Tips on Sketching in Illustrator

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There are a few different ways that you can go about sketching in Illustrator depending on your preferences and comfort level. Get tips on sketching in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio, I'm a Graphic Artist, and I'm going to give you some drawing tips in Illustrator. So, I'm just going to go ahead and show you a couple of different methods of drawing and I'm going to start with the pen tool because it is the trickiest for sure and there are some pretty simple methods to creating some drawing lines. So, with the pen tool, you're going to want to make sure if you're just going to do line drawing that you draw with the stroke colored and the fill empty. And the way that you do this is you just select just the color, now suppose there's black. So, you just select this option over here which is the non option and it will empty out the color so that there's nothing. And now, what we're going to do is just make some basic lines and so, to make a curve line in Illustrator, you're basically pulling on your line whenever you go on a different. So, if you go down and, and you pull it to, to the left, it'll make a shape that's more curve to the left and if you just kind of yank it to the right a little bit and go up, it'll yank it higher up to the right. To make it go down, you do the same thing pretty much; except just the opposite way. And I, I find that it's easiest to draw a curve with the gird on and so, if you go to view, you go to view and you go to show grid, this will just give you a nice little grid so that you can, you know, draw your lines a little bit more exact, like so. So, that's how you use the pen tool. Now, I'm going to also show you how to use the paintbrush tool and if you've used Photoshop, it's very similar to the paintbrush tool on Photoshop; the only differences is that when you finished your line, it'll add more of a vectory kind of effect to it; in the sense that if you watch when I'm drawing this, the line doesn't look exactly the same as it did when I first drew it. It'll kind of change up a little bit. But that's okay because sometimes when you're drawing over a sketch, you're going to really want that because you know, if you make a little mistake it'll complete, completely correct it. And so now, I'm going to go to the pencil tool and the pencil tool is if you're looking for that exact line like we were just talking about, that's what it's going to give you essentially. It's not going to re, it's not going to back over with that vector effect, it's just going to give you exactly what you drew pretty much. I like to use this tip for when I'm drawing eyes because sometimes you don't want that shape to transform when you're making eyes because eyes can be very exact and specific. But, one other cool thing about the pencil tool is that it change the path if you draw on a certain part of it. So, like if you decide I'm going to draw this spiral shape, but you're thinking, "I don't really like this spiral shape anymore; I'm going to try and make it go this way instead." It'll completely transform the path or you can, it'll, yeah exactly, it'll, it'll attach whatever you've drawn to the rest of that shape. And then, yeah. So, now I'm going to show you how to adjust your lines 'cause this can get frustrating if you know, you decide your line is too thick. So, for example, if I'm going to draw a face, just a really quick basic little anime face or rounded face. And, I don't like how thick this line is; so, I'm just going to go up to the stroke weight which is up in the left corner; if you go to stroke weight, you push that or you can select a thinner line and that'll give you just you know, a nice crisp thin line if that's what you're looking for. But, since, if you want it thicker, you can just go down and just select a thicker line and that, let's put that over, okay, and it's kind of like the markery effect which is kind of cool. And another thing is you're going to want to make sure that the shape of your paintbrush is what you want. So, for example, this is an oval and this is going to create more of the calligraphic line and I'll show you what I mean. If for example, you are making text, you can use the pen tool and just draw a shape, but it'll have a more, the thinner the line, the, the less like a markery it'll look. So, I will just like go six and if you can see it really looks like a marker line which is great about Illustrator. And that is how you draw different types of lines and these are your drawing tips for Illustrator. My name is Alex Cecilio, thank you.


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