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CRAFT I started in Adobe Illustrator to begin this piece. To start forming the rough outline of the image I used the pen tool with no initial fill or stroke to begin the outline, beginning with the face and working my way down the image as I progressed. For each individual section, for example the lips, I would trace around the lips with no fill and then as I closed the shape, I would use the eyedropper to match the color of the lips based on the image. After that I created a new layer and hid the previous layer of lips. On the new layer I created I made the shape on top of the first lip shape. This would show areas of light above the overall lip area. This was the easiest way to apply different hues. I used the same technique for the rest of the image's pieces (arms, jersey, basketball, etc.). After I matched each color and traced all various shapes necessary, I began to blur and blend different hues that required it. I did this mostly using the Gaussian Blur Effect. I also used the blend tool to do small areas.


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In order for this piece to work, it was very important for value to be apparent in the piece. Having value in the jersey really improved the depth and movement of the image. The jersey is a key area of value. The light and dark hues in the jersey show all creases and illustrate the waves of the jersey. The combination also shows the stress that the stretched body places on the jersey and the shorts as well. What I really think is important is the vibrant red of the image against the pure white background; it instantly draws the attention to the center of the image and allows you to see the value in the jersey. The light hue on the left of the image was to show the light source was coming from the left of the image. This was key in matching the difference in shading on the right side of the creases in the jersey.

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Art in Motion The day after I finished the original version of the “Derrick Rose” image I started tweaking it to have a little fun. After all, I spent so much time working on it I felt like I deserved it. Actually my original version didn’t have any Gaussian Blur applied to it, but once I started changing it for fun I applied it to most of the image. Then I realized it looked better and kept it as the original. When I look at a picture that is intended to have action in it I always want to see the action happening. That is why I decided to do this image. It is apparent that he is an explosive figure and I wanted to make him look explosive It was a simple task but I enjoyed it. To do it I selected the main image and copied it. Then I increased the transparency. I also sent it to the back to clean it up a bit. I repeated the process for the next two bodies in the picture and continued to increase the transparency of each. Eventually the image naturally portrayed motion, which is what I was going for. It creates a whole new picture because it says a lot more than the single image of Derrick Rose alone. What I also found interesting was that when I increased the transparency further, you can see more and more individual shapes and as if it were to go further back, he would look as if he were falling apart.

“...the image naturally portrayed motion”

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Developing the Picture I started with Derrick Rose’s face in the beginning. An hour in and I was still on his face. The layout of the page does not display this because the face had so much detail that I became exhausted after a period of time and would stop and work on the jersey. Then I would go back to the face and then the jersey and back to the face. I don’t even want to talk about the ear; I could give 10 pages on the process of making the ear alone. Although it seems that the process of tracing is simple, there is actually a structure that makes it much easier than it could be. To prevent tracing lines repeatedly I had to trace the lowest and furthest back layer of the image. This would help me move quicker through the image and save my wrist some strength.

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I didn’t really know what the picture was going to look like until I was done. I would hide every layer that I finished and lock it to prevent it from being changed. So everything was hidden. But at certain points after an hour of hiding layers I would turn them back on and see what I have done. Each time I would feel relief because it looked great. It came out better than I expected each time. Even though some spots too forever I was completely happy with the effort that I put in. The face was the best part once I started using the gradient and blend tool to make his face smoother and more realistic.

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A Snapshot of Detail

Although they are hardly recognized, the little things count. I gave just as much attention to the smallest objects in the image as the most noticeable ones and I feel like this may be the only way they get recognized. Without these small areas of detail, the image wouldn’t look right. All of the images on the left page are details that went into producing the basketball, the brand of the ball, the signature of the NBA’s Commissioner David Stern, and the NBA symbol. The images on the right page are located on the jersey, they are a major part of making the jersey look realistic. Each extra small item took more time to create than it may look. However, the signature was the easiest because all I had to do was thicken the stroke to match that of a pen and have no fill.

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“I think I work hard, I think I dedicate myself to the game and sacrificed a lot of things at a young age. I know what I can get out of it if I continue to do good.� ~Derrick Rose Bubba 11


Creating variations of this image was very entertaining. Adobe Illustrator offers such an enormous library to choose from whether it be Calligraphic or Watercolor Effects and each one creates a unique image. The images on the previous page consist of monochromatic variations as well as images with monochromatic and subtle brush effects. I used the Charcoal pencil brush to create the subtle portion of the variations I created. If you look close enough, this brush allows you to recognize each individual shape that was made to eventually form a picture of the Bulls’ Derrick Rose.

