Emoji Project

Finish working on either your 2 emoji masterstudies or a tutorial of your choice. We will be posting these to our blogs. When you finish, you may begin gathering reference images for your own 2 created emojis. Your finished emojis should have a highlight and shadow area and/or a gradient and visually “fit” with existing emojis. Do not copy an existing icon/emoji.

Your Emojis might include a drop shadow (Effect > Stylize > Drop > Shadow) or a stroke color. You might use the ellipse/rectangle tool, gradient, pathfinder tool (Window > Pathfinder), Eraser tool, various effects (Effect > Warp, etc.), Reflect (Object > Transform > Reflect), eyedropper tool.


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yellow autumn oak leaf over the white background

yellow autumn oak leaf over the white background


Vector illustration - butterfly icon set

Vector illustration – butterfly icon set

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Emoji Master Study

Good morning! Today we will finish working on your chosen tutorials & post the JPEG image to your blog (File>Export>JPEG). Then, start the first part of our Emoji project: an Emoji “master study”.

Master Study: Browse images of Emojis and pick one to try and create using shapes, gradients, lower opacities, Effect > Blur, Pathfinder tool (unit or minus front), gradient mesh, and any other tool you can think of:

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These tutorials and master studies prepare us for when we create our own 2 emoji designs:





Good morning!

  1. If you have not yet, upload your completed posters to your blog (Directions here: https://rooseveltgraphicarts.wordpress.com/your-blog/minimal-movie-post/)
  2. Compete Lesson 1 (do not do CNN logo) and Lesson 2 on the same Illustrator document. Save this so I am able to check it for points. Lesson 1: https://rooseveltgraphicarts.wordpress.com/tutorials/lesson-1/ Lesson 2: https://rooseveltgraphicarts.wordpress.com/tutorials/lesson-2/
  3. Choose a tutorial  (or hover over the Tutorials tab) to complete. Follow along step by step.   https://rooseveltgraphicarts.wordpress.com/inspiration/                    If you are not interested in the ones on the blog, browse for your own:https://design.tutsplus.com/categories/adobe-illustrator

Welcome Back!

You will need a gradient and/or shadow on each of your 3 Minimal posters. Try to keep both textures and gradients subtle.

Complete the Gradient Practice document found in the folder: Shared > Students > Fine Art > Lessons 6-10 > 08Gradients. You can also watch the Gradient Tutorial below.

Make sure to watch the Texture tutorial on Opacity Masks. I have saved textures you can use in the folder: Shared > Students > Fine Art > Lessons 6-10 > Textures. Select a texture you like and Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste on your Minimal Poster.

Texture Tutorial

Gradient Tutorial

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Welcome Back!

When you are finished with your Mr. Potato Head project, Follow the instructions below to upload your image to your blog:

1. Hide your reference image.

2. Unlock all layers.

3. Make a selection of every piece.

4. Hold down shift while increasing the size.

5. Resize your art board to fit your image.

6. File > Export > JPEG

7. Color Model: RGB and Quality: 10 Maximum 



When you are finished with Mr. Potato Head and uploading it to your blog, you may spend the class period brainstorming, researching, and sketching for our next project: Minimal movie poster.

Outline for Minimal Poster project:

How will you make it your images minimal? Remember, use a photograph as a reference image – do not simply copy an existing minimal poster.

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Good Morning! Today we will continue to work on our Mr. Potato Head project. We will be focused on Shape and Value (highlights and shadow shapes), Pen Tool precision (as limited anchor points as possible), and using Layers efficiently (Ear layer, Ear highlights, Ear shadows, etc.).

You will need to complete at least 10″pieces” with base colors, highlights, and shadow layers (take a look at the finished student examples below).

If you are finished, you can either add more pieces to Mr. Potato head, find your own reference image online to make vector, or continue with our line practices.


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Mr. Potato Head Practice

Good Morning! Today we will post our choice line practices to our blog and start our Mr. Potato Head practice. We will be focused on Shape and Value (highlights and shadow shapes), Pen Tool precision (as limited anchor points as possible), and using Layers efficiently (Ear layer, Ear highlights, Ear shadows, etc.).


Directions for posting line practices to blog:

Open your line practice document.
Hide your reference layer
Resize your artboard if needed Capture.PNG
File > Export and save your file as a JPEG
Log in to your blog and post your these images to your blog.


Directions for Potato head below:

Find the JPEG file Titled “Mr. Potato Head” in the folder:
Shared >Students >Fine Art >Pen Practice.
Drag this image to your home folder.


  1. Open a new Illustrator document.
  2. File> Place the Mr. Potato image on your Artboard.
  3. Name this layer reference image and lock it.
  4. Create a new layer name “Body” and trace the outline of the potato.
  5. Using the Eyedropper tool, fill this shape you made by clicking the potato color.
  6. Lock and hide this layer.
  7. Create a new layer named “Eye and Mustache layer”.
  8. Trace around the white eye shapes and black mustache shape.
  9. Use the Eyedropper tool to fill these shapes.
  10. Lock and hide this layer.
  11. Create a new layer named “Pupil and mustache highlights”.
  12. Continue working this way.



This example has too many anchor points used and not clean shapes: