Class Info

  • Date: Sept 5th
  • Meeting Info: P123
  • Topics: Project One next steps, Exercise in shapes

To-Do Before Class

  1. Follow the guidelines for refining your thumbnail sketches (Define) and bring your refined sketch to class.
  2. Check the Supply List and come prepared to work on your sketches.
  3. If you didn’t contribute to your Visual Library yet this week, do so! Consider adding two images.

Materials needed for THIS CLASS

Items from SUPPLY LIST**

  • Dropbox/Google Drive access.
  • sketch book (9″x12″)
  • Bristol pad (9”x12” 2-ply smooth plate finish)
  • graphite pencils (Venus or similar 6B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H)
  • pencil sharpener (basic metal)
  • small box/container for your supplies (find or reuse)
  • Pigma Micron inking pens + big brush Set
  • portfolio to protect your work
  • 1 roll drafting or removable tape
  • metal ruler


  1. In Adobe Illustrator, create three, 3×3 inches, artboards in one file.
  2. Choose either a circle, square, or triangle and create that shape in solid black, no strokes.
  3. Using the eraser tool, break down the shape you choose to smaller different shapes.
  4. Utilizing those new shapes, create a design in each artboard. See here for examples.
  5. Save your work as either an illustrator file or jpegs.

An artist’s job is to collect ideas.

Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon
If you could create your own collection of ideas, words, and images, what would it look like? What form would it take or medium would you use?

Visual Library

Let’s take a look at the images you posted to the Visual Library, specifically those posted that demonstrate things we’ve learned in class; shapes, lines, textures, and patterns.

Breakout: Sketches Feedback

What kind of feedback would be most helpful to you?

In this course you will be providing supportive, constructive feedback to help your fellow students to improve their communication design skills. Providing helpful feedback is an important skill and one that you will use throughout your career. Check out these tips!

Break into groups of twos and give feedback on sketches and what would work well for the next part of Project One. If you weren’t in class, post your sketches on Openlab for feedback.

Breakout: Lab

  • Based on the feedback, create 12 patterns and textures in your sketchbook. Work in pencils.
  • Work independently. Feel free to listen to music using headphones!

To-Do After Class

  1. Project 1:
    • Work on your 12 patterns and/or textures based on your sketches.
  2. Post your Visual Library to Openlab.