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Designs dekeConstructed: Your Own Online Avatar
Illustration by John Hersey

Designs dekeConstructed: Your Own Online Avatar

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 43m 10s
    1. Preparing a photographic tracing template
      4m 9s
    2. Tracing eyes with the Ellipse tool
      7m 30s
    3. Tracing features with the Pen tool
      5m 43s
    4. Drawing asymmetrical facial features
      3m 58s
    5. New ways to draw in Illustrator CC
      5m 24s
    6. Using the new and improved Pencil tool
      8m 5s
    7. Roughing in hair and other complex features
      8m 21s
  3. 36m 53s
    1. Reshaping paths to enhance their accuracy
      7m 54s
    2. Assembling and exaggerating eyes
      7m 0s
    3. Reflecting and joining symmetrical shapes
      10m 44s
    4. Separating and enlarging a face
      3m 14s
    5. Establishing variety with stroke attributes
      8m 1s
  4. 52m 57s
    1. Coloring areas with Pathfinder operations
      5m 44s
    2. Coloring areas with the Live Paint Bucket
      6m 4s
    3. Independently scaling facial features
      7m 43s
    4. Updating a photographic template
      5m 25s
    5. Shading a face to match a photograph
      9m 19s
    6. Editing paths inside a clipping group
      9m 21s
    7. Adding additional shading
      9m 21s
  5. 52m 9s
    1. Shading a face with gradients
      8m 9s
    2. Assigning a gradient stroke
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a seamless fabric texture
      7m 4s
    4. Customizing a predefined pattern
      4m 25s
    5. Designing a custom crosshatch pattern
      13m 57s
    6. Combining gradients with crosshatching
      5m 57s
    7. Adjusting crosshatching to suit filled paths
      4m 44s
    8. Repositioning patterns inside paths
      5m 22s
  6. 22m 3s
    1. Curling a neutral lip into a wry smile
      4m 37s
    2. Adding playful smile lines
      5m 41s
    3. Clearing guides and arching eyebrows
      4m 19s
    4. Adding selective wrinkle lines
      7m 26s
  7. 7m 1s
    1. Saving a universally compatible PNG file
      7m 1s
  8. 46s
    1. Until next time
      46s

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3h 37m Intermediate Apr 22, 2014

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Designs dekeConstructed is a new series that breaks down the creation of cool designs so you can build them on your own. This installment is for everyone who needs an online avatar—that tiny image that has to communicate a thousand words about who you are in less than a square inch. Start by taking a photo of yourself facing forward—the traditional passport style. From there Deke McClelland takes you through the steps to transforming your photo into a cartoon avatar with Illustrator: tracing your features, refining and exaggerating the strokes, adding color and shading, and using gradients and patterns to fill in details like hair. Plus, learn some tricks for infusing your drawing with an extra bit of personality and exporting your final image in the best format for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Topics include:
  • Preparing a photographic tracing template
  • Tracing eyes and other features with the Ellipse and Pen tools
  • Roughing in hair and other complex features
  • Reshaping paths to enhance their accuracy
  • Establishing variety with stroke attributes
  • Coloring the avatar
  • Shading a face with gradients
  • Adding expression and personality
  • Saving a universally compatible PNG file
Subjects:
Design Illustration
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Welcome

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to my new series Designs Deconstructed, in which we take a look at some exciting graphic designs and we figure out how to make em. In this course, I'll show you how to create your own online avatar in a Dolby Illustrator. That is to say, a simplified line drawing of yourself, a cartoon if you will, that represents you at your absolute best.

I'll start off with this ordinary head on snapshot of me that I had originally created for a passport photo as documented in episode 310 of my weekly series Deke's Techniques. Then I'll convert the photo into this highly graphic avatar, which looks great printed on photo paper at 450 pixels per inch, as you see here. But also works well at the much smaller sizes required for online profile pictures. Here's how it's going to work.

In chapter one, we'll import a photo into Illustrator and trace the eyes, nose, and other major features. In the next chapter, we'll refine those paths, exaggerating the eyes, roughing in the hair, and establishing some variety to the strokes. In chapter three, I'll show you how to add color and shading. In many cases using the original photograph as a guide, then I will show you hot to use gradients and patterns to create complex features like my hair.

In chapter five, we'll add expression and personality, and in the final chapter I will show you how to export your image so that it's compatible with social media sites and other online platforms. Now naturally, I want you to feel free to work along with me. Either on my avatar if you want the experience, or on your own if you want real results. And now in just 32 habit forming movies, let me show you exactly how it works.

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