Art is one form of stress reliever that most people (especially young girls) pursue. It’s something that you need to learn and practice. Good thing that Works of Heart, one of the well-known youth-led design company + cause-oriented business + movement launched a series of half-day Art workshops! I’m a personal fan of this organization mainly because of their great designs with a cause. (especially their Inspiration & Type works).
Drawing Board by Works of Heart is a series of Art workshops that aims to inspire and cultivate the inner passion within the hearts of people. Their current topics are (1) Branding + Visual Identity, (2) Lettering + Typography, (3) Basic Adobe Illustrator, (4) Photography, and (5) Design Principles. The whole WOH team structured it in a casual, yet very informative way that will help the students grasp the concept, experience, and practice it easily. They are conducting this in different locations. Their first series was done in Katipunan, and the second one, in Makati. Hopefully, they can also do a series in Alabang for those who are living in the South. So, watch out for their next series via their facebook account.
The moment I’ve heard that they will be conducting the art workshops in Makati, I immediately signed up for Lettering + Typography. Fortunately, they also gave me the opportunity to attend their 2 other workshops (Adobe Ilustrator + Photography) for free! Thanks Works of Heart!
Now, I’ll be sharing with you my learnings about the first art workshop I’ve attended, which is Adobe Illustrator. I have basic knowhow on how to use this application and been using it mainly for the creative titles for my blog post. I also like it better than Photoshop since it produces a vector which is sharper .
Our 2 instructors for the session are Joreen Navarro (aka Jors) , and Jeki Ona (aka Jeki). Both of them have very youthful and fun aura – plus you can really feel their passion & expertise about Adobe Illustrator and art when they speak. The class started with a short introduction of all attendees, then immediately proceeded to the discussion.
Jors and Jeki discussed the 4 main components of Adobe Illustrator specifically (1) Artboard, (2) Panels, (3) Control Panel, and (4) Toolbar. We also went through in detail some of the commonly used tools/functions like (a) Shape, (b) Pen, (c) Layers, (d) Pathfinder, (e) Direct Selection & Selection tool.
Of course, I won’t go through everything they have taught us ( you need to experience it yourself to learn and feel the happiness of learning art 😛 ). But overall, I liked how they also gave some tips when creating designs. For example, they told us that shapes can really help you convey the message and personality of your character or illustration- just like how the very fun and energetic Russell from the Disney movie “Up” is so circular in form, while the old and grumpy Mr. Fredricksen is so boxy / rectangular in form.
One more tip that I find very helpful is to remember that “less points is better” (when using the mighty Pen tool). Having less points will make your illustration smoother and cleaner. But of course, it’s a case to case basis, and also depends on the person.
The whole Adobe Illustrator session lasted for exactly 3 hours. The first 2 hours were spent for discussion, and the last hour for a workshop / contest. They asked us to create Mike Wazowski! Of course, all of us felt nervous but challenged at the same time!
During this time, the whole room is so quiet because everyone is so engrossed and focused with what we are doing! And of course, we are all competitive because the winners will get a FILED! laptop bag! Jors and Jeki also roamed around the room to check our works and answer any questions.
After a fun 1 hour, our works were submitted and judged by the Works of Heart team… then 4 winners were announced… and I’m one of ’em! Yehey! Too bad, I wasn’t able to ask someone to take a picture of me during awarding.
Overall, I love the Adobe Illustrator- Drawing Board Workshop by Works of Heart. The 3 hours seemed too short because all of us had fun, plus we learned a lot! To summarize, here are my comments.
- The whole workshop is organized and executed on time.
- The venue, O2 Space Makati (which offers rentable office space), is very nice, – and suits the artsy fartsy feel of the workshop.
- The class size is around 10 attendees only. This is very good since the instructors were able to focus and allot enough time per student during the workshop.
- Also, the instructors are really experts with the topic and has years of experience and that helped them teach us and answer our confusing questions during the workshop.
- We were able to meet the goal of the workshop- which is to learn Adobe Illustrator. Now, I know how to use one of the hardest tools in Illustrator- Pen tool, effectively. I also knew the difference of Direct Selection and Selection tool.
- Some bonus points as well is that each student gets a free kit + snacks ( cute notebook, HodgePodge keychain, Filed Plushie, Faber Castell pen, pencil, and eraser , Jertie’s kitchen cuppies, Bayani Brew drink, and oveflowing coffee from O2 Space), and winners also get a FILED! Laptop Bag.
- Just a tip to Works of Heart team- you can do this more often, or even regularly (i.e. bi-monthly?). It seems like there a lot more creative and artsy fartsy people out there who wants to learn from you!
That’s all! Keep on dreaming and doodling everyone! Watch out for the next Drawing Board by Works of Heart Series!
Drawing Board by Works of Heart Series attended by The Madaldal Kid:
- Adobe Illustrator
- Lettering + Typography
Works of Heart
Flickr photos of the Adobe Illustrator Workshop