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ZINE (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine)

Project Description

Your final project will utilize all of the techniques you learned in class.
We will explore how to use these techniques and apply them to an initial concept.

How can a two-dimensional image be utilized for self-expression?

How can it convey an emotion or idea to its viewer?

You will create a non-objective abstract composition that conveys an aspect of your personality to the viewer in a zine format. We will continue to explore how form and content can be utilized together to communicate an idea or emotion to your viewer.

For this project you will create a non-objective abstract zine that utilizes the formal elements and principles of design. We will explore how both form and content can be utilized together to communicate an idea, emotion, and/or narrative to your viewer. How can two-dimensional images be utilized for self-expression? We will also explore the accessibility of the zine and its ability to create multiples that are easily distributable.

A zine is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. zine are the product of either a single person or of a very small group, and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation.


Required Materials

8.5”x11” Copy Paper Scissors Sketchbook Collage, Stamps &/or Paint Materials HB Mechanical Pencil Eraser Artist Tape Scissors Xacto Ruler Rubber Cement


Zine Parameters

8 pages – see zine template on last page.

Use standard 8.5” x 11” copy paper – can use white or color, but you must provide your own.

Use the template to divide your paper into 8 sections, be sure to always take note of the correct order and orientation of your pages.

materials and processes: You may use any combination of the materials and techniques implemented this semester – but think about what would reproduce well with a low quality photocopier.

If you choose to use any color drawing/painting/collage media, you will need to scan and laser print your final design. Be sure you have plenty of funds left on your college printing account before the final printing date!

All page designs must be non-objective.

All pages should aim to establish a dynamic and unified composition that establish a focal point, visual flow, and adhere to the rule of thirds.

Front page must include a 1 or 2 word title. Text cannot be hand drawn, you must use some kind of stamped, printed, photo, typed, or collage method. The title should indicate something about the contents of the zine. Up to 2 additional pages may use similar text if desired.


Step-by-step Directions

Part A:

Step 1 : Choose one (1) adjective from the list below to serve as your overarching concept and to help guide your narrative and design decisions.

Adaptable
Adventurous
Affectionate
Aggressive
Analytical
Cautious
Controlled
Confident
Dainty
Delicate
Elegant
Energetic
Elegant
Energetic
Moody
Nervous

 

Step 2 : Choose a shape to be the common element – “the star” – of your zine. With each page, you will take this shape through some kind of transition or journey. Think of the narrative as a day in the life of your shape. You will have to commit to this shape and share it with your Prof. and classmates.

Step 3 : zine will use the formal elements – Line, Shape, Space, Texture, Value, Color and maybe Type – and design principles – Balance, Emphasis and Focal Point, Rhythm & Movement, Scale & Proportion, Unity – as tools to help create your non-objective narrative.
The formal elements will help establish a “mood” for your zine. Study each of the elements' characteristics the elements and characteristics that can best communicate the content/mood you want to convey.
What sort of shapes and textures communicate a humorous tone versus a serious or solemn tone?
What types of lines are fast versus still? Would you use high or low contrast for something dramatic versus something quiet?
Jot down some characteristics for each of the below formal elements that would best suit your concept.

Line: __________________________________________________________________________________
Shape:_________________________________________________________________________________
Value: _________________________________________________________________________________
Texture: ______________________________________________________________________________
Color: (black and white is okay!) ___________________________________________________
Space: _________________________________________________________________________________

Step 4 : In your sketchbook using your PITT pens, create at least six (6) 3”x4” thumbnail sketches that incorporate each of the elements that you chose.
The design may include other elements as well.
Remember that your goal is create a visually interesting design that represents the adjective describing your personality.
Your drawing must fulfill the following criteria:

a unified and dynamic composition
a focal point on a power point in the Rule of Thirds
figure/ground relationships
sense of space/depth
the entire picture plane should be activated

Part II:

Step 4 : Still working in your sketchbook choose the strongest composition and duplicate it four (4) times 3”x4” thumbnail size. You may redraw it; photocopy; or scan and print it. On each thumbnail using your gouache paints, create four (4) different color studies. Experiment with how different color schemes, values, color temperature can help support the concept of your painting, as well as your composition. These are only sketches. Each color study must adhere to the following criteria:

You may use any of your colors. Choose colors that best suit your adjective and personality. For example, use primarily warm colors (red, yellow, orange) for happiness or anger. Use cool colors for a calm or sad image. Refer back to the color presentation and to Design Basics on tips to create emphasis, emotions, spatial depth, vibrant color, etc.
Limit your use of black by mixing complementary colors. Adding black and white will cause your colors to become dull and less saturated.
Avoid using colors straight out of the tube, mix as much as possible.
At least one area must incorporate Simultaneous Contrast.
Mix complementary colors to create a range of neutral tones.
Incorporate a full value range.
All areas of the composition must be painted, even areas that you would like to be white must be painted white.

