Images below taken from Behance
Hey there. It’s the end of the semester, we made it!
Requirements for Final Portfolio Day: Wednesday, April 25
BEGINNING OF CLASS CRITIQUE on your Music Illustration Poster AND hand in of your final portfolio files.
No exceptions. No time to save files. Walk in, on time… be ready or points will be deducted from your final portfolio grade for lack of professionalism. (10 points will be deducted for failure to meet this beginning of class deadline)
Final Portfolio Requirements: (This counts as your Final Exam)
Upload a folder of your project to the server (Labeled with your Name)
Design Projects :
Please label them as follows with your initials: i.e. “KMHAnimalTotem.pdf
1-2 page designer statement answering the following questions in paragraph format:
What did you learn this semester? (Technical + conceptual)
How did you incorporate the Principles of Design in your project?
How is your view of Illustrator different after taking this class?
Which projects did you enjoy the most/the least?
Is there anything specific that you would have liked to have gone over?
How can you improve your design skills for the future?
How can I improve http://www.professorhopkins.com? Do you use it?
Anything else you would like to tell me?
Also – if you have edited your projects at all, please tell me what you did to fix/change your design in your designer statement.
It’s our last project… Let’s make it great!
Adobe Illustrator is for illustrators.. In this project, you need to communicate your “illustrative style” by starting from a blank document and using the pen tool, in addition to others, building a cohesive poster design for your favorite band. The poster illustration should be seen as an illustrative ad, marketing a particular performance/location.
Once you decide on your band, I’d like you to come up with three different concepts in your sketchbook and we will talk through your ideas to sift through the most successful visual illustration. Your aesthetic direction is very important in this project!
Choosing a band of your choice, design an illustrative advertising poster combining all of your acquired technical skills so far: THE PEN TOOL, image trace, pattern making, typography, shape builder, the blob tool, recolor artwork, layer/file management, etc. Is an “effect” something you would like to try?
Design elements to consider: Composition, basic principles of design (Repetition and Rhythm , Scale and Proportion, Directional Force, Balance, Emphasis, Contrast), Typography, Color Theory.
Let’s work BIG: 13 x 19″ – 18×24″
Books to reference: (I will bring in)
1000 Posters from Toulouse-Latrec to Sagmeister
*** LINK FOR 60 FREE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES ****
Link to Just Like Being There – documentary on Gig Posters (watch it! On Netflix)
DUE: WEDNESDAY, April 25 (last class)
Watch these Video tutorials:
Lynda.com best video:Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns
Adobe (free help) Adobe help:
Create a digital pattern repeat in Illustrator using 2-5 colors within the file.
1. Experimenting with: Basic tiling, brick, hexing, and mirroring.
2. Present a ” Pattern Collection” for critique.
Note: In your collection, you must have one “Seamless” pattern design.
Things to think about:
1. Color palette/harmony
2. Execution: What do you see this pattern being used for?
3. Tech: pen tool, shape builder, arrangement of layers, (overlapping shapes) composition, Recoloring Artwork, scale tool, etc.
4. Stylistic: Abstract, non-representational, representational, whimsical, geometric?
Other videos: Color Theory
Show student examples
Lynda.com: Surface Designers: Chapter 5
Spoonflower – print on demand by textile designers and artists.
And, of course, we can’t talk about wallpaper design without talking about the amazing Arts and Crafts artist and designer, William Morris.
Here are some links to his famous designs:
Books referenced for this project:
DUE DATE: Wednesday, April 4
Today will be a lab day for Infographics – we will talk more about how to visualize your data as well as I will demonstrate the graphs function in Illustrator.
Options for Graphs:
I will also do a technical demo on how to use the “Edit Colors/Recolor Artwork” feature in Illustrator so you can be sure you are certain about your color decisions.
Infographics Design Project: Charts, graphs and maps:
Continuing our studies of visual communication, our next assignment is to produce an infographic on a subject matter of your choice. You can approach this from anything to a scientific manner to a humorous/witty manner. Charts, graphs and maps are all part of graphic design – we see them as accompaniment to magazine articles, newspaper spreads and web graphics. Publications from anything such as the NYTimes, to National Geographic, to Maxim use infographics, not to mention countless information based and news websites. Try using a mind map for brainstorming to develop your design approach for this assignment.
You may use hand drawn elements, vector graphics, simple lines and shapes or a combination of several.
See these links for visual research: I love charts and Food Infographics. Also see Pinterest “Infographics” or “Graphs” Also take a look at Cool Infographics for inspiration or this one or this link for tutorials and examples.
This site Pop Chart Lab has a bunch of beautiful vector based charts and infographics
Check out this new link on infographics for social media
Also check out this artist, Chad Hagen for his “Nonsensical Infographics” which I personally love.
David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) also makes art: His book Arborteum has some really interesting diagram drawings.
First things first: Scour the internet or newspaper or a magazine for an article you think would be appropriate for illustration through an infographic. The best articles include statistics, literal communication devices and images as well as a sense of “measuring”.
Ideas to consider: 1. Monetary worth 2. Usage Statistics 3. Compare/Contrast (Something vs. something else) 4. A “How to” 5. Dissecting an object/idea/concept 6. Top 10 ____ 7. Percentage of _____ 8. Demographics. (Check out Palm Beach State College’s demographics as an example)
Element your design must have: 1. Chart or Graph or Map – or combination of the three. Design must combine images and numbers to balance a sense of measuring.
Second step: Technical: Be sure to watch the following Adobe videos on
Final design: 11″ x 17″ (or longer) vector graphic design.
Due date: TBA
Also – you must turn in a hard copy/web link of the article (if applicable) you are illustrating.