ACTIVE LEARNING

GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Getting Started

Welcome to our Getting Started Guide for our Active Learning Curriculum. We will go through a simple process of Downloading your Brushes, Resources and Following Along to our 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules.

Brushes + Resources

Download Brushes and Resources to start going through the Tutorials and Challenges available on the Website or YouTube. When you are done Downloading and Extracting the Folder, go back to the Tutorial on YouTube or the Website.

Workflows + Pro Series

Below we will go through the Learning Targets for all of our New Tool-Based Workflows, Pro Series and how to watch our 100 Full-Length Learning Modules for you to on Teachable

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Active Learning is for those of you who like to “Learn by Doing.” This is really just Teaching 101, but the more you apply what you just learned, the more you will remember it.
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  • How To Start

    1. Download the Brushes and Resource Folder to start going through the Tutorials and Challenges available on the Website or YouTube.

  • Login to Teachable

    2. Login for our Full-Length Active Learning Modules, Tool-Based Workflows, Advanced Content and Challenges.

  • Follow Along

    3. We have 100+ Step by Step Tutorials, Challenges + Workflows including our Pro Series and Portfolio Builders. The idea was to give enough follow along step by steps for a beginner, but leave enough in an open-format as you advance through the tutorials.

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200 ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES

We currently have 17 Brush Libraries that include our 200 Brushes. The link will bring you to the Direct Download for the Brushes. I would recommend watching the How to Install and Save Tutorial to Save your Brushes as User Defined.
  • 200 Illustrator Brushes + Resources

    17 Brush Libraries for you to use in Adobe Illustrator. Follow Along to the Tutorials or use with Your Own Artwork. The folder is designed to assist those of you with your Brushes until you feel you are ready to go with your own artwork.

  • Hand Painted Sets

    Hand Painted + Fine Line Marker Sets to get a lived in feel back into your Vector Art. Hand Painted + Fine Line Marker are actually painted based on some of my favorite artists and cartoonists. These are designed to look ready for the Sunday Paper.

  • Jittery Hand + Cartoon Sets

    Jittery Hand, Caffeinated Cartoonist + Rough Ink to Mimic Paper Bleed and Caffeine. Includes our Cartoon Brushes 1 + 2. Designed to be be a little less stiff with your vector art. These are great to use along with our Texture packs to get a distressed look to your artwork.

200 BRUSHES + RESOURCES

  • Illustrator Brushes

    The Brushes Quick use is the same as above. This is for those of you who are looking for the 200 Brushes, 50 Textures and 50 Resource Folder. I did include some Fun Bonus Challenges in there for you to go through if you aren’t already in the middle of a tutorial.

  • Download Folder

    There is a Direct Download. Remember to Extract All of the Contents. If you are currently working on a Tutorial you can jump back there and follow along to the instructions.

  • Jason Troubleshooting

    This one is a pretty easy one. Just Download the Contents and Go Back to the Tutorial or Challenge that you are watching. The main idea is that you will be following along on this Website or on YouTube.

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LEARNING TARGETS

LEARNING PHASE

The first Phase of the process is just to learn the program within the Linear Workflow Model. If you are still struggling and frustrated in Adobe Illustrator, I would recommend following along with the step by step instruction along with the resources provided.

PRACTICE PHASE

The main goal is to transition into creating your own artwork as quickly as possible. The goal of this phase is to start replacing my resources with your own drawings or sketches. We do have Pre-Workflow and Drawing for Illustrator lessons to follow from your own drawing.

EFFICIENCY MODEL

We have 9-15 Hours within a Tool-Based Workflow. The focus is to go through the Growth Models to hit a level of proficiency to start adding on keyboard shortcuts and some speed into your workflow. This will come with time in the program. Don’t worry about keyboard shortcuts if you are still struggling with navigation.

CREATE YOUR OWN

Once you have completed all of the step by step lessons, I would move directly into creating your own artwork using the same Tool-Based Workflow. The next step in the process is to bring your own artwork through the Text and Shape-Based Design lessons to get completed pieces for your portfolio.

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CURRICULUM GUIDE

Daily Agenda

Each Individual Learning Module aims to be done in under or around an hour in time. You will have plenty of time for the rest of the day to apply the concepts to your Own Artwork or continue with the next Module in the Workflow. There are currently 100 Modules in Premium Plus.

Weekly Schedule

The 1st Week is to go through and Learn the Tool-Based Workflow by following along with the Step by Step Instruction. A good goal for the end of the 1st Week is to aim to use your Own Sketch or Drawing by the end of the Unit or Tool-Based Workflow. Each Unit is between 9-15 Hours.

Pro Series

The 2nd Week is to stay in the same Tool-Based Workflow to Create your Own Artwork using the methods taught for your Portfolio or Professional Work. You can also take this time to run it through the Open-Format Text and Shape-Based Design Modules.
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UNIT BLOCKS

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Pen Tool is the pretty much the primary tool in Adobe Illustrator. Select Pen Tool if you are New or if you need more Control over your Anchors.
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Pencil Tool is one of the easiest ways of learning Adobe Illustrator. Select Pencil Tool if you are New and have a Tablet.
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Blob Brush is our Efficiency Workflow for Line-Based Artwork. Select Brush if you have a Tablet and are looking to add on Pressure.
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As you feel more comfortable in a Workflow, I encourage you to follow along with our Drawing for Illustrator Lessons or start from your own drawing.
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We are hitting up some text and effects this month with the Type and Text Effects. Most of our attention will be in the Appearance Panel and Layering multiple effects on top of each other to get professional results.
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We are hitting up some Badge Logos to start putting all of the components together. We are going to be building out some templates you can use with your own artwork.
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BRUSHES + RESOURCES

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100 FULL-LENGTH LEARNING MODULES

Premium Plus is for those of you looking to follow along to our 100 Full-Length Learning Modules, Tool Based Workflows, Pro Series and Advanced Coloring. Premium is our Active Learning that follows along to our Linear Workflow Model. We have streamlined the learning process even more by separating out into Tool-Based Workflows. This is designed to get you learning and advancing through our Growth Models.

