This tutorial is the second in a series of two lessons on how to use basic shapes to create objects. From hearts to perfect spirals, the fundamentals of shape design outlined in this tutorial are used in everyday design but don’t have obvious methods of creation. If you like productivity, tips, and tricks, this tutorial is a must-read! Did you catch the beginning of the series? Take a look at Lesson 1 first.
In this tutorial we are going to learn how to recreate the illustration style used for Pop Art. This type of illustration is taken from a printing process named “Ben-Day dots“. The difference between the Ben-Day effect vs halftone effect is that for the first, the dots are always of equal size and distribution. To create this effect, we’re going to be using custom patterns and experimenting with different color combinations to achieve a truly pop art effect for our avatar. Lastly we are going to learn how to keep a pop art style consistent in your avatar no matter the image size. Let’s begin!
I absolutely love Illustrator’s ability to create seamless and amazing patterns. They are easily one of Illustrator’s most devious features. I have had a couple instances when clients observed some of my work containing patterns and exclaimed, “That must have taken forever!” Since I know how simple and quick it actually was it is only right to do the humble thing and explain, “Yes, yes it did.” In this tutorial we are going to take one of Illustrator’s stock patterns (Dots) and create a realistic Speaker Grill/Guitar amp Illustration. Let’s create some vector nectar!
In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple ticket illustration in Adobe Illustrator. In the first steps you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create a pixel perfect ticket shape. Using this ticket shape you will learn some basic stuff about working with multiple fills, strokes and effects in the Appearance panel. Finally, you will learn how to add several pieces of text and how to easily multiply your ticket illustration.
In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a set of download buttons in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid. Once your document is set up, you will create the main shapes using basic tools and effects along with some simple vector shape building techniques. Next, you will learn how to take full advantage of the Appearance panel, how to use a built-in pattern and how to edit a small piece of text. Finally, using basic blending techniques you will learn how to easily recolor your buttons.
This post is part of a weekly series showcasing inspirational vector art. Although the series showcases vector art, some work might just be vector inspired, not created completely with vector art. If you have any art suggestions, feel free to comment!
Yes, you read that title correctly! I understand this tutorial title kind of seems like an oxy-moron. We are combining one of the most primitive and limited graphic techniques edited on a pixel level, with the modern sleek aesthetic of 3D effects. But the result is a juxtaposition so rockin it kicks you straight in your nostalgic keister!