This lesson was designed for one of my classes that I call “Life Design”. I wanted to make a class that was built entirely around the concept that art is everywhere. This class not only promotes the relevancy of art and design in every part of our everyday world but it also promotes how important it is to learn the basics and build upon them to improve your artistic skills. Every lesson that I teach within this particular class is a vocation that students could use their artistic skills for a living. (Movie makeup, car design, illustration, fashion, tattoos, toys, video games, magazines, graphic design, theatre design, jewelry, comics/graphic novels, culinary arts, fantasy weapons, and murals)
This powerpoint goes along with my separate Illustration Design papers. The presentation starts by posing the discussion "what is this illustration telling you?" there are many visual cues that the artist purposefully worked into the composition. This leads into knowing your illustrative style and the feeling of your book. Your visual imagery needs to send the viewer very specific cues and messages (even if on the subconscious level). I discuss several examples and pose some more leading questions before I go into 8 tips for being an illustrator (Build up skills (anatomy, perspective, shading, mediums, etc), use references, be clear, be inspired, think big then small, ask for feedback, keep a paper trail, and don't be in a hurry to use the computer. Each tip comes with multiple examples and some other explanations. I end by showing the process students are to follow for their own projects: Add a new page to their favorite children's book.
As they insert their own page into the story that already flows and has a plot, they have several things to consider: the story must still make sense, the writing style must match (rhyming/vocabulary age) , and the illustration style must match (mediums/techniques). Fun project!