Illustrator Topics 3-week course for developing Illustrator skills

This 3-week course will offer hour long guided sessions to help you build your skills along with 'homework' assignments to help you add to the basics. Make sure to join our Slack Channel - this is where you should post your projects and any reflections on those and receive feedback from peers. You can also ask questions in there - make sure to tag me so I get a notification.

Session 1: 11-12 Monday 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

Session 2: 12-1 Tuesday 4/21, 4/28, 5/5

Week 1

This week is all about learning basic shape tools - the building block for icon and design in Illustrator.

Project 1: Popsicle design

When you finish your popsicle, post it to the Slack channel. What parts of the assignment did you struggle with? How did you amaze yourself? What are you imagining creating next?

Required Homework: Pen tool exercise

The next tool to master in Illustrator is the Pen Tool. This combined with Shapes makes for multiple possibilities for design. This exercise will help you complete the project in Week 2.

Week 2

This week we dig into the pen tool, learning to build simple and complex shapes with paths. We will also dig deeper into the appearance, panel, gradients, 3d and some brush tools.

Don't forget to post a screenshot of your shapes to the Slack channel. How comfortable do you feel in the pen tool? What skills in the project really inspired you?

Week 2: Homework Part 1

Pick one type tutorial and post your completed work in the Slack channel.

Week 2: Homework Part 2

Review your project options for week 3. Pick the one you plan on executing. Note: you will probably NOT be able to finish these in an hour. Ideally, you will get started on them prior to week 3 and bring in questions so I can assist you. At a minimum, know what project you will do and come to week 3 with sketches, ideas, color palettes, etc.

Week 3

This is our 'final project' week. As mentioned, you will probably not be able to complete your final project in the hour time we have.

When you complete your final project, load it to Slack for feedback. How can you use your growing Illustrator skills next?

Created By
Heather Lawrenz