Links

Videos
  1. adobe tv
  2. lynda.com
  3. My Vimeo Vids
Inspiration sites
  1. John Holcraft
  2. Rod Hunt
  3. Obey
  4. Nancy Stahl
  5. CSA Design
  6. Ryan McGinness
  7. The Noun Project
Odds & Sods
  1. AIGA
  2. International Posters

 


DMAD 190 - Computer Illustration

syllabus

Facebook group for this class

My office hours will be after the class in the same lab.

Week 1

Introduction
Take students photographs
Introductions
Introduction to the course
What is Illustrator
Bitmap versus vector
Introduce the first project - symbols

Demonstrations
Introduce Illustrator
Interface
Compare Illustrator and Photoshop
Working with basic shapes
Selecting objects, groups and parts of objects

Homework:
Start Project 1

Class Handout

Week 2

Review
Present symbols
Demonstrations
More working with basic shapes
Pathfinder
Introduce using the Pen Tool
Saving files as different formats
demo for character
reflecting object over a center point
Coloring objects

Homework:
Finish Project 1 - Symbols to print week 4
Do thumbnail sketches for Project 2 - Characters

Class Handout

Week 3

NO CLASS - President's Day

Week 4

Introdcue Project 3 narrative illustration

Review

Width Tool
outlining a stroke

Demonstrations
Exporting as a jpg
More on color
Transparncy Panel
Tracing
If time graidents

Homework:
Finish Project 2 - characters to print for next class
Do story board for narrative Illustration

Class Handout

Week 5

Present character project onscreen

Review


Demonstrations
Brushes
Gradients
Blend Tool
Type (if time)

Homework:
Finish Project 2 - characters to print for next class
Work on narrative illustration project in Illustrator, you should already have done skecthes.

Class Handout

Week 6

Print character project and turn in

Review

Gradients
Blend Tool
Brushes

Demonstrations
Mesh Tool
Intro to type

Homework:
Work on narrative illustrations. They should be at a point to present in class next week

Class Handout

Week 7

Present narrative project

Introduce Project 4 - Promotional Project

Review

Mesh Tool
Intro to type

Demonstrations
Making Type

Homework:
Make changes to the narrative illustration project to turn in next week for grading
. Start working on ideas for the promotional project.
Class Handout

Week 8

Turn in narrative project as a final version in PDF format.

Review
Review for written and practical test

Homework:
Study for Test and work on promotional project (project 4)

Class Handout

SPRING BREAK

Week 9

Online Quiz & practical Test

Homework:
Work on promotional project (project 4)

Class Handout
Online Quiz

Week 10

Demonstrations
Arches
Basics of Perspective Grid Tool
Basics of Isometric (if time)

Introduce Project 5 - 3D project
Present Project 4- Promotional campaign on screen in small groups

Homework:
Finish promotional project to turn in for next week

Class Handout
Perspective Handout

Week 11

I need to leave class early
Review
Arches
Basics of Perspective Grid Tool
Basics of Isometric (if time)

Demonstrations

Making an isometric grid
3D effects and isometric


Homework:
Work on 3D project