( New Content + Upcoming Curriculum ) If you are a fan of our YouTube channel and the longer format step by step tutorials, this is where the new content is being published. This year we are hitting new topics that focus on the full workflow from drawing, design and starting from a photo. Below is our Recording Schedule, Upcoming Curriculum and Learning Targets for the rest of the year.
The Linear Workflow is a Teaching Structure and a way for you to Learn and Apply the information in a logical sequence. This is a straight forward approach to building and allows you to learn in a short amount of time.
APPLY IN WORKFLOW
Premium Plus is our Active Learning Course Content (step by steps) that follows along to our Linear Workflow Model. The goal is to be applying what you have learned.
CREATE YOUR OWN
Our goal for this year is to bridge the gap from following a tutorial to having a structure, framework and thought process in place to create your own.
LINEAR WORKFLOW MODEL
( Structure + Framework ) The idea behind the Linear Workflow is to give you a very basic structure that you can build all of your designs. This is a very practical way of teaching the program which allows us to focus on the major building blocks, decision making and tool options as we go through each step of the design or building process.
Our Linear Model is easy to understand for beginners to master the basics, but also flexible enough as you get more advanced.
Once we break down each step into a logical sequence, a lot of the decision making is already done for us which makes it very easy to understand and implement.
Challenges + Workflows are broken down into shorter videos which allows for more problem solving and explanation during each step.
Enhancing Learner Retention
( Nerd Alert ) The major flaw is people are trying to learn from tip videos on the internet. Tips Videos are around 15% retention which is great if you already have the other 85%. We will follow some basic Instructional Learning Systems which are based around teaching principles.
LEARN NEW TOPIC
Premium Plus is for those of you who like “Learning by Doing.” This is all Teaching 101, the more you apply what you just learned the more you will remember it.
When we say Active Learning, this is just a nicer way of saying Force Learner Participation. When you immediately apply the information and repeat the skill your retention moves up to 85-100%.
The more you do the more comfortable and faster you get within the program. We have various Growth Models and more Open Design formats as you advance through your learning.
( Drawing + Design Focus ) The goal is to first just learn the program and then advance your skill sets. The new curriculum will focus from a Photo or a Design to start developing a complete workflow.
For the upcoming year and new content, our Pro Series will focus on a lot of the more popular design solutions. We have already started with our Type and Text Effect Logos, and we will continue with Badge, Banners and Logo Designs.
The main goal as we are going through the Step by Steps together is to transition to your own Projects and Designs. The Portfolio Builders will have a little more of an Open Design format where you can insert your own work to follow along.
START FROM PHOTO
The next phase of learning is to transition to your own artwork starting from your own drawing or trace from the photo. This is a little more challenging and will have you making more design decisions on your own.
LEARN + APPLY + CREATE
( Even More Nerd Stuff ) The goal of the Growth Models, Classroom Series and Pro Series is to fill in the gap from Applying or following a tutorial to evaluating a design to give yourself a solution as it applies to your own artwork. This is literally Teaching 101 and Bloom’s Taxonomy to make sure we are covering more thought process and decision making in our step by steps. So the goal is to advance you to more advanced thinking and application so you don’t have to ask me how do I build this?
WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES
Our Classroom series and Pro Series and spending much more time on the Prepping for Illustrator Phase of the Workflow. One of the best ways is to start from your own drawing, sketch or trace.
We are going to also give the non-drawers a little assistance with more design breakdowns to analyze and evaluate a design solution using the workflow.
The goal is to shorten the gap in learning when moving to create your own artwork. The more time and tutorials you go through more confident you will be as you convert to your own artwork.
FOCUS: For the Holiday Challenges and Workflows we will be continuing our Tablet Tutorials. We will be doing mostly the Pencil Tool for it’s flexibility and ease of use for beginners.
Tablet Tutorials are a great time to practice on your own Tablet to test out Pressure and more importantly how sensitive it is as you are drawing. Pay attention to extra points and control as you are drawing.
GROWTH MODEL: If you are looking to advance your learning for this month, look for keyboard shortcuts and how fast you can go without adding to many stray points.
LEARN: BLOB BRUSH
The fist Classroom Series came off of the popularity of the Blue Hippo using the Blob Brush. There is a lot of interest in Tutorials using the Wacom Tablet which is our focus during the first two series.
Blob Brush is different than some of our other drawing methods since it is an expanded drawing approach. This is great for efficiency by combining multiple steps together in our workflow.
WHY BLOB BRUSH?
Blob Brush is ideal for cartoonist and illustrators who have heavy line based drawings. The Blob Brush is my preferred method of using the Tablet along with Pressure Settings and Brushes.
LEARN: PENCIL TOOL
Pencil Tool is actually my preferred method of teaching a new user to Adobe Illustrator while using their Tablet. It is very user friendly since it has a two-step approach to adding variation with Brushes.
I love workflows that start out with the direction “just trace it.” Marker Test: if I hand you a marker and said to trace your drawing in Illustrator? That is going to be a very similar process to using the Pencil Tool.
This is the most basic or straightforward workflow in Adobe Illustrator. If you want a workflow that combines ease of use and professional results, I would consider suing the Pencil Tool on your next project.
LEARN: TEXT EFFECTS
I like going through non-drawing based units for those of you who are not into all these cartoons. We will focus a lot on the Appearance Panel since our build step is quite short, it allows us to add on multiple effects to the design.
The goal is to show how to combine multiple effects in the Appearance Panel so you can get some nice professional results. We will use Type Tool and Pen Tool for this Workflow. I like using Fonts so you can change my words.
FONT vs. PEN TOOL
It is a little bit of a buzz-kill when you find out most lettering is done with the Pen Tool. We will go back and forth so you can see how easy it is to build lettering using the Pen Tool.
Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I really love your channel, thanx for your tutorial really helpful 🙂 Sara Abdalla • 1 year ago
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Such a cool drawing ! My favorite in this series !!!! Espermaschine • 1 year ago
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It’s great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn’t know were available! It’s also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I’m on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I’ve picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Great job Jason, you make it look so easy. And it actually was. Thumbs up!Little Richard • 5 months ago
That was a fun tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a detailed, easy to follow tutorial! Daniel Huckabay • 1 year ago
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I’m just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason…was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I’m so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs • 1 year ago
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you’ve got a passion for what you’re doing and that’s just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you’re doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro