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Below is an example of the design process I teach in class, followed by various examples of student work.
Teaching Philosophy, Diversity Statement and Syllabi are available upon request.

In Class Design Process (adapted for an online synchronous course)

Step 1. Create a mood board that visually depicts the tone and theme of your illustration. Write a paragraph that describes how the images you have chosen relate to your overall concept or theme. Lastly, begin your thumbnail sketches to explore various ideas.

Long Time No See, 2020

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Step 2. After we discuss the thumbnails, begin taking your own photography and creating your own graphics. Create a minimum of two digital drafts to review during our individual meetings.

Step 3. Comment on your peers work and receive feedback.


Step 4. Incorporate the feedback into your final illustration. Write an artist statement to read during critique. 

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Various Student Work

Exercise: Social Media GIF 

Description: Students created a GIF for College of DuPage's or McHenry County College's Graphic Design Department. All images and graphics were created by the students.

Goals: Students designed images for use on social media channels. Students applied custom graphics to animated frames. Students created and constructed finished illustrative designs for presentation.

Deliverables: A GIF utilizing custom illustrations, textures, typography, and hand-drawn sketches with a minimum of 20 frames

Assignment sheet can be found here

Exercise: Current Events Poster

Description: Students created a poster based on a current event that has happened within the past two years. All images and graphics were created by the students.

Goals: Students successfully utilized a variety of Photoshop CC tools, specifically the lasso tools, quick select, magic wand, select by color range, blending mode and color replacement tool. Students also verbally expressed how their images connected to their theme and visually represented their unique viewpoint.

Deliverables: 16" x 20" poster, personal photographs, scanned in images, and custom graphics/illustrations

Assignment sheet can be found here

Exercise: FrankenMonster 

Description: Students created a body from at least 15 parts of personal photos and/or images found online. In addition to the body, students included a background, created a shadow and used a filter.

Goals: Students further investigated layers including their ordering in the layers palette and how to modify/transform content within a layer. Students implemented various selection tools they learned in class. Students implemented their understanding of copyright law as discussed in class.

Deliverables: 15 to 20 body parts and/or accessories, adjusted colors/brightness, appropriate background, shadow and use of at least one filter

Assignment sheet can be found here