- Final Illustration on appropriate paper/screen/file
- Student self-grading sheet: il_grading_sheets.pdf (58K)
- Choose a commercial subject matter of your choice (think about your portfolio)
- Must show me 3 examples of your choice currently in use in marketing material
- Find reference and draw light pencil/digital lines on final drawing paper/screen
- Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils, pen & ink, digital drawing or painting
- Surface: White illustration paper 8.5” x 11”. (Instructor will provide), or screen
- Size: 8" x 10", 10" x 8"
- Color: Full color or B/W (depending on the needs of your brand identity project)
- Hours to complete: 8–14 (you have approx. 12 hrs in class over 3 weeks)
Find Good Reference
Make sure you find real-life, or photography reference for every element you are going to draw/paint in your final illustration. Be sure to review the guidelines for good reference on the Syllabus web page.
Example of good reference for a car drawing:
Transfer Guidelines to Your Paper
You decide how many guidelines you need to achieve a good drawing. If you are not sure how many you need, I suggest drawing as many as possible. You can always erase them.
Use a hard pencil (2H–4H) to transfer your lines. Don't press too hard, and take the time to draw your lines as accurately as possible. You'll thank yourself when you start drawing/painting.
If your lines get too dark, use your kneaded eraser to "stamp" them up and lighten them.
Here is an example of reference lines for a car (these have been darkened to show on the web):
Remember… take one shape at a time, slowly. Don't allow yourself to feel overwhelmed. I usually draw a little light until I get about one-quarter done. Just to see how things go. If it looks right, I go back and darken the first one-quarter and move on from there.
Here is the car in progress:
Be patient. Go slowly, and before you know it, you'll be done—and hopefully pleasantly surprised and impressed by your talents and skills.
Historical Buildings in Indianapolis, IN (here)
Tuk-tuk, colored pencil, 2014
Car Illustration, colored pencil, 2014