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What You’ll Be Creating In this intermediate tutorial we’ll create a character from scratch in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and then make a small set of sticker designs, ready for chat, mobile, and blog use. We’ll go through the process of keeping the design consistent, creating various facial expressions, and simplifying components of the design for use throughout a set of icons. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this “photo-realistic” cutaway Saturn illustration in pure SVG. We will use the open source 3D graphics software Blender to produce a physically shaded render of the planet, which we will use as a base to reproduce the image entirely in SVG vector. You will learn how to replicate 3D shading and bounce lighting with SVG gradients in Inkscape, draw the planet’s transparent rings with colors sampled from NASA images, create an aurora effect over the planet’s north pole, and much much more. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating We all used to draw as kids. It was easy back then, no matter if you used color pencils, a stick, or your finger on a steamy window. But even then you might have noticed that some children drew better than you. Not that you knew what “better” meant—all you knew was the sweetness of praise. Whenever you heard someone else being praised, and your own work ignored, you felt worse and worse. Eventually, you gave up on drawing. Why would you continue if nobody cared? Now, whatever the reason, you want to come back, but it seems so scary. Those children who never gave up are working as professionals now, and their art looks almost magical. How could you possibly bridge that gap? Will you ever catch up on
What You’ll Be Creating Artists are usually pictured as spontaneous, slightly crazy individuals. When they get inspired, they forget about everything and just… create.
What You’ll Be Creating Although crocodiles aren’t the closest extant relatives of dinosaurs, they surely don’t look much different than them. Big, scaly, ferocious, with huge jaws full of sharp teeth—they make a good reference for dragons, don’t they? Let’s take a look at four species of crocodilians (the family of crocodiles): the well known crocodiles and alligators, and lesser known species such as caimans and gharials. 1. General Crocodile Anatomy Skeleton
What You’ll Be Creating Regardless of all the crazy snow storms, yes, spring is on its way, and soon we will see the first flowers. Let’s try to recreate the beauty of spring on your art board. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create special brushes to draw flowers. Also, you’ll learn how to create a brush from a flower illustration. At the end of this tutorial, you will be a professional florist! 1. Drawing a Stalk Using a Special Brush Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Control-N ). First, we are going to create the special brush which you will use to draw the branches. Set the fill color to black, delete the stroke color, if you see it, and hit the Ellipse Tool (L) . Draw a very long and narrow ellipse, but not too big. The size of the ellipse doesn’t matter, because later you can increase or decrease the weight of stroke. After that, hit the Direct Selection Tool (A) , select the top and bottom anchor points of this ellipse, which are …
What You’ll Be Creating The Winged Hussars were an elite cavalry unit of Poland, invincible for almost two centuries, often defeating enemies many times more numerous. They’re the national pride of Poles—a symbol of the greatest time in our history. Besides that, they simply look epic, so they’re a great topic for an epic painting. Now, I’ve never painted a hussar before. Therefore, it will not be only a tutorial about digital painting, but also about preparation for drawing something accurately, even if you have no previous experience at this.
What You’ll Be Creating Ever wanted to give your digital layouts and designs a truly personal touch? In this tutorial we’ll look at how you can create a font from your own handwriting, for use on your computer.
I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs . A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a knotted length of rope using brushes in Illustrator. We’ll learn how to build a custom pattern brush, then overcome some problems that prevent the rope from weaving under and over itself. We’ll then take things a step further and use the very same technique to create some cool typographic art. Let’s begin by creating the basic pattern that will form our rope. Open Adobe Illustrator and draw an ellipse on the artboard. Turn on Smart Guides (CMD+U), then ALT+Drag a duplicate of the shape and align it perfectly next to the original. Use the Smart Guide indicator to snap the corner of a rectangle to the upper left portion of the first ellipse. Enlarge the rectangle to snap to the lower right path of the second ellipse. Use the Scissors tool to snip the path of the two circles where the rectangle intersects in these two places. Select and …
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How To Create Ropes & Knots with Illustrator Brushes
Everyone is in for such a treat today as I interview Shane Koehler, nature illustrator extraordinaire. His work, mostly watercolor-based, explores nature’s inspirational beauty and strength, inviting viewers to experience his view of the world around us. Read on to learn all about the self-taught painter and his environmental messages through his artwork. Hey Shane! Thank you so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into fine arts? My family has always fostered creative thinking, and as kids, my two sisters and I were always coloring, which turned into following the drawing lessons from the PBS art show “Imagination Station”. In school we were encouraged to enter art shows and to practice as much as we could. Who or what are your main sources of inspiration? Honestly my greatest inspiration has always been my older sister and her natural artistic abilities and sense about art. Through observing her I began to understand how to think more as an artist. More recently, my twin sister’s background in sustainable design has helped me think as a designer and has led to better compositions within my paintings. My over-arching inspiration is nature, and I strive to inspire and educate about conservation and the importance of nature in every …
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To the Point: Interview With Shane Koehler