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Lesson 4

4. Graphic Design Basics

  • instructor

- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice

- Jama Jurabaev

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  • learn squared

- Florian Aupetit

  • apprentice
  • learn squared

- Tim Zarki

Learn to approach projects which only required graphic design to achieve their creative goal. Using the principles taught in previous lessons, Ash will be creating 4-8 brand new styleframes using only design. You will explore how he creates thumbnails, pulls and organizes references, and utilizes mind maps.



Applying the graphic design principles you've learned, create twelve (12) thumbnail frames for your favorite film, game, or television show.

Extra Credit
Applying the graphic design principles you've learned, create six (6) styleframes for your favorite film, game, or television show using only circles, squares, and triangles.


Student Gallery

Chose AKIRA for two reasons. Firstly because its one of my favourite animated movies. Secondly as a challenge for myself, since its not a style I'm accustomed to.

Not much to look at, and I'm not the greatest quick-sketch artist, but below are the final sketches I will be building off of in the next homework assignment.

For this lesson i wanted to work something out for my all time favorite tv show "The Sopranos".
I tried to focus on strong images and symbols that replicate the heavy contradictions going on in Tonys life, while he´s trying to find a balance between his role as a loving father and family man and his life as a violent mobster and mafia boss.
Another important theme of the series is panic attacks and depression.
I used the ducks flying away from Tony as my last to images, because they are used in the series to portray Tony´s fear of losing control and being alone, which enventually leads to his panic attacks.

AKIRA! It's my favorite anime, so I create a mind map to it and also a quick and simple storyboard, showing the main concepts, like: destruction, blood, death, bikers gangs, experiments and the final explosion with "Akira" (Tetsuo).

A wholistic approach to education.

- Mohammed Thiam

For this lesson, it was a hard choice to do but I finally decided to work on an opening titles for the movie Watchmen. I really like the dark aspect of the comic and this adapted movie by Zack Snyder. How the plot is embedded into a real part of the history (cold war) and how deep are the characters is what get me so hyped in this movie I guess, making it way more than a simple super hero movie all black or white, good against bad.

So i develop my ideas around the characters themselves, trying to illustrate their main features and the relation between them.

I think the hardest part of this exercise was to get away from the actual footage of the movie or the comic, by creating my own shots, without compromising with the graphic universe of the movie, plus showing the characters involvement in the story subtly without spoiling the plot.

For this homework I decided to work on the original Predator (1987) title sequence. I did reference moments from the movie that resonate with me, I'll simplify those frames in order to create simple and graphic visuals applying the Design principals.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Bridge
Optional Software: 
Font Explorer, Mind Node, Adobe InDesign, Cinema 4D Studio R16, Octane Render, Marvelous Designer

for lesson 4's homework, are you looking for 12 frames of thumbnails or fully finished pieces?