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Illustrative Forms: Exploring With Letter Shapes

Jeremy Mura, Brand Identity Designer

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11 Lessons (1h 46m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Inspiration

    • 3. Basic Sketching

    • 4. Shape Building (Letter C)

    • 5. Grayscale Colouring (Letter C)

    • 6. Adding Detail (Letter C)

    • 7. Shape Building (Letter H)

    • 8. Adding Colour + Shading (Letter H)

    • 9. Shape Building (Letter Q)

    • 10. Adding Colour + Detail (Letter Q)

    • 11. Thanks


About This Class

Type and illustration where can you go wrong! Exploring styles with letterforms is a great way to build your skills in the realm of hand lettering or even digital illustration.

In this class I'll show you tips and design principles that will help you design a letter series that you can create from scratch. We will go through the design process of creating 3 different styles using techniques in illustrator to get 3 illustrative styles. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Adobe Illustrator Techniques
  • Texturing, Colouring, Shape Building, Brushes
  • Design Process Of Illustrating Motifs
  • Different Styles of Illustrating Forms
  • Idea Generation
  • Adobe Illustrator Workflow
  • Creative Tips & Tricks

All you'll need for this class is Adobe Illustrator (Free Trial), I'm using CC but other versions is fine.



1. Class Trailer: Hey. My name's Jeremy Mura, a designer and illustrator from Sydney, Australia. In this class, Illustrative Forms, I want to be taking you through the process of creating three illustrative designs that you can use to create some awesome letters, create some awesome motifs and ideas, and build your own portfolio up. I'm going to be taking you to the whole process from sketches, from inspiration, showing you some different examples and some examples that I've done. Then, we're going to do some sketches and take it to the ideation process and how I come up with some ideas. Once again, we're going to be going through the Illustrator to work through some tools and tips and tricks. I'll be showing you how to do some coloring, texturing, shading, and applying some different techniques with different style and looks in the illustrations. Once we've done that, we're going to be working on that class project. In this class project, you can feel free, but what we're going do is, you're going to create three illustrative letter forms and you can choose any three letters from the alphabet. That's totally cool. Upload your project by the end of February and I'll be giving away one year of free premium Skillshare membership. Don't forget to upload your project, and enroll now, and have some fun in this cool, exciting course. 3. Basic Sketching: The first thing we should always do is do some sketches. I wrote out the alphabet and I wanted to see what type of shapes and forms I could use and integrate with certain motifs and ideas. You can see here, I'm just going through what type of letters I like to play with. What would be pretty easy to integrate some designing to it. I went ahead and selected three letters, I selected the C, the H and the Q. There's so many letters in the alphabet you can use. Pick three letters that is going to be comfortable for you, that you can create a nice illustration, that's going to still be consistent with that letter shape. I started to write down some ideas really quickly, I write out the letters first just to know what I was working with. I didn't really make any correlation with the letter C. It didn't have to be C for a castle or a cat. It can just be anything really that's going to work within that shape. As you can see I started writing down things like fish, moon, crescent, tree, organic. For the H, I thought of a bridge or a castle. For the Q, I was a bit more experimenting. I thought of a pool and maybe it could have been asymmetric. I also thought of the cereal bowl as well, which is cool and having the spoons sticking out. By analyzing and thinking about these ideas, it's really going to help you form a nice design. Write down some words, do some little thumbnail sketches, as you can see, there I did some quick little sketches to help me get that overall picture and the ID. Once I've done that, I started to do some more refined sketches and blow it up a little bit more bigger. You can see I started to sketch that out here and then I do it for all the other letters. Once you've blown up your sketch, you want to try to finalize your design and pick one ID, pick one option. That's why it's good to have two or three options that you can pick from. When you're happy, pick one that you're going to stick with. From that you want to do another page of sketches of making it bigger and do a bit more refined, a bit more detailed. Then we are going to take that picture off from your phone and you can bring that into Illustrator. I'm going to start to work on that illustration. 