Summary:

Superhero Comic Book Cover in Illustrator

    ●   You are the Designer of a New Comic Book cover. 

    ●   Make yourself into an Original Superhero and then Design a New Cover around your Hero Character.


Learn About:

Pencil Tool Mesh Tool Text and Font Shadows and Color Blending

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this project.

                   

 

 


The Project Happens in Three Parts:

Part #1: Create Your SuperHero ~

Put your Head on a Superhero in Photoshop


  • Get a picture of your head and paste it on a superhero's body.

 

  • Then begin to trace the outline, starting with your face, and then the rest of your head.

 

  • Include your own unique Superhero Logo, Hero Name, all that stuff.

 

  • Also include shapes, colors and everything you've learned about design so far.

 

  • REMEMBER: All Content Must be 90% your own, modified into an original composition, including all text and imagery.

 

• Render your work using the skills learned from the Tutorials to demonstrate mastery of the tools.

 

Part #2: Sketch Your Layout ~

Design Always Begins with Paper and Pencil


  • Grab a pencil and do some basic sketches of your layout concepts, design ideas and rough draft.

  • You don't have to be Rembrandt - just to do a good job.


  • Include in your sketch a Title, Tagline, a "call to action" - make room for all that stuff.


  • Also include your shapes, colors and everything you've learned about design.


  • Your drawings are graded using this rubric.

 

Part #3: Move to the Computer ~

Scan your Sketch into the Computer

interior-mag-sketch-example4.png• Using a your sketch and other copied images as a foundation, trace everything with the Pen Tool or Pencil Tool.

• Then, create images, backgrounds, and any other objects you need that match your drawing as close as you can, to use as templates.

• Look for interesting scenes from other comic books, anything that resembles your sketch.

• Then colorize using your unique color schemes you mix on the color palettes.

Last Step: The Final Product ~

    • Your final Computer-generated image must be created from scratch or pieced together from many different image sources. You may use images found online as long a they are blended together to make a cohesive and convincing scene changed by 90%.

 

    • All content you use on your subject must be 90% your own, modified into an original composition, including all text and imagery.

    • Your final background should be pieced together, not a single scene from a single source image.

 

    • ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

    • DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

    • NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.


Day 1: Comic Book Cover ~

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New Project Begins Today - Comic Book Cover Project  ~  

Introduce this PBL project by reading the Entry Document with the Class.

Reflection Journal - Attach your previous project to your portfolio and reflect upon what you have learned thus far …

Assignment #1 - Begin Sketching your Layout on the Graphic Organizer.

Tutorial #1- Begin your Superhero - Start in Photoshop - Then Move to Illustrator.

  • Review Font Presentation. How many different fonts can you have on your Comic Book Cover?


Day 2: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 2 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - What Makes a Good Comic Book Cover? Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Finish Outlining your Hero - Tutorial #1 from Yesterday - Find a Superhero on the Internet, Add your Face in Photoshop, then Place it into Illustrator - Attach by the Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Color your Superhero - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Clipping Mask in .ai - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Pegasus in Ps - Attach by Due Date.

Continue Sketching your Layout - Sketching AND Computer Work Together Produces a Final Product Better than Either would Separately.

Workshop - Review the Entry Doc requirements including your sketched layout …


Day 3: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 3 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Layers and Stacking Order - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - What Makes a Good Comic Book Cover? Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Color your Superhero - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Northern Lights - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Lightning Bolt - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - SuperHero Text using 3D - Attach by Due Date.

Workshop - Kuler Colors - Remember: According to the Entry Doc, you can only use 5 Colors …

Continue Sketching your Layout - Due in 2 days - Must be In Color - Must have everything the Entry Doc requirements including your SuperHero - Taglines - Story Lines - Call to Action - etc.


Day 4: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 4- Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Backstory - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - View this Mag Cover - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Interlocking Text - Vector text in Illustrator - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Mesh Tool Furniture - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Star Shapes - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Corner Star Shapes - Attach by Due Date.

Workshop - What's Due Tomorrow? Your Sketch! That's what …


Day 5: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 5 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Paintbrush vs. Pencil Tool Movie - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - What Makes a Good Comic Book Cover ? Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Justify Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Northern Lights - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Sunburst in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Due Today - Your Sketch! You will be graded using this Rubric.


Day 6: Comic Book Cover ~

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Week 2 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Corner Points vs. Smooth Anchor Points Movie - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - What Motivates your Character? Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Call to Action Star Shapes - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Corner Star Shapes - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Sunburst in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Comic Book Cover Project - Due in 5 Days …

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 7: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 7- Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - What do colors mean? Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - Hero's Journey - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Vector Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Sunburst in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Corner Star Shapes - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Project - Due in 4 Days …

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 8: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 8 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Selection Tool vs. the Direct Selection Tool - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - 3D Text w/ Symbols - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Vector Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Sunburst in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Project - Due in 3 Days!

Workshop - Where too Now?

OR

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 9: Comic Book Cover ~

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Day 9 - Comic Book Cover Project

Journal - Review this Example - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Bar Code - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Justify Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Offset Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Project due tomorrow -

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 10: Comic Book Cover ~ Final Project Due Soon!

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Day 10 - Comic Book Cover Project ~

Journal - Open Answers - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - Emphasis - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Rays of Light - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Justify Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #1 - Bar Code - Attach by Due Date.

Project Due Today -



Day 11: Comic Book Cover ~ Final Project Due Soon!

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Day 11 - Comic Book Cover Project ~

Journal - Artist Statement Questions - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

OR

Journal - Visual Hierarchy Examples - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Offset Text - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Shield/Coat of Arms - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Project Due Today -

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 12: Comic Book Cover ~ Final Project Due Soon!

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Day 12 - Comic Book Cover Project ~

Journal - Best Work - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Rays of Light - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Shield/Coat of Arms - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Pow! Bang! Zap! Tutorial - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - Bar Code - Attach by Due Date.

Project Due Today -

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Day 13: Comic Book Cover ~ Final Project Due Soon!

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Day 13 - Comic Book Cover Project ~

Journal - Mag Covers - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Rays of Light - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Shield/Coat of Arms - Attach by Due Date.

Project Due Today -

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.