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Breadth Assignment #3, Line and Shape

Superheroes and Icons

Look at the artwork of Peter Mars and see how he uses Line and flat Shape in his art. Your assignment is to take a superhero, animal drawing, religious figure or commercial icon and create an original work of art using a recognizable part of the icon as a design motif. You MUST use copyright free images in your work.

You will have to draw the line art yourself or take copyright free images from the digital files that Mrs. Taylor has. Use background color and texture that will evoke the image you choose. In other words, if you were using Superman as your superhero, you can use a part of the traditional Marvel Comics Superman drawing as your focal point, but just enough that people will recognize the iconic Superman. You can sample the image but you can't use the whole thing because that would be violation of copyright laws. You will add color and textures to complete your composition, but you cannot use copies of the Superman logo (a copyright violation). Your challenge will be to use type, photo samples and color to remind people of Superman. Clouds, capes, "S", Clark Kent's glasses shape...all these non-copywritten images can be used in your composition.

  • In Photoshop, you can use the STAMP filter (chose black as your foreground color and white as your backgound) on a photograph to create line art that you can manipulate.
  • Select a section of a photo and turn it in to a brush (Edit-->Save Brush Preset) and use that like a rubber stamp to create repeating images.
  • Images can be made in a newspaper dot pattern in Photoshop using the Filter --> Halftone Pattern -->Pattern type (Dot) and increasing the size and contrast of the dots.


  • Canvas Size 8.5" x 11" minimum. You can go larger if you want and you can change the aspect ratio if you want.
  • Landscape or Portrait
  • 300 DPI
  • RGB mode

    Peter Mars


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