Students in Josh Polk’s Spring computer graphics technology course at IUPUI took the use of free imagery to new heights in their final course assignment the Masterpiece Project. Students were challenged to recreate their favorite classic artwork in Photoshop using Adobe Stock photography, now provided to all students in addition to the Adobe Creative Cloud package.
Jasmin Tlazca, chose to redesign an 1887 painting by Phillip Richard Morris. She beautifully recreated a peaceful scene of a child feeding swans in a small nook of a city park. What makes these projects interesting is that students like Jasmin can apply their own take on the scene and have the artistic license to make it interesting in a new way.
Another example is a piece by Lane Hatheway who recreated the famous Nighthawks painting by Edward Hopper. He reproduced this familiar layout using similar coloring and positioning of the characters in the scene. However, he updated their style to give a modern-day look with their use of contemporary technology in the scene.
Sydnee Carrillo mentioned in her submission that “Adobe Stock can be pretty easy to use. There are a variety of images and I like how it’s connected to my account so I can have easy access to the images while on Photoshop.” Sydnee recreated a Picasso piece from his blue period called The Old Guitarist. Her finished piece is quickly recognized as an imitation of Picasso’s work, but it has her own unique take using with the texture photos she chose and composited in Photoshop.
Cori Taylor had a bit of fun recreating the famous painting American Gothic, by Grant Wood. Instead of the stern-faced older couple, Cori used more modern characters in front of a bright red barn.
Jasmin enjoyed creating her masterpiece so much she took an additional extra credit challenge offered in the course – to recreate a movie poster using only stock imagery. She brilliantly composited her own version of the Iron Man movie poster using techniques taught in the class.
Adobe Stock imagery can be useful for all students across campus. Whether you simply need interesting photos for your PowerPoint slides, or for creative design work to boost your portfolio, images are freely available for students from Adobe’s vast library. Visit the link here for more information.
The course, CGT21100 – Raster Imaging, is a part of the Computer Graphics Technology degree offered by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Within this degree program you can study animation, interactive multimedia design, themed attraction design, or motion graphics.