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Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork 1st Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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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Great book, great advice. Excellent resource for students, I recommend it to all the other graphic design students I've talked to.Published 25 days ago by Shannon M. Baldwin
I wasn't impressed with this book as a beginning graphic design book. Very wordy and not enough examples or instruction. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Azwildbunch
I love this, but kinda made he already came out with a new edition! Would have waited to purchase if I had known.Published 8 months ago by Kiara Primes Too Much