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

Sugar Skull

Apps Used: Adobe Illustrator

Use the Illustrator skills you've learned to date to draw a sugar skull.

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

Create a letter, portrait page.

On it, you will draw an original sugar skull design using the tools we’ve learned in Illustrator to date. For those of you who don’t know what a Sugar Skull is, these are they:


We’ll go beyond what we see here. We’ll want to make use of:

In short, you’ll draw this freehand in Illustrator so it has a very organic look. Yours will be in colour. Note the symmetry they all share.

Feel free to use the Appearance panel and transforms to create and maintain symmetry. Make sure to not expand effects.

Usually, we want all paths to be closed. In this case, there are some circumstances when they won’t be.


When you use the Pencil tool or the Curvature tool, you may leave paths open, then apply a variable-width stroke to create a shape.

Once you’re done, make sure your document is properly named. If you have artwork on the pasteboard, make sure to save it on a hidden layer called Scraps.

What you'll submit:


Make sure your document is named properly:


Check that there are no placed images in your Links panel. Lastly, go Type > Fine Font.... Make sure the only fonts there are from Adobe Fonts. If there are others, get rid of them.

Now, you're ready to save your file and package it. Go File > Package... and follow the prompts. You'll submit the folder named