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Exploring analog tools

Exploring analog tools provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Von Glitschka as par… Show More

Drawing Vector Graphics

with Von Glitschka

Video: Exploring analog tools

Exploring analog tools provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Von Glitschka as part of the Drawing 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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Exploring analog tools
Video Duration: 2m 39s 8h 11m Intermediate Updated Dec 01, 2015


Exploring analog tools provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Von Glitschka as part of the Drawing Vector Graphics

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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

Exploring analog tools

When it comes to illustrative design analog methods facilitate digital workflows. We'll go into that in more detail a little later, but that said, you'll need some basic analog drawing tools and supplies to create your design. That's right, I said analog. First you'll need an ink pen, any type of ink pen will work, I just happened to prefer the Papermate Flair pens myself. You'll use a pen to do quick thumbnail drawings or take notes to capture the essence of ideas quickly.

You can obviously do thumbnail drawings with a pencil. I just find a pen forces you not to overthink an idea. You're not refining, you are mining at this stage. You'll also need a sketchbook or paper. Any type of paper can be used to draw your initial sketches on. Literally anything is acceptable. You can't always control inspiring moments, so whatever you have at the moment will work. Personally I find sketchbooks confining, so I prefer keeping a notepad nearby.

When inspired I draw on that. It also allows me to tear it off and put it in the project folder guilt free as well. A regular pencil is ideal for doing rough sketches and refining ideas as you form and shape your drawn design. You'll want to use a mechanical pencil to take your rough sketch and draw out a refined final sketch which you'll use to build from digitally in Vector form. At times a ruler can be helpful to draw straight edges and of course an eraser is mandatory, since we'll be drawing and redrawing in order to refine the design.

Having a light box really helps when you begin making refinements to your drawn design. Being able to draw on top of your original sketch to improve shapes is what illustrative design is all about. I recommend a good quality tracing paper, preferably one that won't rip easily if you erase and redraw in the same area a few times. I am a paper snob myself and prefer using higher-quality paper because it's durable and works well three to four layers deep when drawing on a light box.

These are all the analog tools you'll need to produce the illustrative designs I'll cover in this course. Remember how much you love doing art as a kid? It's time to reawaken that passion and put the fun back in fundamentals.

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