IDES 237: Digital Illustration I – Course Outline

week  1 jan 9
Review of Digital Illustration. Lecture: What is digital illustration today? Demo: Creating with Adobe Illustrator. 1. Everyday Monster WEEK 3
week 2 jan 16
Using Adobe Illustrator.

Participatory Demo: Exploring Illustrator

week 3 jan 23
Critique on Project 1. More Adobe Illustrator.

Demo: the Power of Illustrator’s Appearance Panel.

2. Editorial Illustration week 6
week 4 jan 30
More Adobe Illustrator.

Creating custom brushes, patterns.

week 5 FEB 6
Adobe Illustrator effects. Participatory Demo: Layer styles, blending, masks, brushes, effects. Exploring online illustration resources.
week 6 feb 20
Creating a conceptual composite using Photoshop

Critique on Project 2.

3. Conceptual Portrait week 9
week 7 feb 27
Painting in Photoshop 1: Rendering.

Participatory Demo: Using Photoshop’s brush engine to create a responsive brush for rendering. Tool Presets. Rendered environments.

week 8 mar 6
Painting in Photoshop 2: Texture. Participatory Demo: Using Photoshop’s Brush Engine. Emulating traditional media.
week 9 mar 13
Critique on Project 3.

Painting in Photoshop 3: Colour. Participatory Demo: Creating a “painting palette.” Mixing colours with the Mixer Brushes.

 4. Illustration for Animation  week 14
week 10 mar 20
Introduction to Animation using After Effects


week  11 mar 27
Lecture/Demo: Creating assets for motion design.

Review concepts for Project 4.

week 12 apr 3
The Parallax Effect in After Effects.

Demo: Turning a static illustration into a dynamic animation.

week 13 Apr 10
Introduction to 3-D programs.

Demo: Using SketchUp to create 3-D models.

week 14 Apr 17
Project 4 Due.

Critique on Project 4.

Course Overview: Building upon Digital Applications I & II, this course will focus on developing strong conceptual approaches to the creation of digital illustration. At the same time we’ll learn the advanced illustration techniques available in Illustrator and Photoshop. Some attention will be paid to the fields of animation, motion graphics and illustration using 3d software.


Evaluation Profile:

Assignment 1 Everyday Monsters:                                20%
Assignment 2 Georgia Straight Editorial:                   20%
Assignment 3 Illustration for Animation:                   25%
Assignment 4 Animation:                                                20%
Participation:                                                                      15%