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Draw Your Resolutions! A hand lettering and illustration foundations class.

Wendy Brookshire, Artist, Designer and Illustrator

Draw Your Resolutions! A hand lettering and illustration foundations class.

Wendy Brookshire, Artist, Designer and Illustrator

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8 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Draw Your Resolutions Intro

    • 2. ProjectOverview

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Brainstorming

    • 5. VisualResearch

    • 6. Thumbnails

    • 7. Drawing

    • 8. Vectorizing

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Draw your resolutions, goals or inspirational illustrations to decorate your computer desktop and phone screens! This is class number 3 of my Hand Lettering Foundations series, where you can take the lettering knowledge we've already covered, and let loose to infuse your own personality into your illustrations. I'll show you that you can create great illustrations and lettering, work on composition and color schemes, and end up with a great finished product in less time than you might think. 

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Wendy Brookshire

Artist, Designer and Illustrator


HI! I'm an artist, designer and illustrator, born and raised in Colorado (USA). My days are filled with designing and art directing for a university, my nights are filled with painting, drawing and illustrating projects that make me happy.

Love to hike, kayak, camp and garden when I'm not at the drawing table or easel.

Instagram: @wendylynndesign

Visit my website for my shop and latest painting projects: www.wendylynndesign.com

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1. Draw Your Resolutions Intro: there and welcome to draw your resolutions. Hand lettering. An illustration class. My name is Wendy Berkshire, and today I'll be showing you how to draw your resolutions, goals or a favorite quote. Decorate your desktop wallpaper and your phone screen. This is my third in a series of hand lettering and illustration classes in classes one and two hand lettering. Foundation for Beginners We've been over the basics of how to correctly draw letter forms, including proportion, stroke, weight, stroke, emphasis and drawing syrups. In this class, it's time to take what you learn and start drawing in your own style. If you're still new to illustrating and you don't know what your style is yet, that's okay. It's a process that involves a lot of practice sketching and playing around, and soon you'll start to see your personality come through in. This class will be going over the entire process of creating an illustration, beginning with idea generation and ending with your final finished illustration. So grab your list of resolutions and let's get started 2. ProjectOverview: before we get started drawing. I just wanted to show you guys a few things regarding the project we're gonna be working on today. So here you see my screen that I created for January. And as I mentioned, I'm planning on doing one of these for each month. And so for this one, I just did draw every day. And I drew some of these little weird looking octopuses and jellyfish that I just kind of drawn scribble in my sketchbook every once in a while. They're just kind of make me laugh. They're just kind of funny. And then when I'm working on my, um, desktop wallpaper, I like to add a little bit of organization for myself. So I like to kind of keep my files in one place, and so it's kind of fun and sort of just leaving a blank space. I like to give him a little area to hang out in. So for this one, um, I just had a pencil cause it matched my theme of drawing every day. So we like to add a calendar here, too. I usually do a printed calendar, and I didn't get around to it. This year. So instead, I'm just using my desktop as my calendar. So I added that down here. And then I added just a few little words over here just to keep in mind when I'm staring at my screen. And then I always like to keep a little bit area on each side just to hold things like sticky notes usually have a lot of sticky notes over here, and I don't want him to cover up my illustration, so I make sure to leave space for that. And then over here I have my drives and sometimes some other files. And so I just like to make sure that I'm leaving room for that so you can see over here on the right. This is my phone screen that I created for January, and I just took those same elements and I resized him and rearranged. I'm just a little bit so they would fit on my phone screen. It's kind of a nice reminder. I like to draw my phone streams. As you can see here, I have just a few that I've created. I like to have my own artwork on my phone screen sometimes. Um, it's just kind of a reminder to me to keep illustrating, and it's just kind of nice to see your work. So I like to put mine on my phone screen, and it's just a nice way to change the look of it. I like to do seasonal or holiday kind of phone screens. And so over here I have these little fishing lures that I did, um, this summer, and then at some point I was drawing a bunch of fish. And so, um, I collected those together and made a little fish phone screen on. And then I did. It just leaves for fall, and then here I wanted to bring your attention to this one. Here. It's my Christmas phone screen, and I was in a little bit of a hurry, and I didn't have a whole lot of time. But I wanted to change my phone screen, so I just flip through my sketchbook and I had been drawing some Christmas ornaments, just quick sketches of them, just to kind of get different shapes and stuff. So I just took that sketch and I scanned it into the computer and I vector rised it and added a little bit of color, and that's what this is. So I actually this is one of my favorite ones. It's very sketchy because that's how I how I drew it, Um, I didn't try to perfect any of the lines. And, um, I think it has a kind of some good movement because there's a lot of little extra lines around it, and I just wanted to point that out that you don't have to spend a whole lot of time on these. And if you have sketches you can always backed, arise those and make yourself a little bit of artwork with, um, and don't discount just sketches that you've done. Sometimes just a casual sketch creates the best artwork. 