This week has been hectic to say the least. Sleep wasn't really an option, but I did manage to get some Walking Dead in with the wife last night, so YAY ME! This weeks lessons revolved around the basics of Adobe Illustrator, and how it differs from Adobe Photoshop.
I must admit, from a glance, you assume they are the same program, but once you get into the guts of it, it is vastly different. It's ability to render graphics at an accelerated rate smashes photoshops abilities IMHO. I am still having some issues using the pen tool on Wacom pads, but that is going to clear up within weeks at the rate I am learning. It is a simple matter of de-selecting the pen tool every time I go to make a new line, yada, yada, yada (insert boring technical analysis).
Below is some of the basic work I did while in class, hope I get to look back and see how crude it was. Enjoy!
Batman Poster (Mock Up)
This Piece was from basic clip art I found, and meshed it all together to make an alternative to the Batman poster from last weeks basic lesson plan in class. I think it turned out OK. If anyone knows who the artist who did the clip art is, let me know so I can give him credit.
Valentines Day Background
This is a Valentines Day background I did to learn the "Live Trace" tool to make silhouettes and other things similar to it. Not the best work, but a great way to learn how to go back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop.
Photo Manipulation through Adobe Illustrator Using the "Live Trace" tool
Above is more use of the Live Trace tool using Illustrator. I messed around for a while using several different versions of this but I thought seeing the color vs a black and white would show the massive amount of nuanced contrast that can be created using the Live Trace Function of this program.
Smiley Face Icon
Of course I couldn't leave class without goofing off a little. Above is a .PNG I created to learn more of the gradient tool and other things. I thought it was funny so I share it with you so you can enjoy it too.
New Logo I Created
One of our assignments was to create a logo for our work. I was a little lost as I already use a Logo that my colorist made for me, but to finish the project and get the grade, I made this. I actually like it and several in class thought it was very clean and bold. I am interested to hear what any of you think. I will attach it to my work from now on until I come up within something else I like.
That's all for this week, I will try and throw some more comic stuff up this week, just busy with homework, and raising kids. Thanks for dropping by, keep checking in.