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Adobe Illustrator for Children's Books: Watercolor Style

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14 Lessons (1h 18m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:50
    • 2. 5 key picture book characteristics

      4:31
    • 3. Blocking in the character - Head line art

      10:19
    • 4. Blocking in the character - Head line art details - Adding hair

      4:59
    • 5. Blocking in the character - Body line art

      7:05
    • 6. Blocking in the character - Hands and feet line art

      5:22
    • 7. Spaceship line art

      6:51
    • 8. Blocking in the caterpillar - Body line art

      10:33
    • 9. Refining the line art

      5:53
    • 10. Painting the sun

      4:05
    • 11. Adding shadows

      3:10
    • 12. Adding color and shading

      7:07
    • 13. Adding highlights

      1:54
    • 14. Final touches

      5:29
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In this course you will learn how to easily create beautiful illustrations in Adobe Illustrator in very little time and with very little effort. You will create a watercolor style illustration that you can use to illustrate children's books or for any other purpose you need it.

We will use a variety of techniques that will help you save lots of time in this and any other project you work in the future.

You will learn how to plan out, outline, and paint beautiful and professional illustrations in Adobe Illustrator.

This course focuses on creating the illustration you can see in the promo video, but you can use the techniques you learn here to create many other illustrations.

I’m confident that by the end of this course you will have a solid understanding of the children's book illustration creation process, and you will be able to create your own beautiful and astonishing 2D illustrations.

