Imitation Exercise


September 15, 2014 by Brian Harmon

illustrate (v.)1520s, “light up, shed light on;” 1610s, “educate by means of examples,” back-formation from illustration, and in some cases from Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare (see illustration). Sense of “provide pictures to explain or decorate” is 1630s. Related: Illustrated; illustrating.

illustration (n.)c.1400, “a shining;” early 15c., “a manifestation;” mid-15c., “a spiritual illumination,” from Old French illustration “apparition, appearance,” and directly from Latin illustrationem (nominative illustratio) “vivid representation” (in writing), literally “an enlightening,” from past participle stem of illustrare “light up, make light, illuminate;” figuratively “make clear, disclose, explain; adorn, render distinguished,” from assimilated form of in- “in” (see in- (2)) + lustrare “make bright, illuminate,” related to lucere “shine,” lux “light” (see light (n.)). Mental sense of “act of making clear in the mind” is from 1580s. Meaning “an illustrative picture” is from 1816.

vector (n.)“quantity having magnitude and direction,” 1704, from Latin vector “one who carries or conveys, carrier,” from past participle stem of vehere “carry, convey” (see vehicle).

As an example of a classical imitation pedagogy, you will create a title screen/movie poster for an organization/small business by copying the design features (composition, color, design elements, fonts etc) of the ad/movie poster you brought in for homework.  Obviously, replace all the text from the original with information (tagline, credits, etc) pertinent to your purpose.  This needn’t be the organization/business you ultimately choose for your upcoming projects, but it might be.

The design should be roughly standard letter size (vertical) and saved as a PNG. Please include the following elements.

  • Title and subtitle/tagline (2 font sizes…be careful mixing fonts)
  • One geometric design element (square, line, circle)
  • One representational design element (vector art, photo, drawing)
  • At least 2 colors

Once you have completed your design, you should arrange it alongside the original in a separate file (8.5×11 inches) in Illustrator.  In other words, what you turn in will be one PNG file, with both the original design AND your design on a white background (try to achieve a balance between the original and the imitation with modest boarders all around). In the white space, include your name and the class number.  Here is an example I just threw together:

Harmon final-01

Please email the file (titled ‘yoursurname_imitationproject.png) to harmonb462(at) (as an attachment). In addition, post the image to your own blog with a few lines about the experience.


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