March 3: Vector Masks in Photoshop, Assignment #6


Vector Masks in Photoshop

Using a combination of vector masks and layer masks, isolate this hummer from it’s background.

Using vector masks in Photoshop



Trenton Doyle Hancock Interview #2

Assignment #6, Due March 7th

You have been given two references for this assignment:

  1. literary passage
  2. a video game, movie, artist, or designer reference from your classmate

You should give yourself one additional reference.

Determine the color reference in the literary passage. What kind of feeling does it give you? You’ll need additional colors along with the mentioned color in order to create a color palette. Will these colors clash? Will they be harmonious? Create a color group of at least eight swatches. Feel free to use a painting or photograph if you need.

The literary passage also references a concrete object or kind of landscape. This will be your setting.

Even if you have read the book, put the narrative in the book out of mind. Based on your colors, the object or landscape in the passage, and your two references (one yours, and one a classmates) come up with a story that you can describe in one sentence.

Create a 13×19 inch image in Illustrator. This could be an abstraction, an illustration, or anywhere in between. It should be landscape orientation.

Literary references (in case you lose yours)

“I shall never forget the afternoon when first I stumbled upon the half-hidden house of death. It was in mid-summer, when the alchemy of Nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogenous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly indefinable odours of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.”

-H.P. Lovecraft, The Tomb

“Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

“The sun that rises is the color of steel. His mounted shadow falls for miles before him. He wears on his head a hat he’s made from leaves and they have dried and cracked in the sun and he looks like a raggedyman wandered from some garden where he’d used to frighten birds.”

-Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

“The light struck upon the trees in the garden, making one leaf transparent and then another. One bird chirped high up; there was a pause; another chirped lower down. The sun sharpened the walls of the house, and rested like the tip of a fan upon a white blind and made a blue finger-print of shadow under the leaf by the bedroom window. The blind stirred slightly, but all within was dim and unsubstantial. The birds sang their blank melody outside.”

-Virginia Woolf, The Waves

“She stretched out on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her.”

-Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of winestains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running.”

-Willa Cather, My Antonia