DAaA- 11/01

Tri’angel by Maciej Hajnrich
Hajnrich is a self-taught free-lance artist from Katowice, Poland.
Hajnrich is a member of several art groups, has done design work
for a number of companies, including a musical, and has judged competitions.

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 later today!

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.

Portraits can very a lot. 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.

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

“Appropriate techniques and equipment are competently used. A product must be of appropriate quality in respects to requirements and resources. The plan is followed and any changes from the plan are justified.”

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

Appropriate techniques and equipment are competently used.

Make use of photoshop techniques and tools with a high level of skill. Depending on your design, this may require practice or additional research into photoshop techniques.

A product must be of appropriate quality in respects to requirements and resources

Your finished piece looks good and meets the project requirements. That means it should be a self-portrait, or a portrait of someone you know, created in Photoshop and reflects who they are.

The plan is followed and any changes from the plan are justified.

Follow your plan- if you deviate from your plan, explain why in your evaluation document.

See Previous three posts for information regarding Criteria for your PlanDesign & Investigation (research) stages.

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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