Students will use computer software to create abstract character designs inspired by Thom Pastrano.
3 sessions; 45 minutes per session
1. SWBAT understand the purpose of the following tools in Adobe Photoshop: eyedropper, shapes, lines, marquee, polygonal lasso, paint bucket.
2. SWBAT determine the most important design elements of a character and use those in a new composition.
3. SWBAT minimalize and abstract to create an illustration of a character that is recognizable.
1. Student computers
2. Computer software such as Photoshop, GIMP, or Illustrator
-Look at work of Thom Pastrano and discuss how he achieved work that is both minimalistic and abstracted while the characters are recognizable
-Explain that the students will be creating their own abstract character illustrations
-Create a new document that is a specific size (we used 8x10, 300 ppi)
-Open picture of chosen character to source colors
-Plan composition (model the thinking of laying it out starting with background and working toward more details)
-Use eyedropper tool to sample colors from source
-Use rectangular marquee tool to select part of the background and the paint bucket tool to fill it in
-Show where to find shape tools (rectangle, ellipse, and custom shapes) and how to lock in proportions with the shift key
-Demonstrate overlapping shapes and merging to create new shapes
-Demonstrate using a shape tool then a marquee tool to edit it (example: create a star, rasterize layer by right clicking and selecting rasterize layer, use the rectangular marquee tool to select half of the shape, then Ctrl + x to delete it)
-Demonstrate accessing the layer styles by right clicking on the layer and applying a stroke to achieve an outline
-Tell students this is easiest with combinations of geometric shapes
3. Work time
-Students choose a PG13 character and start to plan
-Teacher provides more demos and critiques as needed