Spring 2014 – Illustrator Week 1 – Day 2

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Objective:

To learn and demonstrate an understanding of the use of the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools in Illustrator.

Student-Friendly Learning Target:

I can create decorative paths using brushstrokes and create filled shapes using the blob brush in Adobe Illustrator.

Video Link:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cs4/getting-started-02-brushes-and-blobs/

Topics Discussed:

  • Brush Tool
  • Blob Tool
  • Choosing a brush style
  • Changing the fill color
  • Creating freeform lines, shapes, and other paths

 

Assignment:

Differentiate between and correctly use the Brush and Blob Brush tools by drawing a face with the Brush tool (two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a head) on the upper left artboard, then drawing a face with the Blob Brush tool on the upper right artboard. Compare how the brushstrokes are different and pay attention to the special path-merging properties of the Blob Brush. Save your document, and we will continue working on this document tomorrow.

Assigned: January 7th, 2014
Due Date: January 10th, 2014

Spring 2014 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – Day 1

Tuesday, January 6th, 2014

Welcome to Adobe Illustrator!

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard vector graphics drawing program, and my favorite application in the Adobe Suite. We are going to spend the next couple of weeks getting comfortable with the program and exploring its capabilities. We are also going to explore color theory, symbolism and advanced typography in the weeks to come, so prepare yourself with the following week’s exercises!

Objective:

To learn and demonstrate an understanding of the creation and configuration of new documents in Illustrator.

Student-Friendly Learning Target: 

I can create and configure new documents in Adobe Illustrator.

Video Link:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cs4/getting-started-01-starting-a-new-document/

Topics Discussed:

  • Start a new document in Illustrator CS4 using the Welcome screen.
  • Adjust settings in the New Document dialog box.
  • Establish multiple artboards.

 

Assignment:

Create a new Illustrator Web document with four default-sized artboards. Save this document as “YOURNAME – Illustrator Week 1”. We will use this document throughout the week to practice with the basic drawing tools.

Assigned: January 6th, 2014
Due Date: January 10th, 2014

It’s super effective!