3. Materials: materials you'll need for this class include paper to drawn. I usually just use 8/2 by 11 printer paper. You'll need a pencil, an eraser, and then you'll need a pen. And this is what you use to transfer your pencil drawing into a ninja drawing. And that's what will scan into the computer, so you'll need a way to get your drawing into the computer. I use a scanner. You can also use your phone and take a photo of it, and then you'll need Photoshopped to make some adjustments and illustrator toe characterize . You'll also need your list of resolutions to choose from, and I have this page of my sketchbook that I just keep adding to. I'm planning on doing a new phone screen and computer screen every month. So, just as I think think of things, I just put them on here and there, just kind of words to live by more than resolutions for myself. So for January, I made my draw everyday screen, and for February I'm going to do read more books, so that's my topic is going to be read more looks 4. Brainstorming: so to start a project, we are going to come up with as many ideas as we possibly can. So we have a lot of raw material to work with for illustration and our lettering. Now you can simply list some ideas on a piece of paper. But what I like to do is called a mind map, and I'll show you how to do that. And this helps me generate more ideas. Um, what kind of some further out connections than I do when I just make a list? So my topic for this screen is read more books. And when I was thinking through my topic, what really started coming to mind was Treasure Island and Pirates. Now he could go ahead and just go with a books theme. And that's what I had started to think about, um, having pictures of books, maybe end papers, those kind of things. But then I started thinking about a favorite book when I was a kid, which was Treasure Island. And then I thought of pirates. And that's a much more interesting topic to draw. So I'm gonna go with pirates, and that's going to illustrate my read more books theme. So when you start your mind map in the center of your paper, you want to write your main theme word that you're gonna be working with so so minus pirates. And that's what I'm gonna be mind mapping. So around the circle, you can just start adding words that you think of when you think of your topic. And then off of each of those words, you'll see how this works very quickly, as you can start sort of spider webbing ideas out that are all connected. And pretty soon you're gonna have a whole page well of ideas. And the idea of in this corner may not match the one down here, and they may be far flung, even from your topic. But that's kind of what makes this a little bit fun. It makes your brain kind of make different connections. So I'm gonna start mind mapping pirates and you guys can start working on your topic. So when I think of pirates, I think of the ship. I think of eye patches. They have parents. There's pirate treasure map. There's they have wooden legs. When I think of the ship, I think of, um, old wood. That's all broken up. I think of sales, but are usually like a campus canvas color. They're stitching. There's a lot of ropes on pirate ships. Um, knots, rope ladders. There is that pirate flag that usually has some sort of a school on it. School and crossbones. Um, sometimes they're shaped like this. Sometimes there. I could probably do a pirate flag that was shaped like that. That sort of shape, um, you can add little illustrations to your mind map to it doesn't all have to be words. Um, you know, chest of gold, um, parrots, the feathers and the colors on the feathers. All right, so as you can see and I'm gonna keep going with this one stop for just a second when you start with one word and you just start adding words that are related to that, um, it can go very quickly. So you just add your first layer of words and you don't have to do this and any sort of order because you're gonna be thinking of things all over the place. But just at a bunch of words that, um that you think of your main topic and then from each of those, you can start thinking of connecting words. I'm not quite done with my main words that come off a pirate's yet, but, um, my brain just kind of ping pongs all over the place. And I think of different words, um, and different visuals as I'm thinking of this. So keep going and keep pushing this, Um, even if the connection seem a little strange, go ahead and just write everything down, and then we'll weed through this and a little bit, so I'm gonna finish mine. If you guys want to work on yours, just create as big of a mind map as you can with as many ideas as you can, and that's gonna help you come up with a really great illustration. So here's my completed mind map. These don't need to be neat, is just put as many ideas on these as you can if you need to use another paper piece paper that's fine to the idea is to get as many ideas as you can relating to your theme. So you have lots of visuals to work with. So the next step is to look at your mind map and to go through and to pick out some of the ideas that you came up with that really resonate that you want to explore a little bit further. So here's some of the things that I've chosen to call out on my mind map. Um, these are things that I think I'm gonna explore drawing a little bit and the thing that really add some fun illustration and textural elements to my drawing. So one of these is the old wood, and I'm thinking of the ships and the wood that's on the side of the ship that the ship is made out of and how, whether it is so, I think a wood texture would be would be really fun to dio and again I thinking of sales and the campus stitching that are around the sales might be a nice backdrop for something. I like ropes, and that could be like a good border element. Um, and I think all of these would be really fun to draw as well. I've also