The fun with variations began when attempting to make each extreme variation. The anticipation that I had grew as I was waiting for the Mac to process all of the effect on the shapes. Because there were hundreds if not over a thousand shapes in this image the computer took an “extremely” long time to process it all. But in the end, it was worth the wait because some real exciting images came out of it. These three images were made by using the Hand Drawn Brushes Effect. The image image with the effect but without monochromatic color to me is the most appealing because it seems that he is being constrained by forces as he is going up to dunk the basketball. I wish I had made this in yellow to make him look “shocking”.

the computer an “extremely” long to process it all.

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e n i W ” G “O e l t t Bo Craft Using the Bamboo tablet and pen in Adobe Illustrator I began to make my drawings. I primarily used the brush tool to begin my strokes. In the first three pictures I began making vertical and horizontal curved strokes with 10 weight/mid colors to catch the shape of the bottle. As I moved on I dropped the weight and changed the color to lights and then darks next. I would use the zoom tool to put extra effort on areas that needed it.

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I arranged the elements in a specific order and also of specific hue to create the depth and value in the picture. I also mainly used horizontal curved lines to match the shape of the bottle in the color drawings. As for the lines in the textures drawings. I tried to pick numbers that would slow me to make smoother texture to catch the texture of the wine bottle. For both textured and colored pictures, I want the viewer to see the areas of light and then the areas of dark. This will allow them to feel the value in the picture.

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t p e c n Co This is my original “OG” green wine bottle, this first colored drawing I’ve ever done.

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VARIATIONS Once I finally cultivated an idea of what happens when you fool around in Adobe Illustrator, I was able to make controlled (still felt out of control) variations of the “OG” wine bottle. The initial monochromatic variations are quite subtle, however the furthest top right bottle is the most extreme monochromatic effect you can get by using more colors than the previous variation. What I enjoyed was making the brush stroke variations, as always. Changing the hue and colors in each bottle is dull to me, unless it is neon and very vibrant, so changing the strokes is much more exciting. After doing the subtle stroke variations and then adding another variation to that it really starts to become a blur in some instances, and it has happened hear. I kept it because that is what happens when you enter the “extreme”. It was nice to be able to see the large number of strokes I used to create this image of a wine bottle.

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“It was a ‘free-for-all’ for the computer”

THE “I chose to use the Grunge Brushes Vector Pack”

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This is my first effort at creating variations of images. I chose to use the Grunge Brushes Vector Pack in the brush stroke library and I enjoyed the results. It was a “free-for-all� for the computer. One click and after 2 minutes of impatiently waiting, these images literally exploded onto my display. Why the Mac decides to create such drastic lines, I will never know, but it sure does make a simple green wine bottle turn into something a lot more exciting!

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RED, RED WINE I really enjoyed creating this image. I am usually never a fan of red but the way that it “pops” out against the black background is really effective. It is interesting that this bottle seems to work better than others in terms of the way the different hues blend together. When you go from one hue to another, the change is not too drastic, which I think is a good thing. However, the light lines in the middle of the bottle drastically different but that is how it looked. I zoomed in to more than just the top portion of the bottle on this one. It required more detail in the label area and also the bottom. Zooming in to me is such an underrated practice.

“ was sunlight that was being used to create value”

I made this in Adobe Illustrator using the Bamboo tablet. I started with thick strokes in a medium red hue. I got the overall shape of the bottle first. After that was completed I thinned out the strokes and used a darker red to portray the areas of the bottle that light wasn’t so generous to. I believe it was sunlight that was being used to create value. Anyway, I began using lighter hues of red to develop value. As time and effort went on, the difference between the lights and darks had to be softened to give it a more realistic feel and look. I did that by making a medium of the two hues of red adjacent to each other. I would then just place that hue in between the two and it eased the eye into noticing the value.

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“It was difficult to capture all of the value in the bottle... I used the Bamboo tablet to draw this image. I started from the top of the bottle making horizontal curved strokes to match the shape of the nose. At this time I was using a medium hue, which happened to be a blue. As I came towards the body of the bottle I made thicker and longer curved strokes. seemed infinite� BLUE WINE BOTTLE

Out of all the wine bottles I certainly spent the most time on this one, specially the neck portion of the bottle. This the first one I did in class and I really wanted to do my best in the small amount of time we had. During the class several bottles were placed in front of students, each student had to share a bottle with three or four classmates. Even though we were sharing the same bottle it was not the same image attempting to be captured. The bottle held so many different areas of value that made it impossible to be the same image unless it was from the same exact position. I was sitting with the light from the windows shining through from behind me. No one else seen the value that I was seeing as I drew.

