lecture material

news & discussion (topics)



Look at: http://lifeinvector.com/logos/ (logos) And how they are applied to branding across different media.

Artists: Michael Doret & David Carson (where do you fit in?)

Independence Skills


Nine Lives Cat (Cutting & Joining) Reproduce the Nine Lives cat in the manner prescribed, or use the Pen Tool if you are so inclined. In any event take the time to learn how line ends (segmented paths) are joined. Use Pathfinder to wrap the 9 around the cat's body. This assignment is a good introduction to 'smart guides.'

This assignment calls for you to draw 2 cats: one face on and another in profile. It's okay to use the same body. Your cat can have some variation, but try and maintain the smooth contoured line of a cat's body—"catness" if you will. This may appeal to you who draw and want to scan some of your stuff in and give it new life.

Eveready Battery Logo/Sign —scroll down to find files and instructions just below Nine Lives Cat. You will take the cat you just made and emulate the look, feel, and colors of the original, but with your own variation!


Technical Illustration (Simple Realism)
SimpleRealismTips.pdf (include in whatever you decide to illustrate)
KellyAndrea-MITChip.pdf (make and save symbols for components)


1. Find and post 'trend' and 'theme' image examples, (3) or more. Look for themes, colors and design treatments that carry over from one medium to another. Stylizations transcend politics, spiritual and religious beliefs, fashion; forms appearing in architecture, furniture, appliances, cars, and music. Learn to notice them.

(i.e. Original transparent iMacs influenced the look of things like answering machines and other small appliances to be made in colorful transparent plastics to emulate the popular new [at the time] computer style. No one before had ever bothered to make a computer, a mere utilitarian device, beautiful.) 

Nowadays, we live in an image rich culture—even tatoo artists are etching their designs on titanium laptops! scott-campbell

2. Read the blog entry: Scaling-vs-Skewing. Understand the concept of proportional (scaling) and non-proportional (skewing) size changes. Do not skew in this class!

3. Read this article about the difference between raster and vector files:
Painting with Pixels, Drawing with Vectors