Digital Illustration Art Camp | Summer 2017
At the Virignia Museum of Contemporary Art
A Brief Overview
Welcome to my Digital Illustration Camp with the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. This week, campers will focus a little on the creative process as well observing the work of illustrators specializing in digital illustration. The bulk of our time will be spent learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator—a professional application for creating vector art. By the end of the week, each student will complete an architectural cityscape illustration to take home!
Below you will find links and resources that will be used during the camp and can be accessed for your reference once camp is over.
Introductions, discuss illustration, make a sketchbook, 10-minute sketching, a look at Adobe Illustrator, beginner exercises
- Homework: image gathering for project inspiration
10-minute sketching, continue practice with Adobe Illustrator, begin sketching for project
- Homework: finish sketching for final illustration
10-minute sketching, begin digitizing final illustration
10-minute sketching, continue digitizing final illustration
10-minute sketching, finalize and print illustration
Sites for USE During and After camp
We will use Pinterest for brainstorming and image gathering. Please create an account or use an existing account. (Parent permission is required. If your parent does not give you permission, that's ok, we'll image gather in other ways.)
Getting to Know Adobe Illustrator:
Links to resources and overviews for use during and after camp.
Exercises & Camp Assignment
sketch, sketch, sketch
Anything that you want to be really great at takes practice. Drawing is the same. If you've signed up for this camp, you probably already spend a lot of time drawing, but I like to reinforce the importance of this practice.
On the first day of camp, we will make our own sketchbooks with copy paper and cardstock. Each day, you will be required to spend a few minutes sketching before we dive in to the digital activities.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Your sketchbook is just a place to practice and create. You don't need fancy expensive sketchbooks—you can practice on the back on envelopes, napkins, copy paper, whatever you can get your hands on. The nice thing about using a sketchbook is that it's all contained and can be easily portable, but you can make them out of anything.
- The pieces you create in your sketchbooks don't have to be top-notch works of art. It's a place to get your ideas out and see where they take you. Not every idea is going to be great, and that's part of the process. You can just make a little doodle or create an entire scene.
- Sketchbooks don't have to just contain pencil drawings—try other mediums or make a collage.
Visual journaling is a way to practice your craft. Some use it as a literal diary—documenting their entire day in cartoons and sketches. I, personally, find it most helpful in getting down ideas, exploring styles, and making me better at my craft. Plus, it's a great way to pass the time (getting better is just a bonus).
Can't think of something to draw? Try Art Prompts!
Adobe Illustrator is a subscription based platform that is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud. As students, you can subscribe for $20/month and gain access to all of Adobe's creative software. Learn more about Adobe's education pricing and options here.
Procreate is a versatile app available for the iPad. You can digitally sketch and paint directly on the iPad. Many professionals pair this with the Apple Pencil. You can purchase in Apple's App store for $5.99.