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Then came the areas of light and dark. It was difficult to capture all of the value in the bottle because it seemed infinite, and if I moved my head one centimeter over it became even more difficult because it all changed. I started with the darker areas around the right side of the bottle because that was a major portion of the bottle. It also quickly gave me an idea of the value in the image as a whole. I did the label (the block of light blue) next because it was simple and had hardly any value in it. I did not draw the words on it because the objective was not to copy the image exactly but to capture the value using different hues. The lighter areas were key in giving the bottle its depth. Although it is a simple bottle, it took very long to do and could take much more time to create. I zoomed in on the neck and cork to capture small but important details. I spent 45 minutes on it alone. It turned out really nice; there are hundreds of tiny horizontal strokes that make up the value in the neck. I tried to use only horizontal strokes because that gave the best depth and value. Vertical strokes made the horizontal strokes disappear in a way. I did use some however, in the bottom of the bottle because that was the best way to capture value in that area.

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This was my first textured drawing and ultimately turned out to be the best of them all because my hand was tired after this one. I chose to use 3’s to make the image because it seemed easiest to be able to match the curves with the actual object. I think it actually worked out well. I started using the Bamboo tablet and pen in Adobe Illustrator to make this image. The background consists of both large and small 3’s of different hues. Some areas of white came through from the blank document. I then used large strokes with an orange medium to create the overall shape of the bottle. Smaller and lighter 3’s came next as detail needed to become more apparent. To do the top of the bottle I zoomed in and put a lot of detail. This is my favorite color combination of all of my images because of the contrast between the blue and orange. It really gave the bottle a sense of depth and attempts to go beyond 2 dimensional. It almost seems to be floating in water. The objective of the image was to capture the value and shape of the bottle using complimentary colors and I’d like viewers to notice the value first. The dark lines on the right of the bottle certainly create depth, possibly more than the light areas.

“I’d like viewers to notice the value first” As you can see the blue and orange combination image has much more detail than that of the orange and green image. At this point my hand had become tired towards the end of the day. It is evident that the 3’s used in the picture above allow depth to be perceived much easier. The 6’s used in the picture to the right certainly do not have the same effect. The nature of 6 itself is smooth and it is apparent in the bottle. The 3 provides a rough look to the image but still gives off a smooth bottle also. Also the contrast between the orange and green is not as vibrant or strong as the picture above.

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The title couldn’t be more appropriate for these textured line drawings. It was such a simple bottle. Seems that it took 666 hours to do each one. Or rather these drawings put my hand through hell (and then back once I finished).The cramps in my hand did not explain the process in which I went through. With the Bamboo tablet and pen I began to make large individual 6’s in a dark green hue. Once I filled the page with those I used a lighter hue and continued to overlap them until a thick background was established. Then came the bottle. I can’t remember the brand of wine but it was fairly typical. That means it caught the different values just as any other would. To offset the green hue I switched to a red-orange swatch. To capture the value in the bottle I had to create my own set of various hues ranging from light to dark. Beginning with the dark I drew large thicker 6’s and then I took more time on the areas of light because that is what I believe would reveal the most depth in the image.

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It was much more difficult to create accurate value when using characters or symbols because you are forced to make a specific line and can’t display the reality of the object. That is the idea of the whole piece.

“...these drawings put my hand through hell”

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Grunge Brushes Vector Effect

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100 Stroke Drawings

CRAFT In order to make each of these pictures I started off using Adobe Illustrator. By using my hand and a Bamboo tablet and pen I began to make vertical and horizontal strokes to create drinking vessels. Since only 100 strokes were allowed, I had to be careful in order to complete the entire image.

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COMPOSITION I wanted viewers to first see the use of individual strokes to show that 100 were used to compose the image. Second, I wanted viewers to observe the curved strokes that gave more depth to the vessels. The lines are arranged this way to show that they in fact are strokes rather than precise, measured, and straight lines. And also that an image is present.

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And how they pu t valu e in m y life. ..

“the shadow in the handle did not work in the same way as the rest of the cup”

Ahhhh... The old Christmas present coffee mug, could not choose a more worthy cup. It has seen value in terms of family and gathering, and also from a light source. I placed this on top of the scanner in the classroom and drew away. It actually has a Santa figure popping out from the side of it. However, I turned it away so I could get an even spectrum of value. The value in the majority of images I’ve done is similar, mainly because I work on the same computer and the light is always the same. I switch from time to time. The hard part was the value in the handle; the shadow in the handle did not work in the same way as the rest of the cup along with the rest of the cups and bowls in the magazine. The lines on the outside aren’t the smoothest but that plays into the value of the cup. By consistently going over some lines that were a tad bit too long with several strokes, they ends become more solid rather than sketchy.

