Botanical Brushes: grow a plant pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Sue Gibbins, Pattern Designer & Teacher

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13 Lessons (1h 18m)
    • 1. Welcome

      1:19
    • 2. Research & Drawing

      4:33
    • 3. Colour Palette

      6:25
    • 4. Building Motifs

      17:29
    • 5. Creating Brushes

      6:48
    • 6. Botanical Brush Set

      6:39
    • 7. Growing an Illustration

      9:54
    • 8. Adding Depth

      3:12
    • 9. Repeat Pattern

      15:41
    • 10. Re-Colouring

      2:20
    • 11. Expanding Brush Strokes

      1:47
    • 12. Your Project

      1:01
    • 13. Wrapping Up

      0:56

Project Description

Time for botanical brushes!

I want you to make a plant design with custom brushes in Adobe Illustrator. It can be a placement illustration, or a repeating pattern, or you could make both if you wish. You can choose any type of plant. In fact you don’t have to make your plant realistic if you don’t want to – you could create a magical mythical plant and perhaps in wild colours!

You can keep it simple with just a couple of elements or make a complex multilayered organic design. It’s up to you. Just have fun with it and try the botanical brushes technique.

I’d love to see your ideas flourish into fully-grown plant designs, so please do share your creations in the Project tab. Also feel free to post your work in progress, such as your inspiration, sketches, and the individual brush elements you create. It’s wonderful to see how you are getting on. And remember I have included some useful resources for you as well.

If you are new to posting projects on Skillshare, here’s a quick guide to project image sizes:

  • Cover image works well at 690 pixels wide by 466 pixels high.
  • Images within the project work well at 690 pixels wide (and any height).

So, happy designing!

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