For this intro to Illustrator unit, you will be exploring the tools, options, and palettes through a variety of episodes. The button link will provide the information you will need for the unit. The video below describes the directions and breaks down the course into details.
Formative Assignment / Section, Episode:
You may choose to summarize each video by answering the prompts from Schoology and submitting your responses.
You may choose to create a quick visual example of what you learn from the video tutorial in Illustrator and submit / export as a jpeg copy or pdf file.
Summative Project - From Tasty Tuts Course
Based on the knowledge and skills you've acquired from working through the Tasty Tuts video tutorials and by creating the practice vector skull graphic, now create your own symmetrical full color traditional tattoo or t-shirt design.
Be careful about using black outlines (strokes) for your designs, unless the design visually / aesthetically calls for it - as in the chainsaw bunny illustration below or in characters like Homer Simpson. If you feel like you need an outline, remember, outlines do not have to be black.
Consider creating movement and rhythm in the background to help guide the viewer through the composition. Again use discretion depending on the aesthetic of your piece.
Lines NEED to be clean and smooth. Create handles when using the pen tool for nice curves.
Use layers to organize shapes and elements for busy compositions.
Option #1 By utilizing the pen tool (paths and anchors), pathfinder options, shape tool, and gradients, your challenge is to create your own cartoon character (monster, animal, as a vector graphic. Click on the "Art Prompts" button below, then click on the "Character" or "Creature" option. Try to force yourself to stick with the first prompt the site gives you. You may want to tackle this challenge one of two ways:
Use the pathfinder options and shape as your main design tools to construct the main body and features of your character...or...
Draw out, take a picture of your drawing, and trace with the pen as your main design tool, then fill in the shapes with color while using layers to define the features of the character.
Option #2 By utilizing the pen tool (paths and anchors), pathfinder options, shape tool, and gradients, this option challenges you to create yourself, a friend, or even a teacher (with his or her permission of course) as a vector character.
Option #3 Create an original composition of your choice, setting up your artboard (new file) as 9" x 12". You may choose to draw this first, take a photo of your drawing and import your image. The use of good design should be evident. What Principle of Design will you choose to focus on? Emphasis? Repetition? Balance? Unity? Variety? Movement & Rhythm? Use the Elements of Art to drive the Principle of Design in your work.
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