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1. Introduction: Do you want to learn how to create beautiful illustrations for Children's books like the one you're watching right now? Do you want to learn how to accomplish high quality vector illustrations very easily in Adobe Illustrator, If you answer yes to those two questions, then thes course is for you. My name is my says Perez, and I will teach you how you can plan out outlined and paint watercolor style illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. I will show you the hard process from the very beginning to the very end. And as you can see, we have a lot of information to cover, so I will see you inside. 2. 5 key picture book characteristics: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to discuss five key picture book illustration characteristics. So let's begin. Alright. So there are different illustration styles for kids picture books. And the style will often depend on the age group that your book is targeted to. So I'm going to give you the five key picture book illustration characteristics. And these characteristics are for illustrations for books that are targeted for small children. Number 1, simplicity. Now, this will depend on the kid's age. But often, picture books for small children have simple illustrations with fuel and easily identifiable elements. In this case, our main elements are the main character, which is the bird on the right, the secondary character, which is the caterpillar and this spaceship. And as you can see, all of these elements are really simple so that small children can easily identify what they are seeing. Number 2, lovable and relatable characters. This is also a really important characteristic for children's books, illustrations. Now, when you create a character for our children's book, it is really important that this character is relatable and that he or she looks lovable. No matter if this is a character based on an animal or a person or an object. And as you can see for our illustration, our characters look really lovable and really cute. Number 3, tell a story. With each illustration. Remember that small children's books have really few pages and they have really few illustrations. And the illustrations have really, really short texts. So that means that we have to tell a story with the illustrations. And we're going to accomplish that in different ways. So always make sure that the illustrations that you make for children's books always tell a story. And that the kids looking at those pictures will understand this story even if they don't know how to read. And that's what makes this a really important characteristic for children's books. Illustrations. Number four. Make the illustration colorful. Children's book illustrations usually have really colorful characters and really colorful elements. So make sure to add a few colors. And then you tell a story with the colors that you use for your illustration. Number 5, add small details. As you remember, the first characteristic that we talked about was simplicity. And it still is a really important characteristic. But we can also add really small details that will catch our readers attention. And those details will make those children love the illustrations. So there you have it. The five key picture book illustration characteristics that will make your illustrations look more professional and much more beautiful. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 3. Blocking in the character - Head line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to begin blocking in our character. And to be more specific, we're going to create the head line art. So let's begin. So here we are in Adobe Illustrator, and I'm going to start by creating a new file. So I'm going to go to File and New. And here I'm going to go to web. And I'm going to select the Web Large option, which is 1920 by 1080 pixels. I'm going to click on Create, and this is our file. Perfect. Now I'm going to go to my desktop. And here I have the reference that I'm going to use for this project. I'm just going to click and drag it. And I'm going to drop it here like that. And I'm going to resize it so it fits within our file. Like that. I'm going to place it in the middle. Like so. And I'm going to rename this layer to background. And I'm going to go to the transparency options. And I'm going to decrease the transparency to something around 35 percent like that. And I'm going to lock my layer so I cannot modify it anymore. And now I'm going to create a new layer and call it line art. Perfect. And now I'm going to change to the pen tool. And I'm just going to prepare this pen for the project that I'm going to work. So I'm going to create a simple shape like this. And I'm going to make sure that the fill color is turned off like that. And I'm going to change the color for the stroke. I'm going to use a really dark gray like this. I'm going to get closer and I'm going to select the width tool. And I'm going to click and drag starting from this anchor point here. And as you can see, this tool is going to allow us to give thickness to our strokes. And we're going to use this tool a lot in this course. But for now, I'm just going to change the color for the stroke. So I'm going to click here, and I'm going to make it a little bit brighter like that. And now that I like the color for the strokes, I'm going to select this one and I'm going to delete it. Now. I'm going to come over here to the head area. And I'm going to use the pen tool to create the shape for the head of our character. And as you can see, I'm using as few points as I can like that. And now I'm going to use the direct selection tool to select this anchor point. And I'm going to modify the handles until I get the shape that I want. And as you can see, it is actually really easy to make shapes with the Pen tool. And now I'm going to move to the IRS. So I'm going to click and drag over here. And I'm going to go all the way to the other side and click and drag. Like so. And now I can modify the handles to have this shape that I want. And I'm going to the same on this other ear. And if you want, you can use more anchor points. I'm just using two because I think that there is no need for more points than that. But if you need to use more, go ahead and use more than two. Perfect. So now I'm just going to modify this a little bit. And I'm going to come to the nose area. And I'm going to create the nose. And as you can see again, I'm using as few points as possible. And this is going to make it easier. And now I'm just going to create the highlight, like so. And I'm going to give it a different shape from the one that I have in my sketch. Just to make it a little bit more interesting. And I'm going to modify it using the different anchor points and it handles like so. Perfect. Now I'm going to use the selection tool. I'm going to select this shape. And I'm going to move it a little bit and make it a tiny bit smaller. Now, I'm going to come over here to the eyebrows. And I'm going to make them the same way that I made the ears. I'm going to select this shape and I'm going to copy it and paste it. Now I can select it and place it over here. Perfect. And now to make the eyes, I'm going to use the Ellipse tool. And I'm going to just click and drag like that. And I'm going to make the highlight as well. So I'm going to make another circle. And