Saturday, June 04, 2011

Student Redraws

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I spend a lot of time teaching the students about the art of refinement. This year I helped students follow the creative process to design templates to redraw in Illustrator. They often had good core ideas but weren't seasoned enough to really see what I was pushing them to...I get excited when I see the base potential there but the struggle is to get them to realize what they have. It was also their first Illustrator attempt and the tools can be clumsy until you get used to them. So after the students finished I took several templates to show them how just little tweaks here and there can make a world of difference. Too often they are satisfied with very 'raw' work. The purpose of this wasn't to embarrass the students but really an attempt to say 'you have you just have to polish it!"

1 comment:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...


I'd like to learn illustrator.

Polishing is what I do a lot of with my poetry. I understand the concept.

In art, I mostly just start over. That is, once I've reached a point where I don't know what to do next, where my panic about possibly ruining a piece is greater than my desire to change it.