circled paper and wax seals, cause I'm thinking of letters that they might write instructions that they might be getting from somebody, um and so that might be kind of a nice textural background as well. I thought of a parrot which made me think of feathers, which made me think of pen and ink, Um, and inkwells. So that's kind of a train of thought that I went down a little bit. I was thinking of them, them sailing at night. And so I'm thinking of moonlight of dark stars. So that might be a potential color scheme that I go after, sort of a darker theme like that. Um, I was thinking of maps. So up here, I think of treasure maps. And then I kind of got to an idea down here about the sea monsters that are on the maps, like the navigation maps which are different than treasure maps. But it's kind of where her my thought process went with that, um and then I'm thinking of metal, um, hardware, a rusty metal black metal that I, um just my mind kind of brings up ideas like the police that ropes go through and the hinges on indoors on an old ship and things like that. I just think those textures might be kind of nice. And then compasses and the sex tint and other sort of instruments. I think they're just kind of interesting. So all of these things I've circled are not gonna end up on my illustration. That would be really way too busy. But these are just the things that floated to the top that I really want to explore a little bit more and maybe do a little bit of sketching to a little bit of research on. And then all all kind of decide which of these are going to make the final cut, depending on my drawings that I start making, so you don't have to limit yourself too much here. Don't get too crazy, but just go through and pick out some of your favorite ideas. And then we'll go on to our next step, which is finding some reference materials for these so we can start drilling 5. VisualResearch: So after I made my mind map, I started gathering some visual reference materials for myself so I can start drawing. And I just went online to a bunch of different resource is and eight started a Pinterest board to collect on my ideas and one spot. So some of the things that came up on my mind map that I then went and looked for were, um, ropes like this. Um, this wouldn't texture That's behind these guns, because I really like the idea that wouldn't texture the sea creatures that maybe might see on the treasure maps. There's a couple little ideas for treasure maps in here. There's a ship sails in the general shape of those sales that, um, I need some reference so I can draw that. So it kind of looks like what I'm trying to make it look like again. Some of more maps. I really like these for the texture behind him. The compass is a really interesting. I like some of the tools, and then I might decide to add this little school and crossbones somewhere. So I grabbed a couple of those and just some different shapes. Here's some of the gold coins. Some of these aren't things I even circled on my mind map, but I ran across them and I thought, You never know. Maybe I'll add that is a little illustration and I also started looking for some type. I'm thinking of a black letter type that's a really old, old English, almost kind of type face. And I found this is a letter had fallen, but it has some really interesting, um, little swirlies that come off of it. So it's not as harsh looking as some of the black letter that I've seen in the past. So I thought that was really interesting. Just this kind of a visual. And and then there's this just this kind of simple typeface that I found that has some interesting ideas for lettering. When I start drawing my lettering, these two typefaces remind me of lettering that might pertain to pirates. So there's some clues that I might take from some of that. So once you get all your visuals together and you start together more of an idea of what you want to start sketching, you have your mind map ideas. You have some visual reference now. Now it's time to actually start sketching, and we're going to start next drawing thumbnails of our screw 6. Thumbnails: Once you've completed your mind map and your research, it's time to start drilling or thumbnails. So thumbnails are away toe work on composition of the elements that we're going to include on our illustration as well, a start whittling down some of these options so all of these aren't gonna fit, But they're all things that I might explore, but I just want to start drawing it out and see what might work best. And I also need to keep in mind the areas that I want to include in my illustration for my screen. So I usually make these pretty small at first. And I know over here I want to have an area where I can keep my files and then I'll probably keep my calendar down here on the bottom in this area and then in the middle. Here is where I want my lettering, and they're probably keep a little blank space over here as well. So that's the general format that I am going to follow. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna start sketching out some elements that I think I might include, try to get everything in there and then also kind of start playing with lettering, kind of figuring out what arrangement I want that lettering in and what else I want to include in my illustration, and I usually fill up a page with Thea's. I do maybe nine or 10 and I encourage you to do as many as you want. If you can keep coming up with ideas, keep doing them. Because as you work this more and more, the better ideas will start coming out of the end. So the idea with these thumbnails is just to do as many as you can to get different compositions, different arrangements and different elements included in your drawing. And then we can take a look and see which ones we like best and pick what we're going to do for our final drawing. So here are a few of the thumbnails that I've done for my drawing, and you can see they're still there. Pretty Mussi. But they still give me an idea of the elements that I will include in the composition. So, for instance, over here I've got kind of a clear background, which probably be just like a