Step 5 : Review your color studies with the classmates in your group answering the Review of Color Studies form.

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Helpful Tips:

    Simultaneous contrast – when 2 complements are next to each other they increase the visual brilliance of each other
    Colors change with their context, if you want a color to appear lighter, place a dark color around it. If you want a color to appear darker in value, place a light value next to it.
    Cool & Warm Colors – The temperature of a color can represent different ideas or emotions. You can also use it to create visual depth (warm colors move to the foreground, cool colors recede to the background).
    Color Dominance – Areas of emphasis in a work of art create interest and have been carefully planned by the artist, color can dominate and provide a focal point.
    Creative Brainstorming – Specific techniques for generating many ideas and possibilities either individually or collectively. Creative brainstorming encourages a non-judgmental attitude, rapid generation of ideas, record-keeping, and a willingness to push to the edges for strange and unexpected possibilities within a limited time-frame.
    Form and Content – Physical forms and compositional principles can and should reinforce the content (or subject matter) of any work. Your Subject Matter will be your Content which may include your emotional, intellectual, symbolic spiritual and/or narrative intentions. Unity of form and content is important to communicating an idea or message feature in any work of art or design.


Part I:

Step 1 : Reproduce Project 8 design on a 9" x 12" drawing or watercolor paper
Expand the design by breaking down the different shapes into more shapes.

Step 2 : Working with a split-complementary color scheme, choose a primary color and its split complementaries, define the values and color temperature to establish your design's concept as well as your composition.

Possible concepts:

Aggressive
Bubbly
Cautious
Controlled
Dainty
Delicate
Elegant
Energetic
Nervous
Skittish

Considerations:

You may use any of your colors. Choose colors that best suit your adjective and personality. For example, use primarily warm colors (red, yellow, orange) for happiness or anger. Use cool colors for a calm or sad image. Refer back to the color presentation and to Design Basics on tips to create emphasis, emotions, spatial depth, vibrant color, etc.
Limit your use of black by mixing complementary colors. Adding black and white will cause your colors to become dull and less saturated.
Avoid using colors straight out of the tube, mix as much as possible.
At least one area must incorporate Simultaneous Contrast.
Mix complementary colors to create a range of neutral tones.
Incorporate a full value range.
All areas of the composition must be painted, even areas that you would like to be white must be painted white.

Step 3 : Using your gouache paint, complete your design.
Use your color studies as a guide.
Make sure all the suggestions and revisions were incorporated.
The design must reflect the concept in Step 2.

Does the color study successfully depict the intended concept?

Ask for suggestions on how you may strengthen the design to support your intended concept.

Step 4 : Once your design is complete and dry, carefully paste on a Bristol Board and write your name, as well as the adjective, shape and design tool you chose on the back

Bring the Final Project to Final Assessment Class.


Delivery E-Portfolio & Written Statement

Once you complete the project:

  • PHOTOGRAPH the final image at 300ppi and upload it to your online e-portfolio. Zoom in so that the background is not showing. Make sure that you have enough lighting on the painting.

  • Writing Assignment: Refer to the link to the left for instructions on your final written statement. This will be graded and is 5 points of your final grade. This must be printed and brought to the last class during final assessment week, as well as uploaded to your e-portfolio.

  • Label both the image and writing with the project title: Final Project

Both the image & the writing assignment should be uploaded to your Wordpress E-portfolio BEFORE class!

Project Grading Criteria

Final Project is Worth 15 points
Printable Grading Criteria

Craftsmanship (up to 2 pts)
Composition (up to 2 pts)
Principles of Organization (up to 2 pts)
Color Theory (up to 2 pts)
Form & Content (up to 2 pts)

Uploaded Final Project during Final Assessment class (up to 1 pt)

Written Statement to E-portfolio (up to 1 pt)
Vocabulary (up to 1 pt)
Analysis (up to 1 pt )
Presented Original Project during Final Assessment class (up to 1 pt)