Weeks # 10 & 11 – Illustrator / Color / Shapes & Forms Galore!

Weeks # 10 & 11 – Illustrator / Color / Shapes & Forms Galore!

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Video Tutorial from class on 11/16


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Color Theory!

Lets watch this video together.


Adobe’s awesome Color Wheel Simulator (must see)

GO HERE to Experiment – Several up and coming assignments will surely benefit from the use of understanding Color Theory.

*Above – Color Theory Essay Continued -> GREAT RESOURCE – Must Read


*Above – Color Theory Continued – II > More Good Reading!



Tutorials – Let’s take an additional tour with Adobe Wizard – Terry White ::

10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do with Adobe Illustrator (subscribe to Terry’s Channel!)

Adobe has a great series of videos on their channel on YouTube: 

Check this series with a focus on Illustrator: https://www.youtube.com/c/AdobeCreativeCloud/search?query=illustrator

Great Tutorial on working with the Shape Builder Tool in Illustrator

Designer Inspiration :: You need to know Paul Rand:



Assignment #3 – Illustrator project #1

Vector Icons, Glyphs, Symbols & Forms

Assignment #3 – Part 1

Illustrator, Shapes, Forms, Composition & Color (See Example #1 Above & example #2 below)

1. Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document sized at 11″ X 17″ in CMYK color mode. We will be preparing the files for printing as well as displaying the final works on screen.

Lets work with rulers and guides! Consider, how will you set your guides to equally balance and format the graphics evenly? Will you use a grid? Do you have a preferred method for layout? Lets explore what this means in this project.

2. We will generate a new series of “subjective” graphic Icons following the layout and arrangement above. (Don’t re-create my example) make your own, but follow the balanced composition. We will define “subjective” in class.

3. Limit yourself to 6 values of 1 complimentary color scheme. Consider referring to the adobe color wheel for reference

4. Limit yourself to creating and composing your graphics with no more than 6 shapes created with the pen tool, pathfinder or the shape builder tool. Begin working without using a stroke around your shapes and then apply a stroke for contrast later.

5. Save your work as an Ai. file (adobe illustrator) for production as well as a .pdf – Print your work in .pdf format (if possible, not mandatory) we will also save a high resolution JPG file. (3 file formats)

6. Submission guidelines: When your assignment / assignments have been completed please add them to our class google drive shared folder.

PART 2 – (example above w/ multiple art boards) Video tutorial from class on 11/23 – will post here soon.

Each student will follow the images in the gallery below as a guide to further extend and develop their designs.

Size – Use a square shape for this series of designs. I suggest 8″x 8″ Students will select and isolate their strongest single icon/graphic from the original layout in Part 1 of the assignment – 1 version will include a stroke and one with out(example below). Students will explore a 4-part color variation drawn from their selected color palette as well as 1-3 balanced patterns using their icons. (We will discuss the examples in class soon).

Part 3 – Designing on Purpose, bringing it all together, what are the potentials of your shapes when designing with intention? What would you like to make?


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