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Doodles to Digital. Turn your doodles into digital art.

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

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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + art board

    • 3. Lesson 2: Drawing a leaf

    • 4. Lesson 3: Positioning the leaves

    • 5. Lesson 4: Filling in the square

    • 6. Lesson 5: Tidying up the digital drawing

    • 7. Lesson 6: Playing with color

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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Lesson 1:  Set up your workspace + art board

Lesson 2:  Draw the leaf

Lesson 3:  Leaf placement

Lesson 4:  Fill in the sqaure

Lesson 5:  Tidy up the drawing

Lesson 6:  Play with colors

Final Thoughts

Instructions for a free Adobe Illustrator program in this 4-minute YouTube tutorial: CLICK HERE


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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to Doodles to Digital with Ari North. I'm an artist, art teacher and creator of coloring books, meditation journals and surface pattern designs. This year we launched the Ari North Project Theory. North Project is a philanthropic incubator supporting creative communities through education and project based initiatives. Current projects are art therapy resources, providing free coloring pages to mental health clinics. Hashtag bring back the bees created the book Wildflowers of North America, available on Amazon and art gallery boutiques, design classes on skill share, encouraging artists to grow their creative businesses and free illustrations to everyone on our email list. You can join that list at ari north dot com. In this class, you'll learn to set up your workspace and art board on Illustrator. You'll draw Leaf on Adobe Illustrator. You learn to position the leaves, fill in the square, tidy up the drawing and play with color and then just a few final thoughts. The Adobe Illustrator tools and menus that will be using are the pen tool, pencil rectangle, transform and scale that's to resize, arrange and sent back fill, stroke, radiant and opacity. And of course, we'll do some playing with color and less. And six. If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator, you can download a current free copy off a trial on adobe dot com. Ailsa created a four minute YouTube tutorial on downloading a free and legal copy of Adobe Illustrator CS to the link is in the class project section. Below your class project is to create a digital drawing from a doodle, using the techniques that you learned in this class and share your artwork in the Project gallery. Once you learn to turn your doodles into digital art, you can build an impressive portfolio for your design career. Your digital art can be used in advertising, art, licensing, coloring books, stationery, fabrics, textiles and more. Please join me in class. I look forward to seeing your art and the project gallery. 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + art board: Hello and welcome to lesson one. In this lesson, we're going to set up our workspace with an art board and we're also going to add a rectangle as a guideline so that we can create our leaves inside the rectangle. I'm going to file open. I'm going to just call this document leaves. You can name it anything you like. We're gonna leave it letter, size and inches. A regular letter is 8.5 by 11 and click. OK, and here we have a regular letter sized page art board. I'm going to turn off the Phil and I'm going to leave the stroke. I like strokes toe have the little rounded edges. I find it makes it cleaner. Now on the inside, I want to create a rectangle to put our leaves in. So I'm gonna go over to rectangle and just click the center. I want my rectangle to be well, I want my rectangle to be a square. So it's seven inches by seven inches and click OK, now you have the option of eyeballing it. We want to center it in the page a little bit, so you have the option of eyeballing it or you can go up to the ex. And why access? We know that our ex access is 8.5 inches. We want half of that's, which is 4.254 point 25 and just enter. So it moves the art board right in the center of the X access, and the why access we know is 11 inches. So we want half of that, which is 5.5, and you'll see when I entered that are square moves a little bit. Not too much, so that's good. Now we know that our workspace square is right in the center of the page, and it's nice if you want to use it as a coloring page or just to print it out and call aerator, Give it away. Now I'm going to select our little square workspace, and I want to lock it into place this way. Don't accidentally move it around. Eventually, we're going to take this radio to the drawing because we're going to be adding off our leaves within the square and then just remove it. I will see you in the next lesson 3. Lesson 2: Drawing a leaf: hello and welcome to lessen to in this lesson, we're going to draw the leaf. First thing we want to do is coming pretty close to our square. So I'm just going to do control. Or you could do command if you have a Mac and plus plus plus just to bring me a little closer. And this way I can tell how big my leaf is going to be around the square that we created. We're gonna use the pen tool to