How to Retain a Hand Drawn Quality to Your Vector Drawings

Lisa Glanz, Illustrator & surface pattern designer

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12 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Quick intro

      1:09
    • 2. Materials and equipment

      1:03
    • 3. Shaping your character

      4:28
    • 4. Adding texture: the power of layering

      10:36
    • 5. Adding accessories to your character

      4:15
    • 6. Scanning your artwork

      1:58
    • 7. Image trace: vectorise your sketches

      12:05
    • 8. Three time-saving tools in Illustrator

      6:35
    • 9. Building your character: part 1

      1:45
    • 10. Building your character: part 2

      11:29
    • 11. Bonus: create a quick pattern

      2:52
    • 12. Final touches

      3:11
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Project Description

CLASS ASSIGNMENT

You'll be creating a whimsical animal character using simple texture techniques.

Suggested alternative themes:

  • Vase with flowers
  • Boats
  • Cars & trucks
  • Portraits

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Complete your class project with these easy steps:

  1. Illustrate your preferred character or theme
  2. Vectorise, combine and colour in Adobe Illustrator
  3. Export and post your final illustration to your class project

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SUPPLIES USED IN THIS CLASS

  • Paper - 80gsm bond and 46gsm layout paper 
  • Graphite pencils - 2b and 4b
  • Scanner
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Optional: light box or your window

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RESOURCES

Finding colour inspiration, reference and ideas

Adobe Illustrator free trial

Adobe Illustrator keyboard short cuts

A quick guide to your layers panel - downloadable pdf document

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