Grade 8s have finished creating their digital characters using Adobe Illustrator’s live trace and live paint tools. Students looked at stereotypes and and how pictures can tell stories. Research was also conducted on how stereotypes are often embedded into cartoons for the portrayal and depiction of characters.
Students were assigned a font where they conducted basic research and brainstormed what their font represents. The students’ task was to create a character that personifies the font and to consider if stereotypes aided or hindered the development of their character. You can see a full breakdown of the unit here. You can view the student work below by going directly to Flickr here.
Note: additional work will be added to the set Update: All work has been uploaded to the set.
Some of my grade 8 students are finishing off their last project where they were to design and create a character illustration personifying a font using Adobe Illustrator. We were running out of time so I decided to simply use the live trace and live paint options. We began the unit by looking at stereotypes, brainstorming ideas for the font and then making plans to develop the character. You can see the lesson plans here if interested. Feel free to look at the student creations via Flickr here. More will be added next week.
(pictured student work: Kei O.)
Students (and teachers) may be interested in this series of tutorials for digital painting in Photoshop offered by Ctrl+Paint. Description:
Are you totally new to digital painting? This Digital painting 101 series is a great place to start. I teamed up with Lifehacker.com to create this 5 part introduction to painting in Photoshop. The first four sections introduce the layout and tools, and the final video is a narrated painting demo to put it all together.
I don’t have permission to embed the videos, but do check them out.
Found via the Drawn blog.