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
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About This Class

Hi! In this class I’ll show you how to use the power of Adobe Illustrator custom brushes. We’ll make leaves, petals and stems that can be painted on and curled into position. Using botanical brushes in layers, we’ll see the design literally grow and flourish into a beautiful plant. Plus I’ll show this for both a placement illustration and then for a repeat pattern.

This Botanical Brushes class is geared towards designers with some knowledge of Adobe Illustrator already who want to learn additional techniques. For those wanting introductory lessons or a refresher first, please check out my earlier class called ‘Making Motifs in Adobe Illustrator – find your unique vector style’.

For class you will need the Illustrator software. If like me you wish to start your project by drawing traditionally, then you’ll also need some very basic materials like plain paper, pencil and black pen, plus smart phone, scanner or other method of getting your work into the computer.

I’m excited to show you how to grow plant designs with botanical brushes, so let’s get started!