blue, and then this year would be a map. Probably a different color with paper. So it looks like a map. And then over here, the idea of maybe the campus with the stitching and the calendar underneath it over here, I just have a rope that would be a border with no background on that. It would just be whatever my desktop background would be. And then over here, the idea of the campus sales, um, creating a backdrop to keep my files and then the calendar again over here appear had the idea of having a dark background like the sky at night with the moon and then the ship that's coming towards you that says, read more books. And then over here, this would either be, um, a piece of metal like a black, um, like rusty kind of metal. Or it could be part of a map with the calendar on it troubled my files. I do like that one. You know, when the resonates with me the most, probably are these two over here. So what I've done here is created a would background, um, and that's one thing that just keeps coming up in my mind when I'm drawing. These is the wood of the ship or the planks on the the floor of the ship, the deck of the ship. So I really like that idea. Um, and then I really like the idea of a treasure map, more so than maybe a nautical map. I do like the treasure map with the X marks the spot in the little dieted lines to try to find the treasure. So that, to me, is a lot more kind of friendly and kind of interesting to look at. And then my idea over here is to create, um, another image that keeps kind of popping into my head. Is that metal like a black metal hardware? Um, maybe it's a sword or, ah, Hinge, not quite sure what imagery I'm I'm coming up with their, but I'm just seeing black metal. So I think I'd want include that. I could put little like bolts in it. The calendar maybe is right on the metal, so this could be a darker color, like a black with maybe a little bit of texture in it. And that's where I can keep my files. So might be kind of fun. And this is just a variation on that theme. This would be the map paper coming all the way over here where the files could sit right over here. And then maybe my lettering is just in a little bit different orientation here. And the calendar maybe hangs below on a little piece of metal here, but it still has that same wouldn't background. So I think I'm gonna focus on these two, probably more. So this one and I'm gonna take that and work on getting to a final drawing with this. So the next step is to measure your screen size so that you can use that proportion. When you're drawing, you're almost final drawing. So is the right proportion. So there's a couple ways to do this. You can literally just take a ruler and measure the height and width of your screen and get that proportion. Just shrink it down so you can work out a smaller piece of paper. Or you could do a screenshot and then measure that. So to do a screenshot of your whole screen, you can just do command shift three, and it'll take a screenshot. And I've got mine sitting right over here and then what I'm going to do with this is I'm just gonna pull it right into, uh, photo shop. And then I can go up to image image size, and it's gonna tell me the image size that it is right now. What I want to do is I want to fit it on a piece of 8.5 by 11 paper just because that's what I'm gonna draw. So let's take that with the down to about 10 inches, and then it gives me a proportion of 10 inches by 5.6. So I'm just gonna go 10 by 5.5 approximately, and that's the proportion that I'll work with while I'm drawing my illustration. 7. Drawing: So now it's time to put together your final illustration. So what I've done here is using the proportion I just figured out from my computer. I drew my computer screen just a smaller size to fit on a and 1/2 by 11. And we're gonna be vector rising this so it can be scaled larger, and it's not gonna lose any resolution so you can work whatever size you're comfortable with. So this is the proportion I have to work with, and within that I'm gonna put these elements here. So, looking at this, what I want to include is, ah, background. That looks like wood that has some wood grain in it. So for that, I might need to reference my visual pin board just to kind of get a better idea of what that might look like. The colors that are included and how the grain really looks. The next element that I'm gonna work on is the paper. So this is gonna be a map. It's a treasure map. And so I wanted to be paper and I don't know, maybe I have a burned edge and this edge will probably be, um, pretty uneven. and chunky because I just think that they'd be pretty ripped up And, um, the little elements that are on the treasure map I'm gonna go with a treasure map instead of a nautical map. Just because I kind of like the idea of the little dotted line in the X marks the spot. So I'm going to do that kind of map. My lettering is gonna go on top of the map and that I'm thinking I want to do sort of a black letter. So I am going to use some reference for that to what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna start and just lay out my lettering the way that I want it with the area that I want it in in the orientation. And I'll probably do a variable stroke Wait, because that's how black letter looks. And then I'm just gonna reference, um, my black letter reference real quick just to kind of get a better idea of the details that are on it. And then I'll just add some more, though, so it looks it looks a little bit, um, black lottery. And then over here, I'm thinking that this would be just a piece of metal. Maybe that's bolted down onto the wood floor. So I'm gonna make that a black color, maybe with some texture in it. I might draw these little bolts right here and then my calendar that I like to include is gonna go right on that metal there. So I'm gonna start working through my illustration. And if you guys wanna look at your thumbnails and pick the one that you want to go with and then just start working your drawing look at your visual reference, do a little sketch. Some of this I practice first, so we'll go up here on a different piece paper, and I'll