Category: 2D Project

A Digital to Applied & Back to Digital – Zine! 4/10/18

Tuesday 4/10 ‘s class will be a ZINE-making Workshop!

Lets gather some of our work and discover with how we can re-compose, transform and re-apply the digital works we have been creating this semester. Lets explore converting the digital into print media and applied collage works.

Lets make a ZINE! Of course you can make your own, but the class will collaborate on one as well. Both a printed version and a digital one for out class website. (Check out what students did last year and over the summer here)

At this point of the semester we have created a series of images and various works both static and animated.

I would like for you extract a series of still frames from the animated works that have been created.

An example of this would the gif that you see below. It is collage I made using Newhive. It consists of several graphic assets. I took a screen shot of the image (on the mac keyboard you can press the Command Key, the Shift Key and the #3 key (in that order) to take a screen shot of your work space on screen) this will produce a still frame of the entire screen. (see below this gif)

The screen shot will look like this above at first. Open the file in photoshop and crop away what is not needed. See the example below to follow along.

We have access to good printer in our classroom that allows for 11″x17″ print out put. We will explore this and crop our images into the Zine size of 8.5″ X 11″

The Tools of the cut N’ paste trade are below:  Please bring these items to class next week! You will need them for sure. (I also have extra to share if you don’t have them)

2D Animal Zentangle Project

Elephant Zentangle Illustration – 2D Project


  • White Paper
  • Black Ballpoint Pen
  • Pencil and eraser (for animal outline)
  • Image for reference

Resources: Used for references and brainstorming



  • First, pick an animal you would like to create a zentangle out of.
    • Look up reference images of different animals and see how you could incorporate different lines and shapes to create the animal and show depth.
    • Do you want to do the entire animal’s body? Just the face?
    • My reference image:

  • Once you have decided on your animal, think about composition and how you would like incorporate the animal on the picture plane to utilize the space.  Make thumbnails if necessary.
  • Begin sketching outline of animal on paper using pencil.  Draw very lightly as this outline should not be seen in the final outcome.  The outline is just used to map out the composition as a guideline.

  • Start creating different patterns and shapes inside the animal outline to create a sense of space and depth.

  • Be creative and have fun with it!

  • When creating your zentangle, use different lines and shapes. Your project can be as symmetrical or asymmetrical as you would like.  Use shapes and lines to create the form of the animal to show depth and different curves and angles.  For example, when designing my elephant’s trunk, I used rounded lines to show the shape of the trunk and the dimensionality.  In the bottom parts of the ear, I used small thin lines to show the wrinkles of the skin, similar to my reference photo.
    •  When I first began creating my elephant zentangle, I didn’t have an exact end goal in mind in terms of the lines and shapes I was creating.  I just knew i wanted to show the depth of the elephant.  I was letting my hand and mind wonder and create whatever came in to my mind next.  I referenced different zentangle websites and images (listed above) for inspiration.  I knew I did not want my elephant to be symmetrical as I wanted the viewer’s eye to move throughout the page.  The only thing I wanted slightly symmetrical was the inner part of the ear.  I felt that it gave a sense of unification and completion to the piece.


  • Overall I am happy with my outcome and really enjoyed creating the project.  Usually, I create similar doodles on notes, random papers and in notebooks with no end goal or thought process.  I just create them wherever they can fit on the page.  Incorporating these doodles with the end goal of an elephant in mind really allowed for me to challenge myself and create something I would not normally create.  I would like to create more zentangles of different animals and/or objects in the future.


2D Poetry Inspired Cartoon Marker Rendering

This is a Poetry Inspired Cartoon Drawing I Created Called…

                               “When I Think Of You”

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black Sharpie Pen thin
  • Marker Paper
  • Alcohol Markers (various colors and shades)
  • Light Table
  • Inspirational Poem Self Written or Lyrics from a Song


  1. Write a poem

  • Everyone has experiences that might be positive or negative in their lives, this is a great time to take a moment and reflect on these memorable times in our lives. When ever I have an experience that catches me off guard, for instance in this case the loss of my Aunt Lucille whom I considered to be a mother figure. I find it completely healthy to release these confused emotions on paper either by drawing or writing them down. It is an exceptional way to cleanse my thoughts and emotions.
  • Take a moment and reflect, it can be based on a personal experience or even from your imagination, be creative. If you are unable to put together a complete poem just writing down thoughts can help inspire you. There may be a poem or song that has touched you at one time that can be used as well. Make sure you write it down or have the words that will be used from outside resources in front of you to begin your creative cartoon inspirational drawing.

