Sunday, August 21, 2011

Project 2 : The State of The Union

Review the work you have created in the past three years, both in Illustration classes and out. Answer the following questions on your class blog. Post one section a day for the next week. Answer thoroughly and thoughtfully. Make the posts attractive and interesting: illustrate them with relevant images, and link to informative materials. You will receive a grade on each post.

Post 1 (due 8/25)
What media do you like working in? List them.
What media do you hate working in? Why?
What media would you like to try, but haven't?
List three non-Illustration classes that have influenced you and/or your work positively. Explain.
How has the work of your peers influenced you and your work?
What sort of subject matter do you like to create work about?
What sort of subject matter do you like to read about?
What kind of music do you like? Why?
What non-art related interest/hobbies/skills do you have?
What is something that you like that nobody else likes?
If you had the run of the world's museums, what three works of original art would you like to own?

Post 2 (due 8/26)
Of the artwork that you have done, what is your personal favorite piece (include an image of the piece with details)? Why do you like it?
What piece do other people like most? Do you agree? Why do you think they like it?
What piece surprised you the most?
Choose five doodles or sketches that you like as much as any of your finished pieces.

Post 3 (due (8/27)
Describe your typical creative process, from getting an assignment to finished piece.
Describe what you think your creative process should be like.
Research and describe a professional creator’s creative process (this person need not be a visual artist. Dancers, writers, film directors, and so on, may have equally illuminating views on creation).

Post 4 (due 8/28)
List ten illustrators whose work you admire, or whose career you would like to emulate. Provide images.
Who are their clients? What sort of work do those clients look for?
Go to a bookstore with a large magazine section, like Barnes & Noble or Borders. Find at least ten magazines that you think you could work for. Consider both the content of the magazine and the type of illustration, if any, that they use. Record they names of the art director and any assistant art director's listed, and their contact information.
If you were starting your own magazine and your livelihood depended on it selling well and your sanity depended on it being something you wanted to spend all you time on, what would it be? What sorts of writers and artists would you hire? What subject matter would it deal with? How would you want it to look?
List ten non-magazine clients that you would like to work with. Why are these dream clients? Find and record their contact information.

Post 5 (due 8/29)
If you had to spend the rest of you life illustrating one book, what would it be? Why?
If you could go apprentice with any two artist's in the history of the world, who would they be? Why?
If you were banned from the art world, but could have any career you wanted that wasn't in art, what would it be? Why?
Describe the project you would propose under the following circumstances. Describe the project in detail: what would it be, how would you spend the money, how would you schedule the time alloted, and how would the work be presented upon completion?
1.) You have one month and one thousand dollars (all of which must be spent on art expenses).
2.) Six months and ten thousand dollars.
3.) One year and one hundred thousand dollars.

Post 6 (due 8/30)
Review your responses to the above questions.
What sort of an illustrator are you?
What sort of career do you want to have?
Does your present body of work reflect your aspirations? Could it do so more strongly?
List ten images/themes/techniques/subjects/formats that your portfolio needs in order to become more in line with your aspirations.

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