And what good is a Twitter account without a link to it? And what better way to link to your Twitter account than with a cool blue bird character illustration? This tutorial will walk you through the steps from sketch to vector in creating an original cartoon-style character vector illustration. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial.
Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie except here on BittBoxand they are even more rare in vector format.
Part of the reason is that most people, even avid Illustrator users, don't realize how easy it is to create these shapes. All it takes is a few simple, yet not highly utilized Illustrator tips. This tutorial will show you how to create your own curlies, and swooshes easily, in Illustrator.
It's not nearly as difficult as you might think. And to answer all of your questions: Yes I made all of those designs on my own with a bit of help from Vectips.
The same goes for every BittBox release. All of my files are hand-made by me, not borrowed. If this is your first time to attempt a tutorial like this, I suggest following it exactly as I have it here, then going back over the process and playing with your options later. I'm going to outline how to do this, but you should always take my methods and play around with your options such as stroke sizes or brush shapes.
When brushes of different shapes and kinds are applied to the different geometrical figures, it results in geometrical figures of different thickness at different points and styles.
We are going to create a custom brush in Illustrator to help us make these shapes a lot quicker. Hold down the Shift key while dragging to constrain the circle. The circle shown here is the exact size I used. Now use the Direct Selection Tool white arrow to select the point on the right side of that circle and drag it out to the right.
Select the Convert Anchor Point tool and click on the anchor point you dragged to get rid of the handle bars and make it a sharp corner. Now you will be given some brush options.
Make sure your brush direction goes from left to right Big to Small like below and hit OK. You can play with these settings later. You should now see your new brush in your brushes palette.
You will learn how to replicate a geometrical shape or create its reflection in the inverse pattern. Swirl refers to the spiral shape and you will learn to create a spiral shape of thick stroke. You will also learn to combine the two geometrical shapes or swirls so that they appear as a single shape without any overlapping.
You will learn to overlap two different geometrical figures so that there is no marks or paths leftover. You can replicate these geometrical shapes in horizontal or vertical shape. You will learn to make multiple geometrical shapes to overlap one over the other properly.
You can craft geometrical figures of your own, increase the stroke, fill up them with an appropriate color, combine those shapes properly to create a new geometrical shape and create wonderful decorations so as to use in your ongoing projects.
You've got your Brush, Now make a Swoosh: Below are the settings I used: Again, play with these settings later. Your shape should now look like this: Now adjust your stroke size in the Stroke palette. I rotated my shape a bit: Now that you have your basic swirl, and an easy way to quickly create more, let's combine a couple and make an interesting design.
Read this section closely because if you miss a step, you might litter your Illustrator file with leftover paths that you can't see. Use the Spiral tool to create a second swirl with these settings: Your artboard should now look like this: So now you have your 2 shapes but they have an outline AND the leftover path from the Spiral tool.
We need to get rid of the leftover path so it doesn't get in the way later. Your shape should now look something like this: Use the Direct Selection Tool white arrow to select BOTH of your shapes like below, and drag them away from their current position to expose the leftover spiral paths.
Notice that you don't see the paths in the selection before dragging. Now that you dragged your two filled shapes away from where they were, you can delete the leftover spiral paths. You won't be able to see these paths, so you can do one of 2 things to find them quickly.There is a bit of everything in this article.
There are Adobe Illustrator tutorials for beginners and for advanced users. Follow these and you will learn how to use Illustrator and you’ll end up creating cool digital art in no time at all.
Following the information in Step 3 to 5 you should now be able to draw around the whole body. Remember, Keep hold of your mouse and drag in a direction to curve the line. It took a long wait, but Inkscape was released on 24 November It has taken over a year of intensive development and refactoring, but Inkscape is slowly growing up.
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