2. Find an artist to reference- 

Dance - Alphonse Maria Mucha - www.alfonsmucha.orgDance. From The Arts Series. 1898 - Alphonse Maria Mucha -

  • Once my poem was written, I knew I wanted to draw a cartoon character with wings and I wanted her to be angelic, colorful, and soft. I have always had a hard time drawing from memory and being a graphic artist the last 20 years has taught me all great artists refer from other great artists and leave room for their very own style to create a collaboration of ideas, techniques, and visions.
  • I knew the look I was wanted to achieve so I narrowed my search to the Art Nouveau period and artist Alfons Muncha. His artwork I referenced is above but if you would like to learn more about the history of this artist or reference other artwork of his here is a link to do so.
  • I have always been mesmerized by the well thought out composition of woman figures and nature used in his artwork. The detail, soft lines, flowing long hair, and fabric creates a graceful movement through out his work with movement. You do not have to use my artist find one that inspires you. You will have fun seeing your artist influences come alive in your very own cartoon character.
  • So I new this was look I wanted, but I knew I wanted my angel to have more of an avatar cartoon feeling. I chose a cartoon marker rendering for this project because it is something I have never done before and wanted to give it a whirl.

3. Find cartoon animations, or avatars to reference- 


  • The best advice I can give you is to keep your pencil marks light and erasing to a minimum. The more you erase the more the paper will wear away and the markers will tend to bleed later when applied.


  • If you feel you have really muddied up you paper and you want to start fresh I suggest using a light table and place a clean sheet of marker paper on top of your original drawing when using the fine tip black marker to fill in your lines and dark shadows on your final copy.
  • This is the time to decide on shadowing with thicker black strokes as well to make your cartoon really pop before applying the alcohol colored markers.
  • Make sure to erase all pencil lines before apply the color markers they will show up and create muddy colors.


  • This was harder then I thought to color in my angel. Using alcohol markers tend to lay down very light but leave streaks with each application. I suggest to use the thick flat side of the marker and use light colors first aligning each stroke in the same direction as close to each other as possible with out overlaying them.
  • If you want shadowing of a skin tone use a light peach color and fill in the space do not go over the same spot more than once, this will make the color darker.
  • Apply the colors more than once of the same color only to create shadows and depth to your character. Watch it come alive!
  • If this is not drastic enough you can find a shade darker of the same hue and just apply in those shadowed areas instead.
  • When finished coloring in your poem inspired cartoon character feel free to go over or add in any thicker black lines to make your rendering pop.

I am happy with my initial pencil drawing and contour drawing of my first cartoon character, but I do feel the need to practice or purchase higher quality alcohol markers with a larger variety of hue shade variations in the future. Hope you enjoyed this short tutorial and take some time to connect with your inner self when creating artwork in the future as well.

David Shear-Narrative Drawn video

This is a Narrative Drawn Video i created. Here’s How!

  • Materials used
  • Laptop
  • Digital Microphone
  • Tablet and Pen


  • Programs/Resources used
  • Garage band
  • Youtube Audio Library
  • iTunes
  • Photoshop
  • iMovie


  • Procedure:
  1. Write your story

Come up with a story to tell! You can base it on your experience or make it up completely, but make sure you write it down and if you type it, be sure to print it out.

2. Record your audio- 

-Using a Digital Microphone, record yourself telling your story. I used a Blue Snowball USB Microphone

which is a relatively cheap microphone, but really, any microphone can work. I also used Garageband as my audio recording program because i am familiar with it, but any basic audio recording and layering program works too (I’ve heard good things about Audacity) as long as you eliminate that annoying background noise*. It may take several audio checks, editing, and takes to get your audio to sound right. Take your time. This part is very important.


-I also recommend having background music for your project. If you do decide to post it on Youtube, you will have to worry about copyright claims. Youtube has its own Audio Library that will tell you what the rules are behind using any type of background music you can imagine. Click here to check out the Youtube Audio Library’s Music Selection.

The music I used was Daily Beetle by Kevin Macleod

  • *How to eliminate annoying background noise- 

-There are many ways to do this: the cheapest, and easiest way that I did it was simply to put a thick sweatshirt over both my head and my microphone as I was recording. The sweatshirt blocked out a lot of unnecessary noise, but there are better ways to do it, and it’s worth looking up different methods to see what works best for you.


