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Digital Illustration Project 6 Advanced Collage Techniques

The topic for this assignment is something that you fear and is the last step before turning you loose on your final project, which will be a project of your choice. One thing to ask yourself after you decide your fear is why you are afraid of this or what does this fear do to you? For example, I could create an illustration/collage of a spider. And it might look cool. But perhaps I think outside the box and use some imagination, maybe the spiders legs are wrapped around a person. Because that is what fears do to us … they paralyze us. The examples below should hopefully offer some ideas on clever, conceptual illustrations.

The main reason I added this project to the mix is because students were too dependent on using web graphics. Web graphics are not always bad, but many students use images that have poor resolution resulting in artwork that is not so great. For this project, you are completely free to do whatever you’d like within the topic, but I’d like to see a few things in this collage:

1. Draw something and scan it in. Even if it’s just a simple line you’ve drawn, or a simple texture done with paint, or a coffee stain on a napkin – I’m open to whatever as long as you made it and can bring it into your digital artwork at the proper resolution.

2. Use a found object. It could be something like a texture in an old book, or a piece of wallpaper – anything that is not downloaded from the internet.

3. Get inspired (I don’t mean copy someone’s work). And only mimic someone’s style if it works for you. Look through some artwork at Under “style / medium” try looking at collage, graphic, or silkscreen just to name a few. Carlo Giambarresi has some great examples. Or checkout our very own hometown hero, David Vogin. Anthony Freda’s work is more detailed and advanced for a beginner, but still might give you some ideas. More examples I’d recommend can be found in Michael Austin’s work. David Bonazzi has some clever examples. Remember to track down the artist’s website for more examples and possibly explanations about their work.

Note that if you prefer to use Illustrator, number 1 and 2 above are optional since you are already creating something from scratch. And Valeria Petrone has a simple style that I think would work well for beginners.

You can use any combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. The parameters above are very flexible so don’t let that hold you back. If you have a good reason not to do something, talk to me about it. I don’t want these parameters to hinder potentially good artwork. And check in with me early and often – no point in going too far with your work just have me tell you something is not a good idea.