character design overview adobe illustrator

This is a task overview and does not replace any existing coursework documents.

In the first term of the HSC year we look at designing characters for a range of product. This can include designing characters for cartoons/animation, flat-pak toys, web graphics etc. We look at developing and transitioning concept sketches into product via Adobe Illustrator.

The intent of the curation of this selection of images is to to enable a sense of the diversity of approaches to this task.

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Despite the apparent complexity of the interface, Adobe Illustrator is deceptively easy to learn and adapt to. Part of the reason for this is that Illustrator, unlike Photoshop; is a dedicated Illustration + Vector Graphics application and the interface + workflow reflects that focus.

Chloe

The intent of your introduction to Adobe Illustrator is to give you the tools to create your own illustrations/artwork with complete independence and creative freedom.

Sara
Concept sketch
Completed image
Concept sketch
Completed image
Concept sketch
Mythical Lava
LOGICAL EXTENSIONS OF CONCEPT
Different Approaches

Jessi extended concepts developed in her 'Character Design' task into her 'Personal Project' and worked with Sketchbook Pro on her iPad to complete a series of images that would allow her to work within a mobile environment.

JESSI

The designing of 'characters' is inextricably linked to the history of animation and comics. To this end, the related research component of this task focuses on the 'history of animation' and looks at the impact of trends in aesthetics and the intent of animators / designers working in the fields of:

  • Web Design/ Graphics
  • Animation
  • Comics
  • Toy design
JACKSON

Selections from a series of 20 characters.

Boyz
Photoshop Helpers
Fruit Ladz
Computer Palz

Students are encouraged to develop work that is representative of their personal interest and aesthetic. The intent here is to enable the growth of a distinct and identifiable iconography.

Anne He 2015
ERIN 2014
TAKING IT TO THE STREET

2013 (Isaac, Christian +Nehri)

Students who undertake the Design course at Wyndham are able to take learned skill sets and utilize them in other areas of study.

TAKING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR SKILLS TO HSC BODY OF WORK
One of four A0 images submitted by Chloe for her 2015 Visual Art HSC Body of Work.
One of eleven A2 images submitted by Jeffrey as part of his 2015 Visual Art HSC Body of Work submission.
One of five A1 images submitted by Sara as part of her 2015 Visual Art HSC Body of Work submission.
Sara's images were included in the pool of works from 442 students (out of 9033) whose submissions were set aside by the Board of Studies for consideration by the exhibition curators for inclusion in ArtExpress 2016.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF GRADUATE STUDENTS @ WYNDHAM COLLEGE
Created By
Gary Poulton
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