another one over here. This one is going to be smaller. Like so. And now I'm just going to select all of those shapes and rotate them a little bit like that. And I'm going to select them all. And I'm going to click here to feel these shapes like that. I'm going to select the small circle and I'm going to change the color. I'm going to use white. And I'm going to do the same for these other circle. And as you can see now we have these guy. So I'm going to select it and duplicate it. And I'm going to rotate it just a little bit. And I'm going to modify these highlights. I'm going to move them down just like so. And I'm going to do the same with the nose. So I'm going to click over here to invert these. I'm going to select this other shape and using the eyedropper tool. I'm going to copy the feel of this highlight like that. And now I can create the mouth like so. And I'm going to use the eyedropper tool again. And I'm going to click over here. So we get the same style of the stroke that we were using before. And now we can continue creating the mouth. And this area here, just like that. And as you can see, it is really easy to make these Layne art. And now all they have to do is to add some width to these different strokes. So I'm going to select this one. And I'm going to use the width tool. I'm going to click here and drag like so. And I'm going to do the same with the rest of the strokes. And as you can see with this tool, is really easy to create a really, really nice strokes. Now for the mouth, I'm going to select this one. And I'm going to go to the stroke options. And I'm going to click here. And I'm going to select the Show Options option. Now we can see the different options. I'm going to click here to make the ends around. And I'm going to change the kind of stroke. I'm going to use this one. And as you can see, this looks really nice. Perfect. Now I'm just going to select this anchor point and move it a little bit. And now I'm just going to select the nose and I'm going to rotate it a little bit. Like so. That's going to look better. And I am going to continue using the width tool. And I'm going to click our here and make it thicker. And I'm going to the same on this area here. Like so. Perfect. I'm going to do the same with the IRS. And I'm going to do the same with this other one. Like that. Maybe a little bit less like so. And now I'm going to work on the eyebrows. And this last one. All right, I like it. I'm going to zoom out to see how this looks. And I really like it. I'm just going to come over here and I'm going to add some thickness to the end of these different strokes like that. Alright? And I'm going to do the same on this other one. Perfect. And I really like how this looks. I think that we did a really nice job on these character and it was really easy. So that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 4. Blocking in the character - Head line art details - Adding hair: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to add some hairs to our characters forehead. So let's begin. All right, so this is where we left in our previous lesson. And before continuing, I'm just going to save my file. So I'm going to go to File and Save. And since we haven't saved our file yet, we have to assign a name. And I'm just going to click on Save. And here I'm just going to leave everything the way it is and click, Okay, Perfect. Now I'm going to turn on the visibility for this layer. And I'm going to start creating the different shapes that create these hairs using the pen tool. And as you can see, this is really easy to do. Now, I'm going to continue with the second one like that. And I'm going to use the width tool to add some thickness to these different shapes like that. Maybe a little bit less. And we're going to come over here. I'm going to press Option and I'm going to double-click on this stroke here. So this is isolated. And I'm going to use the pen tool. And I'm going to make when new anchor point here and another one over here. And the reason for this is because we're going to delete this one here in the middle. So this area here is up. And now I'm going to double-click on my canvas. To get out of the isolation mode. I'm going to select these other stroke. And I'm going to use the width tool to make sure that this is a similar size than the other stroke. And I'm going to move it into position. So this looks like it is only one stroke. Like that. Perfect. I'm going to use the width tool again. And I'm going to add some thickness to this area. And I'm going to do the same with this other one. Like that. Perfect. Now I'm going to use the pen tool again to continue creating these different hairs like this. And I'm going to use the width tool to add some thickness to the stroke. And I'm going to use the pen tool again to create these other hair like that. And I'm going to modify this handle here. And I'm going to use the width tool to add some thickness. Like so. I'm going to modify it a little bit. And I'm going to get closer here. I'm going to use the pen tool again. I'm going to make another anchor point here. I'm going to select this other one and delete it. I'm going to double-click to get out of this isolation mode. And as you can see, this looks really nice. I really like it. It looks really cute. I'm just going to modify this hair here. Just a little bit. I'm going to get back to this other one here. And I'm going to make it a little bit thicker like this. And as you can see, the ends of these different strokes are really sharp. So what I'm going to do is to select this stroke here. I'm going to go to the stroke options. And I'm going to select these second option here. As you can see now, this looks around it at the end, and that's what we want. So I'm going to select this other one and I'm going to the same like that. Perfect. So I'm just going to come back to this stroke here. And I'm going to make it a little bit thicker. And I really like how this looks. I think that our character is coming out really, really nice and it looks really cute. So that's all for this lesson. I hope that you'll learn something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 5. Blocking in the character - Body line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to start blocking in our character's body. So let's begin. And this is where we left in our previous lesson. So what I'm going to do is to get closer here. And using the pen tool, I'm going to start blocking in these character like this. And I'm going to press the alt key to break this handle and make it shorter. And I'm going to click over here to continue creating these Lane. And I'm going to finish our rehearing like that. Now. I'm going to continue our here. And again, as you can see, I'm using as few anchor points as possible. And this makes the job much easier because I don't have to work with too many point. I'm going to continue over here. And whenever I need to break one of these handles and just pressing the Alt key and break the handle, make it the size that I want and continue creating new anchor point. And if I want to move this point here, I can use the arrow keys on my keyboard. I'm going to click over here to continue. I'm going to break this handle, make it smaller. And I'm going to continue with the pants of these character, right? I'm going to break this one and continue over here. And I'm going to break this one as well and continue