content in brief
• visual research
• contour line drawing
• hand-graphic drawing
• computer-graphic drawing
• three-dimensional sculpting

basic, intermediate

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line icons by kimberly elam

icon design is a complex activity that involves the merging of the representational and the stylized. this project details a focused methodology in creating an icon with a single continuous line. this line fluidly describes the object silhouette as well as possible interior features, details, and surfaces. the methodology guides the student through a design process with optimal opportunities for both creativity and success.

table of contents
project description
project goals and objectives
essential skills
project books, materials, tools, software
project elements & assessment
assessment elements
selecting the subject
determining the creature essence
selecting the pose
visual research & creating a template
continuous line drawing tracing drawing
critique of drawing
student work results

hand-graphic materials & tools:
tracing paper, 8.5” x 11”
pencils & eraser
wire, gauge and length is dependent on project solution
wire cutter
needle nose pliers
wooden base, approximately 3” x 6”
drill & bits or hammer & nails
access to photocopier
optional - set of french curves, triangles & t-square

computer-graphic tools & software
• computer with internet connection
• portable file storage disk or drive
• scanner & scanning software
• digital manipulation software
• vector drawing software
• printer
• digital camera

author information
kimberly elam is the chair of the graphic + interactive communication department at the ringling school of art and design, sarasota, florida. she is the author of "expressive typography, word as image," van nostrand reinhold, 1990, "geometry of design, studies in proportion and composition," princeton architectural press, 2001, "grid systems, principles of organizing type," princeton architectural press, 2004, "typographic systems," princeton architectural press, 2006, “paper food” ebook, at lulu.com. she has lectured and conducted workshops at numerous institutions.

email: kelam@studioresourceinc.com


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