Preparation and preliminary work for first term

I have been given my syllabus for the Summer session. I have three lecture classes and two studio classes. One studio class deals with Children’s Book illustration. For that I have the assignment of choosing a ‘public domain’ story or one of my own creation. Then I am to design page layouts and ultimately build a mock up book with sketches and verbiage, with no final finished artwork. This is to build skills in being able to repeat character designs, and build a well designed, consistent flow throughout a body of work. The story I have chosen is one that my dear Mother In Law Ann retold to me from her youth. I have attempted on two separate occasions to visually capture her story with varying degrees of success. Sometimes Concepts and technique are not equal tools to the task at hand. In those instances, I had high concepts but was still learning techniques, what to do and more importantly what not to do in order to achieve visual success. The Story is Why Are Cardinals Red. More to come on that as I get started with that project.

The second lab assignment is called “Dream Assignment”. This is an opportunity to abandon topics and methods chosen for career advancement in favor of subjects that are personally meaningful. For this one I had three possible projects outlined but in the end chose one that I am curious on how I will provide solutions. It is called Cryptic Strays. A collection of unusual events told to me by the individuals that experienced them first hand. I have attempted to work this project in the past with some degrees of success and admittedly some degrees of failure. But that is where learning come from. I must show up with a ten minute powerpoint presentation on my assignment and a one page summery for the faculty to keep. As of this writing I believe I have both the powerpoint and one page summery designed and created. If I needed to turn both on today, I would do so without fear. Given that i have a couple of weeks left, I may go back and tweak things as I review with fresh eyes. We shall see what comes forward. I am confident with what I have built so far. I am curious how others are progressing and am excited to see their proposals.

As always, thanks tor stopping by. -db