kind of draw the wood. How do I want this would toe look And once I get it down, I'll go ahead and transfer it onto here. Just it's just practice. I'm not quite sure. I want the edge of the paper to look so I might practice that, and then I'll come here and I'll do my paper edges and especially with my lettering, cause I'm I'm not used to do in black letter, and I'm not exactly sure how that's gonna turn out, so probably do a little bit of practice on that, too, before I start working here. So it's kind of a back and forth, a little bit of practice, and then you come here and you draw it into your illustration so you can go ahead in a race on here as much as you need to. The goal with this is just to have, um, everything looking the way that you want it. And then we'll clean it up with the pen on our next steps so we can scan it so you can erase and do all sorts of stuff here. - So I've gone ahead, and I finished my wood grain background and I just left some holes here for where I'm gonna put the paper. And then here's where I'm gonna put the metal bar, so I didn't necessarily need to draw. All of that would green in. So I put this one on a separate piece of paper than my other elements, and that will just make it easier to scan in and then vector rise and manipulate a little bit once I get it into illustrator. So that's my wood grain background. So now here I've started to draw the paper that my lettering is gonna go on. And this is my map. And then over here, I've just sketched in the little metal piece that I'm gonna color black, um, and put my little calendar on down here. So I've done just a few preliminary light lines for I'm gonna put my lettering on here. Now, on my thumbnails on some of these I had curve, um, and then, like, straight lettering down here and a curb up here, and I really usually like to put lettering on a curve. But I realized as I was laying this out, that with only four letters in a word, it gets a little awkward. So and I'm going to try to upper and lower case on this. So I went ahead and just made it straight. So I was just gonna say, read a little bit larger here more is gonna be smaller in here, and then books will be down here. I have to keep in mind. I don't have ah whole lot of area to work with here. Um, I've got four letters here, four letters of fit fine hair, cause it'll be smaller, and then I've got five letters down here for books, so I have to just keep in mind the proportion of my letter forms. Um, if I want books to be this tall, they're gonna have to be pretty thin, so I may go ahead and make this a little bit shorter. So my letters aren't quite so tall and thin. And I also did just a little bit of visual research on Black Letter, and I want to do a variation of black Letter. I want this to be a little bit more fun, a little bit more cartoony than actual black letter is. But I just wanted to get some characteristics of it. So I did just a little bit of sketching up here on some ideas of what I might want to work into my lettering. And there's usually takes me the longest, getting my lettering exactly the way that I want it. So I'm going to just get started on this, and I'll film a little bit of it so you guys can see what I'm doing, and then I'll show you what I come up with when I'm done. - So the first thing I do when I'm laying lettering out like this is I'm just gonna block it in real lightly. So I've gone through and I've drawn my upper and lower case lettering, and it's kind of a general size and shape that I want to, um, to fill out. So this will just give me sort of a skeleton toe work off of, so I'll start here and then I'll go back and I'll refine each of the letter forms. And this gives me a good idea to like, I have a big space here that I can put something in. Maybe that's part of the map. Um, but, you know, I thought that I would have more room on my map for some illustrations, and I don't. So that's why I do my lettering first, just to make sure that I have enough room for all of that. So I'm gonna go in now over my little skeleton that I just drew here and fill in some of the details so the lettering really starts to look the way that I wanted to you. So here I've just started to draw in my first letter read, and you can see it's pretty rough. I'm just kind of sketching, um, it in drawing some, drawing some with to it here. Um, it's a different process when I'm illustrating lettering like this than when I'm trying to be really precise, like I was in the my previous two classes. Um, really getting those proportions right. This is a little bit more loose. And it I really want this to integrate into the illustration as I'm as I'm working it. So I try to make all my adjustments at this stage, I do things like block in my weight here just to make sure that it's consistent. Um, this is still pretty sketchy so that when I put my when I start working on my ink drawing, um, over this, I just I can kind of follow my outlines and get those to the correct proportion. So I'm gonna continue on and do my next two words, and I'll show you guys what that looks like when I'm done. Another thing is, you're probably mentioned is as I'm drawing these letters and these air sort of like black letter. But I'm totally making these shapes up a zai go. So, as I'm drawing these these letters in, um I just wanted to be consistent throughout, so I'm doing these little rough curve kind of tails off of all of these just for a little bit of whimsy. And, um so I want the I'm trying to make sure that the terminals of my letters here, where the where the little flourish comes off are consistent. So just little things like that to kind of keep in mind kind of just to keep keep some consistency. So, um, even though this is ah, lettering style, you're completely making up on the fly. It's still gonna look like, uh, you know what you're doing. So no. So here I've just created grid for my calendar. I just used a little cutting mat that I had that has a grid on it, so I can just draw my lines relatively even. And I'll draw this with ink and make it into my calendar part. And you'll see, I just put my paper over Andrew a couple guidelines and I do that a lot just so I can draw with guidelines without needing to erase it and without the guidelines getting in the way. So I'm just gonna do, um my February month here, and then I'll take this and I will make dotted lines out of this. That's how a pirate would say February. 