Class will begin with you filling out the teacher evaluation forms. I do read these and value your insights and suggestions that make the class better. So, bring your fully charged laptops and take a few minutes to do this.
Bring to class your (beautifully printed) final gig poster, 18 x 24″ for the final critique of the season. Also bring your sketchbook to be graded. After poster crit, I’ll take a last look at the sketchbooks.
Total non sequitur: for those of you interested in growing your hand lettering skills, here’s a great article which includes tips on tools and definition of terms.
Students can redo up to 2 assignments that have a grade of B- or below. Grades are awarded in a point system, all assignments adding up to 100 points total by end of semester. Final deadline for redos: Wednesday, December 14. You can drop work off by 5 pm in the Shaffer main office.
Calligraphy: 15 points total.
14.5 = A
14 = A
13.5 = B+
13 = B
12.5 = B-
12 = C+
11.5 = C
11 = C-
9.5-10.5 = D.
Storytime and Unorthodox Materials message poster: 20 points each.
19 = A
18–18.5 = A-
17.5 = B+
17 = B
16–16.5 = B-
15.5 = C+
15 = C
14-14.5 = C-
12-13.5 = D
Bring to class printed color comps of your posters. The illustration and type should well on their way, needing only refinement. To save money you can print on 11 x 17″ and scale to fit. The 18 x 24″ print will be due for final critique the following week.
Bring your sketchbooks for me to check. I’ll take a look at them but not grade them till the following week.
On Thursday December 1, at 6:30 in Shemin Auditorium, I’ll be giving the VALS lecture. I’m not that interested in talking about my work for this one, though. I’ll be talking about my experience at ICON9, the Illustration Conference in Austin TX last summer. It was a grand time and so exciting to see the wealth of opportunities in the illustration world these days. If you can, please come.
Poster by Rich Kelly, SU Illustration Program alum
Bring to class sketches for your final assignment, the gig-poster. Do LOTS of thumbnails; don’t go too quickly to a solution but examine alternates. Here’s an article from Print magazine about gig posters that might spark some ideas.
Bring to class your sketchbooks to show me. Be prepared to work in class.
During the week, work hard and bring your best energy to the unusual-materials project. Email me if you have any questions or want to show wip.
In class: final crit for the Unusual Materials assignment.
Ater crit, we’ll go over the next and final assignment, a gig poster. Think about what music you love, who you wish you could illustrate and design for.