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Lesson 3

3. Organizing Your Assets

  • instructor

- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice

- Maciej Kuciara

  • apprentice
  • learn squared

- Stylow .

Here is where we will begin turning our sketches into digital imagery. Ash will show you how to set up grids and layout guides in a file of design assets to keep your work organized. We will then take our thumbnails from Lesson 1 and learn to interpret them as rough digital concepts.




1. Get familiar with Adobe Illustrator

2. Create 20 basic rough shape sketches

3. Build a library of 30 - 40 vector assets

Student Gallery

Had a lot of fun with this lesson! While developing the assets and trying to find a cool visual language, I noticed that a lot of the smaller components reminded me of Asian characters. Being of Vietnamese descent, and wanting to discover more about my roots, I decided to use Chữ Nôm characters (the Chinese-derived alphabet used in Vietnam before French colonisation) as a base for my explorations and then expanding from there. Let me know what you think!

20 Thumbnail sketches

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- Volen CK

My first stab at organizing my assets sketching rough shapes.

Building and playing with assets. Putting to the test the tool brush, which until now did not know. Good feelings, wanting to continue

I tried my best to keep this simple and use brushes as much as I could. I have never used Illustrator before so it was a lot of fun getting familiar with the software and applying this technique on designing assets. I definitely have found a new tool that I will be using a bunch in the future. Side note: There were a couple weird shapes I began creating accidentally that I rolled with because I thought they resembled a flock of sparrows.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D Studio R16
Optional Software: 
Font Explorer, Mind Node, InDesign, Bridge 2015

So much fun playing with the pattern brush!
The bottom left shape was the orignal pattern that makes up the rest.

Vitaly Bulgarov is extremely good at this, tho he has been a 3d person for a long time but he is extremely good at this, can't find better word to express my respect for him.

I remember that David Carson story, so genius, he became an idol to me after that! :) I think it was also in "Helvetica" movie.