TOOL-BASED WORKFLOWS + PRO SERIES

Premium is our Active Learning that follows along to our Linear Workflow Model. We have streamlined the learning process even more by separating out into Tool-Based Workflows. This is designed to get you learning and advancing through our Growth Models. It has our NEW Tool-Based Workflows and Pro Series.
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Download and Install our 200+ Illustrator Brushes to use with any of our Tutorials or with your own artwork.

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Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes 39 Tutorials + Challenges including our Full-Length Advanced Coloring Step by Steps. Includes Anchor Point, Tablet Friendly Guides and Tutorial Resources.

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Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes 100+ Tutorials + Challenges + Workflows. Includes Anchor Point,Tablet Friendly Guides and Tutorial Resources.

  • Active Learning + Workflows

    The goal of our Step by Step Classroom Series, Challenges and Workflows is to give you structured learning environment to practice Adobe Illustrator. We have several Unit Blocks or Curriculum Paths established to Learn Adobe Illustrator in our Linear Workflow Model.

  • ~100 Hours of Content

    The goal is to give you time in the program that you can advance through the Learning Phases in the Adobe Illustrator. We do this by our Active Learning Retention Model and Repetition of Skills to build up your confidence and proficiency in the program.

  • Pro Series

    Once you have completed all of the step by step lessons in a Unit Block( 9-15 Hours ), I would move directly into creating your own artwork using the same Tool-Based Workflow. The next step in the process is to bring your own artwork through the Text and Shape-Based Design lessons to get completed pieces for your portfolio.

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Includes 200+ Brushes specifically designed for Adobe Illustrator and Cartoonists to speed up your workflow.

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Includes Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes Active Learning Tutorial Resources and Illustrator Brushes.

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Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes Advanced Coloring Tutorials + Challenges. New Tutorial + Challenge + Workflow added each month to your library.

"Just discovered your stuff, and all I can say is: Wow. This may well be the most informative Illustrator teaching that I’ve ever seen. Many thanks." Steve Kobb
"Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!" Bobby Jacobs
"Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!" Steve Yensel
"I've been using Illustrator for something like 20 years, and I learned 5 or 6 totally new things from your tutorial! Thanks for being so thorough in all of your explanations of what you're doing. Can't wait to watch more!" melissaek13
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GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Download Resources

When you Login, you will see the Premium Plus Resource Folder. Click on the Pink Zipped Folder to Download. Give it a second, there is a lot in there. It should take no longer than 15-30 seconds. Remember to Extract All and just Remember the Location of the Folder. You are ready to go.

Tool-Based Workflows

Pick a Tool-Based Workflow based on Available Materials (Tablet-Based) or a Workflow that is the closest to the style you will be using for your own artwork. Treat each Tool-Based Workflow as a Unit to Progress through the Learning Targets.

Create Your Own

Each of our Unit Blocks has between 9-15 Hours of Content. Your Main Learning Target is to be Creating your Own Artwork by the end of the Unit. My recommendation is to start using the Practice Phase and Pre-Workflows to go from the same source materials you intend on using ie. Drawing, Sketch or Photo.
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Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I really love your channel, thanx for your tutorial really helpful 🙂 Sara Abdalla
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Such a cool drawing ! My favorite in this series !!!! Espermaschine
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It’s great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn’t know were available! It’s also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I’m on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I’ve picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Great job Jason, you make it look so easy. And it actually was. Thumbs up!Little Richard
That was a fun tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a detailed, easy to follow tutorial! Daniel Huckabay
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I’m just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason…was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I’m so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you’ve got a passion for what you’re doing and that’s just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you’re doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro
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Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes 100 Active Learning Modules, Tool-Based Workflows, Pro Series and Advanced Coloring Step by Steps.
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Active Learning Curriculum in Adobe Illustrator. Includes New Full-Length Tutorials, Challenges, Tool-Based Workflows and Pro Series.
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New Open Format Tutorials to combine TBW, Text and Design Elements together for your Own Artwork or Portfolio.
  • Active Learning

    The goal of our Step by Step Classroom Series, Challenges and Workflows is to give you structured learning environment to practice Adobe Illustrator. We have several Unit Blocks or Curriculum Paths established to Learn Adobe Illustrator in our Linear Workflow Model.

  • Tool-Based Workflows

    One of the easiest ways of learning and mastering the program is going through and learning the process and options within a workflow so you can see how everything fits together. Premium is where all of our New Step by Step content is being Published.

  • Pro Series

    Once you have completed all of the step by step lessons in a Unit Block( 9-15 Hours ), I would move directly into creating your own artwork using the same Tool-Based Workflow. The next step in the process is to bring your own artwork through the Text and Shape-Based Design lessons to get completed pieces for your portfolio.