Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork
  • Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork
  • Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork

Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork

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by Von R. Glitschka
     
 

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Listen up, designers, and wipe those grins off your faces! It’s time to get serious about your design work. For too long you’ve allowed yourself to go soft, relying on your software to do all of your creative work for you. This book will NOT show you how to use every tool and feature in Adobe Illustrator. This book WILL, however, teach you the

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Listen up, designers, and wipe those grins off your faces! It’s time to get serious about your design work. For too long you’ve allowed yourself to go soft, relying on your software to do all of your creative work for you. This book will NOT show you how to use every tool and feature in Adobe Illustrator. This book WILL, however, teach you the importance of drawing out your ideas, analyzing the shapes, and then methodically building them precisely in vector form using the methods covered in this book.

In Vector Basic Training, acclaimed iillustrative designer Von Glitschka takes you through his systematic process for creating the kind of precise vector graphics that separate the pros from the toolers and hacks. Along the way, he’ll whip your drawing skills into shape and show you how to create elegant curves and precise anchor points for your designs. Between the book and the video tutorials on the included DVD, you’ll be ready for active creative duty in zero hundred hours or less.

In Vector Basic Training, you’ll learn:

  • The tools, plugins, and shortcuts that make up a design pro’s creative armament
  • How to use “The Clockwork Method” to create accurate curves every time
  • When and where to set just the right number of anchor points for any design
  • How to build shapes quickly using familiar Illustrator tools
  • Techniques for art directing yourself so that your work gets the response you desire
  • Why symmetry is your friend and how to use it effectively in your designs

On the DVD-ROM: Von Glitschka reports for duty in over an hour’s worth of video tutorials that walk you through all of the techniques explained in the book. Also included: downloadable art files you can use to follow along on your own.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The problem with vector images today is that I hate most of them! Mainly because something dies between the drawing and the precision vector graphic version. Perhaps it’s the illustration’s soul lost in the transition? Most vector images today contain too many cyber-slick gradations; they are too mathematically perfect, like many of the billions of images populating millions of microstock sites that lack anything real and human. If Von’s book can help improve a designer’s ability to create better vector images, I’m all for it. And remember: Just because you can make everything a gradation doesn’t mean you should make everything a gradation.”

Charles S. Anderson, Founder of CSA Design

With Vector Basic Training, Von Glitschka shames me. And I thank him for it. He reminds me that I am walking a tightrope of forsaking my first love: drawing. Von approaches the process with an honor and reverence that emerges from a tradition rooted in art as much as design. His depth of thought, trained hand, and ability to art direct himself have produced a stunning body of work, and he brings it all home in VBT to share with the reader. That’s the thing with Von—not only is he a powerful talent, he’s gracious enough to share it all. I’ll be keeping my copy of VBT next to my Mac and, yes, my sketchpad.

Terry Marks, Creative Principal of TMARKS Design Studio

Von’s experience as an award-winning ‘illustrative designer’ enables him to provide a valuable methodology for creating vector artwork guaranteed to produce results for every designer.

Earl Gee, Creative Director, Gee + Chung Design

As president of the School of Advertising Art (SAA), I would like to thank Von for writing this book. Young designers need to understand the power of the drawing process, and they need to know that time spent sketching before jumping to the computer is time well spent on any project. Von clearly demonstrates this philosophy throughout the book by incorporating interesting visual examples of his work. I am excited to share Vector Basic Training, Second Edition with SAA students.

Jessica Graves, President, School of Advertising Art, Kettering, Ohio

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321749598
Publisher:
New Riders
Publication date:
01/26/2011
Series:
Voices That Matter Series
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
671,020
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

With over 23 years of experience in design and illustration, Von Glitschka is the head of Glitschka Studios, a multi-disciplinary creative agency with clients that include Adobe, HGTV, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Pepsi, Disney, Ogilvy & Mather, Landor Associates, and LPK. He is also a respected teacher and lecturer, speaking regularly at a variety of conferences, design schools, and colleges.

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