over here. And as you can see in some areas, I don't follow the exact line as in my sketch. And that is okay. All I'm trying to do is to make this character as beautiful as possible. Now, I'm going to come back over here. I'm going to select this stroke. And using the width tool, I'm going to make it a little bit thicker. And I'm going to do the same with this other one. Like this. I think that this area here is a little bit too thin. So I'm going to use the width tool over here as well. And I'm going to do the same over here. Perfect. I like it. Now I think that we have to make these a little bit thicker over here, like this. And I'm going to zoom out to see how this looks. And I'm going to get closer. And using the pen tool, I'm going to finish creating these character. So I'm going to make the arm like this. And using the width tool, I'm going to add some thickness to this arm. And I'm also going to add some thickness to the ends of the stroke. Like this. And I like it. Perfect. Now let's continue. I'm going to come over here and I'm going to create these line like that. And using the width tool, I'm going to add some thickness. I'm going to select it, copied and pasted and move it into position like that. And I'm going to use the pen tool to create these other shape here like that. So I'm going to make it thicker like that. And I'm going to select it. And I'm going to add some field color like that. I'm just going to move it to the right a little bit. So this is in the middle of these lines. And I'm going to start creating these wrinkles here. And as you can see, I'm just making some small lines. And I'm going to select this different strokes. And I'm going to turn off the fill option like that. I'm going to go to the stroke options and I'm going to change the kind of stroke. I'm going to increase their weight like that. And I'm going to change the kind of stroke. And I like it, but I think that we can do better. So I'm going to look for a different one. And I like this one better. So I'm going to stick with this one. And I'm just going to mirror the orientation for this effect. And I'm going to modify these lanes. Perfect, I like it. Let's get back to this area. And I'm going to continue adding these wrinkles like this. And as you can see, I'm just following the sketch that I have behind. And I'm going to select these strokes. I'm going to use the eyedropper tool. And I'm going to select this style. And I'm going to come over here and change the profile. And I'm going to invert the orientation like that. And as you can see, this looks really beautiful. So now I'm just going to finish up with these other lines that I need to make here. I'm just adding these lines over here. And I'm going to add a few on the arm as well like that. And now I'm going to select all of these different strokes. I'm going to change the profile. And I'm going to increase the weight like that. And I'm going to move some of these points to make sure that this looks as best as possible. Perfect. And now I'm just going to zoom out. And I'm just going to see how this looks. And I think that we did an excellent job. So that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 6. Blocking in the character - Hands and feet line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to create the characters, hands and feet line art. So let's begin. All right, so this is where we left in our previous lesson. And I'm going to zoom in a little bit over here. And I'm going to use the pen tool to create the fit of this character. And as you can see, this is really easy. I'm just following the sketch that I have below. Like that. And I'm going to the last finger, like so. Now I'm going to get closer and I'm going to modify this handle a little bit. I'm going to select all of these different strokes. I'm going to copy them and paste them. And I'm going to move them to the other side. Now I'm going to select this one. We're going to continue this path like that. And as you can see, this looks really, really cute. I'm just going to select those strokes. I'm going to go to the different stroke options. And I'm going to increase the weight. And I'm going to do the same with these other lines. Perfect. I'm going to select all of these different strokes. And I'm going to reduce it a little bit because I think that they were a little bit too thick. Now I'm going to use the width tool. And I'm going to increase the thickness for the middle part. Like that just enough. So this looks better. And as you can see, the ends of these trucks don't look too good. So I'm going to select them. And I'm going to round the ends using these options. I'm going to select these other ones. And I'm going to do the same. And as you can see now, these look much, much better than before. And I'm just going to modify this one a little bit so it doesn't look the same as the other fit. And as you can see, this character looks really cute. I'm going to go to the hand area, and I'm going to use the pen tool to follow the sketch and create these hand. And I'm going to make this finger a little bit bigger like that. And now I'm going to use the handles to modify the shape a little bit. I'm going to increase their weight. And I'm going to use the width tool to make these a little bit thicker in the middle. Now I'm going to make this other finger here. And I'm going to make it a little bigger as well. I'm also going to increase the weight and I'm going to use the width tool to make it a little bit thicker. And I'm going to move the whole thing a little bit. And finally, I have to make the last finger. And I'm going to use the eyedropper tool to copy the same style that we used for the other finger. Alright, now I'm going to go to the other hand. And using the pen tool, I'm going to create these hand. And as you can see, sometimes I make the different elements are little bit bigger or a little bit smaller from my sketch. And I do that whenever I think that this will look better if I make it a little bit different from the sketch. So feel free to use your own judgment and modify your characters are a little bit, as long as it makes them look better. Perfect. Now I'm just going to modify this hand a little bit. I'm going to move this point like that. And I'm going to select all of those different strokes. I'm going to increase the weight. And I'm going to use the width tool to add some thickness here in the middle of the stroke. I'm going to do the same with those other strokes. And as you can see, this looks better. You can see that the hand look as similar size. So we made the right decision when we create the left-hand a little bit bigger from the sketch. So as you can see, creating the hands and the feet for our character was a really, really easy task. And I love how this character look so far. