Digital Painting Course Syllabus
Welcome to COSC2532 Advanced Electronic Imaging. It is run as one of RMIT's electives, however, it welcomes students from all parts of RMIT. It assumes some basic familiarity with Photoshop and. more importantly, some experience with drawing and/or painting. It seeks to cater to students at all levels, but it can not promise to teach painting and drawing skills to someone who has never done either. If you have any doubts as to your suitability for this course, you are welcome to come and talk with me (make an appointment via email).
In the following three sections the course and the topic of Electronic Imaging is introduced:
What is Electronic Imaging?
There are (at least) three different ways to use Photoshop in the context of image editing:
- As a painter
- Using the brush tool and little else. A painter tends to start and finish their painting entirely within Photoshop, and does not import any external assets. Their use of Photoshop is quiet basic, with little recourse to Photoshop's advanced composting tools.
- As a compositor
- The integration of many acquired elements into a single image. A compositor will first acquire files from external sources such as: cameras, web search results and 3D applications. These they bring them into Photoshop to be composited, using Photoshop's advanced compositing tools such as layers, masks and adjustments
- As a photographer
- Using destructive adjustments on a single-layer image. This is a simple post-processing approach.
These are crude characterisations of complex positions, however they broadly determine the sorts of expectations that students come to a Electronic Imaging course with. The toolset of a painter is smaller than that of a compositor and employs far fewer layers. A painter is required to work very quickly, and too many layers would get in the way of this. This course supports all forms of Photoshop use, but delivers mainly a compositing skill-set as this is the larger skill-set. This course believes that the best painter / compositor / photographer is, to some degree, a hybrid between all these skill-sets.
Aims of this course
The aims of this course are threefold:
- To deliver a core set of Photoshop technical skills needed by the digital painter. These are summarised in the page Key Technical Skills.
- To develop a core set of picture-making skills needed by the digital painter. Some of these are summarised in this microsite.
- To develop in the student a sense of their own strengths as a creative artist. This are delivered through tutorial engagement and personal consultation.
Expectations of this course
The preceding course aims are evaluated throughout the course, through continuos assessment. They are also evaluated at the end of the course, at which point all assignments and exercises should be handed in. Evaluation is done with reference to the following criteria:
- That you have demonstrated technical competence in all key aspects of Photoshop practice. See the page Key Technical Skills for a brief outline of these skills.
- That your file is organized according to the COSC2532 Advanced Electronic Imaging 'house style'. See the page Naming Conventions for details.
- That all your research and reference material are presented in an orderly and consistent manner. See the page Reference for more details.
- That, by the final review, all assignments and exercises have been completed and uploaded together with small jpg preview (see the page File for more instructions). See also the page Handing in Protocols for more details.
- That you have demonstrated competence in your pictorial skills. Please refer to the appendix sections of teach drawing for an indication of what these might be. Clearly, given the nature of the topic, these are to an extent negotiable, according to the particular aims of your creative output.
- That your creative output is original and engaging.
- That you have demonstrated engagement with the course. This might be through asking questions in class, the seeking of consultations or suchlike.