DAaA- 10/24

Sir Paul McCartney by Jeff Huang
Huang recently, including the image above, produced work for the Grammys.
Huang is a graphic artist and illustrator residing in New York City.

How do we Represent Ourselves?

For this six weeks, we’ll be primarily using Photoshop. In the new version of Photoshop CS6, Video has been added to its capabilities (albeit it was already available in previous versions if you had the extended version). They also made a lot of upgrades to what you can do with video in PS. Photoshop, most of the time, however is not used for video, and what you can do with it has a very broad range of applications.

Learn More About Photoshop
Adobe’s CS6 Photoshop Extended

Current Work

Major Project

Note: You might need to understand vector vs raster for a surprise next week…!

Your project for this six weeks is related to portraiture. You’ll have to plan several different ideas for portraits. It could be a portrait of yourself, or someone you know- but not just some random stranger or imaginary character.

What is a portrait? Why do we make portraits? Are they only based on how people appear?

Portraits can very a lot. Take a look at the previous posts (only until illustrator posts), each one of these is a portrait, but they all have different feels. Each one was also created through Photoshop. I’ll continue to post images up as we go through this six weeks.

Some portraits are very realistic, just about the way a person looks, or appears. Others are more about the way the person feels. Some portraits are more about what a person does or spends their time. Do some research, look into some of the different portrait work out there, both modern and historical, both realistic/surreal and abstract/non-representational.

Start thinking about different ideas, and what you might want to do. Right now, this is the investigate stage of the design cycle, starting to cross into the design stage.

This will be our first project done in the proper IB MYP Style. Each stage of the Design Cycle is 1/6th of the final grade on an IB Project. This may sound concerning at first, but as you get more used to it, it shouldn’t be. If your a student who works and who tries, its actually a way that really protect your grade if something goes wrong. Many of you are still new to this. So we aren’t going to do everything just yet. We’ll ease into it so you get more comfortable with it in time. I’ve used the strikethrough font style to demonstrate what we aren’t doing yet, but the IB expects us to on at least a few projects this year.

You can see the Criterion by which IB looks at technology projects at any time here. So, to get maximum points on the first part (Investigate), IB states the following should be fulfilled.

“Problem is explained and investigated and its relevance discussed. Information from a broad range of appropriate, acknowledged sources is evaluated. Detailed methods of testing to evaluate the solution against the design specification is described.

So, what exactly, does this mean? Let’s break it down.

“Problem is explained and investigated and its relevance discussed.”

Essentially, explain the task you’ve been given, and why it is relevant.

Information from a broad range of appropriate, acknowledged sources is evaluated.

Do research, keep track of your sources, acknowledge and discuss the sources you utilize.

Detailed methods of testing to evaluate the solution against the design specification is described. 

Describe how you may test your project to ensure it meets the specifics for your design.

Other Options

At various times during the year, you will have other options. This six weeks, you have two options instead of portraiture.

The first option is to create a work of digital art for the Reflections Contest.

The second option is the Open The Door Project. For this project, you’d be designing 3×6 ft door. Selected designs will actually be created with local and international artists, and then displayed around the city. Ask me if you’d like more info on it.

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