Roy Lichtenstein Pop-Art Portraits in Adobe Illustrator
Roy Lichtenstein Name: Roy Lichtenstein (liktenstain) Life: October 27, 1923 - September 29, 1997 Location: Primarily NYC Why we know him? American pop artist; works displayed along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and a leading figure in the new art movement • His artwork defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody (humor) • •
Characteristics of his Works • Old fashioned comic strip as subject matter • Hard edged, precise compositions, incorporating humor • Heavily influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style • He described pop art as “not American painting but actually industrial painting. ”
Ben-Day Dots • The Ben-Day dots printing process, named after illustrator and printer Benjamin Henry Day, Jr. ,  is similar to Pointillism. Depending on the effect, color and optical illusion needed, small colored dots are closely spaced, widely spaced or overlapping. Magenta dots, for example, are widely spaced to create pink. Pulp comic books of the 1950 s and 1960 s used Ben-Day dots in the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to inexpensively create shading and secondary colors such as green, purple, orange and flesh tones. (Wikipedia)
Lichtenstein Famous Works
“Drowning Girl” and “Wham” from 1963 are two of his best known works.
Your Assignment • Create a self-portrait in the Roy Lichtenstein style • Take a photo- Think “drama…” You should be surprised, upset, daydreaming, shocked, brooding, afraid, scheming…. • Re-size this image in Adobe Photoshop to about 8 x 10” • Place this image in Adobe Illustrator 11 x 17” document
• Use the pen tool to outline the face, hair, eyes, eyebrows, lips, teeth, etc. (NO FILL) • THESE SHOULD ALL BE ON SEPARATE LAYERS • Create your Ben-Day dot pattern (we will do this in class) and save as a swatch • Begin filling your shapes with solid colors and Ben-Day dot patterns (50% may be filled with solid color but the rest must be Ben-Day dot filled) • Use the brush tool to add the finishing black outlines (find a brush with varying thickness to imitate the look of a true, painted brush stroke) • Create a talk-bubble and add your unique caption….
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VOCABULARY • Ben-Day dots • Pop-Art • Roy Lichtenstein