8. Vectorizing: so the first step with vector process is to scan your drawings into your computer. I like to scan line in at 600 p I. So once you're images scanned, goto photo shop and turn your image to gray scale and rotated if necessary, I usually like to straighten my image just so it's squared up. And if you want a crop, your image do that now as well. We want the white to be very white and the black to be very black, so go into your levels and, if necessary, moved the outer parameters in just a little bit. This will eliminate any gray spots, so your image victories is nice and clean. Zoom in and keep an eye on your image. What? You're doing this. You don't want to do it too much because your lines will start to loose clarity. Now you can see your images A. J peg keeping your resolution at 600 DP. So repeat this process for each of the pages of your your art each of your scans. Next, you want to get your images into illustrator. I'm gonna start with the tabloid or living by 17 art board. We re into landscape direction so that it fits my screen proportions better. I usually start by drawing myself a border that reflects the proportion of my finished drawing, which was my screen, and I remember what I drew a while back it was 10 inches by 5.5 inches, and then I just scale it up proportionally my page size. So make sure you keep your proportions. Just hold shift and drag to keep the proportions. I'm gonna set up some layers to make things easier on myself. I like to put the border on its own layers so I can just lock it and keep it out of my way but still see it, and I'll just create one more layer. Start with. So go wherever you saved your J pigs and move them over onto your art board like, so I'll make new layers with this part, so they each on their own layer. This one can go on the layer titled would and that will be my bottom layer. I like to think through which things will need more work with them on their own layers to make things quicker when I'm coloring and when I'm adding texture, so I just add more layers throughout the process. As I need them. Choose an image to start with. Select your image and open your image Trace menu. You confined this under window on the top menu bar. Now you want to experiment with these presets. The easiest way to do that is to choose a precept that's already in image trees. And if you don't like the result, either choose another one until you are closer and then play around with those presets. Just tweet him a little bit here and there until you get the look that you like for your illustration. I've created a couple that I like to use. This one here that I'm using has a threshold of 129. I have 80% on paths, 50% on corners and only 16 pixels on noise. This works for most of the things that I do. However, I still let just this, depending on the complexity of my drawing and the Finnish result that I'm looking for. So I just just adjust them as I see that depending on what I'm working on, So after you trace your illustration, go up here and had expand and then ungroomed. Now every one of these little objects business own separate entity. As you can see here, I love my messed up lettering on my paper, and that's fine, because now you can just select this in a race. Then down here, I smeared my ankle. I was drawing. So instead of starting over, I just left that messy part and read room. Just that one section using my direct select tool, which is the open air. Oh, I'll just select those parts, delete them and move the clean one up into its place. Rotate it just a little until I like how it looks. And then sometimes you'll see you'll have a little train going here and there so you can just delete that. I want to further separate these parts onto their own layers. I'll make new layers, title it calendar, and I'm gonna move my calendar and lettering onto that layer. Now, I could lock these layers and turn them off. Turn back on my lettering layer and unlock it. Select your art image, trace. Expand an ungroomed again. I'm gonna go to my would layer. So I created the thin lines with my microphone pen. And then I used a brush pen just to create these thicker lines for a little bit of contrast . Image, trace, expand and ungroomed this hard work as well. I want to make my artwork a larger so it's a little easier to work with. So now that everything specter, we can enlarge it without losing any clarity or resolution to the art. So remember to hold your shift key when resizing things to keep the proportions correct. Um, place your image where you want it on the page, rotated, straightened out or move it as you see fit. Now we'll do the same from a lettering layer that has the map in the black metal plate. I'll leave the would later on for now, just to see where I want to place things, the metal plate is gonna go on its own layer will resize the map on the lettering together and place on the wood right. I'll create a new layer for the paper, and I just want to arrange that layer underneath the lettering but still on top of the wood and turning on my map dots later, turning off my lettering to see what I'm doing. I'll resize this to put the map better. You can group parts back together now if it helps keep things in order. As you are moving every sizing things, I'll try on my muttering layer to check placement. These lines are gonna be lighter in color and behind my lettering. So it'll work out fine for it just to leave over and under the lettering. And I'm just gonna leave it there. I like the way that looks. I lock each layer as I go, so I'm not inadvertently moving things. I want to work on the calendar now, so we'll turn that later. He drew the calendar and a larger size than the rest of my artwork, so I can resize that now. So it's the right proportion for the rest of my artwork, so I just won't ship down and scale that and then I'll put it right over here. I