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learn something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 7. Spaceship line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to create these patients Layne art. So let's begin. So this is where we left in our previous lesson. And the first thing that I'm going to do is to rename these layer. Then I'm going to lock it so we cannot modify it by accident. And I'm going to create a new layer. I'm going to rename this one as well. And I'm going to get closer here. And I'm going to start creating the outline for the spaceship. But since this is asymmetric, our object, we're going to create only 1.5 of this object. And then we're going to mirror it to create the other half. So let's use the pen tool. And I'm going to start outlining these spaceship. And since we are going to use the mirror tool, it is really important that these two points begin at the same place. So when this purple line appears, it means that these two points are on the exact same horizontal position. So I'm going to create this anchor point here, like this. And now I can continue with this other side here. I'm just going to continue creating these patients using the pen tool like this. And I'm going to modify it and this handle here just a little bit. I'm going to get closer to make it look better like that. And I'm going to select this stroke and using the pen tool, I'm going to add a new anchor point here. I'm going to select a list other one and delete it like so. And I'm going to modify this a little bit more because I don't like how this looks. I'm just going to make sure that this looks better like that. And now I can use the Ellipse tool. And I'm going to start right here in the middle, and I'm going to press the Alt key. So this circle is going to be created from the center out. And I'm going to do it again with the same tool like this. And now I'm going to use the pen tool again. And I'm going to start from the center here. And remember that these purple line is going to show us the center is. And I'm going to finish here on the side. Like so. Perfect. Now again with the pen tool, I'm going to begin over here. I'm going to create another one here. And I'm going to finish right over here. And I'm going to modify these anchor point. Now, I'm going to get closer here and I'm going to select and these stroke, I'm going to use the pen tool to create another anchor point and fair, and delete this one. And I'm going to move this one a little bit to the right, like so. So as you can see, now we have one of the halves of these spaceship created. And now all I have to do is to use the selection tool and make sure that you are using the black one, not the white one. I'm going to select all of those different strokes. And I'm going to go over here. I'm going to click and hold. And I'm going to select the reflect tool. And I'm going to press the Alt key. And I'm going to click right here on this anchor point, which is right in the middle of our drawing. So this dialog box is going to appear. And if it doesn't appear, is because you are not pressing the Alt key, make sure that you press the Alt key. Now with this dialog box, we're going to turn on the preview. And you can see that this is going to be reflected to the right. And if it is not reflecting the right way, try with the other options. And now I'm going to select the Copy option because we want to preserve the other side as well. So I'm going to make a copy here. And now as you can see, the spaceship is complete. But we still have to do a little bit more work because some of these strokes are still two separate strokes. So to show you, I'm just going to select this one. And as you can see, this is one stroke and this is the other one. So they are not only when they are separated, I'm going to select them both. I'm going to go to object path, and I'm going to select the join option. And you can see the shortcut here. Now, I'm going to select at least two other strokes. And I'm going to use the command to join them together. And now you can see that this one is only one stroke. And the same with this one. It is now only one. So all they have to do is to come to this other one. I'm going to select the two strokes and I'm going to go to object path and join like that. And now all they have to do is to select all of those different strokes. I'm going to make these a little bit bigger. And I'm going to make an even bigger like that. And now I can use the width tool to add a little bit of thickness to these strokes like that. And I'm going to do the same with these other stroke. And I'm also going to use the width tool and these other stroke. And finally, the one on the right. And now I'm going to select this circle and I'm going to increase the number of the stroke. And I'm going to do the same with these other one. Perfect. So this is complete. And now only have to do is to lock this layer so I cannot modify it by accident. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learn something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 8. Blocking in the caterpillar - Body line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to outline the caterpillar, which is the secondary character in our illustration. So let's begin. All right, so this is where we left in our previous lesson. And I'm going to start by making a new layer and naming it caterpillar like that. And I'm going to get closer here. And using the pen tool I'm going to create and the head. And it is going to be the same way that we did the head for Deborah. Like this. And I'm going to zoom in to create the mouth like this. This is going to be the cheek. And for the, I am going to recycle the one from our other character. So I'm going to unlock this layer. I'm going to select these, I am going to duplicate it. And now that VC selected, I'm going to click and drag to the other layer. And that's going to copy these layers inside of this group. And I'm going to move this one over here. And I'm going to make it smaller like this and place it into position just like that. And I will have to rotate it a little bit more. And I'm going to make another copy and place it here. I'm going to select these cheek. I'm going to duplicate it as well. And I'm going to move it over here. And to make it look better, I'm going to right-click. I'm going to go to Transform and reflect. I'm going to click Okay. And I'm going to move it into position. And I'm going to use the pen tool to create the mouth. And I'm going to modify these handles to get the shape that I want. I'll write these looks really cute. I'm just going to move this a little bit like that. And a lake, how this looks. Now I'm going to use the width tool. And I'm going to start giving a little bit of thickness to these character. Like that. I'm going to get closer and I'm going to modify the width over here like that. Now I'm going to create this arm. And I'm going to make it a little bit thicker. I'm going to select it and duplicate it. I'm going to right-click, go to Transform and Reflect like that. And I'm going to move this one into position. All right. Now I'm going to use the pen tool again. And I'm going to click and create these stroke. And I'm going to make it a little bit thicker using the width tool. And I'm going to this aim with this other one here. I'm going to click over here and finish it right here. Leg. So I'm going to select this one and modified a little bit. And I'm going to make it a little bit thicker. In the middle. Are right? And now I'm going to come over here and I'm going to create the rest of the body of these curricular like this. And I'm going to make it thicker here in the middle. And as you can see, sometimes I zoom in and out to see how this looks from a different distance. And that helps me to know if I'm doing the right thing or if I had to do something different. So that's the reason why I zoom in and zoom out so often. Now I'm going to move these points a little bit like that. And I'm going to use the pen