Illustration

Welcome to Digital Illustration
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Midterm Evaluation and Presentations

Case Study Examples  500 words which include: 1) examples of iterations, 2) progress and your final compositions (a) type and image, (b) shape illustration and (3) portrait)

What is digital illustration? Digital Illustration is simply creating an illustration using digital tools. All design and compositional elements are integrated into the final composition to create an engaging creative expression.

Powerpoint on Best Practices to Create Engaging Compositions

In class we will be using Adobe Illustrator which is considered one of the best illustration tools in the creative industries. Adobe Photoshop is also an excellent tool but Illustrator is a drawing design tool using vectors. Photoshop is an image manipulation drawing tool using bitmaps to illustrate.

All weekly assignments with instruction, resources and examples can be
found online, on this blog and BLACKBOARD. All in-class tutorials cover Illustrator tools and techniques to reach desired creative objectives and maintain time management for completion of assignments.

 

TYPE AND IMAGE ILLUSTRATION – Week 1-4
On the blog you should have:
CONCEPTS page (1) three rough concepts (SKETCHES) On ITERATIONS PROGRESS (2) five palette colors used for each iteration and demonstrate progress, discuss your progress, On ITERATIONS page (3) three final iterations for ONE concept (in Illustrator) (4) Final TYPE AND IMAGE (your best iteration)

Week #1  – Introduction to class,  ILLUSTRATOR and all assignments. Setup for blog pages.
Demonstration: Edit Fonts in ILLUSTRATOR using Pen tool and ADOBE KULER
Assignment: Sketch 3 rough concepts for TYPE AND IMAGE (use grid paper for all assignments) Choose five color palette.

Week #2 – Present rough SKETCHES (3) to class for concept development presentation.
Lecture:View and discuss font construction and unique illustrator techniques to utilize type and image such as a) clipping mask for bitmaps, 2) pathfinder to create new shapes and 3) special efx tools
Demonstration:  Review tools that can edit font forms for a unique typeface. (only one-two maximum words to be used). Utilize a lower typeface if other text is needed.
Assignment: In Illustrator begin mock-ups for ONE concept with 3 iterations for the same concept. (illustrator mockups)

Week #3 – Present rough MOCKUPS to class for critique
Lecture: Discuss how to edit existing fonts
Demonstration: Review of tools to morph the font and images for a desired efx.
Assignment: Continue on TYPE AND IMAGE assignment with 3-5 examples of progress

Week #4 – Present Final TYPE AND IMAGE Assignment
Lecture: Critique final assignments taking notes for fixes and improvements.
Demonstration: Introduce new tools for SHAPE ILLUSTRATION assignment
Assignment: Sketch 3 rough concepts for SHAPE ILLUSTRATION (use grid paper for all assignments)

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SHAPE ILLUSTRATION– Week 5-8

Week #5  – Present rough SKETCHES (3) to class for concept development presentation.
Demonstration: Create and edit shapes, merge shapes for new shapes using PATHFINDER
Assignment: In Illustrator begin mock-ups for ONE concept with 3 iterations for the same concept.  (illustrator mockups) Choose five color palette.

Week #6 – Present rough MOCKUP (3) iterations for class for critique
Lecture: View and discuss shape constructions using illustrator techniques to create patterns and surface designs. a) pattern tool, 2) pathfinder  3) symbol libraries 4) creating a unique brush libraries
Demonstration:  Demonstrate tools from discussion
Assignment: Continue to work on ONE concept for SHAPE ILLUSTRATION focus primarily on the focal point.

Week #7 – MIDTERM EVALUATION: On the blog you should have: TYPE AND IMAGE  – CONCEPTS page (1) three rough concepts (SKETCHES) On ITERATIONS PROGRESS (2) five palette colors used for each iteration, demonstrate progress, discuss your progress, On ITERATIONS page (3) three final iterations for ONE concept (in Illustrator) (4) Final TYPE AND IMAGE (your best iteration) – (5) Present your SHAPE ILLUSTRATION sketches.

Lecture: Discuss surface designs using Illustrator and Photoshop.
Demonstration: Review of tools to manipulate textures/surfaces and patterns
Assignment: ON SPRING BREAK – Continue to work on SHAPE ILLUSTRATION work on background and patterns

Week #8 –Lecture: Review pattern designs and surface textures using LIVE PAINT Demonstration: Review tools for upcoming PORTRAIT/CD assignment
Assignment: Sketch 3 rough concepts for PORTRAIT or CHARACTER DESIGN (use grid paper for all assignments

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PORTRAIT OR CHARACTER DESIGN- Week 9-12

Examples of self portraits by contemporary artists – Click to view Slideshow

 

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Week #9  – Present rough SKETCHES (3) to class for concept development presentation.
Demonstration: Scan sketches and create brushes for painting with Illustrator
View SpeedPaint of vector illustrations: #1, #2, #3
Assignment: In Illustrator begin mock-ups for ONE concept with 3 iterations for the same portrait. (paper sketch and/or illustrator mockups) Choose five color palette. You will be using your very OWN drawing to trace in Illustrator instead of using a photograph.

Week #10 – Present rough MOCKUP (3) iterations for class for critique
Lecture: View and discuss painting tools for different effects  a) more graphic, 2) more painterly such as watercolor effect  3) use of gradients such as the mesh tool 4) special effects tools making use of design repetitions.
Demonstration:  Demonstrate tools from discussion
Assignment: Continue to work on ONE concept for PORTRAIT/CD ILLUSTRATION focus primarily subject composition

Week #11 – Present your  progress with PORTRAIT/CD ILLUSTRATION (3-5 examples)
Lecture: Apply surface designs again as in previous assignment. Discuss various techniques used for a rendered digital illustration.
Demonstration: Review of painterly tools for desired visual effects
Assignment: Continue to edit PORTRAIT/CD ILLUSTRATION work on background

Week #12 – Present Final PORTRAIT/CD ILLUSTRATION Assignment
Lecture: Critique final assignments taking notes for fixes and improvements.
Demonstration: Fix problems based on critiques.
Assignment: Prepare digital illustration for iterations. Instructor and student will choose what assignment will have iterations.

Week #13-14 Prepare projects for iterations and printing
Lecture: Discuss how to create iterations working with Illustrator layers and artboards
Demonstration: Continue to correct issues based on critiques and desired results
Assignment: Prepare for Case Study and Print assignments (2 copies each)

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Week #15Case Study  will include final assignments (3) along with sketches and progress uploaded to blog.
Examples to View

(500-800 words) use the links from your blog in the Case Study.