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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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What You’ll Be Creating Follow this tutorial and learn how to transform a website into a winter wonderland. You can create the menu bars and buttons from scratch, or you can take these techniques and decorate your own items. At the beginning you will create a basic menu bar, and then you will learn how to add the snow and the icicles, snowflakes, sparkles and more winter-themed decorations. At the end, we’ll experiment with more colors and designs, so let’s get started!
What You’ll Be Creating Custom brushes are a breeze with CorelDRAW’s Artistic Media Tool. In this tutorial you’ll get a proper introduction to creating two types of media within the program: brushes and object sprayers. You’ll see a cute and sweet way of implementing them, and learn how to edit and manipulate default and custom brushes for your own use. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an elegant vintage greeting card with a fawn illustration. You will use a sketch drawn directly in Adobe Illustrator and then outline it with the Pen Tool. You will also learn to draw holly berries using basic shapes, and add a simple striped background. Let’s imagine a snowy forest, wild animals and one tiny fawn, jumping directly into your artwork… 1. Creating the Striped Background Step 1 Open your Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Control-N ). Today, we will start from the background. So, take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with
You must crawl before you can walk. Artists can relate to this idea like no other. And from time to time, we all need to be reminded just how far we’ve come. What Was the First Thing You Ever Created? For our final Community Project of 2014 we want you to share your creative journey with us! Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Remember all those bumps and blunders along the way? Yeah, we want to see those too!
What You’ll Be Creating If you treat your artistic development seriously, I’m sure you’ve tried to learn perspective and to apply it to everything you draw. However, even if your animals in perspective looked 3D, they also became as stiff as stone statues.
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we’ll take a simple image of a traced hand, palm-side down, and transform it into a beautiful turkey, ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in classic four-feathered style. The hand turkey is a traditional holiday craft in the US, created by kids for Thanksgiving and tacked up on the refrigerator for all to see. With the use of textures, brushes, and symbols, we’ll create a design that gives a nod back to its arts and crafts roots.
What You’ll Be Creating I had a bouquet of yellow roses on the table and decided to draw it. Without a clear picture in mind I usually experiment a lot with colors, gradients, and transparency. In this tutorial I am going to highlight a few tricks that I use when drawing with Adobe Illustrator. 1.