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Instructor: Chrono Ho
Class time and location: R 6:00p.m - 9:20 p.m. | AB133

Class Description

This course will focus on; Digital Illustration techniques. Demonstration, projects and exercises will introduce students to vector based computer illustration. Students will learn techniques in applying the industry’s most utilized software. Vector based drawing techniques learned in GD141 may be later applied to a wide range of competitive software packages.

Open Lab Hours

Click HERE for the open lab schedule.

Class Material

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Project grading New item!

I will evaluate your project based on the following aspects:
Process Notebook 35%
  • Justification of your decisions
  • Brainstorming
  • Sketch
  • Color theme
  • Type/Font choice
  • Other supporting doc
  • Esthetics of the concept -10%
Single Fruit/Disected view 25%
  • Realism
  • Lighting accurrancy
  • Detail
  • composition
Fruit Label 20%
  • Composition
  • Theme
  • Use of color
  • Use of font
  • Concept execution
Fruit in crate 10%
  • Composition
  • Background treatment
  • Lighting accurrancy
  • Realism
Organization of the overall project (including labeling of process notenook, and labeling and organization of layers for your artwork) 5%
Attention to detail 5%
Total 100%

Project grading New item!

I will evaluate your portfolio piece (Project 3) based on the following aspects:
Process Notebook 45%
  • Summary of the objectives of the artwork 1/2 page - 1page.
  • Justification of every decision you make for the concept & design  5%
  • Brainstorming
  • Sketch
  • Character consideration
  • Color consideration
  • Precomposition
  • Demostration of progression of different stages of development 10%
  • Esthetics of the FINAL concept -5%
Execution 45%
  • Type Designs
  • Character Expressions
  • Overall Composition
  • Environment/Background Design
  • Lighting accurrancy
  • effectiveness of storytelling with your artwork to achieve the objectives
Organization of the overall project (including labeling of process notenook, and labeling and organization of layers for your artwork) 5%
Craftmanship/Attention to detail 5%
Total 100%


Assignment highlights Updated May 17, 2013
  • Bonus exercise is now due on May 20. For those who took pictures for it in the class, you can download the files here:
  • Thanh: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Kie: 1 2
  • Pyait: 1
Assignment highlights Updated April 25, 2013
  • Reminder: The Portfolio Piece (project No.3) is due in the beginning of May 9 class.
  • If you'd like me to re-grade the previous projects, please submit the files no later than May 9. Again, you earn up to 10 points for each project depending on how much improvements you make over the final artwork. The written summary regarding the following points is also required: 1) What did you think about the outcome of the final artwork? 2) What didn't you like about it 3)What could be done to improve it? 4) What did you do to improve it 5) Show a screenshot of the "Before and After" comparsion of the previous and new iterations.
  • The bonus execise for self portrait is due May 13. You earn up to 5 points toward final grade for submission and good work.
Assignment highlights Updated March 19, 2013
  • Please make substantial progress for your play card design before our class on March 28.  Prepare to ask any questions you may have.
  • Reminder: Play card project is due in the beginning of April 4 class.
  • Production Tips: 1. You should complete your concept (creative process), 2.master your pre-composition (in Photoshop) and then 3. bring in the pre-comp as reference image for outlining/coloring in Illustrator.
  • Good luck, and have a nice spring break!
Assignment highlights Updated March 12, 2013
  • Review for the Process Notebook is due March 14. Please make substantial progress for it in terms of brainstorming, thumbing, roughs and color comping. you will have a chance to talk about your ideas in front of the class.
  • Reminder: Play card project is due in the beginning of April 4 class.
  • Mid Term grade is due March 13. Please hand in Project 1 if you haven't done so or you will lose that grade completely.
  • Facial study execise is due March 28. We will review this during the Mar. 14 class.
Assignment highlights Updated Feb 21, 2013
  • Reminder: Project 1 process notebook and illustrator artwork are due Feb. 28. I will unlock the classroom at 5pm if you need to work on the last minute business.)
  • Please turn in your process notebook (in pdf format), Artwork ( 3 ai files: a) Single Fruit, b) Fruit label, c) Fruit in crate) in the beginning of class.
Assignment highlights Updated Feb 14, 2013
  • Complete your fruit label if possible (including your single fruit, the label theme, and the branding).
  • Work on your process notebook (complete as much as you can) and bring it to the class for review. For guidelines please refer to the process notebook requirements. See example at Process Note Example (18MB. May take some time to load).
  • Come up with a historial figure as a suggstion for Project 2 subjects. Make sure that you can give a brief introduction about the subject in class.

We will work on the composition of "fruits in crate" piece during the lab time. Reminder: Project 1 Process Notebook and illustrator artworks are due Feb. 28.

Assignment highlights Updated Feb 7, 2013
  • Continue working on your concept drawings of fruit label (If you have not done so.)
  • Research about the color schemes and typography you want to apply to your label design. Organized and document your research, thoughts and ideas in your process notebook.
  • "Single fruit/dissected view" portion should be finished before you walk into the classroom.
  • Start researching for references and tracing the fruit crate and all objects you need for the label theme, based on your concept drawings.

You will learn how to create, modify, and color your types for the label, and clone the fruit and incorporate them to the crate during our next class.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Contact Information

Payne Hall Room 315A
Office Hour:
Friday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.