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This was a blue bowl that I had at my house. I wish I could have done color with this because I really like the color of it. This might be actually my favorite bowl in the world! Of course it may be a tie with the orange one at home. I’ve eaten breakfast out of this bowl hundreds of times, could’ve been thousands if I had done the dishes everyday. Its sturdy, been dropped probably at least half a dozen times, and it still manages to hold my classic Spaghettio’s, Cheerios, and practically any “io’s” combination you could think of. It definitely deserves to be drawn. The area where the light was coming from had to be from above and behind me if I remember correctly. The value in it was fairly simple. The light had evenly fallen around the sides and the same followed for the inside. This bowl was a delight to draw on the Bamboo Tablet because it was practically symmetrical.

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This was the most difficult bowl to draw; the damn lip came at me out of nowhere. It was also very rewarding to draw. Because the lip created a shadow that most bowls didn’t have, a different version of value was created. I started on the inside of the bowl for this one. I often caught myself starting to create value at a different point of the object even though I wasn’t even close to finishing another area. After completing the inside I moved onto to the area under the lip. It was nice to use a darker gray than I have before because I repeatedly used too light of shades of gray. I worked my way from the top to bottom creating layers. The next layer fell onto the previous one, I tried to blend the two layers together as best I could. The indents in the bowl also offered a challenge in this piece because it caught light a different way. What was weird is that the left side of the bowl in not have any shadow to it, it made it look as if it is unfinished or 2D, but that is simply how it looked.


I love making basic styrofoam cups, its the easiest and it often comes out to be a good picture. At this point I was tired of drawing cups so I hurried and punched out the final one to get it over with. If you can tell, I used really bold strokes in each gray because I was getting tired. This was also late on a Sunday night if that has any impact on me.

“the lip created a shadow that most bowls didn’t have , a different version of value was created.”

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FLOWER “this is a photo... STILL LIFE By: Eva Kowalczyk

Eva sits next to me in my Computer Graphics class. She is a very good artist and I think anyone would agree. It was an easy choice to use her art in my magazine because it is excellent. Eva and I met for the first time in the Graphics class although we’ve lived within 10 minutes of each other our whole life. We actually went to somewhat rival high schools. This piece of art is actually a perfect fit for my magazine because it has drinking vessels in it and that was overall theme of a major portion of the class. She made this using Graphite and colored pencils on paper. The image she was drawing was a photo and this in fact is a photo of the drawing. So in essence, this is a photo of a drawing of a photo. The wine bottle is not the main image in this picture because the objective for her was to show that those drinking vessels were inanimate by giving vibrant color to the Rose and beads.

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Taking Art... From Art

It’s nice to be able to use someone else’s art to be able to incorporate it into my own magazine. Although I’m not making art, just moving around various portions of the piece allow me to focus on the things that I need to make “it” work. “It” being the theme of my magazine.

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-Eva Kowalczyk

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A Little About Me My name is Steven Lesniak. I am a senior at Saint Xavier and am graduating this May 2012. My degree is Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. This Computer Graphics class was a “switch-up” for me. I have taken Graphic Arts in high school but things and programs have significantly changed since 2005. When I enrolled in this course I though it was going to be a breeze, however, I was wrong. I devoted more time to this class than any other class this semester and possibly my entire college career. I’m glad that I had this course because I enjoyed creating images. I wish I had the software at home to use my new skills more often. I might have had enough time in front of a Mac for the semester though.

I took the picture above after a conference downtown (explains the dress shirt and tie). It is almost inevitable to not take pictures downtown, everyone does and I’m no exception. I really like the skyscrapers because they are unique and represent massive pieces of art. This was a beautiful day in October and it was a great experience. The picture on the left is of the tops of skyscrapers. I took it on a fairly dead street. I thought it was unique because it almost looks fake to me. Like something in a video game.

“Computer Graphics class was a “switch-up” for me”

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-Volunteer by James Rosenquist

From the Art Institute of Chicago I chose this piece to be my masterpiece not only because it has lots of information available, but also it also to carry very familiar image and concrete images arranged in an abstract way, creating a collage. At first glance of this piece my mind began going everywhere. Then I looked at the title of the painting, “Volunteer” by James Rosenquist. The name volunteer made me match images in the picture with one another. I first noticed the individual with the face covered. I believe this is the volunteer, and what it is trying to portray is that a volunteer needs no face because they are all part of a bigger picture; you can say “a piece of the puzzle”. The goal is to complete the puzzle. though.

I also believe the hand signifies fingerprints and that all volunteers are individuals but at the same time “band” together to a form a whole. Then after I sorted that out, I recognized what I think is an ice cream cone. This one thing that I cannot explain, but not being able to explain this made the painting that much better. Because paintings need dead ends or mysteries in order to be continuously observed but never provide an answer.

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