[#Design] Free Lynda.com Course – Art and Illustration Careers: First Steps

It’s time for another great free video from Lynda.com! Actually, this time it’s a whole free course: Kirstin Ellison’s Art and Illustration Careers: First Steps. That’s right, the whole course is free for everyone. Below are four videos from the first chapter. Here’s the official course description: If you’ve spent hours filling notebooks with sketches, and find joy in the creation of beautiful images, then you’ve probably wondered if you could turn your passion for art into a full-time job. In this course, learn the skills and tools you’ll need to pursue a career in art and illustration, and the jobs that you can get with them. Kristin Ellison?the content manager of art and illustration at LinkedIn Learning?kicks off the course by walking through the core elements of the creative process: drawing, composition, and color. Next, she highlights the specific skills and software you’ll need to successfully launch a career in 2D illustration, 3D illustration, and fine art. To wrap up, Kristin covers the business of art and illustration, sharing how to promote, present, and get paid for your work. Throughout the course, Kristin mentions additional courses you can reference to get an in-depth look at specific tools and skills. Topics […]
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[#Design] Free Lynda.com Video – Logo Design: Illustrating Logo Marks

Professional logo design, like many creative endeavors, requires both great imagination and execution. You need both the right idea and the chops to pull it off with vectors. Von Glitschka’s Lynda.com course, Logo Design: Illustrating Logo Marks, covers the process of logo building from start to finish. Here’s the official course description: This logo design course is all about craftsmanship of the artwork, the minutia of building logo marks. It’s focused on what goes into the execution of a good logo?because it won’t matter what the idea is if you design it poorly. Von Glitschka explains how drawing complements the brainstorming and design process, introduces time-tested build methods for vector-based graphics, and explains how to make the critical decisions around format, color, and other aspects of brand identity. These creative tactics and workflows will help you create better, stronger workflows that display beautifully in all formats: in print, on the web, or in motion. Topics include: Drawing your design Selecting a logo style Building a logo with shapes Creating modular designs Establishing brand colors and visual continuity Iconifying complex shapes Adding dimension to flat motifs Using negative space Delivering the final logo files and style guides In the free movie below, […]
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