After a busy but exciting week for my learning project last week, I was excited to see where my work would take me this time. In last week’s post, I discussed my journey of learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator and exploring the use of gradients. Those skills would serve me well in my journey this time around.
This week was another busy week as I set out to accomplish many things. To start my learning project this week, I decided to first explore Design & Colour Theory. Previous to this project, I have had no in depth education of these concepts. Similar to others, I knew the basics of the colour wheel and its components or related concepts of course, however I had never looked into these topics in depth in terms of design before. After researching a bit, I was able to find two fairly good articles that describe each of these in considerable depth. Now of course, you can probably plan entire units or classes around these topics, however these two articles provided me a good crash course on both of them. The first article I used was titled, “What is Design Theory? The Only guide You Need,” which was a good resource with many insightful points. It was well organized and included some fundamental quotes which I thought were very powerful. For example, one quote that stood out to me was, “Being a good designer is more than just knowing the software, it’s about understanding the theory behind it and how this should affect your decisions and outcomes.” The second article that I found useful was titled “The Fundamentals of Understanding Colour Theory,” which was also very informative and well organized. I also found it helpful that it included examples of logos that followed the idea it was discussing, such as showing how the Burger King logo used Triadic colours. I have chosen to show my in depth understanding of Design and Colour theory in the following video…
For the next part of this week’s learning project, I wanted to start to tackle vector images and vector drawing. Now, vectors are basically artistic elements within illustrator, or any design software, that are made up of shapes, lines, fills, and colours to create the logos and digital art we see all around us. As I described in my colour theory video, every logo or poster you see in your home once started as a vector image and has just been transfer or printed onto different surfaces. If you have read my previous posts, you would know that I have had practice with vectors before. However, I have only used vectors simply to create basic 2D logos. I have had little to no experience using vectors to create artworks or characters. So, this week I wanted to try a small project doing just that.
To do this, I signed up for an account on a website called SkillShare. This website is a great resource to use if you want to learn any new skill. It’s basically a huge online school, where others (mostly professionals in their field) create top quality content (video courses) for others to use and learn from. The only downside to this website is that a premium account costs between $12-$20 per month, depending on the plan you choose. However, if you are looking for a resource to learn a skill in a short amount of time, you can sign up and get the first two months free. I heard about this great resource through the Draw with Jazza YouTube channel, who is an Australian based artist that tackles a vast amount of artistic and creative challenges in attempt to show the creativity and fun that can arise from any artistic medium. If you are an artsy person like me, and enjoy great humour, definitely check him out!
Now, for my practice with vector drawing and creation, I found a great course by Xenia Sorokina who taught me how to create fun little avatars in Adobe Illustrator using vector elements. Her course was pretty good and easy to follow. I found she was a bit fast and was hard to understand at times, however those things could easily be maneuvered around by stop and replaying parts of the videos. In her course, she designed 6 different avatars from scratch. Although I liked her examples, I wanted to change mine up a bit. So, following her tutorial examples and staying in line with her style, I decided to create an avatar based on my own Mojo Designs business logo. All in all, I think it turned out great!
For next week’s learning project, I plan on continuing my practice with vector images. I want to find another course on SkillShare that with teach me how to create full characters. I would also like to find other resources on how to incorporate texture and possibly 3D effects into a vector illustration.