The next step is to draw images for the video. I used a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet

and drew the pictures directly in Adobe Photoshop because i am comfortable with Photoshop and using a tablet. If you don’t have photoshop, any drawing program works. If you don’t have a tablet, you can still draw the images on pieces of paper and scan them into the computer. If you do end up using photoshop, be sure that every image you create is the same exact size: this will avoid a lot of jumpiness when creating the video itself (In regards to sizes in photoshop, I recommend working at 11 x 8.5 at 300 DPI so the image looks nice and crisp.). I also recommend having iTunes or some other audio playing application to play the audio and pause it every time the audio warrants a new image. Use your best judgement with how many images you want to make and how often you want to switch images. I had exactly 33 frames that i used for my 3 minute and 50 second video. I recommend saving every image you create in one folder and title them in sequence like this:

It makes things a lot easier if they’re numbered.

Because I used Photoshop, the file sizes were somewhat large, so I decided to break each file into four sections that were all exactly the same size. The easiest way to do this is with guides in photoshop and have a horizontal and vertical guide breaking the piece halfway both ways. (just be sure to uncheck “snapping” because that gets annoying with drawing)

I used a dark green color and a hard brush to draw, but I encourage you to create your own aesthetic style of drawing.

4. Put the Video together

I used iMovie, but literally any other video editing software will work just as well or better. Add every image and sync the audio to the pictures. There are plenty of tutorials online about how to do things in iMovie, and any problem you have you can google. Otherwise the program is pretty intuitive: you import your audio and images and you add your pictures in and drag them on the timeline to decide the duration of how long you want the picture to be on screen in relation to the audio, and splice and delete the excess stuff. Before too long, you should have a coherent video. ALWAYS -I cannot stress this enough- ALWAYS WATCH YOUR VIDEO BEFORE EXPORTING OR UPLOADING. Watch it MULTIPLE TIMES. The worst thing is when you have a mistake once it’s already on youtube and you have to either reupload or replace the file.

5. Upload the video to youtube and share!


Some other web artists who create videos like these are TheOdd1sOut and Domics

2D Self Portrait Watercolor

Create a Watercolor (Selfie) Self-Portrait

Supplies Needed:

  • Camera (phone is recommended to instantly begin working)
  • Computer with Photoshop
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Paper Towel
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Step 1: Take a Million Selfies.

Step 2: Pick your Favorite and Upload to Computer. Open in Photoshop.

As shown above, you may choose to to edit your photo prior to printing it.  After opening my photo in Photoshop, (Image 1) I chose to experiment with Filters first (Image 2) then adjust the color (Image 3).  This is, of course, optional.  Once you’ve edited and/or framed out your photo, print it.  If you’re inexperienced when it comes to copying a drawing, I recommend printing your photo the same size as the canvas you plan on painting.

Step 3: Copy Your Drawing (Optional: Using a Grid)

If you’re fancy (or just up for a challenge), simply use your print as a guide while you draw your photo on your watercolor paper (Image 1).  If you’re a bit nervous about accuracy, feel free to use a ruler to create a grid on your photo (Image 2), then a grid on your watercolor paper.  Drawing within these smaller boxes can be extremely helpful when it comes to accuracy.

If you’ve never used a grid for drawing, the following resource may be helpful:

Step 4: Paint

Set up your work station with brushes, water, watercolor paint and a paper towel.  I prefer to use to cups of water, one for wetting my brush as I begin painting and another for washing the paint off my brushes in-between colors.

Step 5: Add Details with Pens, Markers, Paint Pens or Other Medium

For me, the eyes in my painting were lacking after just the watercolor.  To amp up the detail in this area, I added more detail with blue marker and a white paint pen.  While this is technically optional, I recommend it as it can give the painting a little something extra than just watercolor.  You may choose to focus on the lips, the hair, one eye, or anything else using any medium of your choice.  The possibilities are endless.

Above is a beautiful example of a watercolor portrait by Maryam Gaber.  More of her work can be found by following the link below:


For this 2D project I focused on something that I’ve never done before. Typically I would of created something that had a purpose and many references to work from with an end goal in mind. But the purpose behind this project was to challenge the mind and create something you have never created before. Something that did not feel comfortable to what you are used to. I have worked with many mediums and many styles but I really never created abstract pieces with no purpose or desired outcome. I started off by picking a medium that I found to be easy to work with because I was going to be creating with my left hand. I began by just drawing random things on the canvas in order to get some inspiration organically.

I was not happy with what I was creating, but I continued to go with the flow. This is a new way of working and I have to go with what feels uncomfortable and break the norm.

