Draw & Texture Minimalistic Animals in Illustrator

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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13 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview

      0:51
    • 2. Choosing Reference Images

      1:24
    • 3. File Setup

      2:37
    • 4. Placing Reference Images

      2:08
    • 5. Drawing in Illustrator

      6:43
    • 6. Understanding Fill & Stroke Colours

      0:59
    • 7. Using Pathfinder

      2:37
    • 8. Swatches and Global Colours

      4:05
    • 9. Adding Gradients

      3:31
    • 10. Applying Texture

      4:37
    • 11. Ideas for Further Development & Conclusion

      1:40
    • 12. Bonus: Making of Vector Illustration of a Stegosaurus

      2:40
    • 13. Bonus: Making Of Vector Illustration of a Buffalo

      3:20

Project Description

Draw, colour and texture minimalistic animals in Adobe Illustrator

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Start off by researching minimalistic illustrations and think about what themes inspire you. Browse minimalistic tags on Dribbble, Behance & Pinterest because there is loads of creative stuff out there! You’ll need to find some reference images to help you understand and draw your animal's shape and structure. Search for photographs showing distinct shapes, features and interesting angles from which your chosen animal looks its best and is recognisable.

Remember the objective of this class is to think minimalist: you are going to be reducing, simplifying and visually interpreting what you see on the reference image. You do not need to be great at drawing or an expert at using Adobe Illustrator—experiment & explore the technique!

Complete your class project by uploading the following:

  • original reference image(s);
  • 1 or more final illustrations;
  • examples of your illustrations colour/texture variants and any work-in-progress previews if you want to receive feedback on how to develop your work further;
  • previews of the illustrations applications, this could include patterns, art prints or printed products  (optional);
  • a few words about what you want to use your illustration for, where the ideas came from and what you have learnt.

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