tool to create these other parts of the body. And I'm going to make it a thicker here. And it looks incomplete. So I'm going to create a last part here. This is going to be smaller and make it bigger. And I'm going to modify it a little bit. And as you can see, these looks really cute and really beautiful. And now I'm just going to make their feet like this. And I'm going to use the width tool to make this thicker like this. And I'm going to select this one and duplicate it. And I'm going to right-click, go to Transform and Reflect like that. And I'm going to place it on these other site. And now I'm just going to make it a little bit smaller and move it into position. And I'm going to do the same with the other one. Like that. I'm going to select it and duplicate it, make it smaller, and move it like so. I'm going to make another copy, make it even smaller, and place it there. And these different objects have to be in the front. So I'm going to right-click. I'm going to go to arrange and I'm going to select the Bring to Front option. I'm going to do the same with this one. And also with this one. And finally with this one. All right, and I need another one, so I'm going to duplicate this one. And then we're going to move it into position. And as you can see, this looks really nice. And all we have to do now is to come to the side. And I'm going to create these shapes here. I'm going to make this as round as possible like that. And I'm going to modify this anchor point. And also this one. I'm going to go to the stroke options. And I'm going to increase their weight. And I'm going to make the ends a little bit rounded like that. And I'm going to add a circle here. To make these look better. I'm going to select both of these different strokes. And I'm going to go to window. And I'm going to bring out the Pathfinder. And I'm going to use these options here. But as you can see, it is not going to work. So I have to go to Object and Expand. And here I'm just going to click. Okay. And now I can use the Pathfinder to merge these two different strokes together. I'm going to make another circle here. I'm going to select those Pat. And I'm going to merge them together using the Pathfinder. And now only have to do is to select this one. Copied and pasted. Right-click on it, go to Transform and use that reflect Arjun. I'm going to click Okay, and I'm going to move it into position. And I'm going to make it a little bit smaller and rotate it a little bit. So it doesn't look the same as the other one. And now I'm going to select all of the contents of this layer. I'm going to shrink it down and I'm going to place it on top of the spaceship. I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. And I'm going to move it up a little bit more. I'm going to select this spaceship, am going to make it even bigger. I'm going to move it to the left. I'm going to select my caterpillar and I'm going to move it into position. So it looks like this caterpillar is on top of the spaceship. Alright, I like it. I like how this looks. So I'll have to do now is to lock this layer, create a new one, and name it line art. I'm going to unlock all of these different layers. And I'm going to place them inside of this one. And I'm going to get closer here. And I think that these finger doesn't look too good, so I'm going to select it and delete it. And I think that now it looks much better. So now I'm just going to look all of these different layers. I'm going to move these Pathfinder. I'm going to create a new layer and I'm going to call it background. I'm just going to place it below the line art layer. And I'm just going to rename this one. And now the outline for our illustration is complete. And they like it very much. And as you, so it was really, really easy to make. So that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful and I will see you in the following lesson. 9. Refining the line art: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to refine the outline for the different elements within our illustration. So let's begin part right? So this is where we left in our previous lesson. And as you remember, we completed creating the outline for the different elements within our illustration. But there's still some areas where I want to modify this outline a little bit before getting into the coloring process. So I'm going to start over here on the feet area. And I'm going to make sure that all of my different layers are on lagged so I can modify them. And as you can see, the leg on the left looks thinner than the leg on the right. So we're going to fix that. I'm going to select this point and I'm going to move it to the left. And I'm going to do the same with those two other points. And I'm going to have to modify these different lines as well. Like this. And as you can see now these looks much, much better. And now I'm going to move this one to the right as well. And as you can see now this looks better. Now with the selection tool, I'm going to select those different lines. And I'm going to move them to the left. And I'm going to select this one. And I'm going to create a new anchor point there with the pen tool. And I'm going to delete this one. So now this looks much better than before, right? I'm going to move this one to the right as well. And you can see that this looks way better than before. Perfect. Now, another thing that I want to change are the ears, because I think that at this point they look at very simple. So I'm going to move this one here like that, and also this one here. And you can see that this is really easy because this stroke is made out of only two different points. So it is going to be really easy to modify the shape of the stroke. Now I'm going to use the pen tool to create the inner side for this ear. Like this. And I'm going to use the width tool to give it a little bit of thickness. Okay, it looks a little bit finally, so I'm going to undo that. And I'm going to do it again like that. And this looks better. And you can see the difference between the ear on the left and the one on the right. And now I'm going to select these two strokes. I'm going to duplicate them. And I'm going to right-click go to transform and use their reflect option. I'm going to click Okay. And I'm going to place these one into position. And I'm going to select this other one and delete it. And I'm going to move these ones into position. And I will have to make it a little bit smaller and rotate it a little bit like that. Perfect. I'm going to select these two ones and I'm going to make them smaller like that. And I'm going to do the same with these ones because they were a little bit too big. Okay. I'm just going to rotate them a little bit like that. I'm going to get closer here. I'm going to select this one. And I'm going to add 1 there and delete this one. And I'm going to the same here. The same with this one like that. And I'm going to do the same with these other ear. I'm going to move this point like that. And also this one. And I'm going to do the same with these other two points. For this one, I'm going to add 1 and I'm going to delete this one. So now we don't have any strokes overlapping with each other. And it looks much cleaner. I like it. I like the new ears for our character. Now, I'm going to go back to their body. And you can see that at least body is leaning a little bit to one side. So this character is not standing properly. And I'm going to fix that. And to make things easier, I'm going to turn off the visibility for the rest of my layers. And I'm going to select all of these different strokes, including these ones. And I'm going to rotate the whole body and will lead to the left. I'm going to move it to the left a little bit more. And I'm going to move this fit like so. And now as you can see, the character's position looks much better than before. So now I can turn back on the visibility for the rest of my layers. And now our liner is complete. