xv, 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
The letter A in "basic" in title is in the shape of a pen quil.
Bézier curves: a brief history : Fear of math ; Who created Bézier curves? ; What is a Bézier curve? ; Design drills: Behind the vector curtain -- Your creative armament : A love-hate relationship ; Core tools for vector building ; Customize your environment ; Stop re-creating the wheel ; Design drills: Deconstructing design -- Analog methods in a digital age : Don't be a tooler ; I get paid to draw ; Concepts and ideas ; Analog tools ; The lost art of thumbnailing ; Refine your drawing ; Systematic and creative ; Design drills: Essential nonsense -- Getting to the points : The good anchor point and path ; The bad anchor point and path ; The ugly anchor point and path ; A scrutinizing eye ; A good example ; Design drills: Vector skeletons -- Shape surveillance : The clockwork method ; Prime point placement ; Deconstructing a vector monster ; Progressive improvements ; Design drills: Spotting clocks -- Vector build methods : Point-by-point method ; Shape-building method ; VectorScribe plug-in ; E pluribus buildum ; Symmetry is your friend ; A healthy creative process ; Design drills: Fast and easy -- Style appropriate : Design chameleons ; Design drills: Use it or lose it -- Art directing yourself : Fresh eyes effect ; Your inner art director ; Avoid visual tension ; Full-tilt creative boogie ; Design drills: Hop to it -- Basic coloring and detailing : How light affects color ; Hierarchy of color and detail ; Building highlights and shadows ; Using gradient blends and blend modes ; Deep shadows and hot spots ; Spot detailing with radial gradients and layering ; Inner and outer glow and gaussian blur effects ; Design drills: Using effects in illustrative detailing -- Good creative habits : Doodle binders ; Layers are your friends ; Colors and file naming ; Last, but not least ; Design drills : Top-eight list.