Spirograph on Steroids
dekePod Episode 005: This dekePod is all about Adobe Illustrator. Wait, wait, before you photographers and otherwise Photoshop-oriented folks turn away, let me assure you, this video dispels one of the great myths of Illustrator: That you have to be able to draw painfully precise curves with the pen tool to succeed. "Spirograph on Steroids" isn't about drawing artwork, it's about thinking artwork. Here's the official marketing description:
In this episode, Deke makes the startling claim that Illustrator, a complex piece of software that costs hundreds of dollars, is better than an $8 Spirograph. Using nothing but half an ellipse and a few live, editable effects, Deke shows you how to construct something truly extraordinary. "Trust me on this one. Artist, non-artist, proficient with Illustrator, never even heard of the program -- I don't care if you live in Antarctica, you have no access to electricity, you haven't seen sunlight in 45 days -- oh my God, what are you, a penguin? -- you're gonna wanna watch this!"
Two benefits to this video: First, it'll get you thinking outside the box. (I know, folks are always talkin' "outside the box." But I mean it quite literally. We use ellipses.) Second, you'll learn the meaning of the word hypotrochoid. Math is incredibly sexy stuff.
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For way more information on Adobe Illustrator than you ever thought you'd want to know -- until you know it, that is -- check out my full Illustrator One-on-One series from lynda.com. They even got movies from Mordy Golding, whose command of Illustrator + the full Creative Suite is without equal. (No, that's not my impression. That's how it is.)
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