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 10. Painting the sun: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to paint the sand for our illustration. So let's begin. I'll write before I begin, I'm going to duplicate this group. I'm going to rename this one. And I'm going to move it all the way down. I'm going to lock all of these different groups. And I'm going to turn off the visibility for these layer. Now, I'm going to rename this one as well. And I'm going to select all of the contents by clicking here. Then I'm going to go to object, and I'm going to select the Expand Appearance option. So now all of these strokes are going to be converted into different shapes. Now I'm going to select the background object and I'm going to make sure that it is unlocked. I'm going to select the Rectangle Tool and I'm going to change the color. And for this I'm going to use a really desaturated orange color. And I'm going to turn off the stroke because I don't want any strokes. And I'm going to create a new rectangle like that. And now I can come to my different layers. And now I'm going to lock this layer because I don't want to modify it anymore. And I'm going to create a new one. And I'm going to call it a son. And now I'm going to use the pen brush tool. And for this, I'm going to use a Wacom tablet. So if you have one, makes sure that you use it. And now I'm going to go to these different brushes menu. And I'm going to select the first one. And I'm going to increase the stroke. And I'm going to change the color. And now I'm going to paint. And as you can see, this brush is not working the way that we want because it preserves the same size all along the stroke. So what I have to do is to come back here and I have to select the calligraphic brush. And now the size for this brush is going to depend on the pressure that I put into my Wacom tablet. You can see that the size is going to be different depending on the pressure that I put. And you will be able to do this only if you have a Wacom tablet or a similar tablet. If you don't, then you can use a regular brush. Now, I'm going to select all of those different strokes. I'm going to delete them. I'm going to change the stroke. And I'm going to start painting my son. And for the different race, I'm going to make this brush a little bigger. And I'm going to finish creating these different strokes. I'm going to delete this one. And I'm going to do it again. And I'm going to move this one a little bit. Like so. I'm going to make this one bigger. And I'm going to resize this one as well. Perfect. Now I'm going to select the whole thing and I'm going to move it to the left and resize it like that. And now that this is complete, I'm going to lock these group. And that's it. Now we have the sun, and as you saw, it was really easy to make it. So that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 11. Adding shadows: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to add some shadows to our main character. So let's begin. All right, so this is where we left in our previous lesson. And I'm going to start by creating a new layer. And I'm going to rename it like that. I'm going to select it and I'm going to use the pen brush tool. And I'm going to change the color. And I'm going to start tracing some lines. And I'm just going to make it a little bit darker like that. And I'm going to feel this part of the ear. And also this one here. Like that. I'm going to make one line here, like so. And I'm going to do the same on this side like that. And as you can see, the layer where I'm doing these is below the line art. So I will not paint over the line. I'm painting under the lines. And I'm going to continue with the hair. Now. I'm going to go all around their face like this. And now I'm just going to go under the eyebrows like that. Perfect. I'm going to go around the eyes and also on this part of the nose. So now I'm going to go to their body and I'm going to start on this arm. And also the hand like this. I'll write. And I'm going to continue on this other side. And I'm going to create a big shadow here because the sand is on the left. So the head is going to be predicting a big shadow on the right side of this character. And as you can see, if you make a mistake while you have to do is to undo it and try it again. And I'm going to continue the same way on the rest of this character. Now, I'm going to work on the left leg like that. And I'm going to continue on these different wrinkles here and also their fingers here. And these other ones as well like that. And I'm going to continue with the arm and these other hand. And I'm just going to finish adding some shadows on the hand. And I'm going to zoom out to see how this looks. And I think that this looks really, really beautiful. We did an excellent job. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you'll learn something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 12. Adding color and shading: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to add color to our illustration. So let's begin. So this is where we left in our previous lesson. And I'm going to start by selecting this layer. And I'm going to rename it to shadows. I'm going to lock it down. And I'm going to create a new layer. And I'm going to make sure that this layer is below the shadows layer. And I'm going to use the paintbrush tool. I'm going to change the color. And for the spaceship, I'm going to use a desaturated red color. And I'm going to begin coloring the spaceship. And as you can see, this is really easy to do. All you have to do is to color the different elements within this illustration. And I'm just going to make this brush bigger so I can do this faster. And I'm going to finish like this. I'm going to reduce this one. So I can get to this tiny places. And I'm going to change the color. Again. I'm going to use a yellow color. And I'm going to color the top of the spaceship like that. And I'm going to use the same color for these other parts. For this one hearing their middle, I'm going to color only one of the halves. And I'm going to color these other ones as well. And as you can see, I'm leaving some areas without any color. And that is a key element for these kinds of illustrations. Now I'm going to change the color again. I'm going to make it a little bit darker. I'm going to use it to color these other side. Like that. Perfect. Now I'm going to change the color again. I'm going to use a blue color. And I'm going to paint this window here like that. Perfect. I'm going to change the color again. I'm going to paint some reflections, something like that. It's going to do well. And you can see that it's really easy to make these kinds of illustrations. And now I'm going to paint the caterpillar. And for this one, I'm going to use a green color. But before doing that, I'm going to create a new layer, which is