FIDM Winter 2013 Quarter Schoolwork Update: Computer Graphics

Happy Tuesday! I have been meaning to get this school update posted since last Thursday (after Part 1 and Part 2) but some insanely exciting stuff has been happening around here over the past few days! I am more than pumped to share the news with you later in the week (patience, my darlings!) but in the meantime, I want to share a few more school projects with you from my computer graphics class.

While I already know Photoshop pretty well, before the start of last quarter, I could not say the same thing about Illustrator, a vector-based program. Although the class used a bit of basic Photoshop, it mainly focused on using Illustrator to create presentations and layouts. One of our first assignments was to recreate a page from a magazine. Here is the original page from House Beautiful:

ComputerGraphics1_2And below is my recreated version in Illustrator. We had to do everything from finding similar fonts, creating the lines and shapes, and even adding the smallest details like drop-shadows and font textures. PrintAnother fun (but time-consuming) assignment started with a photo from a magazine (thanks again, House Beautiful! P.S. This kitchen is designed by Chris Barrett for her personal home in Brentwood, CA. It is one of the few house tours I have ever seen that has multiple rooms that are practically perfect reflections of my taste! I could move right in… this woman is my kind of designer.).ComputerGraphics1_3Next, we used the Illustrator pen tool to trace the room and create vector paths that formed a line drawing of the room. ComputerGraphics1_4When I made the picture in the background invisible, I was left with a line drawing of the space! How cool is that!? I was able to later use this technique for another class. :) ComputerGraphics1_5The fun part is that, since the lines are vector-based, I can play with brushes to change the look of the drawing. ComputerGraphics1_6Our final project in this class was a group project (I worked with the beautiful and talented Michaela from Michaela Noelle Designs, as well as another awesome classmate). We were to use Illustrator to create a 5 page design presentation that included a perspective rendering, elevations, a floorplan, inspiration photos, fixtures, accessories, and furnishings. We designed the entry and living room for a large home in Savannah, Georgia.ComputerFinalProject-1 ComputerFinalProject-2 ComputerFinalProject-3 ComputerFinalProject-4 ComputerFinalProject-5The rest of the assignments in the class were exercises to learn the program and aren’t very interesting to look at out of the context of the class… so I won’t bore you with any more!

I have one more school update for you and then we will be all caught up (just in time for school to start again on Thursday). It’s about time… I have a million other things that I am excited to blog about! So stay tuned. :)



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13 Responses to "FIDM Winter 2013 Quarter Schoolwork Update: Computer Graphics"

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  1. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    April 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    That kitchen line drawing is beautiful! We didn’t learn Illustrator but it sounds like a fun program! May have to look into that. Thanks for sharing : )

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    • Erika

      April 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Christine! It is an interesting program and nice for making layouts. But I am still a Photoshop girl! :)

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  2. Ainhoa@ALittleBite

    April 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Wow this is awesome! What program/degree are you studying exactly?

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    • Ainhoa@ALittleBite

      April 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Never mind, I just googled FIDM (duh). It looks great, very interesting & inspiring!

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      • Erika

        April 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Thanks so much Ainhoa!

        P.S. Your blog looks amazing! I have added it to my reader! :)

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  3. Ash @ HumberHomeProject

    April 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I would have way too much fun with that line drawing stuff! It all looks amazing, Erika. You’ve seriously got some mad talent. I can’t wait until you’re a big shot designer with your own show on HGTV and all of us can be like “we knew her back when she was just a little blogger and started school!” haha ;)

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    • Erika

      April 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Awwwwww that is like the sweetest (and the most awesome) compliment I have ever gotten! Also, that is my dream job… HGTV host haha! :)

      But seriously, thank you so much! I am beyond flattered! :)

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  4. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    April 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

    This is all so interesting – and I love the Illustrator image you made!

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    • Erika

      April 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much Kristen! :)

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  5. Melanie

    April 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    That line drawing is crazy awesome! And I 100% agree with Ashley. Get ready HGTV!

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    • Erika

      April 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thanks so much! Hahahaha you are too sweet! I would be in heaven! :)

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