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Drawing Vector Graphics

with Von Glitschka

Video: Welcome

Join professional illustrative designer Von Glitschka as he shares his experience on how to research, sketch, build, and present vector graphics.
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  1. 2m 42s
    1. Welcome UPDATED
      1m 24s
    2. Exercise files UPDATED
      1m 18s
  2. 26m 7s
    1. What is illustrative design?
    2. A systematic creative process
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring analog tools
      2m 39s
    4. Exploring digital tools UPDATED
      21m 9s
  3. 18m 26s
    1. Creative preparation
      1m 12s
    2. The creative brief
      2m 24s
    3. Creative thinking methods
      1m 2s
    4. Word associations
      1m 55s
    5. Mind mapping
      1m 55s
    6. Before. During. After.
      1m 25s
    7. I think, therefore I design
      2m 45s
    8. Selecting the appropriate style
      2m 57s
    9. Using reference material
      2m 51s
  4. 8m 48s
    1. Solid creative foundation
    2. Anyone can draw
      2m 16s
    3. Thumbnail sketching
      2m 33s
    4. Refining your drawn ideas
      3m 6s
  5. 52m 2s
    1. Workflow enhancements
    2. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions
      2m 24s
    3. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions UPDATED
      13m 13s
    4. Using custom scripts UPDATED
      8m 29s
    5. Graphic styles and custom color palettes UPDATED
      11m 5s
    6. Using layers UPDATED
      7m 32s
    7. Toggling Smart Guides on and off UPDATED
      8m 22s
  6. 55m 1s
    1. Building your vector shapes
    2. A roadmap for vector building UPDATED
      7m 38s
    3. The clockwork method UPDATED
      13m 4s
    4. Prime point placement UPDATED
      5m 4s
    5. The point-by-point method UPDATED
      7m 27s
    6. The shape-building method UPDATED
      9m 13s
    7. Symmetry is your friend UPDATED
      10m 11s
    8. Art directing yourself
      1m 25s
  7. 30m 56s
    1. Presenting your designs
      1m 3s
    2. Presentation formats UPDATED
      9m 19s
    3. Revealing your designs
      1m 34s
    4. Writing a design rationale
      1m 55s
    5. Responding to client revisions
      3m 45s
    6. Renewable creative energy UPDATED
      13m 20s
  8. 39s
    1. Next steps UPDATED

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Drawing Vector Graphics
Video duration: 0s 3h 14m Intermediate Updated Dec 01, 2015


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


- My name is Von Glitschka and I love to draw. I've been drawing professionally for over 25 years. My work reflects a symbiotic relationship between design and illustration. I like to call it illustrative design. Often, a graphic problem requires an illustrative approach to solve it. Be it a brand character design, an app icon, a promotional graphic, or a new logo design. Design is an amazing alchemy of images and text that can powerfully communicate ideas.

But developing and executing on those ideas requires an illustrative style that can be very challenging for a designer not adept at drawing. The key to success is developing a systematic creative proccess, starting with creative thinking and refining your drawing skills and ultimately, turning your ideas into precise vector graphics that can be used virtually anywhere. The approach and methods I share in this course will introduce you to illustrative design, making the creative task easier and more efficient.

Ultimately, helping you to produce a greater range of ideas in your own work.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/01/2015. What changed?
A: We updated 17 movies to reflect changes to the vector drawing workflow in Illustrator CC 2015.





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