going to be only for the caterpillar. And I'm going to change the color like that. And I'm going to begin painting these caterpillar. And again, as you can see, I'm leaving some areas without any color. All right. Now I have to modify these spaceship. So I'm going to unlock this layer. I'm going to select this path. And I'm going to use the pen tool to add a few points like that. And I'm going to select these other points, and I'm going to delete them. And as you can see, this is going to look better because now the caterpillar looks like EVs in front of the spaceship, which is what we want. Now, I'm going to do the same with the color. But first I have to select all of these strokes and I have to go to object and expand appearance like that. And now I'm going to go back again. Now I have to go to the Pathfinder and they have to merge all of these Pat. And now I can erase some of this color. And for that, I'm going to use the erase tool. And I'm going to just erase all of those different sections that I don't want like that. And I'm going to continue painting. And now I'm going to use a darker color. And I'm going to paint some shadows, lay these. And it doesn't matter if I paint outside the outline because in this style, it doesn't matter if we get outside of these outlined. It is not going to look bad. All right. I like it. And now if I turn off these liner group, you can see the different colors and the shadows. And I'm going to select all of those different strokes that make these color. And I'm going to the same that we did before. I'm going to go to Object and Expand Appearance. And I'm going to merge all of these paths together. And now I want to erase some areas here on the window. So I'm going to use the erase tool. And I'm going to erase that section there because I wanted to be some kind of a brighter color like that. And now I'm going to select the paintbrush tool again. And I'm going to change the color like that. And I'm going to paint this area here, like so. And now I'm going to select those strokes. I'm going to go to Object and Expand Appearance. And I'm going to merge them together like that. And now I can use the erase tool to erase those parts there. Like that. All right, I like it. I like how this looks. And finally, I'm just going to change the color for the sand because I think that it's going to look much better if we make this color a little bit brighter, like so. And as you can see, coloring this illustration was really easy to do. And I like the result. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learn something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 13. Adding highlights: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to add some highlights to our main character. So let's start. Perfect. So this is where we left in our previous lesson. So I'm going to start by creating a new layer and I'm going to rename it to highlight. Now, I'm going to use the Paintbrush tool and I'm going to change the color. For this one, I'm going to use a white color. And I'm going to start adding the highlights. And for this step, it is really important that you take into account where your light is coming from. And in our illustration, the light is coming from the top and from the left. So we're going to add the highlights according to that. And I'm going to continue adding some highlights. And I'm also going to add some highlights on this character's body. And I think that something like that is going to do. I'm going to add some here. And I'm going to also add some highlights on these secondary character, just a few tiny highlight. And now I can also add some highlights on the spaceship. And you can add as many highlights as you want. But for now I think that this is going to look nice. And that's all for this lesson. I hope that you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson. 14. Final touches: Hello class and welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to add the final touches to our illustration. So let's begin. Perfect. So I'm going to start by locking all of these layers. And I'm going to create a new layer. And I'm going to change the color. I'm going to use a really desaturated red. And I'm going to move this layer down. I'm going to use the Paintbrush tool. And I'm going to start painting. And as you can see, it is not showing. So I'm going to move this layer up like that. And now we can see what we payment. And I'm going to continue. And I'm just adding a few details to the characters, clothes like that. And I'm going to add some over here too. And also on this other leg. And as you can see, those small details give a lot of personality to this character and make it look better. Now, I'm going to change the color. And I'm going to find this particular stroke. I'm going to select it. And I'm going to turn off the field like that. Now I'm going to select it and I'm going to right-click and go to arrange and select the Bring to Front option. Like that. Now I'm going to change the color again to blue. And I'm going to begin painting like this. But as you can see, we are painting over these lines. And that is not what we want. And all they have to do now is to select this stroke and move it all the way up like that. And I'm going to move these strokes in. Now. I'm going to change the color again. I'm going to select a brighter color. I'm going to reduce the size for this stroke. And I'm going to create a circle here. And I'm going to create these circular shape. And I'm going to start adding some stars and a lake it. And again, as I said before, these small details give a lot of personality to our characters and to our illustrations. And I'm going to select this son. But I'm going to make sure that this layer is unlocked so I can select it. And I'm going to move it closer to my character. And now I'm going to use the text tool. And I'm going to make this text a little bigger. And I'm just going to type, follow your dreams. And I'm going to fix this here, like so. And I'm going to change the font. I'm going to find a more stylized font like this. And I'm going to increase the size of these text. I'm going to tape it down. Maybe 250, like that. And I'm going to change the color for this font. I'm going to use an orange color, like so. And I'm going to reduce the size a little bit. And I think that it's going to be better if I separate this font. I'm going to delete the second Park. And I'm going to make this part bigger like that. I'm going to duplicate it. I'm going to write down your dreams. And I am going to reduce their size for this font. And I'm going to move it into position. I'm going to make it smaller. And as you can see, we have a lot of space on the left. So I'm going to unlock all of my layers except for the background. And I'm going to select all of those different strokes and I'm going to move him to the left like that. And now I can select my text and I can make it bigger. And I'm going to place it right over here. And to make it look better, I'm going to rotate it just a little bit, like so. I'm just going to move it up just a little bit. And I'm going to select all of these elements and move them to the left. And now our illustration is finished. And a lake the result. And as you, so it was really easy to make and it looks really beautiful. So that's all for this lesson. I hope you learned something useful. And I will see you in the following lesson.