Back to Basics but Bigger

Back to Basics but Bigger

Back to Basics: A quality photographer will utilize the original principles they learned as a beginner with new and inventive ideas techniques. An element or principle can be a simple part of something greater but the Design Process is the only way to avoid the pitfalls of ordinary or cliche.´

 Learning Outcome Goals:
  • Create meaningful works of art that demonstrate expressive features and perspective
  • Connect the creative process to personal aspirations

Remember: All Epic Design Quests require documentation of your design process. Be sure you are very familiar with the design process before beginning any Epic Quest.


WARNING: Upon accepting this quest you will have 28 days to complete the quest. After that deadline the quest will be worth 50%!


To begin this project now you may click Accept.

Time remaining before Penalty goes into effect


ALWAYS read the entire quest before beginning to ensure you understand all requirements. Remember the process is worth at least half of the project grade. 


Create your new project page titled E&PNow copy and paste the following as you will need to complete and correctly document these 7 steps on the your design process:

  1. Understand the Problem
  2. Research and Investigate
  3. Generate Possible Solutions
  4. Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution 
  5. Model and Prototype (Create)
  6. Test and Evaluate
  7. Produce


  • Process is very key as the subject is basic beginner level concept
  • Produce 2 Prints each of a different chosen Element of Principle
  • Use creative problem solving for a inspired and original solution
  • Show your exploration or your SPECIFICALLY selected Element or Principle in the process work that leads up to you shooting
  • Demonstrate how you used problem solving skills
  • Explore and demonstrate at least one NEW digital skill (It is not required that you use the skill in your final solution)





1. Consider what the goal of your design is: this is likely done through research showing your knowledge of P&E's

  • What Principle or Elements will you explore?
  • Why have you been assigned this project?
  • What kind of subject matter could you work with
  • What is the goal of your art?
  • How will you avoid simply photographing an element as a subject?

     Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate

Always record every resource either as a cited source or a linked resource with documentation on your project page.

2. Research information topic thoroughly

  • Researched your purpose. Clarify what is needed to be successful
  • The more information you have about the people place concept of a project, the more inventive and creative you can be as you brainstorm design ideas.
  • Why do artist utilize P&E's?

My Diigo resource links for P&E


     Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions

3. Brainstorm ideas for visual imagery representing elements of your topic -- Show your brainstorming as idea webs, clouds, lists, found imagery, small sketches of elements (at least 25 ideas, words, elements required)

Finding Inspiration can be a key element in Brainstorming.

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  • Brainstorm Subject Matter or Genre (Still-life, portrait, landscape, etc.)
  • Brainstorm - concepts or meaning
  • Brainstorm - style, techniques, or even a mediums you might use or explore
  • Brainstorm - colors, objects, patterns, images, or stories that could make a connection to your idea

4. Begin sketching thumbnail ideas for the entire invite.

  • Sketch at least 3 completely different design solutions for each element or principle
  • Thumbnail sketches should be about 4" sketches in sketchbook
  • Compositions should be ORIGINAL but may be inspired!
  • Consider environments, lighting qualities, depth, colors, focus.
  • What time of day or preparation might be necessary for success


     Design Process STAGE 4: Select and Develop Best Solution

5. Select the best solution

  • notate why you have chosen it
  • sketch the composition of entire design plan
  • Focus on possible color schemes
  • Document how the P&E is be applied.
  • be aware of what emotion or concept you want to evoke

      Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)

6. Begin production of your design

  • Maintain your image size with a resolution of 300ppi
  • Practice, develop or refine new skills you are exploring.
  • Remember Craftmanship matters. It shows you care!
  • Consider if reshooting is necessary (it is an option that is often necessary when possible)
  • Use Digital development and manipulation to enhance your tone or concept, not to simply "make it look cool"
  • Remember to take in-progress screenshots for you project page-required


     Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate

7. Self-reflect on your design

  • self-reflect and carefully evaluate your successes and difficulties
  • How could you take it further?
  • Ask others for their opinions and document the suggestions whether you agree with them or not.
  • Refine or develop elements of the design that can be improved
  • Consider asking the Captain for a brief In-Progress Critique


     Design Process STAGE 7: Produce

8. Turn in the final .JPG for each and get Printed

  • Turn file into the captain's server
  • Request Prints
  • Finalize Project Page with full self-reflection
    • successes
    • struggles
    • improvements
    • what you learned
  • Fill our grade sheet


COMPLETE: You need a fully finished project page included all scanned sketchbook work with captions. Turn your your finished artwork to the Captain's Server. Finally Paste the URL to your project page below and you may then click complete.

Great Work Design Agent.

Amazing work, Visitor.

Be Proud.

Go hang the finished piece on the Critique wall at the front of the classroom. Other's need to see what you have accomplished.

MASTERY: To earn your mastery:

  • Get your artwork printed and matted or mounted (If its larger than 8.5 x 11 it will need to be matted or spray mounted. ask the Captain)
  • Have it selected for display in the hall

You are a truly special talent, Visitor!

We have big plans for you!!

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