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Look What We Can Do…In Computer Illustration

Hello again everyone! It’s that time of week again, the time where we show you what is going on in the communication design major at Schreiner University! Yay!

This week, we are showing you what was going on in our Computer Illustration class. In this class, students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator. Throughout the class they learn about the different tools such as the pen tool, swatches, and  the perspective tool. One thing that the class spends a while going over is something called the Gradient Mesh Tool. The gradient mesh tool is used for a more realistic 3-dimensional illustration. Because the designer may encounter having to use this at one point in their career, Ms. Campbell, the professor in this class, has the students use the tool.

When we asked Ms. Campbell why she assigns this every semester when she teaches the class, she replied,” It’s to get student to think in a 3D perspective when they use illustrator. When we illustrate in illustrator, it doesn’t really allow us to go past 2D unless we use the gradient mesh. By using the gradient mesh, students are able to capture the highlights and the low lights and the body of the image they chose to use the gradient mesh for.”

Students in this class were given three weeks to work on the gradient mesh, and most of the projects came out fantastic. Here are some examples of the gradient meshes students did in the class:

The first gradient mesh was by Erinn Stippich, the next mesh is by Cassie Campbell, the third is by Hannah Peale, and the last is by Elena Guerra. These meshes took everyone a long time to complete, and I’m sure by the end of the class, they all wanted to pull their hair out, but these meshes came out pretty good.

That’s all for today! Check back next Tuesday for another Look What We Can Do… and check in this week for another Look What We Can Do: Senior Edition!

Ciao~!

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