create the leaf. So select the pen tool. You want to create an anchor, you can use your mouse or drawing pad, or right now on this using my laptop mouse. So I'm just going to tap it to get an anchor and moved down the line. Now it's gonna be pretty big if I put it there. So I'm on a little spit of smaller relief there, and I'm going to tap and hold. If you're using a mouse, you click and hold my leaf. I want rather broad. And now I'm going to release and then just move to the top anchor and click on that will create a nice even leaf. Our leaf is going to be rather simple, because we're going to be layering it on top of each other. Now I'm going to come over to my select tool. So I've selected everything. I want to leave the stroke block. It's remained round and I want to fill with white there. And the reason why I'm filling with White is because when we do overlap, the white inside will overlap another leaf instead of seeing the lines right through your image with the pencil tool we're going to create that little seemed down leaves to give it a tiny, three dimensional look. So just starting at the bottom of the leaf and draw, that might be too Kirby let me see, and I don't like that. So I'm gonna just click on it backspace to delete, select my pencil again and be a little bit more subtle this time. And it doesn't have to go all the way to the top because we're using so many layers in this project. Leaving the leaf a simple assed possible will get you the best effect. So here's our leaf, and in the next lesson, we're going to start toe lair. It 4. Lesson 3: Positioning the leaves: Hello and welcome to Lesson three. In this lesson, we're going to resize our leaf two times, so we have three different sizes of the same leaf, and we're going to reflect it. So essentially, our little center crease will be on the other side as well. First thing we're gonna do is select the leaf. We have right click, come to transform, and we're going to scale. Let's make this 80% smaller than the original leaf to leave the original leaf. We're just gonna copy at 80% rather than say OK, you said okay, that would make the original leaf 80% smaller than it is now. So let's hit. Copy. Very good. Okay, Now I just want to move this off so I can take a peek at it. Good. Now I want to take our original leaf on. Let's make it 20% larger. So I've selected it, right? Click transform scale to resize. I'm going to make it 120% of the original leaf. The original leaf is, ah, 100% of its size. So having 20% is 120%. Again, I'm going to copy and then just because it is white, it makes it makes it look like the original leaf disappeared, and we're just going to select it and move it over. It's now we have a large medium and small leaf. I think I'll just take our original leaf and reflect that said he grabbed the original leaf and I'm going to give it a reflection like a mirror, some coming a right clicked. So I want to take our original leaf and reflect it trance form and then reflect. Now, in this case, I'm just gonna say OK, because I want that original image to change. And now the creases on the other side. I did that. So essentially we have three different leaves, but still they have that simplicity. So they're gonna work together well without being too busy now control or command minus, so I can see what I'm doing. And I want to select all my leaves and move them from the art board to the workspace. Now let's start layering. Let's start with the large one. I want to leave the original leaves just sitting here so I can come and get them. Any time I want, I'll select the first leave the largely I'm gonna do control C control V. So I copied it. I'm gonna take that leap and start to move it around the rectangle copy and paste and move it a little bit. The free transform tool. Which means that you can move it around. Actually, let's do this. Let's turn it upside down. Copy paste. They go in different directions. Copy, paste, copy paste. What I'm doing is eyeballing where I want these leaves to go. Let's see him. I'm going to try and use that rule of odds, our eyes naturally drawn to odd numbers. Because if we have just the even numbers here for I just let four leaves here without that fifth leaf are I would continue to wander around. We just want our brain can process that it can rest on an odd number on threes on lives on seven. So I'm gonna leave five here, but I'm going to copy and paste and start to fill a few in the middle. And I just want to do it lightly a beginning and then we can start to make it a little bit more crowded later. I think I'll just start with three and I want to use the other leaves as a guide. I'm just looking at them as in proportion to themselves. Okay, so got three in the center and five. Now, I'm just going to go over to my select tool and work with the middle leaf. Copy paste control C control V Go to my free transform tool and start toe layer a little It a little bit copy paste, because we filled with white. The's medium leaves now can completely go over any of the other leads to see if I left it. If I took the fill out, I'll show you. If I took the fill out, we had no Phil. You could see all the lines. So by leaving the Phil or by having Philae's white, it now adds as a Lear. So I've got one medium. Let's do another one here, put that in the centre. Earle put that here with the