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Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Von R. Glitschka
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Book Description

January 1, 2011 0321749596 978-0321749598 1
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 techniques explained in this book.
In Vector Basic Training, acclaimed illustrative designer Von Glitschka takes you through his systematic process for creating the kind of precise vector graphics that separate the pros from the mere toolers. 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 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 basic Illustrator tools and plug-ins
  • 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
To get the most out of this book it is recommended that you have Adobe Illustrator CS4 or higher.

On the DVD-ROM: Von Glitschka reports for duty in over four hours’ 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 and deconstruct samples shown in the book.

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About 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321749596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321749598
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a creative hired gun doing the full-tilt creative boogie out of my home studio in the land of Bigfoot.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A textbook in the truest sense of the word. January 10, 2011
By Sean
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not a how-to book. You will not learn how to draw an awesome tiger or a sweet ninja in the Vonster style. You will not find any magical buttons in Adobe Illustrator that autodraw your work.

On the other hand, this is definitely a how-to book. You will learn how to think, follow a creative process and you will learn how to construct vector artwork.

As a designer, creating quality, polished vector art can often be the hardest part of the job. Frequently, the construction methodology and the 'Why?' takes a backseat to other things while you're in school; it takes time to learn these once you're working in the field. Von generously pulls back the curtain and gives everyone a long, detailed look at the steps his creative process takes, but also the reasoning behind everything he does. It's rare to have such an in-depth, practical look at creative methodology and this book offers exactly that.

I cannot recommend this book enough. If you're a pro or if you're a student, it doesn't matter. If you're in design school you need to own this book. I promise that your portfolios will be better for it when you graduate. I followed Von's blog for years, learning lessons where I could to enhance my own skill set. It's wonderful to see his process in this richly deconstructed view and understand that you too can produce quality vector artwork if you'll apply the theories and practices he puts forth. It's a little like taking a digital illustration course from the man himself, only you don't have to commute or wake up on time for class.

Good reading!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vonster is the Master March 10, 2011
Most books in the computer graphics section of a book store will teach you which tools do what, where to find which menus and how to cut corners to make artwork that is good enough to get by. If that's what you're looking for, buy a different book. Von Glitschka uses Adobe Illustrator to create one-of-a-kind works of art, not cookie cutter effects that can be followed step-by-step to achieve the same results regardless of talent or experience.

This really is basic training; it's boot camp. Von is gonna make you work.

When was the last time you bought a computer graphics book that had an area designate specifically for doodling and insisted on the reader going out and investing in a good sketchbook--not an iPad, an actual sketchbook...with pages and binding!? I'll help jog your memory: that answer is never--it never happened...until now.

You've got big dreams? You want to be a vector artist? Well, artistic chops cost. And right here is where you start paying ... in graphite.

Von is your man. Buy the book and learn something real.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing link January 7, 2011
I've been doing vector illustration for years and one of the hardest things to master is the bezier tool. Google search after search has turned up only remedial information about this topic and now this book has brought it home! I'm so happy to have bezier best practice and theory broken down with great visual representations and a multimedia disc to boot. Von is an exceptional author who knows his craft well and isn't afraid to share!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem March 9, 2011
This book is a gem. Here are my reasons why i think it works so well.
Firstly, although Von takes you though Vector Basic Training with Adobe Illustrator it's not software dependent. His focus is on learning the principles of vector building and manipulating bezier handles. His methods can be used with any vector program that has a pen tool.

Secondly, the book narrows it's focus on basically one subject, how to use a combination of digital and analogue skills to create vector art. This focus is backed up with easy to grasp techniques that are repeated throughout the book and DVD. This approach on mastering a few basic techniques is so refreshing. Many books i have read over years try and show you all the bells and whistles and you end of being a jack of all trades but a master of none.

Arguably the pen tool is the hardest tool to learn but if you master it (along with a few commands) you have a solid foundation to create work of excellent technical quality. You still need imagination and aesthetic judgment but those things are always evolving.
If Mr Miyagi ever though vector art this is how he would do it!

Thirdly, Von takes a craftsman's view of design. During his video tutorials he gently reminds you that you have to care about what you do. Learning a tool is one thing but if you always approach your work with a "close enough is good enough" attitude you will never improve. The buck stops with you!

As you can tell i really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it weather you are just beginner trying to get a handle on vector art (sorry) or a seasoned pro.
Thanks Von.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any digital illustrator January 7, 2011
I have been using Adobe Illustrator since 2000 and although I can already do everything that Von shows you in the book, it was such an eyeopener as to how a true professional crafts a graphic from start to finish. Just seeing how he lays his tools out on the screen is refreshing, looking at a project through his eyes will make you smarter, quicker and much more precise no matter what your skill level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great oversee of expert workflow
Rare sample when the true master sharing the every detail of the workflow. I believe everyone good with Illustrator will find new tricks in the book
Published 1 month ago by Yahor Shumski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for class!
I rented this book for my illustration class at college and was very useful. Highly recommended for students, and all.
Published 1 month ago by Regi
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
It has some really good points. BUT IF I BUY A BOOK I DONT WANT TO BE TOLD TO BUY MORE SOFTWARE that costs hundreds of dollars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Designer and The Rye
5.0 out of 5 stars Super helpful
If you want to learn how to create vector art, this is the book to read. The author's presentation is personal and creative.
Published 2 months ago by Jody Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful resource
a joy to read - so nice to have a clearly written book on the subject matter - very user friendly, highly recommended - thank you
Published 2 months ago by Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Viruses in add-on downloads - BEWARE
Theoretically, this is good instruction for vector design. I don't dispute that. However, the first chapters instruct heavily using 2 pieces of software that need to be added to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Good work and good techniques here for fundamental knowledge in which to expound on in the world of vector art.
Published 3 months ago by Rudy Gardea
5.0 out of 5 stars Every designer should have this book!
As a design/artist, this is without a question a must have book, especially if you're like me and prefer working with vectors. Great book worth every penny.
Published 3 months ago by Leke Fonge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic comprehensive guide to show you how to up your game with vector artwork. Excellent bonus DVD that works you through the process of vectorising images.
Published 3 months ago by scott cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for the graphic artist.
If you are getting into vector drawing or looking to improve your technique this book is a must have. It was very clear and easy to follow.
Published 5 months ago by Mark
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