(from Italian: chiaro, “light,” and scuro, “dark”)
A technique employed to represent light and shadow as they define three-dimensional objects.
Essential Question: How do I use chiaroscuro to create form, the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface?
Content Question: What makes a hero?
- Think about the events of the weekend.
- Think about the positive attributes that are posted on the wall in the main hallway.
- Think about the Power of One.
Use the pen tool of Adobe Illustrator to re-create a photographic portrait of a real hero or villain from the 20th or 21st century. Your drawing must include dramatic light and shadow.
- Refine your technical skills with the DRAWING TOOLS of Adobe Illustrator
- Use LAYERS and SUBLAYERS to organize the parts of your work.
- Make CLOSED shapes.
- Make LIGHT, MIDDLE, and DARK tonal values for every part.
- Use CROPPING to improve visual impact.
- Express emotional power through color choices.
Dimensions: 9" wide x 18' high
Format: Illustrator EPS
Save as: hero yourlastname.eps
- Design (Visual Impact)
- Technical Quality
- Personal Investment
- Be precise
- Create curving paths using the pen tool
- Draw biggest shapes first,
- then medium,
- then smallest
- Draw to group the large light areas,
- then large middle areas,
- then large dark areas
- Must have layers in this order:
(Lock this layer)
(Other layers as necessary)
Photo (Lock this layer)
Collect 8 - 10+ photos for reference (different people)
- All Close-ups
- All Straight-on view of face/head
- All must have light and shadow on face
- Collect the largest files you can find -- high resolution
Everyone in the class will draw a different person, so give yourself options.
Checklist for Completion
- In Illustrator, draw from a photograph of your hero, grouping light, middle, and dark tones.
Save as: Hero Yourlastname.EPS
- Transform the color scheme to create contrast, expressiveness, and visual impact:
Lights: light, analogous warm colors and
Shadows: cool, analogous dark colors that are complements of the light colors
(Modify the color schemes as you see fit to improve design.)
Save as: Hero Yourlastname COLOR.EPS
- Word design: Three treatments (versions) of the type-based design extending from the bottom of the poster.
- One- or two-word attribute of the person
humor; strength; intelligence; insight; commitment
Hostility; rage; hatred; divisiveness; fear; mistrust
Using the word(s) and simple design elements (lines, borders, simple shapes),
create a text based design that:
- Uses a bold, sans serif font
- Seems connected through color and style to your drawing
- Conveys the appropriate mood/meaning
Save as: Hero Yourlastname TYPE.EPS
- Use the best word design (of the three versions) on the bottom of your artwork
- Add Textures and Layer Styles in Photoshop
Open "Hero Yourlastname type.EPS" in Photoshop
- 300 ppi, RGB Color Mode
- 18 inches high
Open JPGs of photographic textures in Photoshop
Select All, Copy, and Paste Into shape selections of your Hero artwork.
Use Layer Styles on the word design and other
Save as: Hero Yourlastname TEXTURE. PSD
- Convert final image to TIF and JPG formats:
- Hero Yourlastname TEXTURE. TIF (300 ppi, RGB, 18 in high)
- Hero Yourlastname TEXTURE. JPG (72 ppi, RGB, 12 in high)
- In a Google Doc, write a two- or three-sentence biography that gets to what makes this person a hero or villain. The full name of the person must be in the statement. Save as: Hero Yourlastname BIO
- Create a folder in the Google Team Drive: “Hero YourLastName”. Turn in each of the files above into that folder.
- Print the PSD file to the Epson Photo printer:
Paper: Ultra Premium Photo Paper Matte
General Art Rubric