Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum

Paint a Character

Apps Used: Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop

Now that you've created your own custom Illustrator brushes, let's use them to create something wonderful. Paint a character in Illustrator using a variety of brushes and techniques.

This is a summative assignment

It evaluates your mastery of the skills in this instructional unit. This assignment contributes to your final grade in the course. You will earn a letter grade.

Your Grading System


Your Assignment

You will draw a character and render it using your own custom brushes in Illustrator.

The first step in starting your final assignment is to decide what you’re going to draw. You have the choice of character faces. It can be human or animal. They should be very distinctive. These are a few ideas:

Create a simple pencil sketch of your concept. You can actually scan it, then place it in Illustrator to trace it. This will be the base of your final illustration.

Examples of characters students have painted in Illustrator. Left: Chelle Lorenzen, 2016. Right: Dom Richichi, 2016

Scope of Work

These files are quite demanding in Illustrator. You’ll want to create a beautiful, polished piece. On the flip-side, you don’t want it to be too detailed. You’ll need to create a simple, basic sketch, then go to town on the layering of the strokes. The stokes alone will make your file complex enough.

Protect Your Files

Painting with such complex brushes is very demanding on Illustrator. These are some tips to make sure you don’t lose any work.

This way, if ever your file gets corrupted, you can revert back to the previous version. You won’t lose all of your work.

What you'll submit:


Once you've completed your work, save and close each document. Rename the provided assignment folder as LastName-FirstName-Group-Nº-Assignment-Name. So,

Appleseed-Johnny-1-Paint a Character

Right-click, then choose Compress... to create a zip file for submission. So...

Paradis-Alain-1-Paint a

The zip file is what you submit.

Failure to submit your files as directed will incur a proportional loss of points. If your file/folder is not named with your name, you will earn a zero. Why?