Foundations of Digital Image


For this assignment, produce a version of an artwork by digitally modifying its digital image. You should follow this procedure:

  • Find a JPG image of a favorite artwork online

  • Save the file to your computer.

  • Open this image with a text editor. Those characters represent the source code of the image.

  • Randomly alter these characters. Cut / copy / paste lines over lines.

  • Save the image with another name but keep the filename extension as .JPG.

  • View the image with an image viewer.

  • If the image does not show up at all, this means you might have damaged some building blocks in the source code. In this case you should start over.

  • You can run this procedure again and again till you come up with an interesting result.
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For the final assignment of this course digitize and online publish your portfolio.

You should include at least ten images and size them in a way that, longer side of an image will not be smaller than 900 px.

Visual Arts students have their server domains embedded with their computer lab accounts at Sites can be uploaded  to the ‘Sites’ folder on personal accounts.

or you can use a bloging service such as tumblr or wordpress.

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Create a physical paper flip book AND a digital animated GIF. Any image can be used whether it be a drawing, a digital image or a found image. The flip book and GIF do not have to use the same images. Make the flip book and GIF have durations of at least a few seconds.

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Invader is the pseudonym of a French urban artist, born in 1969, who pastes characters from and inspired by the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, that are composed of small colored square tiles forming a space invader character mural mosaic. He does this in cities across the world, then documents this as an “Invasion,” with books and maps of where to find each invader. His website was started in 2008. The mosaics depict characters from Space Invaders and other video games from the early 1980s. The images in these games were made with fairly low-resolution graphics, and are therefore suitable for reproduction as mosaics, with tiles representing the pixels.

For this exercise, create a character using Post-it note papers. Post the stickers, representing pixels, to form the image on a wall where you choose. Use a minimum of 50 stickers. Use any color, but no more then 8 different colors.

Once you install your character please take pictures of it and submit them to your professor.

Hera are some examples of various space invaders from all over the world.

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Procedural Drawing, Sol LeWitt

Below is a set of instructions written by Sol LeWitt in 1974 for a wall drawing. Execute this wall drawing on a sheet of 8.5×11″ paper for the next class session. You may interpret “wall” as a rectangle somewhere on your page, or as the page itself.


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