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Basic Illustrator Tutorials

Here are some great illustrator resources for beginners

Work through these tutorials and then rate them as either useful or not useful.


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Making a flat pack toy

Flat Pack Toys Assessment Task

Here are the directions to make your very own Flat Pack Toy Read the directions and then sketch your character design before you start working in Illustrator. flat pack toy

Here is how you will be marked: scoresheets_flatpacktoy

Examples of previous toys studentwork

When you have finished your toy you are to fill out the Flat Pack Toy Evaluation

Here are more directions to make a toy.

Here are lots of toys to construct:

More examples:
More student examples

When you have completed your designs, printed them out and then constructed them you will turn your own flatpcak toy into a 3D animation.

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Year 9 Cartoons

Create a ‘Day in the Life Cartoon.’

Using Illustrator you are to create a series of comic strip panels about a day in your life.

You can use photos, scan in images, trace images or create cartoons from scratch.

You will need to use speech bubbles, cartoon words such as biff, whack, bop etc…. and backgrounds for your cartoons.

You do not need to make a comic of a real day in your life but you will need original of yourself and trace them in Illustrator or use a photosgraphy with a cartoon background image.

Look at comic strips online and see how they layout their work.  There are lots of different types of comics and you will need to choose a style.

Then you create your own panels in illustrator.

Due Date: July 4, 2013

Criteria D = 1 C = 2 B = 3 A = 4
Research and collate information
  •   Source relevant information of cartoons
  •   Watched relevant Lynda/Youtube videos
Creation of Assets
  •   Can utilise software package
  •   Creates comic using correct formats
  •   Can manage set task within timeline
Finished Product
  •   Presents a successful comic strip on theme.
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Perspective Drawing 2

Now that you have an understanding of perspective drawing we will move on to 2 point perspective.

1. Two Point Perspective(1)
2. Two Point Perspective (2)
3. Two Point Perspective – Question

1/Please complete exercise 1,2&3. I will give you the worksheets.
2/ When you have completed these exercises you are to do exercise 4 in Illustrator using the 2 point perspective grid. Complete the exercise as shown in this worksheet.

4. House with Flat Roof – Two Point Perspective

If you manage to complete all of the above worksheets then proceed onto the exercises below.

5. House with Conventional Roof – Two Point Perspective
6. Estimated Perspective – House Design

Shading Examples
7. Example – External View of a Bungalow – 1
8. Example – External View of a Bungalow – 2
9. Example – External View of a Bungalow – 3
10. Example – External View of a Bungalow – 4
11. Example – External View of a Bungalow – 5

Homework Task
The pencil sharpener

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Drawing a monster in illustrator

This term we are going to be doing a lot of drawing in 2 programs: Illustrator and 3D Studio Max

Illustrator has similar tools to Photoshop but the difference is that it is specifically a drawing program rather than one to manipulate photographs. Illustrator creates small file sizes and it does not pixelate no matter how much you increase the size of our drawing. These are called Vector Graphics whereas photoshop images are called Bitmaps.

We will be using a series of drawing handouts to get you started in Illustrator.

We will also move onto 3D studio Max once you have practised drawing characters in Illustrator.

Download this document to start on your first drawing:

cartoon monster

If you are feeling particularly energetic (since it is your first digital media class this year) you can start on the Owl.

How to Create a Curious Owl

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