Drawing with Illustrator: Vector Graphics


Drawing with Illustrator: Vector Graphics


Lesson Info

Interpreting the Brief and Concepting

So what are we actually going to draw here? Let's let's move on to thinking about what the briefers was the concept behind what we're actually going to create so one of the best types of jobs I think there's something you know, the self initiated brief you know um I thought for this it would be really nice to interpret a piece of literature and take that into a poster that could also work the same as the type of approach that we use in designing a book jacket perhaps designing a gig poster or a flyer or does it mean anything that you want to represent either a piece of music a big it can be an event? You know, I think one of the great things of illustration is that a lowe's ours too a unique spend on whatever the content that we're looking at it could be a new editorial illustration for example it could be an illustration that represents, uh an opinion piece in the newspaper perhaps you know that could be that could be really great. So what we're going to do here is just told real brie...

fly about where the coin set for this illustration is coming from on how we interpret there and who we try and build in some elements and some imagery that is visually distinctive and asks the view or some questions as to what's going on there something is going to draw me in from a content perspective so I was reading a poem the way was put dylan thomas roll back in the forties has called under mel good it is a really great piece it's super rich and visual imagery and I thought okay how can we represent that through illustration it could be for a post early cassie it could be for for a jacket one of the really interesting things about that if you if you read the introduction to the piece it's super rich in visual imagery the stories about a tone in wheels um it's about ho all of the people who live in the houses of the tone they're all seemingly relatively normal but as you go through the play it turns out that they all have secrets you know they all have secrets from each other. We all have things which under the surface may be a little bit unusual but when first blush he wouldn't necessarily notice so I definitely in my illustration I definitely like the idea ofthe we had an imagery away. The idea ofthe collecting elements together are seemingly innocuous and maybe making something uh which sits behind that on dh maybe reviews itself maybe know instantly and maybe maybe one steak and pass you start to notice some some different elements coming coming through on a lake ho that taper stalemate marry with the concept ofthe this tone on wheels which is by the sea seemingly quiet, seemingly normal, but maybe leave behind the surface there's something a little bit menacing, you know, um and generally what I do is I'll read through the text or I will listen to the piece of music I don't just like picket words, which suggests, like some sort of imagery, you know, and I would just start, like, writing this down on a piece of paper, so what we're going to do know is we're literally gonna leave sketchy, but, um some of the elements that maybe suggest themselves within the text so enough first paragraph theirs we talk about the terri where everybody lives, we talk about the sea way talk about fishing boats, the currency there's a lot more words in a little more language like around these but these are actual words that suggest some sort of imagery, you know, you can illustrate a turn you can illustrate the sea you can illustrate the fishing boys, you know, there's ah there's a church mentioned in that you know, where all the people of the ten come come together, um, there's the mountains there's some imagery that gives you some some references to, like, how the term looks her, it fuels it's kind of like in the country, so we're going to use some of these words to like you know these are really really simple elements that we can start to bring in collect together and then think about how those come together a czar called possession so why did I was like take these words just a few words for five words on a page and that starts to become like the skeleton of whether illustrations going to be made of made off so we'll quick my sketches or no anything great but they don't have to be is really just a bit again and idea don't you on the page and just haven't like some sort of visualization? How did that make work doing? This is going to save me team leader is going to save me and I could jump street into illustrator and start killing these elements together. What I'm probably going to feigned is that when I get a settlement attained through and I'm trying to like bring all of these elements together I'm probably going to faint that may be some don't work maybe I'm going to do some work that needs to be to be left off maybe there's going to be some pieces missing that don't necessarily fit I usually find that again ideas don't on paper super quickly it really helps the illustration come together alot easier on the page so what I'm going to do here is I like to think about the page and sections so I'm some things I think about halfs somethings or think of it in quarters this time I think if I'm thinking about tone and I'm thinking about how that would look so for example, if if you've got poor scarred over who would actually look we're pro it's probably going to be the divided into thirds um you can start splitting up really easily so the bottom third is probably going to be the sea top third is probably going to be like the sky with some clothes and maybe some mountains as well, so this is oh imagery there is contained in the text and these are all coming from the words that the over one day so that's pretty simple ok, so we just need to think about what's what's going to go in the center well, what comes between the scene on dh this guy is the tone that's where the people live that's were the content of the players contained so we're probably way had we have the church, we know that so we're going to get that time probably has a little girl little clock again it doesn't have to be super detailed is literally just a napkin sketch together the idea of doing and then one of the things that I think about some of those may ning terms and wheels is the terraced houses I love the idea off the repetition of the same house it gives you an idea of, like, some kind of suburbia, some kind of like uh, cookie cutter approach to the facade off the tone, but year we can think about was behind the window, it was behind the doors, and so individual people was with individual stories on dh this case secrets, you know, things that the the people living next door but may not be aware ofthe on I really like the idea off assad being, like, really normal, but then something behind there you're we're always going like asking yourself the question what's actually being those so I really love the idea of, like, having the terrorist cozies I love symmetry and my work a few like the repetition off simple elements can be really, really powerful, and so maybe we want to just let it build up some roars of hose ese, and then we want to think about there's, probably some trees in the background they want to think about like, how can we, like bring those elements together? Who can we? I usually like to think of a collection of elements that actually corey it's something different, you know, if you think back to some of the pieces that should the earlier we can maybe use elements that repeat and a pattern to suggest something else on we're really late, tebow and thinking about this piece was the idea that something maybe like something menacing lies behind something that looks quite innocent so I started to think about the hills and how they, uh who the life and limb maybe um maybe we can use like some of the trees some of the bush's, some of those elements to suggest something which maybe looks a little bit more medicine so that's supposed to be like a scope okay? It doesn't look great it doesn't have to, um but like maybe we use some of these little elements may pull them together and again it gives you just like an extra dimension when the piece so that's essentially the coin set you know, andi, we're goingto stop pulling together like some of those elements we're gonna work we're not going to worry about the exact composition right now. I think what we're going to do is probably just like jumping to illustrate our illustrate in some of these you know, this is this is this case that we're going to be working off, you know it's definitely no anything super professional, it doesn't have to be it's all over again your idea or in the page on dh there's nothing wrong have overstayed thought but that's a little bit beforehand there's nothing wrong with having loads and loads of sheets of paper sometimes going through just getting your ideas, don't on the page. I generally find all those more ideas to come an antique t they're place once they're your head, they're done on day. I'll give you some room for something else to come in now.

Class Description

Artwork created in Adobe Illustrator has a sought-after and distinct style – the vector files Illustrator generates are small, clean, and look polished. In Drawing with Illustrator: Vector Graphics, Stewart Scott-Curran will teach you how to create graphics using Illustrator, from start to finish.

Stewart is the art director at CNN digital and organizer and host of Creative Mornings in San Francisco. In this class, he will take you step-by-step through the process of using Illustrator to create original artwork. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Set up a workspace and develop a workflow
  • Use strokes and custom brushes
  • Work with the Pen tool
  • Source reference material to inform image-making
  • Use shapes and the Pathfinder tool

Making graphics in Illustrator is the building block for designing logos and creating icons. In this beginner-friendly class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started.

Software Used: Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 (18.1)