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Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork 1st Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321749596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321749598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Sgt. Glitschka made a man of me. A lean, mean vector machine. I was a ninety pound weakling until I enlisted in the AI Army. A few weeks at Bezier bootcamp in the platoon of Sgt Clock (method) and I am now ready to take on the world of vector art. The training was rough and tough; every day up at dawn for shape building, 20 miles of hiking paths, pulling handles until your cursors ached and marching ants til sunset. It would all pay off, turning soft, flabby shapes into elegant, masterpieces of design with Proper Point Placement. I started out a raw recruit and Sgt. Von whipped me into a special force's veteran of vectors.

So listen up ladies; would you like to create well-formed shapes for logos and illustrations? Or do you want to turn out designs that leave the viewer asking, "what the heck is this FUBAR stuff?" If you're ready to sign up with a proven leader of creative process and design engineering then march down to your local recruiting center/bookstore and be all the designer you can be. Be one of the few, the proud, the Vector Marines! Hooah!
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