Zine Making: Drawings to Digital Illustrations

Make a zine using hand drawn illustration, adobe photoshop, illustrator and risoprint!



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2 hours Class size 1 to 4 label $50 or 4 payments of $12.50 Afterpay

The line between digital and physical is a beautiful blur of tactile mess and technology.

In this live online class, we will look at how to capture physical hand-drawn creations and transform them into digital illustrations using your phone camera and the Adobe Suite.

You will learn how to create a library of digital assets that can be used to make a risoprint zine or poster.

The class will cover
- physical basic black and white illustration using paper and pen
- capturing drawings using your smartphone camera
- converting analogue hand-drawn graphics to vector digital illustrations in adobe
- manipulating vector graphics
- setting up your design for export to risoprint

Anyone who takes this class will be able to print with our partner studio, Pinch Press, a specialist Riso printing studio based in Alexandria, Sydney.

Prerequisite to the class, you will need the Adobe Creative Cloud suite installed on your computer and have Adobe Photoshop and illustrator ready to use. Please note, this is not an introduction class to Adobe, you will need to have a basic familiarity with the products.

You can install the above software packaged free, for a 30-day trial, or you will need to have a subscription already setup. If you're a student, you may be eligible to use the adobe suite for free using your university email address. Check with your education provider.

For this class, you will also need a smartphone camera, and a method to transfer the photos from your phone to your computer. You can do this in a number of ways including:
- email
- messaging yourself
- usb cable transfer
- Mac airdrop
Please ensure you know how to transfer photos from your phone to your computer before we start the class.

Knowledge Required
Basic use of a computers, the adobe suite and your smart phone camera.
What to bring
- A laptop or computer with the adobe suite (30-day trial, student license or commercial license)
- A smartphone with a camera and a method to transfer the photos to your computer
- Art paper and black felt tip pens of varying thickness
Your teacher

Visual Artists

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Pitok (John) is a visual artist based in Sydney’s inner west. Having graduated from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA), he has worked as a visual designer and art director commercially for the last 15 years. More recently he has been creating personal painted works using the medium gouache.

Pitok’s lurid still life scenes bring together disparate ideas of personal culture and identity. Drawing from the traditions of Australian modernist painters and Japanese wood block prints, his works explore the notions of ones personal connection to time and place and how this can be both constructed and lost.

Pitok utilises still life scenes, as a means of enshrining personal objects of devotion, focusing on items that reluctantly cannot be disposed of. These objects become totems that tie us to a time and place. A memory, a person, an experience, a gesture, often something we cannot return to that has passed. These still life scenes represent the spaces we construct around us to reinforce a sense of identity and belonging.

In the last few years, having packed up two set’s of grandparents homes, pitok has been on a personal journey processing these individual’s lifetime of collected totems. What wisdom can be passed down or observed from these curated spaces. While the world moves at a fast consumer pace, why do we still long to collect items that have connection beyond the quick lifecycle of production and disposal.

Pitok’s also looks at the construct of personal identity. Having lived in Japan and then returning to Australia, his works explore the masculine identity. How is it defined and how can it be expressed. Looking at it this intersection of cultural definition provides both a sense of conflict and insight.

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