8th grade students started by taking photographs around the school. We set up photographic lights and backgrounds and many of them used the set up for portraits and still lives. We then converted the photographs into line art in photoshop. After printing the black and white photograph as well as the color photograph, students match the colors in their color photo to the Copic markers colors using this color swatch sheet. To color the black and white photograph, we went over basic Copic marker blending and coloring techniques, as well as understanding the coding on the markers, and care for the markers. For their second illustration, many students chose to use the same photograph, but make the colors unrealistic.
The results are fantastic! Don't you think so?
Here is the youtube tutorial that I found to easily convert the photographs to line art: