Spotlight on Artist Noah Marcus
The Elective’s digital art museum this week features a computer illustration made by Noah Marcus from Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey.
Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. Each week we highlight a work or series created in one of the AP Arts concentrations—AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing (the AP Program also offers Art History and Music Theory)—as well as a statement from the artist (and, occasionally, their teacher).
From the first cave paintings to contemporary breakthroughs in virtually reality, art, in all its forms, has been a crucial way for people to process, make sense of, comment on, and grapple with the world around them. After more than a year of life in a pandemic, AP Art students have risen to the challenge of processing and making sense of the challenges—and opportunities—that have come from this perilous time. The work they submitted in their final portfolios is explicitly of the moment. It’s often challenging and provocative, but always insightful, inspiring, and expansive.
This week we feature a computer illustration made by Noah Marcus from Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey.
Here’s Noah’s statement on the work:
“The title of this piece is ‘The Burning House.’ I created it in Photoshop. I decided to use the pen tool to make the house, then I added a light coming from the helicopter. First I added a filter on the light coming from the helicopter. Then I used the pen tool and paintbrush to add the burning holes in the middle of the piece.
“During the summer in 2021, I took some time to think about what my investigation idea would be. I thought for a long time because I wanted to choose a good idea so I would have enough material to work on throughout the year. I decided to make houses because in Digital Imaging 2 I did a project very similar to this one and I really liked it. Throughout the year my teacher helped me with ideas about my investigation and also ways to make it better. One example is when he gave me some ideas of how to boost my projects. I started off with a simple house where I only used the pen tool to make the shapes. He said I could put an effect on some of the pieces which I did in most of my pieces or I could use some type of burning rips which I used in this piece and some others.”
And here are a few other works from Noah’s portfolio:
Added different reality of the image to contrast the house. Illustrated house with pen tool, added black paper rips to the outside to differentiate house, and added a filter.
Showed how moonlight affects an image. Created night sky to highlight the house in the night, illustrated house with pen tool, added starry sky with moon, and added filter to look like moonlight.
Illustrated house with pen tool, added silhouette birds and helicopter, and added fire rip in the center.
Illustrated house with pen tool, added pieces of the house in a filter, and added black paper rips.
Student statements are lightly edited for length and clarity.