common object example

Summary: This project is still under construction! Please excuse broken links, incomplete references and other formatting errors!

Draw an Object by hand and then trace it in Illustrator.

    ●   It all begins with pencil and paper. Scan your drawing into Illustrator and trace it using the Pen Tool and the Mesh Tools.

    ●   The idea is to make the object look as realistic as possible, while still allowing for an individualistic "abstract" feel.

    ●   Shadows are a major component of the realism aspect of this project, and are not easy to make.


Learn About:

Selection Tool Direct Selection Tool Light and Shadow Corner Points Mesh Tool Pen Tool

The Project Happens in 3 Parts:

Part #1: Sketch Your Object ~

Design Always Begins with Paper and Pencil

kleenex box drawing

  • Do some basic sketches of a simple object:


a stapler …

 

a box …

            some fruit …                                   your glasses …

a rubber duck …


a toy …

 

 

Be sure to consider the effect of light and shadow in your drawings!

 

  •   Remember this project is called "Shadow Life!"

  •   Give life to your shadows!

 

Sketch Layout• Place the object on a table with the light coming from one direction, and using paper and pencil, do some basic sketches of the object and its shadow.

 

Learn Crosshatching ~

• Crosshatching means layers of lines at angles to simulate highlights and shadows.

 

 

 

 

• Practice creating light and shadow by drawing the basic shapes: sphere, block and cone.

 

• Use the Crosshatching method for maximum results!


Part #2: Move to the Computer ~

interactive-sketch-example.png

Scan your Sketch into the Computer

 

  •   Scan your drawing and open it in PhotoShop. ~

example pencil sharpener

 

  •   Use PhotoShop to "Clean-up" the Scan:

 

Crop the Image

 


Raise the Contrast using Levels

 

Everything that PhotoShop does so well!

 

  •   Then begin outlining your work with the Illustrator tools that you will be introduced to during the course of this project, such as: The Mesh Tool, Pen Tool, etc.

   


Last Part: The Final Product ~

Render your Images with Software

  •   All your work must be an original creation!

interior-mag-sketch-example4.png

 

  •   You need a background.

  •   Add Text and anything else that looks good.

  •   Present your work to the class!

 

 


 

 

    ·     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.


Other People's Work:

These are examples created by students following this project.

          example 5         example t                                  

Shadow Life: Day 1 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 1"

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

Reflection Journal - Attach the previous project to your portfolio and reflect upon what you have learned from it.

Daily Journal - View this Pen Tool Video and answer the questions. Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Begin this Drawing Exercise in Preperation for your Common Object …

Pen Tool Tutorial #1 - Introduction to the Pen Tool in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Volumetric Sphere in Ps - Attach by Due Date.

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Line.


Shadow Life: Day 2 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 2"

Daily Journal - Raster Vs. Vector - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Pen Tool Curves Tutorial - Pen Tool Curves - Attach by Due Date.

Finish this Drawing Exercise in Preperation for your Common Object …

Begin drawing your Shadow Objects - Then Scan it into Ai.

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Texture -What does it mean?

Workshop - Begin Drawing your Common Object


Shadow Life: Day 3 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 3"

Daily Journal - Art vs. Technology - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Curves with the Pen Tool l in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Gradient Mesh Bag l in Ai - Attach by Due Date.

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Value & Color.

There's some good stuff here!- Make a tut out of the Transform part …

Workshop - Continue the Shadow Life Objects -


Shadow Life: Day 4 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 4"

Daily Journal - Rounded Rectangle Tool - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt. ~OR~

Daily Journal - Explain this Project - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Mesh Tool Shapes in Ai-Attach by Due Date.


Tutorial #2 - Brush Libraries in Ai- Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Abstract Background - Attach by Due Date.

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Focal Point.


Workshop - Continue your Shadow Life Project - DUE SOON!


Shadow Life: Day 5 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 5"

Daily Journal - Closed Shape - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Simple Vector Tree - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #1 - Mesh Tool Skin Tones - Choose your Skin Tone - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Splat Background - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Border Pattern Brush - Attach by Due Date.

Continue working on your shadow drawings using what you know about the Pen Tool - DUE SOON!

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - SPACE!

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Shadow Life: Day 6 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 6"

Daily Journal - 2 New Tools - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt. ~ OR ~

Daily Journal - What's Wrong? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Mesh Tool Skin Tones - Choose your Skin Tone - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Radial Circle Background - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Shadows - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Shadow Life Project - DUE SOON!

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Review …


Shadow Life: Day 7 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 7"

Daily Journal - Stroke vs. Fill - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt. ~ OR ~

Daily Journal - What difference do shadows make? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Mesh Tool Skin Tones - Choose your Skin Tone - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Borders - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Shadows - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #4 - 3D Easter Egg - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Shadow Life Project - DUE SOON!

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Movement!

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Shadow Life: Day 8 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 8"

Daily Journal - Computer vs. Hand Drawn - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt. ~ OR ~

Daily Journal - Reset - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Mesh Tool Skin Tones - Choose your Skin Tone - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Shadows - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Twist-Twirl Text - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your Shadow Life Project - DUE SOON!

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Balance.

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Shadow Life: Day 9 ~

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 9"

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

Tutorial #1 - Shadows - Nothing Due - Just an easy way to make shadows.

Tutorial #2 - Twist-Twirl Text - Attach by Due Date.

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

Introduction the Graphic Art Terms - Today's vocabulary - Balance

Continue your Shadow Life Project - DUE SOON!

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Shadow Life: Day 10 - Final Project Due Today!

Digital Art and Design

"Shadow Life: Day 10"

Daily Journal - Show your Work to Someone Else - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

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

Tutorial #2 - 3D Easter Egg - Attach by Due Date.

Finish your Shadow Life Project - Due Now!

PROJECT DUE NOW - Put in Drop Box!