Adobe Illustrator: Creating Beautiful Digital Watercolor Silhouette Art | Delisa Zak | Skillshare

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Adobe Illustrator: Creating Beautiful Digital Watercolor Silhouette Art

teacher avatar Delisa Zak, Creative Mentor | Designer | Blogger

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing Your Subject

    • 3. Tracing With The Pen Tool

    • 4. Making It Pretty With Clipping Masks

    • 5. Adding The Finishing Touches

    • 6. Saving Your File and What To Do With It

    • 7. Thank You!

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About This Class

This course is perfect for Adobe Illustrator beginners and intermediate users who want to learn a new technique to create beautiful art pieces in Illustrator.  These pieces can be used for any digital application or can be printed onto canvas art prints, t-shirts, mugs, etc. 

Come and learn how to express your creativity on a digital canvas and learn a new skill that can be used for fun and business!




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Delisa Zak

Creative Mentor | Designer | Blogger


Hello, I'm Delisa and I am a graphic designer, blogger and avid Squarespace user.  I make sure creativity plays a role in everything I do in life.

My goal is to not only teach small, tangible skills related to design and blogging, it is to help people tap into their creativity and inject it into whatever they are doing whether it is at home, work or their own business.

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is Doe Lisa, and I'm a graphic designer, blogger and digital artist. One of my signature styles is creating captivating watercolor silhouette images in Adobe Illustrator. In this course, you will learn my technique for creating images like these. This style can be used for digital art on your website. For principal products you can self and even for a logo for a creative business, your project will be to create your own piece of beautiful watercolor silhouette art in Illustrator Keep watching toe. Learn how to express your creativity on a digital canvas and learn a new skill that could be used for fun and for business. 2. Choosing Your Subject: So first I wanted to talk about choosing your subject for your piece of art. I usually do animals just because that's what I like. But you can choose an animal plans, people, anything that makes a good silhouette. The sky's the limit with this, um, use your creativity. Use your imagination. Um, you choose a photograph that will work for this. If you're going to be tracing it from a photograph, um, and choose an angle that will work well as a silhouette. So it must be a recognisable shape when it's just the silhouette and not any of the interior of the shape. Well, then, want to place your photo an illustrator once you choose it, Um, you're going to do this by either copy and pasting thief photo directly into illustrator onto the art board or use file place 3. Tracing With The Pen Tool: If you're going to be tracing your subject from a photo, you're going to want to use the pen tool for nice clean lines, depending on your skill level on illustration style. You can choose either to use three regular pen tool or the curvature tool, and you can be as abstract or as detailed as you'd like, depending on your desired illustration style. 4. Making It Pretty With Clipping Masks: Okay, so now that we've traced are subject in Illustrator and we have thesis a wet in place. We want to make it pretty with watercolor, and that's kind of the main point of this exercise. So choose a water color swatch that you want to use be creek as creative as possible. You, You know, it doesn't have to be the color of that animal or some or subject in real life. The point of this is to be colorful and creative. So use your imagination. Go wild with the colors. Um, once you've picked the watercolors watch you want to use, you're going to go ahead and use Thekla Ping mask an illustrator toe, apply it to the shape, which I will demonstrate in thes screen recording. 5. Adding The Finishing Touches: Okay, so now we want to add some finishing touches to our artwork Now that we've got the main subject taking care of eso, This would include adding a background. If you'd like, you can use you can have it. Just be white. You can do black like this. Screen is you can choose, you know of a paper re texture whatever works for your piece of art. Additional details. You can add water colors, flashes if you want some extra shapes in there, say you have a turtle and you want to put some bubbles in there to indicate that it's in water. You can do that as well. Um, conduce multiple iterations of the original shape. Maybe you want to make it a pattern of the same same shape over and over, or you want to illustrate more than one of the same in different sizes. Or however you want to interpret that. However, you want to, um, display this piece of art. Be creative. That's the whole point of this. Um, I need sort of additional details you want. That's what we're going to be doing now. 6. Saving Your File and What To Do With It: Okay, so now that we finalized our piece of arts, we're going to want to save the illustrator file. That's always important. Keep saving as you go. Of course. And so we don't lose anything. Once we've done that, we want to export the file. However, we need it to whatever type of file you need, depending on what you're doing with it. Whether that be a ping or a J. Peg. Pdf, whatever you need, um, for the application that you're using this for. So now that we've made our art, I just wanted to emphasize again that the possibilities air really enlists on what you can do with this sort of artwork. You can use it on your website. You can use it on branding materials for your business. You can use it for social media graphics. Whether you're doing that for your personal use or business use, you can even use it as part of a logo. I do sell some pre made watercolor logos on my Etsy shop and in my website you can also printed on canvas. I do sell some canvas prints and principal files for people if they want to print it in frame it themselves. People sell T shirts with their artwork on it. Coffee mugs. Again, the possibilities are really endless. You can use this for your personal use, just for fun. You can use it just to express yourself. However you'd like on do. You can use it for your business, so the possibilities really are endless with this. 7. Thank You!: All right. So you've made a beautiful piece of watercolor silhouette art. I want to thank you for taking the time to take my course. Please share your project with the class. I would love to see what you've created. And I'm sure your classmates would, too. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I am fully available to answer any questions or to help you with any ideas for your artwork . And once again, thank you. Thank you. Thank you for taking this course.