Friday, May 12, 2017

Sculpture Fest!

We're on for Sculpture Fest! I'll be projecting your work from 9pm-10pm tonight. Come by and say hi!

More info on the event (which involves live music as well as sculpture) is here:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Planetarium Directions

Here's a map from Inline to the Planetarium:,+Nevada/Fleischmann+Planetarium,+1664+N+Virginia+St,+Reno,+NV+89557/@39.3864288,-119.9572027,11z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m2!1m1!1s0x80996ff06d251165:0x6d65149fbd9c544b!1m2!1m1!1s0x80994716f8adcd1d:0x1d8b8cd413f7d327!3e0

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia and 16th streets, on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, 1.5 miles north of the downtown Reno arch. Free permit parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, just east of the planetarium.Park between designated planetarium parking signs.

Feel free to call me at: 415-845-5670

Really looking forward to this one.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SNC Logos for Angel

Course eval links

Here are the course survey links. Use this one if you're taking this as the "intermediate" class:

And this one if you're taking it as "advanced":

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Template for Planetarium

Hey everyone. Our final for this class will start at 11:30am May 5th - a Friday. This isn't the official time, since we're pairing up with the other DART class, so please check the linked finals schedule below to make sure you don't have any other finals slotted for that time. We are going to leave SNC at 11:30 and drive down to the Flieschman Planetarium at UNR – and our screening goes from 1pm-2pm. It will take about an hour to get back to SNC, so the ultimate time frame you want to have clear is 11:30-3pm.

Here's a link to the "hole" for the planetarium dome - place it in the top layer of your AfterEffects or Premiere document. The dimensions for this piece are 1440px X 1440 px.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Some references for our planetarium project

Tutorials we'll be referencing:

Planetarium show examples:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meeting at library this Thursday (3/30)

Just a reminder that we're meeting on the third floor of the library tomorrow for class, at 10am, for MAPR.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Illustrated short story project

We'll start on our "book illustration" project next class. For this project, you'll have approximately six pages in a book (set us as three two-page spreads), in which to lay out and illustrate a short story or a poem.

1. Pick your story or poem (see below for more details)

For the story/poem, you have the choice of:

1. Choosing something you've written, or that a friend of your has written (as long as the friend gives you permission)
2. Choosing something written by an SNC student who has submitted the story for this purpose (see link below)
3. Choosing something in the public domain

Since we are more or less "publishing" this story through, I want to the content (and the images) to be legit – no pilfering copyrighted material.

In terms of illustrating the story, you are free to use drawings you make, photographs you take, or any stock imagery you are able to download for free or pay for.

By Thursday's class, I want you to have a story or poem chosen, with some ideas of how you'll illustrate it. I want you to be adventurous in your layout, but legibility of the content itself will be key.

Here are links to a variety of public domain resources. If the story you'd like will take longer than six pages to tell, feel free to use an excerpt of the story.

Philip K. Dick stories (science fiction from the 50s and 60s)
Classic Short Stories
Short Stories from the Internet Archive
Literary Stories

Horror stories:
H. P. Lovecraft
Algernon Blackwood
Edgar Allen Poe

Public Domain Poetry

A broad range of public domain short stories

Just make sure you claim it in the comments to this blog post, so we don't have a bunch of people illustrating the same story. In fact, ONCE YOU'VE CHOSEN THE STORY YOU WANT TO ILLUSTRATE, WRITE THE NAME OF THE STORY IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS BLOG POST, checking that no one else has taken it first, so that we don't have any repeats in terms of story/poem selections.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Class canceled today (2/21)

Hi all. I'm canceling class today (MT Rose is closed, according to nvdot, and it's raining slush down here in Reno). Stay safe, and see you Thursday.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm out today (2/2)

Hi all. Unfortunately I can't make it to class today – I have to get the kiddo checked out by a pediatrician this morning. Probably nothing serious, but something I've gotta get checked out.

I was going to walk you though some ways of quantifying graphics in Illustrator, to lay the groundwork for your infographic - but I'll leave that for Tuesday. I would like you to do two things before Tuesday – if you don't have Illustrator on your laptop, you'll have to do the first thing during class time today. The second thing is something that can be done with pencil and paper.

So - here are the two things –

1. Please choose what you think is your strongest Alt-NPL logo/bumpersticker sketch, and create an illustrator version of it. Try to pick one that can be easily simplified into vector shapes. If you do want to make an image from something that is a drawing or photo, there is the option to take a bitmap image (which could be a scanned drawing, for instance) and convert it to vector art. Quick tutorial on that here:

So, by Tuesday's class, have one of your sketches mocked up into vector form.

2. Also by Tuesday – please make a pencil sketch (or if you'd like to mock it up in photoshop as a sketching method, that's fine too) of your concept for your infographic. Whichever data set you picked out for today - draw up an idea of how you are going to visually express it. And this is important – be sure to include not just the visuals, but all text you are intending to put into the inforgraphic – a title, and explanatory text giving context or footnoting items, and so on. Again, please look at the link on the previous post for examples.

Sorry, all, for missing out today - and hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Alt Park Service Logo

Here's our whiteboard, capturing our brainstorm for qualities/symbols that might show up in an Alt National Park Service logo/bumper sticker.

Here's a link to the two current designs:

There are two things due this Thursday _

1. Have your twelve pencil (or photoshop) sketches for the AltNPS logo/bumper sticker

2. Select some sort of data set (that is either researchable, or something that you could generate through your own personal poll/study) that you'd like to make an infographic of. Here's the link to a collection of 100 infographics of the past decade, for inspiration:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Links for Isometric drawing

Here is a downloadable isometric grid:

Google "isometric vector art" to see examples. We'll be working on a collective isometric grid project.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome _ Spring 2017

Welcome to the blog for Intermediate/Advanced Digital Darkroom, for Spring 2017.

Here's a link we'll be using today:

And a little bit of context for the link:

Example of a british library remix:

And here are some more public domain links: (need to register)

Next class, we'll be starting a "composite drawing" at poster size. This will build on your knowledge of brushes in Photoshop – a tracing/drawing project, in which you'll composite two photos, and then use the composite as a basis to trace out an illustration. You won't have to composite the two photos perfectly -- since you're ultimately making a drawing, you can correct discrepancies of lighting at the drawing stage, and a lot of the tell-tale details that you need to painstakingly correct when making two photos seem like one realistic photo can just be omitted at the drawing stage.

The theme for the drawing will be to take some figure or object and put it somewhere it doesn't belong. It could be a godzilla-size dog stomping through a skyline, a bird perched in an aquarium, someone practicing yoga at the top of a flagpole. The more impossible the better. The final drawing should be 11 inches by 17 inches, 600dpi -- it doesn't matter if it's in portrait or landscape format. Please come prepared with your photographic images at the beginning of next class -- if you want to shoot your own photos for this project, feel free.

If you'd like to download a copy of the syllabus, follow the below links.

This is the "Advanced" version:

This is the "Intermediate" version: