – September 21
Critique: September 21

In this first exercise you will develop manual sketches into digital (vector) drawings, creating abstract, non-representational shapes and simple symbolic forms in a fixed space, using a variety of tools, methods, and organizing principles.

Readings:

The Nature of Representation, Davis Communication Models for August 31, Nature of Representation for September 9th

Arranging Things – Koren : August 31st
‘Image’ definition, Wikipedia: August 31st

Project 1 has 3 parts. For each phase produce 6 or more studies and one final, 12×12” composition:

1.1 Literacy August 26–September 2
visual literacy: image analysis, translation/abstraction/repetition
Discuss assigned readings, bring a few images to class and describe—identify source, media, visual character. Review reduction strategies for one of the images, translate/draw your interpretation in Illustrator; develop as repeating unit in a pattern composition.
Final: 6+ studies, 12×12” 1-color (black)

1.2 Meaning September 2–September 9
symbolic representation: visual research, reduction
Design a symbol for a contemporary or fictional issue/situation. Research and appropriate/adapt/hybrid designs using existing vector symbol libraries.
Final: 6+ studies, 12×12” 2-color (black plus 1-color)

1.3 Abstraction September 9–September 16
Abstract interpretation of Calvino city
Reading Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino.
Final: 6+ studies, 12×12” 12×12” (color)

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