Exercise #1: Pixel Art

Lecture PDF - Exercise 1

Find an image of a celebrity or politician that has no copyright restrictions. It might be easiest to locate an example through "wiki commons". I will be using Abraham Lincoln as the in-class example. Find an image that is at least 1200px in the largest dimension (or larger).
If you'd rather use one of mine, download portraits.zip

Use your downloaded image for this entire Exercise:

Working in Photoshop

 

SAVE AS:

lastname_e1-mosaic.psd (this is the image from Photoshop saved with all layers)
lastname_e1-mosaic.jpg (Save AS, and change the format to jpg)

Working with Low and High Resolution


Save Work As:

Images:
lastname_e1-mosaic.psd (this is the image from Photoshop saved with all layers)
lastname_e1-mosaic.jpg (Save AS, and change the format to jpg)
lastname_e1-lowres.jpg (Image size is 400px height)
lastname_e1-original.jpg (simply rename the original file to this)

 

Place all images in a folder:
lastname_e1

TURN WORK IN:

As you are working, keep a back-up either a Cloud Account or USB or External Hard Drive
When completely finished:

 

Artist Links:

Georges Seurat - interesting interactive interface
Chuck Close @MoMA
Vuk Cosic - ascii Moving Images / ascii History of Art for the Blind
Vik Muniz - Pictures of Color 2002 / Pictures of Magazines 2003
Diane Meyer - "Time spent that might otherwise be forgotten" 2011-2016
Ian Wright
Melvin Galapon
Troika - Hardcoded Memory 2012
Daniel Rozin

Text References (these are referenced by the lecture):

M.E. Chevreul, "The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours", 1855.
Leon Harmon, "The Recognition of Faces" 1973.

More info

ASCII converter

Searching for Images with No Copyright Restrictions:

Google Image search (use "tools", usage rights: "Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification") 
and "more tools": show sizes. Find an image that is more than 1200px. Copy the actual large image and not the thumbnail. Thumbnails are small and will have a generic name such as "downloaded.jpg" or "images.jpg". You want to instead click on the thumbnail to then download the larger version.