want it now. All of my elements air, right, right with, um, there are layers in the correct order and it's time to add color. Now I'm just going to open my swatches palette and use my PMS palate. It's easy for me to see on screen the colors that I want to use, and I don't have to worry about spot colors because I'm not sending this to print and just doing it. A lot of times will create a color palette to work off. But I know that I just want to use some Brown's some blacks and some reds on this, so I'm just gonna kind of wing it by using my colors over here. We'll work on the background colors first, so I'm gonna turn off all my other layers. We can see what I'm. I want a couple shades of brown for the wood, one background and one for the wood grain. I'm gonna make a background layer and draw rectangle there. And then I'm just gonna pick some browns and experiment and fight like I usually continually work my colors throughout this process and change them as I add new color. Sometimes I feel they don't all synchronise really well together, So I'm always kind of tweaking and adjusting my colors as I worked by illustration. I'll do the same with the wood grain playing with the color a little bit until I get something that like I don't want a whole lot of contrast here, as it will be too distracting to the real focus of the illustration. So I just continually play with color. I'm still not really happy with this color, so I'm gonna take my background. It turned out the same color is my would grade and then just lighten it up a little bit and that's gonna be pretty subtle and pretty harmonious. And that's gonna give me the look. We'll probably continue to tweak that brown color just a little bit. I want to work on the color of the paper just a little bit. So when you image treat your objects, you get this outline situation here. To make this a solid shape, use your open arrow tool and click on the inside part of this line and deleted. This is essentially deleting the inner line, which will turn your image one solid color. Now, you can change this to any color that you like. I'm gonna go for a parchment color, so I'm gonna play rebels, tans and stingrays. I wasn't textured in the paper now, so it's not all one solid black color I like to make my own textures whenever possible, so I'll show you how I do that here. So what you see here is a scan of a very dry brush texture that I made with a very large bristly paintbrush and some black. So I just put a little tiny bit of pee on my cake brush, and I brushed it onto the paper. And then after it was dry, I scanned it in and using my levels again in photo shop, they took out the gray tones to make it black and white, just like we did with their illustrations. So I used my lasso tool. I'll just select an area toe, add to my paper illustration. I like to have my textures on their own layer, and that's because I need to go back and ungroomed pit and erase a little bit of it. I can easily just regroup it, and I could get all the little bits, and I don't have to worry about other parts of my own street illustration getting grouped in. So arrange the textures as you like and make sure your other layers air locked and then you can scale it and you could move it without any problems. I ended up with a lot of texture outside the confines of my paper. So I can ungroomed my texture and they'll use a lasting tool and draw around the parts that I went to a race, select those areas and then just hit me. Once I'm done with clean up, I'll select all and regroup delayer and for color. I want the texture just to be a a slight hint of my paper color. So maybe it just looks like the papers Warren a little bit. So I want to select it and turn it the color of my paper. And then a light met up just a little bit. I see over here that I missed some little outlay, or so I'll clean those up. I'm gonna use the eraser tool for that. And just to get those those little bits there outside the borders of my paper. Now I'm gonna move onto my lettering. So once you're lettering is arranged, how you like it? I need to go in and erase all of the little inner space is so I can have a solid color to my So zoom in here and show you using my open air, O toole, I select the inner part of each outline and deleted. You accidentally select the outer portion of the lying. The letter disappears like this. So under that, you can go along and delete any little bits like this that didn't fill in while you were drawing some of those. I like to leave just a little bit of character, so sometimes I'll leave a little bit of those open. If you ever come across a situation where you just can't get the inner space to select, you might have a little break in your line, so I'll show you on the S here. If there was a little break like this part, I'm erasing the inner portion will not select as it's not one complete closed shape. So selecting this inner line now selects the entire letter instead of that inner part, and it will just delete the entire letter. So if that happens, you can just use your brush tool and reconnect Dems lines together. And that will make that one solid shape, and we will be able to grab the inside of it and deleted. I'm thinking that I want my lettering red, So I mean achieves cover for that. And if you want to add a little bit of dimension or shadow, there's a couple ways to do that. I almost always had shows to my drawing by hand and then scan it in and treat it just like I do the rest of my illustration. But sometimes, like on this one here, I just want a tiny, blurry drop shadow on my illustration. So I'm not gonna go to the trouble of redrawing my lettering. I'm just gonna add that digitally. So it's a real quick process. I just duplicate my lettering so you can copy it and then paste in front so it just paste a copy right on top of it. And then I'll move one of thes down and over just a little bit. Doesn't matter which one, because we can arrange it later. And I'm gonna choose a darker shade of my paper color because I wanted to look like it's on the paper. So we'll just choose a brown for this. Now I want my shadow to be really fuzzy, just what looks like