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Woot! Shapes! (Sept. 27, 29)

Posted on: September 27th, 2011

This week we’ll work on our cut paper shape illustrations. As I mentioned in the assignment handout, which I emailed to all of you yesterday (and which you can download here or from the Handouts page), there are some great cut paper illustrators working out there:

These illustrators demonstrate the qualities of an effective cut paper illustration —

  • emphasis on shape
  • a limited palette with an extended range of values (we’ll talk about this on Tuesday the 27th)
  • composition that considers positive and negative space

You know, these qualities are present in many effective designs, not just cut paper illustrations. I hope the exercise will be a a great learning experience for all of us.

The illustration below is one of my own. It’s not a cut paper illo, but it might be a thumbnail for one – I’ll demo how to turn a sketch into an actual illustration tomorrow.


What’s going on with Ollie? I simplified the site a bit.

The home page (you are here), will have all announcements.

I added a Calendar page (see menu above) where I’ll put info about what we’ll be doing, deadlines, etc.

The Handouts page contains links to all the handouts I have handed out. If you lose one you can print it out.

The Resources page contains resources and tips.

The Syllabus page has the syllabus in two parts, in reverse chronological order.

The Contact page has my email address.


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