Here are a few samples of the amazing artwork my graphic design students have created in the four design courses taught at Box Hill College Kuwait (BHCK) over the past term (Fall 2018).
Over the course of six weeks, students were to create an original artwork, that is, a self portrait based on an illustrator of their choices style. Their piece should be created using mixed media and should be inspired by a piece created by an illustrator they like. This should be strongly reflected in your work. Students worked on a portrait based on the style of an illustrator of their choice. The project provided students an opportunity to become success and to improve their technical abilities as well as experiment with pop art techniques.
MIDTERM PROJECT: PORTRAIT
For the final project, students were to create an original artwork, that is, a fantasy character of their choice and give him/her/it a personality. It can be executed either digitally or by hand, producing one final A3 finished piece using media of their choice. During the research and exploration process, students had to think of its disposition. Is it gentle or mean? Happy or sad? Students’ artwork should aim to reflect these personality traits. The final project in this class provided students with an opportunity for success and to improve their technical abilities as well as Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of different materials and techniques. Students were instructed to produce a body of drawings that shows command and confidence with the selected technique.
FINAL PROJECT: FANTASY CHARACTER
Students were to create an illustrated book based on the naive illustration style. It should be composed of three or more images, plus a front and back cover. Students were to illustrate a story or a sequence of images that relate to each other in a manner that showed their best work via skills learnt to date. The project was conducted both in and out of class. Text or a literal story was not required. The project allowed students to create illustrations via effective engagement with elements and principles of design and to reflect evolving personal style in illustrative work. Also to select appropriate tools and equipment suitable for illustration and drawing
PORTFOLIO PROJECT: ILLUSTRATED BOOK
Students were to design a book cover that is of appropriate size. Books were designed with flaps to create a “sleeve” and place text. The mission was to make the book covers convincing and appealing in the style of one of the following art forms: Surrealism, Art Deco, Cubism or Art Nouveau. Text, title and author have been be provided and students were only able to change the colour, positioning, and typeface of the text to avoid any spelling errors.. Students had to research an artist from the art style chosen as a source of inspiration. The project allowed students to understand that the function of a book cover is essential to the overall success of the book on the shelf. They learned that the important role of a book cover in the book-print industry.
MIDTERM PROJECT: BOOK COVER
Students were to create a single colour A3 self portrait exploring the concept of visual narrative or visual storytelling. They were advised to consider how they can best represent themselves in order to express their personalities and unique characters. The idea was to communicate who they are as individuals and as illustrators experimenting with stylisation. The project was conducted in and out of class. Focus was encouraged towards a more stylised interpretation rather than a realistic drawing. Students were to write down a list of words (5 -8 words) to best describe themselves. Then based on the word list, they were to sketch out each word into an image. They were then instructed to implement line variation (pen strokes/brush strokes), texture/pattern, abstract shapes, exaggeration and shading techniques.
FINAL PROJECT: STYLISED PORTRAIT
In this project, students were asked to write and amend their own project brief based on own personal area of interest. This self-directed approach allowed them to exercise personal responsibility, independence & initiative for their work. They were given the responsibility for determining the scope of the Negotiated Project within clearly set parameters. Students were instructed to choose one of the following themes: journey, colour, time, weather or youth. They then chose one of the following design specialisms: packaging, typography, image making, layout or identity. Students were later led into three stages: research, design and refinement & reflection. The objectives of the course were to identify areas of strength and interest within subject matters and graphic design as well as initiate and develop a creative design process that ensures the generation of a range of imaginative and appropriate responses.
PORTFOLIO PROJECT: NEGOTIATED PROJECT
In this project, students were instructed to redesign a music album for their favourite artist using visual metaphor. The use of illustration, drawings, typography and original photography is encouraged. Students researched their chosen artists, and lyrics + the meaning behind the album to come up with a valid, communicative design for their album package design. Students later instructed to create a 2D Soundcloud user interface page for the album. The task focused on combining all the skills learned so far in the semester to create 2D and 3D artwork. This was a real world example of a job that requires students to apply a design process and creative thinking skills. The outcomes of the project were to create a 3D packaging design for the music industry, to demonstrate good use of design process, to research historic and contemporary music design, and to explore visual metaphor in design and respond effectively to constructive criticism.
MIDTERM PROJECT: MUSIM ALBUM
In this project, students were instructed to develop their own branding for a film festival of their creation. They conducted visual research of a range of film festivals and examined the way in which branding can provide a visual link to a range of promotional product for such festivals. Students were given the option to create either their festival for films celebrating a particular director or create a festival linked by theme, From this decision they are to develop a design set that will be used over a series of promotional products. Students then developed and produced designs for the following range of promotional products: (a) promotional instagram ad., (b) promotional popcorn box., (c) A3 poster and (d) Logo design.
FINAL PROJECT: FILM FESTIVAL