Tutorial for Concepts 079 – Weightlifter
Using the Weightlifter Concept
Stanley as a weightlifter provides opportunities to illustrate tasks and efforts. The example focuses on Stanley's attitudes – whether he is effortlessly successful, taxed and struggling, or unsuccessful and stressed. There are different heads that you can combine with the bodies to help you convey the correct attitude. These graphics can also focus on the weights: the weights can be labeled and represent specific tasks or responsibilities.
There is one download with all illustrations included: editable graphics colored as gray/white, tone on tone, and realistically colored; and uneditable png graphics colored as gray/white. You can decide which you want to use and discard the rest.
Customizing Stanley the Weightlifter
The PowerPoint download contains the full series of Stanleys. This assures that the sizing is exact and ready for your use. Remember, as with all groups of illustrations or graphics, if you need to resize, resize them all together as a group. Then ungroup and redistribute to their proper place in the presentation. This is important for the sake of continuity and consistency. Just delete any Stanleys in the download that you don't need.
The downloads are colored gray and white, tone-on-tone fills with a slightly darker line color (which you can change to better match your template colors), and realistically (you can change the skin tone, and hair and eye colors, etc.).
Colorizing illustrations may take a small time commitment. Be sure that you get all of the fields colored correctly – it is not a push-button operation. Be sure that the eyes are filled in so that they do not appear "dead." Eyebrows and buttons should be filled, they're easy to miss. Just be sure to view your colorized illustration at about 300% to be sure you got everything before you consider it final. Be examples below are Stanley the tightrope walker, but they will give you the idea about realistic coloring choices you can make for Stanley the juggler.
Other coloring options: make Stanley whoever you want. When you get the skin tone that you want, just be sure to use that some color - only a little darker - to create the outlines.
These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only.
3D does not look good with illustrations.
Don't use shadows on this type of framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.
Since Stanley cannot be animated to show hands and arms moving, simple reveals are best. In two of the downloads the top part of Stanley is a separate group from the bottom part of Stanley. You can apply a teetering animation if you want to show him struggling to keep the balance of the overhead weights. Apply spin animations: maybe 7 degrees clockwise, 15 degrees counterclockwise, and then 8 degrees clockwise. This will give enough teetering angle.