Mr. Potato Head Continued

Good Morning! Today we will continue to work on our Mr. Potato Head practice. You will need at least 10 pieces with shadows & highlights shapes. Make sure you are using Layers to your advantage.

Use the direct Direct Selection tool to double click anchor points to correct lines and clean edges.

potato-head       layers.JPG

If you are finished with your ten pieces, you either: finish other pieces, finish your line artwork from last week, or create a new document and find an image of your choice to make vector. 🙂


Mr. Potato Head

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 Shapes (shapes of different colors), 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:


Welcome Back!


You will create and publish your first blog post today. Find 2 images from the Webquest that best represent the element of Line. Upload your two images to a post and describe the lines in the design. When you are finished, click publish and you may continue to work on the pen tool exercises: 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 or the line project of your choice. 3


There are repeated scribble-like lines surrounding the portrait on the magazine cover. The font also matches these lines. Some lines are black to stand out against the light background and some are white to stand out against the blue floor. 


Line is a dominant element in this album cover design. The lines very in color and direction. The name of the band Iron and Wine is also composed of lines. 

We are going to keep practicing our pen tool skills in Illustrator:

  1. Please Finish exercises 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3. Make sure you are following the steps on the blog post below: (Set fill to none, choose stroke color, Stroke weight at 3pt., Create new layer, etc.). Please show me when you are finished.

  2. When you are finished with the exercises, you may start another image of you choice in the pen tool practice folder: Shared > Students> Fine Art > Pen Tool Practice. When setting up a new document, complete the following steps:

  • Create new document.
  • File > Place the image of you choice
  • Resize holding down shift.
  • Resize Art Board using art board tool if needed.
  • Lock your photo layer.
  • Create new layer and start tracing lines as accurately as you can.

Here are some of the images in the pen practice folder:


Adobe Illustrator Continued

Pen Tool Exercises

Today we will begin the Pen Tool exercises. You can find these in the folder: Shared > Students > Fine Art > Pen Tool Practice. We will work on exercises 5.1, 5.2, 5.3Remember: Complete each exercise 2-3 times (on separate layers) until you have mastered it. Tips: Press “P” to deselect, Edit > Undo if you made a mistake, and Ctrl + to zoom in and Ctrl – to zoom out.

Complete these steps when starting the exercises: 

  1. Set Fill to None.

fill none

2. Select a Stroke color

stroke color

3. Set your Stroke Weight to 3 pt.

3 pt stroke

4. Click the Layer icon on the bottom right panel  layers

5. Click Add New Layer icon create new layer

6. Name the new Layer “Practice 1 or 2”

practice 1

7. Click the Eye icon to hide “Work on this Layer” and make sure the top layer is highlighted before you start working.


Please Remember: these are graded so save to your Home Folder > Graphic Design.

Online Porfolios & Adobe Illustrator Workspace

Good Morning! Today we are going to create our online portfolios, finish collecting various artwork, and familiarize ourselves with the Adobe Illustrator workspace. This is where you will upload your class projects during the semester.

  1. Follow these steps to create yours: Make sure to log in to the email that you used and confirm the email from WordPress.
  2. When you are finished, start browsing different graphic artists to see the ride range of different design styles: . Copy and Paste (Ctrl C, Ctrl V) the name of these graphic artists into google and save at least 10 images that are interesting and beautiful to you. Follow this link and browse through different projects. Right click and save your favorites as the artist’s name who created them:

Mattis Kun:

Viscera Vicarious:

Chloe Choa:

Ben the Illustrator:

Marcelo Oliveira:78d0c716631376.5603ab4544033.png6445f716575694.5603aa5e63046.png

Ivan Filipov:


If you are finished creating your online portfolio and have searched artists saved your favorite work to your Webquest folder in your Graphics folder, you can log into your blog and experiment with different themes and explore the layout of wordpress: your login is your email address and your password is Capital first initial, lower case last name and your ID # (example: Bgaster23482)




Webquest Pt. 1

We will begin our first project today. You can find the outline under the tab: Projects  >  01 Graphic Design Webquest. Save only images that you like are find interesting.

While searching for the various images, use the adjectives: cleaver, awesome, wonderful, beautiful, vintage, inspirational, retro, modern, whimsical, bold, interesting, etc. 


Learning Goal: By the end of class today, you will know where to save your projects to, Capturehow to save images correctly, and get more of a sense of how design dominates the world we live in.