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Drawing Vector Graphics
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Anyone can draw


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Drawing Vector Graphics

with Von Glitschka

Video: Anyone can draw

It may surprise you when I say this, but anyone can draw. Think about it. As kids, we all draw. We don't worry about it how well we render something. We're doing it for the pure enjoyment of being creative. The only reason anyone stops is mainly due to fear. After we get older and more self-conscious many stop drawing, because they don't feel they have what it takes to do it well enough. In this movie I want to encourage you to set aside this fear and make drawing a routine creative habit.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 18m 36s
    1. What is illustrative design?
      54s
    2. A systematic creative process
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring analog tools
      2m 39s
    4. Exploring digital tools
      13m 37s
  3. 18m 31s
    1. Creative preparation
      1m 13s
    2. The creative brief
      2m 25s
    3. Creative thinking methods
      1m 2s
    4. Word associations
      1m 55s
    5. Mind mapping
      1m 55s
    6. Before. During. After.
      1m 26s
    7. I think, therefore I design
      2m 46s
    8. Selecting the appropriate style
      2m 57s
    9. Using reference material
      2m 52s
  4. 8m 50s
    1. Solid creative foundation
      53s
    2. Anyone can draw
      2m 17s
    3. Thumbnail sketching
      2m 34s
    4. Refining your drawn ideas
      3m 6s
  5. 44m 40s
    1. Workflow enhancements
      57s
    2. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions
      2m 25s
    3. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions: Demo
      13m 15s
    4. Using custom scripts
      6m 44s
    5. Graphic styles and custom color palettes
      8m 19s
    6. Using layers
      7m 15s
    7. Toggling Smart Guides on and off
      5m 45s
  6. 38m 59s
    1. Building your vector shapes
      1m 0s
    2. A roadmap for vector building
      4m 40s
    3. The clockwork method
      7m 4s
    4. Prime point placement
      3m 40s
    5. The point-by-point method
      8m 22s
    6. The shape-building method
      6m 46s
    7. Symmetry is your friend
      6m 1s
    8. Art directing yourself
      1m 26s
  7. 19m 54s
    1. Presenting your designs
      1m 4s
    2. Presentation formats
      5m 50s
    3. Revealing your designs
      1m 36s
    4. Writing a design rationale
      1m 56s
    5. Responding to client revisions
      3m 46s
    6. Renewable creative energy
      5m 42s
  8. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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Drawing Vector Graphics
2h 32m Intermediate Dec 21, 2012

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Join illustrative designer Von Glitschka as he deconstructs the creative process to teach you how to develop and create precise vector graphics. The course begins with an overview of his methodology for design and drawing—analog methods that are vital to digital workflows. Next, discover how to prepare yourself and your client for the project by defining the scope and expectations early on. With the creative brief ready and ideation explored, Von jumps into sketching, refining, and creating vector graphics through simple build methods. He continues to art direct the work and conducts digital and physical presentations of the final designs. The last chapter includes some workflow enhancements designed to save you time and conserve your creative energy for future projects.

Topics include:
  • What is illustrative design?
  • Establishing a creative brief
  • Defining client expectations
  • Exploring creative thinking exercises
  • Art directing your drawing
  • Selecting an appropriate style for each project
  • Drawing and thumbnail sketching
  • Discerning anchor point placement
  • Building vector drawings with shapes
  • Presenting your illustrations
Subjects:
Design Illustration Design Techniques Logo Design Drawing Design Skills
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Von Glitschka

Anyone can draw

It may surprise you when I say this, but anyone can draw. Think about it. As kids, we all draw. We don't worry about it how well we render something. We're doing it for the pure enjoyment of being creative. The only reason anyone stops is mainly due to fear. After we get older and more self-conscious many stop drawing, because they don't feel they have what it takes to do it well enough. In this movie I want to encourage you to set aside this fear and make drawing a routine creative habit.

There is no secret to drawing better. The only way to get better is to keep drawing and never stop drawing whenever you have the opportunity to draw. When I say draw I'm not talking about fine art pencil renderings. If that's what happens for some of you, great, but we are after expression of ideas in a drawn form. Being able to capture those ideas then take them to the next level enabling you to build better vector graphics.

The key to improving your drawing ability is to stay consistent with it. The easiest way to do this is to make access to drawing easier. So here are some practical things you can do to facilitate a good drawing habit within your own daily creative process. Keep a pen or pencil with you at all times, so you can easily capture those fleeting ideas or draw what you see. Keep in notepad or sketchbook with you at all times so you have something to draw on.

Keep drawing materials in your workstation so you can doodle whenever inspiration hits you or while you're on the phone. Doodle wherever you are, be at a doctor's waiting room, riding a bus, or even a meeting. Remember anyone can draw and the key to better drawing is to keep drawing. So have fun with it and over time you'll see your skills improve. The skill of drawing is like wine, it only improves with time. Make sure to invest a little time whenever you can and you'll see your design potential grow.

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