How to Illustrate on a Computer

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Illustrating on a computer requires a very specific program and a few very important tools. Find out how to illustrate on a computer 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. I'm going to show you how it illustrate on a computer in Illustrator. There's two ways I can go about doing this. I can make a sketch of it at first, you know just the shape to understand you know what I'm drawing on top of. Or you can just do that too. And then using a different color, I'm using blue instead, just kind of just drawing out the details and what I want. And actually not going to do that, I'm just going to keep this really simple. So I'm just going to draw like a half of someone's face. Now this is to me this is my sketch. So then I'm going to go to my layers again and I'm going to go on to my top layer. I'm going to lock this layer so that I can't touch it. I'm going to change the color to black. So that way when I paint over it I'll be able to see the difference. I'm going to change my stroke weight. And so if you're drawing and you decide I don't like the way the stroke looks, you can just go ahead and select what you've drawn and change the stroke right away. And I'm actually going to change my brush. So if you want to change your brush mid way through your illustration, go to this window right here, go to this little panel, the brush libraries, and artistic has the best paint brushes if that's what you're looking for. So I'm going to select ink, artist ink and this little widow pops up right over here. And this is going to give me a bunch of different options. See, I really like how that line looks, but there's a couple of different ways you can play around with this. My name is Alex and this is how you illustrate on a computer in Illustrator. Thank you.

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