a very slight drop shadow. So I'm gonna go up two effects and then blur. And then Gogean blur. And just check your preview box so you can see what you're doing. And once I like my, my the blur, the way that it looks a light in that brown just a little bit. So that is just slightly darker than the paper. And then what I do is I multiply it, which makes it a little bit darker. So you might have to lighten it a little bit more. And I do that so that any texture that I have on my paper will show through the shadow. So it looks a little bit more authentic, and it feels like multiplying. It kind of blends the colors a little bit, too. And I like that. So I kind of like him to lend a little bit. So now I'm gonna move on to my black metal area where I'm gonna keep my files for these little screws. I want to keep the outline on them so that I can see what they are, but I want the background of it to be colored as well. So in this instance, I want a copy. This crucify concolor, the inside of it one copy and then keep the outlines on the other in a different color. So when a copy this and paste it and move it aside just to show you what I'm doing on the bottom one, I'm gonna erase the middle parts just to get a solid shape and color it great for now and then I'm gonna move my little lines back on top of it. Since the backgrounds gonna be black, I want things to pop up just a little. So I'm gonna change that black outline to a dark gray. And I'll just do the same with the rest of the screws, the metal itself. I'm gonna delete the inner shape and make it a very dark grey, almost black. I don't want to use a true bright black here because I want this to look a little bit old and worn. And, um, I just don't want to be a Christmas as pure black, so I'm just gonna do a dark right now. I'm gonna want to add a little bit of this shadow to the metal just so it looks like there's a little bit of dimension to it, So I'm gonna do this just like I did my lettering shadow I'm gonna make my shadow a dark brown since the wood behind it is brown And that's how a shadow would appear And I'm gonna multiply that as well Just so some of the grain will show through I'm gonna add just a little bit of a blur to it as well. So it's not super crisp and that will be of the shadow for my little place. I'm gonna move on to the dotted lines on my map now, so I'm gonna lock all of my layers except the dots on the map. Now, I'm gonna make my ex a different color than the dots. So I used toe Ungh, Group that and then de select my ex and then regroup all the dots together. I was originally gonna have that X read, but it seems like it's blending a little bit too much into my lettering. So that's probably gonna change the dots I'm gonna focus on. I want to be a little bit darker brown paper. So I'm gonna play with the colors until I like the way that it looks. I'm gonna multiply the color as well. So the paper texture is gonna show through some of those lines and they're not gonna appear to be sitting on top of the surface of the paper. So much is integrated into the paper. This layer is sitting on top of my lettering layer, so I just need to move it So it's underneath my lettering now. I'm want to finish my calendar minutes from the color of white so I can see it on this black background that I created and just adjust the size and the placement as you go, and I'm just gonna change. That's what matches the paper just a little bit better. It's for the calendar. I want to do a checkerboard pattern, but I still want my outlines to show up a different color. So just like the screws, I'm gonna copy the outline and save it over here, and then I'll go away. That will delete the interior space of every other square. So I end up with checkerboard. Now the interior of those squares is going to end up the same color as your out lately. You have currently, So I'm gonna change that to Gray and because that's what I want my squares to be for now and then with my open arrow, I'm just gonna go grab the inside of each square, the inside line of each square, and I'll delete it. And then that square will go with. And I'm gonna take my original outline and I'll move that back into place. This always looking pretty good for for right now I'm gonna add just a little bit more texture and play a little bit more with the color. Some of the colors don't seem quite right. So I'm gonna go back and do a little bit more ingesting, and then I'll show you what I came up with. So I made just a few adjustments to my artwork. What I did was I opened up my half tone vector file and I added a little bit of half tone dots around the paper just for some interest. And then I took the same half tone and I put it all over the black metal plate, and I made it almost the same color just a tiny bit later, just to add a little bit of dimension to that plate. So now I'm ready to make my computer screen from my artwork. So at the same time, I created an illustrator document. It's about the same size is my phone screen and I just resized my artwork and placed it where I wanted it for my phone. So I'm gonna go to export and export as I'll name my file. That'll save it. I'm gonna change the star GB. I'm gonna make sure that the resolution is higher than screen resolution because even if its screen resolution, it's gonna look a little bit blurry, so I'm gonna put it on medium. So now let's see what our artwork looks like. The very last thing I do is I pull my artwork into photo shop and I cropped this extra stuff out. So I just wanna pull that in, just save it like that. So what? I'm gonna exchange my desktop background so you just go up into your desktop screensaver, choose your work, and there it ISS. So now I have to do is go over and I have to rearrange my files and I'm ready to go. So I'm gonna go through the same process to put the artwork on my phone. So just create a J pick for that and I just email it to myself. And then I'll put it on my phone right from my photos. So that's it. I hope you guys on a really good time drawing your resolutions. And I hope that you can continue to do this and make some great artwork all year long. Thanks for joining me.