Visitor do you like monsters? Cap loves monster movies and just scary movies in general. In this mission you are going to put your Illustrator skills to the test to create your very own Vector Monster.
Cap told me to test you Groms to see how well you have learned the various line and shape tools in Illustrator. You are going to show of your skills by creating a Vector Monster. Why a monster? Because monsters are cool, yo! Plus, monsters can be created fairly easily using basic shapes and other tools that you have learned so far.
Monsters don’t have to be scary, they can also be cute and cuddly like Monsters Inc. What type of monster you choose to create is up to you.
Click STAGE 2 to get started.
Design doesn’t happen in a vacuum. As a designer you always want to purposefully search for inspiration for your designs. Don’t copy another artist’s design, but use other designs as a reference to inspire your design.
Create a Pinterest board titled: Graphic Arts 1: Vector Monster.
Search Google Images for 5 examples of cartoon monsters or vector monsters. Pin each example to your new Pinterest board.
With each pin, write a brief caption noting why you chose it as inspiration.
Think about what kind of monster you are going to create. Come up with a back story for your monster. Your design is going to have to match with the story you come up with.
- What is your monster’s name?
- Is your monster ….
- A boy? Or a girl?
- Good? Or evil?
- Scary? Or friendly?
- Big? Or small?
- What is your monster’s story?
- Who is (s)he?
- Where is (s)he from?
- What does (s)he do?
- What does (s)he want?
Sketch out a few ideas of what your monster might look like on a piece of paper.
Click on STAGE 3 to get started designing your own Vector Monster.
Choose your best sketch and design your very own Vector Monster.
- Create a NEW Art & Illustration document in Illustrator. Size: 17 inches x 22 inches Orientation: Landscape.
- Create a NEW folder in your Google Drive titled Vector Monster and save your Illustrator document.
- Use a variety of shapes and the Shape Builder Tool to create your monster.
- Name and organize your layers.
All done? Did you take the time to add details and make your monster unique? Or are you a slacker that likes to JUST get things done? Which of those two do you think Cap likes better?
Move on to STAGE 4 once you think you have mastered the concepts of the mission.
SAVING FOR THE WEB
Remember, if it isn’t documented, it doesn’t count. At the this stage of a mission you will be demonstrating mastery of what you have learned and posting the finished project on Behance.
Follow through the steps below to export your project for the web and to post on Behance.
UPLOAD TO BEHANCE
This is the part that really matters. Software changes. Tools change. But . . . Design Process never changes. Understanding and properly incorporating the elements of art and principles of design will always enhance your artwork. Also, reflecting on your work is the best thing you can do to improve as an Artist.
Below your image reflect on what you just created. Remember to write in complete sentences, use proper grammar, and double check your spelling.
- What did you learn by completing this project? Be specific.
- What was most challenging about this project? Why?
Cool monster, Visitor. Hopefully you have gotten more comfortable with the drawing tools and are starting to have fun creating your own artwork. Creative freedom is rare in school. Embrace it.