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Exercise 1: Avatar January 8, 2009

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Exercise 1: Avatar, Exercises.
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Avatar image by jessica mullen

Avatar image by jessica mullen

In your first (graded) exercise you’ll create an avatar representing an exaggerated or hyper version of yourself, as you see yourself or would like to be. Leave your inhibitions at the door — be imaginative and have fun.


  1. Get a good clear photo of yourself (or several). Save it as a JPG file to portable media like a USB key.
  2. Find material that would make good additions, props, and background for your avatar. For example if you aspire to a future with NASA find good images like the space shuttle, space station, Earth, maybe a helmet. Facial hair or scars from test flights gone wrong might also be nice
  3. Bring these materials on disk for use in our Photoshop tutorial next class.
  4. Sketch some ideas ahead of time on paper or digitally so you have momentum from the top of the class.

Like all the exercises, this will be graded out of 4%, as one of five exercises totalling 20% of your final mark.