Drawing Time: Illustrator Techniques

Will Focus, Creative Director

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8 Lessons (1h 31m)
    • 1. Trailer

      3:28
    • 2. Livestream Lecture

      11:55
    • 3. Livestream Lecture

      6:21
    • 4. Livestream Lecture

      13:45
    • 5. Livestream Lecture

      13:29
    • 6. Livestream Lecture

      15:56
    • 7. Livestream Lecture

      16:19
    • 8. Livestream Lecture

      9:53

Project Description

Create an awesome vector character illustration!

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Building the Concept through Thumbnails

  1. Students should be prepared to show a vast array of conceptual thinking when it comes to posing and

    Students should be prepared to show a vast array of conceptual thinking when it comes to posing and the layout of their composition. This is the time to go wild and pump some of your best ideas out in a quick fashion without worry of quality.

  2. Thumbnail Sketches

    Share your thumbnails for feedback along with which you think should be your choice for tightened sketch and reasoning for said choice.

Refining an Idea

  1. Students should be prepared to finesse the look of their character with pencil and paper. Considerin

    Students should be prepared to finesse the look of their character with pencil and paper. Considering pose, scale, environment, and the flow and weight of line, the final sketch should be as close to a grayscale version of their final anticipated color illustration as possible.

  2. Tightening Sketches

    Share your tightened sketch for critique and what potential parts should be further refined and possible changes to enhance your piece prior to moving forward to inking.

Inking in Illustrator

  1. At this point the student must rely 100% on the ability of their inking tools, ie. the brush or pen

    At this point the student must rely 100% on the ability of their inking tools, ie. the brush or pen tools in Illustrator. These tools will allow the student the flexibility to work in the various weight changes in lines in order to further enhance the underlying ink foundation of their work.

  2. Inking

    Share your inked illustration and ways you feel you may need to improve it if any.  

Coloring in Illustrator

  1. Students should be prepared to implement color using their familiarity with either the fill and stro

    Students should be prepared to implement color using their familiarity with either the fill and stroke tools available in the tools panel, or using swatches and the live fill/color ability of Illustrator. This will be the most expedited portion of the curriculum, which will also allow students to tweak previous ink work, or step forward into the next unit to be a step ahead in the course.

  2. Coloring

    Share your coloring options and what your thoughts are on potential improvement.

The Dark Side: Shading in Illustrator

  1. At this point the student must be comfortable working with a heavy set of layers and blending modes

    At this point the student must be comfortable working with a heavy set of layers and blending modes in order to properly depict shading using vectors.

  2. Shading

    Share the choices you have made for shading to gain further feedback regarding what type of options may suit you best in development

The Light Side: Highlights in Illustrator

  1. Students should be familiar with light sourcing and how these lights may affect the surfaces which t

    Students should be familiar with light sourcing and how these lights may affect the surfaces which they interact with, ie. clothing, metal, skin, etc.

  2. Lighting

    Share your lighting discoveries and how you have implemented them in your piece.  

Drawing to a Close: Final Submissions

  1. Students will have familiarized themselves with all parts of the curriculum and stages to develop th

    Students will have familiarized themselves with all parts of the curriculum and stages to develop their work. Combined with links provided and suggestions, the students will be able to refine their work and should now be familiarized with methods of exporting their work for print and web.

  2. Finalizing

    Share your final piece for feedback and information on exporting.

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