Week 15: Create a Retro Style Surf Poster

Create a retro style illustrated surf poster or postcard, with faded colour palette and texture.

Beginner

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Create a surf poster in Illustrator, sourcing images to trace for the background and surfer. Create custom brushes to illustrate water and sky details. Use layers for different areas of the image.

Intermediate

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Create a surf poster in Illustrator, sourcing images to trace for the background and surfer. Create custom brushes to illustrate water and sky details. Use layers for different areas of the image. Open poster in Photoshop and add grain/grunge texture.

Advanced

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Create a series of surf posters/postcards in Illustrator, sourcing images to trace for the backgrounds and surfers. Create custom brushes to illustrate water and sky details. Use layers for different areas of the images. Open posters/postcards in Photoshop and add grain/grunge texture.

Time Allocated

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60 Minutes for Beginner: Create a scene, trace image and illustrate with Illustrator pen tool, layers and brushes. 75 Minutes for intermediate: Create a scene, trace image and illustrate with Illustrator pen tool, layers and brushes. Use Photoshop to add texture. 90-360 Minutes for advanced: Create scene, trace images to create a series of 3 posters/postcards and illustrate with Illustrator pen tool, layers and brushes. Use Photoshop or illustrator to add texture.

Design Goals

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Create a retro style illustrated surf poster or postcard, with faded colour palette and texture.

Constraints

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Create the scene and trace images in Illustrator and then use Illustrator custom brushes to illustrate details. Use Photoshop effects to add a grain.

Resources

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Software

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  • illustrator
    Adobe Illustrator

    Layers

  • other-software
    Other

    Adobe After Effects

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