In my post about the Creating and Identity class, I mentioned that I have taken two other classes from Nicole's Classes. I wanted to take the Identity class because I really want to start my own business and I thought this class would be super helpful (and it was!), however one of the suggested prerequisites was Illustrator 101, so I signed up for that class first.
I scoured Craigslist and was able to purchase a copy of CS5 (CS6 doesn't work on my macbook) from a graduating graphic design student. I was excited to start using Illustrator, but I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Honestly, I didn't even know what the program was capable of, but now I am super excited about the possibilities of using this for all kinds of things personally and for my future business.
The class is taught by the wonderful Alma Loveland. She is a wiz at Illustrator and her class was a lot of work, but I seriously learned SOOOO much. I want to keep trying new things and practicing so I don't forget all the cool things that I learned to do with Illustrator.
For the first two assignments we were to use a quote to make a poster. I tried to remember everything I learned from her Typography class and I made these two quote posters.
For my final homework assignment, I put together everything I learned in the class and made this invite as a sample for my friend that owns a dog hotel. Disclaimer: there are NO dog socials going on at The Highland Dog right now. It was just something we had talked about, so I used it as inspiration for this invite. I love how it turned out, especially the dog. He was a challenge, but it was great practice tracing and using the pen tool. Alma suggested I add something orange into the dog image and I think she's spot on. I'd like to go back and add maybe an orange collar, but that's for later if we ever use the invite.