Module 7

Introduce | Learn | Apply

Introduce:

By the end of this module you will have practiced the skills needed to produce layouts for magazines, brochures, web pages and posters. This exercise will prepare you to succeed in GID 52_ Studio 3. You will continue to develop a portfolio of hand drawn exercises and work for GID 61, your Graphic Design portfolio class. For those in the GID program and for those not in the GID program, the skills learned in this module will enhance your ability to communicate with clients and art directors in your chosen design field. It will also help you to sketch in all your art classes such as 2D and 3D design classes and in printmaking, typography design, oil painting watercolor painting and preliminary concept development. ALL artists and designers need to be able to communicate using sketching skills.

Example of a color layout suing simple markers and ruled text. The client can get a good idea of the final layout from this ROUGH.

Example of a color layout suing simple markers and ruled text. The client can get a good idea of the final layout from this ROUGH.

Note the sketched DROP SHADOW on the pages to create a 3D page effect

Prerequisites:

Before beginning this lesson, you should know or be able to do the following.

  • Read and review all information in Chapter 2 of the RAPID VIZ text book. NO reading in CRAIG's BIBLE this week.
  • Use pen, pencil and paper to sketch thumbnails
  • Know when to use a variety of strokes to improve idea sketches as learned in your PORTRAIT assignments.


Here is an image that uses makers and DISPLAY text to create a page layout.

Here is an image that uses makers and DISPLAY text to create a page layout.

Goal(s):

Achieve a level of sophistication in creating thumbnails of graphic design layouts using a pen or pencil.

Objectives:

In this lesson, you will do the following:

  • Review the layout examples in the LEARN section of this module.
  • Find a magazine you'd like to design the page spreads and layouts.
  • Study the style of the magazine layout and think of ways to improve the design.
  • Select 8 pages to recreate layouts for your NEW magazine design using thumbnails sketches.
  • Create 4 larger 1/2 page roughs using pen, pencil, colored pencils and/or gray scale or color markers
  • Turn in the sheet of 8 hand drawn thumbnails 8 thumbnails per page)
  • Turn in the two sheets of four hand drawn roughs (two roughs per page).

This example shows a simple designer color thumbnails in a magazine layout using rough drawn pages.

This example shows a simple designer color thumbnails in a magazine layout using rough drawn pages.

Note the use of simple bright accent colors to give an overall effect.

The student used loose styled notes to add additional information about the layout for the client

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Assignments:

These are the assignments for this lesson:

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Focus questions:

As you work through this lesson, you should keep the following key questions in mind to focus your studies:

  1. Do I know what a hand drawn preliminary thumbnail layout should look like?
  2. Should I use pen or pencil to draw the layouts?
  3. Do I have the skills to draw images in the layouts for the photographs?
  4. Do I need to trace images for a better looking idea sketch if I cannot draw them yet?
  5. Should I use simple gray scale markers to enhance my sketches?
  6. HOw much color should I use to enhance my idea sketches

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What next?

Go on to the Learn section of this lesson. To get there, click the Next button below or the Learn link at the top of the page.

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