This studio course is designed to teach students how to light, direct and photograph their own reference and models. If your interest is in the graphic novel, the children's books market, young adult, mass trade paperback, or any other illustration narrative that includes people, places or things, then this is the course for you. Classes will be run as extensive workshops in skill development, collaboration and teamwork. In other words, what you do or do not do will affect the rest of the team. Assignments will be detailed and complex and will cover instruction and production in every aspect of the illustration process. The projects will draw from both storytelling, to still life, to product and subject matter. From the initial thumbnail, to designing the shot, and location, casting the models, finding the props and costumes, styling, lighting, and photographing the shot, working up a killer sketch and finally to producing the finished illustration. The photography of the completed work will also be included for the production and presentation of a finished professional portfolio. Every student is required to be involved in the production and setup each other's photographic shoot. This class about finding, designing and photographing what you want, in order to achieve your goal, and not relying on lousy, out of focus reference that you steal off the Internet. Copyright infringement and lawsuits are not an issue if you use your own reference. Please do not take this class if you are a student that is a deadbeat, chronically late or excuse prone for absences.
Fall 2011 Only
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Department at Pratt Institute
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