I quickly got inspiration from my own creation and started to go with whatever happened. I started paying attention to the background noise that was occurring while I was creating this project. I strongly believe that the surrounding noise and environment can alter your creation.

I started to realize that it felt good not having an end result and wondering if what I was going to create was going to be right or perfect and pretty. This was a very carefree challenging project for me and I would highly recommend it during my teachings. I would present this project the way I created it. Telling my students that there is no right or wrong way to create and we are going to be using our opposite hand and our own internal inspiration to spark creation.

This was my end result. Although I was not 100% happy with how it came out considering this was abnormal of me to create, I was very proud of my self. I was able to create an abstract piece, with no reference, using my left hand.

2D Project How-To

Step 1: Choose a topic you are interested in.

  • When choosing a topic, make sure you can expand your topic into different ideas and then expand how it relates to you and your art.
  • For example, when I began my project I knew that I have a history of working with the human figure, but how could I look at it differently than I usually do? I’ve spoken about body image before, but this time I chose to talk about what you can put into your body and how it works.

Step 2: How can you artistically talk about your topic in a 2D form, using methods you may not have experimented with in the past?

  • Do you usually draw with charcoal? Why not experiment drawing with pastel? Do you usually paint with color? Why not experiment painting just black and white? What do you consider 2D?
  • Collage was a method I rarely worked in and decided to give another shot. It was almost too much control than I wanted of my art, I’m used to working loosely with an element of surprise.

For the two images above, I used the positive cut out and began to paste rusted machine gears and junk food onto it. When all the space was covered, I flipped it over and cut along the edge of the original figure.

For the two images above I began to paste clean gears and clean food onto paper underneath the negative of the figure. I had to align the paper first to make sure that the negative would be filled correctly. Then I glued the edges so that it would become one piece.

Step 3: Begin experimenting.

  • How can you expand your idea further? What could you do that relates to your topic and is still out of your normal realm of work?
  • I decided to experiment with spray painting as well as painting with natural food.

In the above images, I used spray paint. I went outside and mixed three colors I had to create a background for my positive figure.

For the negative figure above, I used spinach, blueberries, and strawberries in warm water to create a watercolor paint. The colors came out lighter than I expected so I mixed it with a few watercolors to enhance it.

Step 4: Presentation

  • How will you present your images? On the table? On the wall? On the floor? Outside?
  • For mine, I presented them on the wall side by side almost like a diptych.


Though I was not crazy about my outcomes, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and experimenting with new methods and materials expanded my range of possibilities. Later on, I realized it was easier to paint with fruits that stain better like blackberries. I may have considered my backgrounds differently or may not have added them at all. Maybe I should have played with opacity with different papers to marry the figure to its background more cohesively. I could not have come up with these better ideas and considerations if I did not experiment in the first place. It gave me a platform to jump off of to create revisions, new outcomes and expand upon my ideas.

2D to Motion Project

For the 2d project I used my sketch of my green cheeked conure, Ziggy Stardust Pendzick in which I had drawn on multiple sheets of white lined notebook paper.  I then took photos of each piece separate on a bulletin board and merged them to make a gif showing the multitude of images building up till the drawing is complete.

New Kid on the Zine Block

As a first time zine-maker I must admit that the process was enjoyable! My initial thought was to compose a collage. I figured that would be the most obvious approach because as art students we’ve all experienced collaging at some point. But this time was different than the rest because I got to use my own original images. When you think of collage your mind races to high school art class when you had to shift through a pile of magazine clippings and pick out imagery that represents who you are. Then you had to paste those images on top of a silhouetted head that is also supposed to represent you… boring. Here we were able to combine original 2-D work with stills of gifs/videos, free-to-use images (thx NY Public Library) and text to convey an idea.

The antiquated looking photos were pulled directly from the New York Public Library digital collection. There are tons, and I mean tons, of free-to-use images on there.

In class we displayed our zine pages and I had a breakthrough. My pages didn’t have to be so tight and proper. Some of my classmates’ pages looked as if they were all bustled together. They were untidy yet totally appealing. Their original works were hurled together in an unpolished layout with appropriated images, scribbles of text and photocopied repeatedly in true zine fashion.

Now, I realize I haven’t totally conformed to the authentic zine spirit but that’s just not my style. So, in an attempt to embrace the zine fashion I experimented with the photocopier and incorporated some corbels. I placed them directly on the scanner and they came out totally awesome! I cut them out and used them in my composition. I love the contrast the scanner provides. *side note: experiment copying with colored paper*

After this collaboration project I feel as if I graduated from a zine novice to an advanced beginner.