In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’ll show you how to create a colorful landscape scene, similar to the style of those trendy illustrated travel posters I recently featured in a showcase. We’ll make the entire illustration out of simple vector shapes, then bring it to life with vibrant gradients to give the scene a tranquil sunset vibe. My example features an old wild west desert with mountains that extend to the horizon, but these same techniques could be used to create a landscape scene for any fictional or non-fictional place. A large setting sun provides a red, orange and yellow colour scheme in my artwork, which is applied to all the element to help determine the depth of the scene. The colour of the mountains darken as they approach the silhouettes in the foreground, while the sky spans from warm to cool as the it turns from day to night. Begin by creating a new document in Adobe Illustrator. I’m creating a long, thin portrait artboard of 1000x1500px. Change the Color Mode to RGB to give us a full spectrum of vibrant colours to play with, then change the Raster Effects to High (300ppi). Select the Rectangle tool and draw a shape that covers the artboard. Use Smart Guides (CMD+U) to easily snap to the artboard edges. Remove the stroke, then add a linear gradient fill from under the Gradient panel. Add…
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How To Create a Colorful Vector Landscape Illustration
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What You’ll Be Creating Let’s draw some fun cartoon icons in
For this edition of our international artist feature, we turn to Brazil and feature a handful of illustrators and designers who create fantastic work from various graphic design work and illustrative media. I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy! Danilo Gusmão Silveira Danilo is an art director and designer from
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we’ll go time travelling into the future and create a friendly, futuristic robot in Affinity Designer. We’ll be using simple shapes to create the base of our robot and applying gradients and transparencies to make the elements more realistic and three-dimensional. Finally, we’ll finish up by making some parts of our robot glow. If you’re looking to skip the process, you can purchase character vectors over on Envato Market. Let’s get started! 1. Render the Head of the Robot Step 1 First of all, let’s create a simple background to make the light parts of our future robot look more contrasting. Create a New Document of 600 x 600 px size. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) and hold down Shift to make an even square.
Perhaps a client has given you an unusual brief, or your boss wants a project completed ASAP, or you just want to dip a toe into designing something a bit different—and you’ve got no idea where to start!
What You’ll Be Creating When you get a graphics tablet for the first time, it’s hard to stop yourself from painting all these ideas out of your head. You try, they turn out worse than expected, but you keep trying. Sometimes you get this feeling that maybe you should practice before getting into real painting, but these exercises are so boring! You want to paint a dragon, not a couple of shaded blocks. I feel you! That’s why I’ve prepared a set of exercises that will make you learn without having to paint boring things. Paint whatever you like using any of these techniques, and you’ll see progress in no time! 1. Paint With Light Only We usually start with a white canvas, but that’s simply a remnant of a traditional medium. This “default” position forces us to paint both light and shadow, even though shadow isn’t really a thing—it’s just lack of light (see my article about light and shadow to learn more). By starting with a black canvas, you’re forcing yourself to paint with light only, making shadow what it should be—an area without light. Step 1 Prepare a sketch of your object. Step 2 Invert its colors (in Photoshop you can use the shortcut Control-I ) and fill the background with…
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7 Exercises to Improve Your Digital Painting Skills
Hop on the net and surf the web: everything old is new again with this throwback to the early days of digital graphics. Create a fun 3D geometric text effect in Adobe Illustrator in under 15 steps!
What You’ll Be Creating Autumn is such a beautiful season, with its crisp weather and bright colors. This tutorial will show you how to use a couple of leaf images, textures, adjustment layers, and a lighting effect to create a bright autumn leaves text effect. Let’s get started! Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial: Archivo Narrow
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we will observe different objects falling and then take note of what we saw. Then we will animate what we observed! Different objects fall at different speeds and paths depending on their shape and weight! Let’s go! 1. See for Yourself! Let’s gather the actual objects and drop em! Find a rock! Find a feather! Find a pencil! You’re an animator! You have pencils all over the place! That should be an easy one to find.