Abstract Art. Illustrated Polar Bear. Low Poly Effect Geometric Art. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL | Aerie North | Skillshare

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Abstract Art. Illustrated Polar Bear. Low Poly Effect Geometric Art. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Trace the subject

    • 3. Lesson 2: Trace the subject's face

    • 4. Lesson 3: Begin your design

    • 5. Lesson 4: Create polygons

    • 6. Lesson 5: Adding color

    • 7. Lesson 6: Adding background

    • 8. Lesson 7: Inspiration

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This is an intermediate level Adobe Illustrator class for people wanting to learn how to create an abstract illustration using the low poly effect to make geometric art. 


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1. Introduction: hello and welcome to abstract illustration using a low polly effect. This class is an intermediate level adobe illustrator class where we're going to recreate a photograph of this polar bear into a low polly effect Geometric illustration. When I create this type of abstract illustration, I like using very simple subjects with the monochromatic color palette. I'm gonna take you through the step by step instructions on how to recreate this polar bear . By the way, his name is good. And then once we're done, the illustration going to show you how to add Ah, photograph as a background, you'll love creating this type of effect on Adobe Illustrator. Once you get started, you're gonna want to recreate this effect with other photographs. I look forward to seeing you in class. Please click the enroll button and also please sign up on airy north dot com for free creative news. 2. Lesson 1: Trace the subject: Hello and welcome to class. In this lesson, we're going to trace the image that we want to turn into a low Polly effect. Abstract illustration. I've already selected my image and I've cut it. Now I'm going to paste it, and here it is. I'm going to center it a little bit. This bear is named Gangtok. He was born in 2000 and nine. Gennaco mean snowflake in the enough innuit language in northern Canada. Canuck lives in northern Ontario in the Cochran polar bear habitat. I'm gonna start tracing gonna by selecting the pen tool I want No, Phil and I can just make the stroke black. I'll start anywhere. I'll just start at the bottom here, and what I want to do is trace Ganic by using a series of paths and anchors. I'm just gonna click to start my first anchor and then come up just a little bit. I want to create a lot of anchors. I'm just gonna speed up this process now so that you don't have to watch me doing every little bit. I'll just finish this off by connecting my path and the last anchor to the first anchor. In the next lesson, we're going to start creating some dimension 3. Lesson 2: Trace the subject's face: Hello and welcome to class. And this lesson, we're going to start adding a little bit of dimension by tracing gang looks face. I want to come in nice and close to his eye. And with the pen tool, I want to trace the outline of his eyelid with lots of path and anchors. You get a little crooked. It's OK to just controls Ed to move back. Look at these beautiful eyes. Okay, I'm going to move over to his other eye and with the pen tool select right along the lid. I feel a little wonky there, and let's do his nose and his mouth doesn't look happy. I'm gonna speed this part up now that we've got gimmicks. Eyes on muzzle traced. We're going to come in and select the I. Well, downshift key to select the other eye and then continue to hold down the shift and select the muzzle. We're gonna group this together and then just move it on to the workspace for later on will come back to his face later. In the next lesson, we're going to start drawing the interior of our peace 4. Lesson 3: Begin your design: here with lines that are going to create the polygons that we're gonna use and color in in later lessons, I'm gonna come up to the pen tool. My Phyllis, Still none. My stroke is still black and just start anywhere, find an anchor and click, and then anywhere you want, find another anchor and click, find an anchor and click. So what we want to do is fill in our image with lines until we get a nice, even looking picture, I'll speed this part up. - Now let's do the same thing with the face. - Now that this part is done in the next lesson, we're going to create individual polygons from the lines that we just created. 5. Lesson 4: Create polygons: Welcome back to class In this lesson, we're going to be creating our polygons by separating them from each other. As you can see, if I just hover over any one of the line all of lines air selected. So if I were to at color, everything would be the same color, Same with the face. So I need to separate everything. So to do that, I'm going to move my picture out of the way. And because I centered it, I can easily move it back to this original position. I'll select the image and just move it out of the way. Now I want to select all of the lines, come up to your Pathfinder and divide now come to object and we wanna ungroomed everything . So let's see what happens when we just click on this polygon. There we go. So Onley that one, select it and thats gonna help us for when we want to add color 6. Lesson 5: Adding color: welcome back to class in this lesson, we're going toe add color to gimmick, but just click on the image and then come up to their X and y value. And I'm gonna type in six inches by six inches because I'm using and our board, that's 12 by 12 inches, because we'll be putting this into a frame that's 12 by 12. And to get it centered, the X and Y are half the value of the art board. Now we get the fun part. Now we're gonna color gonna on going to come in nice and tight. I'm going to start at the bottom and work my way up with my selection tool. I'm just going to click one shape and then come in and pick which color I want to turn this shape. To do that, I need my eyedropper tool. So I'm gonna click that it's still select it and I'm gonna come in and I have a choice of this white or this buttery color. I'm going to stay with the white gray and click, come back to my select tool and click on the next one and then come to my eyedropper tool and pick a color in this square wanted Turn it and come back to my selection Tool Click and I drop her tool. Come back, eyedropper tool. Now, instead of coming back and forth, what I can do is just on my keyboard click V for the select tool And then I is my eyedropper tool So I could go back and forth that way the I be coming center I sometimes when they're really little, they're hard to get to And I want to zoom in and show you what to do when you can't select . So here I can't select this shape here. I could select up here I could slept down there. I can select here and here and here, but I can't select here. What I need to do is lock the images around it, and then I'll be able to select here. I'm gonna show you what I mean. I'm going to click here, hold down my shift key and just click the other one, come up to object and lock that selection back to my select tool. And now I'm able to select that image, come to my eyedropper tool and come in. So you see how there's the slight differences in color, and this is going to give it a really great abstract Look, when we're done, I'm going to continue doing these select and eyedropper color okay, in a speeded up for you. Now, - our main part of good luck is done. Now I'm going to color in the face and then place the face in position and then in the next lesson will add a background and have a look at our final illustration. 7. Lesson 6: Adding background: Hello and welcome back to class. Will we finished our illustration. Now I want to add an icy background. I could keep this background of water cause it looks really nice, this icy blue water against the color of the polar bear. But I have this great photograph of ice that I want to put behind Ganic. So let's just click on our image and backspace it to get it over there. And then I'm going to click on the new image and center it over art board, right? Click, arrange and send it to back. And there we go. Let me just close up a little bit. So here we have our abstract illustration set on the back of a photograph of ice, and I think this looks pretty good. 8. Lesson 7: Inspiration: Welcome back to class. I hope you enjoyed creating an abstract low politifact illustration. I want share with you where I got my inspiration to illustrate a polar bear in our class. I introduced you to get up and he lives in northern Ontario in a polar bear habitat in Cochran, Ontario. I hope that you enjoyed taking this class. I definitely enjoyed teaching it. If you like this class, please give it a thumbs up. And you can also sign up on airy north dot com for free creative news.