plan of adding a small one, and I'm keeping in mind that I still have that small one to play with. I like that in conjunction with the larger one, and I'm just gonna do a few more in the center. Maybe one more. Turn that upside down. Okay, Back to my select tool. I'm just taking a look. So far, so good. And now, using this small one coffee paste, my free transform tool. Let's see how that looks up here. Have this idea those small ones in the corners air Nice. I want the illusion off a triangle because it's trying. I'm gonna be taking out soon. I just want the illusion of a triangle. I wonder if having a point there is No I don't like that. Okay. And I'm gonna copy paste and that copy paste, Try this one with the tap in the corner. Copy paste. Okay, I think you're getting the hang of what I want to do. So I want to use these three leaves just like the doodle that I made and just put them in this rectangle in the next lesson on going to continue to do this. But I'm going to speed up the video so that you can see it being filled in without having toe watch me do it for the next 20 minutes. So I'm each in the next lesson 5. Lesson 4: Filling in the square: - way . 6. Lesson 5: Tidying up the digital drawing: hello and welcome to less than five in this lesson. We're going to remove the locked square that we used as a guide, and we're going to take a look at the image and see if there's anything that we want to move or add. So the first thing I'm gonna do is just let's go to where that square was. You could see. I've just I'm on there and it's highlighted Blue. So I'm going to come upto object on unlock all So that unlocks the square. It's selected. I'm just going to backspace and get rid of it. Now I'm going to take a look around and I could see I don't like this little bit of leaf, the large leaf. It's sticking out there, so I probably want toe fix up that I don't mind how it looks up here. It's okay to have a space every now and again like these, because that would be very natural if you were out and saw this maybe as a trimmed shrub. This needs something right here. Here needs a little leaf, and I don't mind the square. Okay, so I believe what I'm going to do now is I'm going to select that little leaf. I'm going to copy and paste it. Go to my free transform tool and move that around a little bit. So I'm just gonna fill in some spots that I think need a new leaf. Que that. Just cover that guy up there, maybe turn him and there's a little bit at the bottom. Let's see. Do I like that? Just gonna copy one more, just in case. I think that's good. Okay, I'm very happy how this turned out. I'm going to leave this at this point. What you can do is just file and save as I'll do that. Now, just toe show you. So I'm gonna save it as leaves. I'll put drawing. It's going to save it as an adobe illustrator file if I want it to change it to a pdf so I can download it and give it to somebody or any of these others. I could do that as well if I wanted to export it as a Jay Peak and then I can use it as you would any image I do export. And then I can use all these files and save copies. There Okay, Great. In the next lesson, we're going to play with color a little bit. This I intended to be a coloring page that you want it to perhaps give away or ah, use as inspiration for your own coloring book. But let's play with some color in Adobe Illustrator and see what we can come up with, see in the next lesson. 7. Lesson 6: Playing with color: hello and welcome to lessen six. In this lesson, we're going to play with some color, so we're going to start by going to a window and let's looked color. So these are some colors that we have defaulted on. But let's also add some of the other colors from the library. So we're gonna go to thesis, watch libraries and take a look what they've got. Now you can use and beach colors or brights or camouflage cold and desert it in earth tones and all sorts stuff. Let's go to something really obvious, and then we'll do something funky. So I'm going to select forest. There's our forest colors that's quite obvious. And let's go back to window and let's go to jewel tones. It's a little less obvious, so there's jewel tones. Forest. I'll just play with these. You could see you can play all day with colors by going to the swatches and deciding what you want. Pastels, all sorts. Retro tiki Victorian. Okay, lets throw one more in there. Let's let's go from metal. Okay, there's metal, so we've got metal jewel tones and forests, so we're gonna start with forest. Our color Phil is white that gave it this nice over layering look and our stroke is black. So let's start with our Phil and the template colors so we can go to Let's just select little spoke green Okay, which also selected over here. Also selected down there. Okay, let's select our entire image. Go back up to fill and click are green. So the inside now everything's green. The line is still blocked. The stroke is black. We can change that to a deeper green. It's gotta mint julep. So down here and up here, our stroke color, Phil and Phil is there. Let's take a look. So that's nice. That's got a really nice cartoon effect. If you were going, Teoh, perhaps draw comic or cartoons or perhaps do a mean we could see that the white is coming through the block. If you want. You can add a background as well. Let me show you that while we're here, so I'm gonna go to my rectangle tool. I'm going to make it 8.5 times 11 because that's our page size. I'm going to make the Phil a blue, and I'm just gonna leave the stroke for now because we don't really need that. I'm gonna just drag my background over while the background selected and then a right click arrange send back. So now, instead of having white background, we have a blue background. So that's if you want it to play with that. I love blue and green together. I'm just gonna select the rectangle again and backspace it. Okay, Now, what I wanted to show you is toe work with some Grady int. Let's do Grady in with the jewel tones. So I'm gonna select jewel tones and because the fill board is in front, it's filled that we're working with. If I clicked the stroke, it would come in front. That would be working stroke. But we want to work with Phil first. Oh, I'm loving this. Look how pretty leaves. Look, let's go for a nice deep color. Let's leave the green stroke and see what we have. That's really interesting. Okay, now what happens if we select just the third off the leaves and go to kind of a purple and let's select the bottom third of leaves and there so you see how you can mess around that way? Select just the right side we can place like the left side. Things like that. Let's see what medals look like. We're going to select everything, go to metal. Our stroke is too much of the same color to make a difference. I'm gonna select that stroke is selected. It's golden. Nice and light. Okay, that looks good. Okay, Now I want to play with some ingredient because I think that greeting to such a nice effect . So I've selected everything again while I'm on stroke. Let me just change. Let's change the stroke to black Just for now. Just the play. Select everything again and I'm going to hit the Grady int tool marriages, Grady, int the defaults to that block So we can you can see here this really beautiful effect because the pencil line that we drew at the beginning, it's giving it a stroke, which I like this effect. So it gives it a stroke. We could select every single one of these particular lines and take the fill out. So you just have the line. I particularly kind of like this effect it adds to the three D that I wanted to create, but let's see what happens when we select everything and instead of linear, let's do radio. That gives it a really different effect. So this is the radial starts the light at the beginning, and it moves out darker at the end. So that's a very nice effect. I'm just doing block now. That's the default, but then we'll add some color. I'm going to go back to Linear now the linear here it's going. It's going from light to dark on the horizontal line. See, that's what it looks like. Light to dark on the horizontal. Select everything again. And now I'm going to change the angle to 90 degrees, which would be vertical. So now we have light at the bottom and dark at the top. It's just a little different. You can select any angle you want. We can do a 45 degrees. 45 degrees would be, but there you go like that so you could see light too dark. Okay, now let's play with some color, so I'm gonna select everything. Let's go to our forest and start with a nice light green, and I've just clicked the color and drag it down, too. Greedy int You want to use one color. That's what it would look like now. What we could do is take that one color because that's really strong. So say we take that one color we wanted change the transparency or the opacity. So what we could do is to make it 50% transparent so you can see the lines and back. You could see the color deepens and back because of the overlapping. Let's see what happens when we make it only 75%. So it's not as opaque. Good. Okay, I want to go back to greedy int. I wanted 100% and let's add some more colors. Let's go a little deeper green. No, let's Let's do something different. Let's add a bit of our rusty kind of yellow and let's move over here. Let's see. So that's using three colors, and then you can play with the opacity as well. Let's work with I'm gonna just select this to show you if you go really colorful, what can happen that's still on the 45 degree angle? Seacon See, let's play with it will go radio. It looks like peacocks so you can create peacock feathers from your leaves and Michael Bach toe linear going to give 90 degrees. And so each of the colors are going from reds on the bottom, all the way up to purple. Okay, so you can see that you can play with two or three different colors or even just one or two different colors. Um, let's see. I'm gonna go a little deeper playing with the medals. There's three metallic colors. Okay, well, I hope you enjoyed the color lesson. Play with it a little bit, and you can create your own colorful picture to print off. Or you can use it in any of your social media or creative endeavors. I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Final Thoughts: you can turn all your doodles into digital art. Keep practicing your skills improve with every design you create. Creating cannot be outsourced. So I encourage you to consider a career, even part time in art and design. Thank you for taking this class. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the Project gallery and please stay in touch and stay tuned for more art and design classes.