4. Shape Building (Letter C): Once you've done the sketch and you have a final piece that you want to work on, we're going to drag it into Illustrator. First you want to go and go to File New in the top left corner. We're going to just open a new document. Depending on what you want. If you are going to be printing it, then in your work you have CMYK. But because it just going to be for digital for now, I'm going to leave on RGB. The pixels can just be 1000 by 1000. It's going to be a standard square. We don't need the blade. I'm just going to name it. Let us see, then we're going to press 'Create'. We've got our app on here and now am just going to get the sketch out and just drag it into Illustrator. First, what we're going to do, I'm going to my Layers panel and then I'm just going to rename this layer and call it Sketch. I'm just going to make a new layer, and we'll call it Design. Then I'm going to make clipping last because I don't want all these extra product pieces of the image to be coming out of the opode. I'm going to press "M" for the Maki tool. Drag a box around the opode, select the shape and select the image, and then press "Command 7" or "Control 7", if you own a Windows. That will make a clipping mask so you can see we only want the lead up, so we can work on that. Then I'm going to use the direct selection tool by pressing "A" to select the image inside that shape and just move it around to where I want it. I'm just clicking and dragging. I can slightly just move it to align it. It doesn't have to be perfect because we're going to edit it anyway. There we have it. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select this shape with a normal selection tool and drop the capacity maybe 70 percent and I'm going to lock that layer. I'm going to drag it and I'm going to make sure it's on the sketch layer. You want to click it and drag the little color box down into the sketch layer. Then I'm going to look that layer. Cool. We have our sketch ready and now we can start building awl shapes. What we want to do is we want to use gray-scale. I'm just going to first get rid of all these colors. I'm just going to hold "Shift". We're also going to select this groupie. Go to the Menu on the top right, the full bars. Then what we want to do is go delete Swatches. Alternatively, you can just click the little being done here and press "Yes". It will click all the swatches that we selected. It's not going to use this. First of all, we want to use gray scale. It will help us visualize our letter form and illustration, and it's going to make it look nice. To get these nice shaped, what we're going to do, make sure you're on the right lab. I'm going to press "P" for the pen tool and start to create this moon shaped, this C shape. What I'm going to do, I want to make one here. I'm going to hold "Shift" and drag this up. Because we want to get as nice curve as we possibly can. If you don't want it to be fully horizontal, you can just drag it like this. The case to have as minimal anchor points as possible. I'm going to press "Shift X" just to get rid of that and make turn into a stroke. I'm going to hold optional just drag this handled out backup P because it's too far there. Like this. Then we'll make another point at the end there. I'm just going to bump up the stroke so you can see it. You can see how the curves is looking this so far. You can always go back and edit it. We just want to use this sketch as a guide. Doesn't to be perfectly in line with the sketch. As long as the form of the C can still quite see it pretty well. We'll connect that there. To move the hand as I'm going to hold "Alt" and "OK". Just to fix them out. You want to try and keep the handles balanced. It's not going to be like Jackie and Jaggedy. You want to be smooth curves. You can see here that the curve are like sort of straightens out there. We don't want that. I will just play around with these. You can use just the direct selection tool by pressing "A" for the show cup. You see the Y on there and you can just left-click and just move around this. You can also move around this too. Just make a look, it looks a bit better. Sweet. We've got our main moon shape. We can see how that's looking. You can see all the curves there. Turning it into the fields of the shrug gives you a good opportunity to see that, how the shape is looking. Cool. I'm going to slowly build up all these other shapes as well. Little details. When I look on this little menu, I'm going to still use the pen tool. We're moving slowly just go through E. I'm going to cut that. You can use this as a tool which is pretty handling till I cut pieces out of the stroke, which is kind of cool. It's really useful. I'll press "L" for the ellipsoid, create an eye for him. Also just scale it down as well. We're using simple, basic shapes. Nothing too crazy. That's why it's always good to make sure your sketches are as good as possible when you're doing the final rendering, when you're bringing it in. Then you have a good reference point to start off with. You don't have to do too much work later on. Let me illustrate that. You can see it's sort of overlapping. That's fine because you're not going to see it's going to be behind the should and that stuff. It's so good. Don't worry about that. You can see this is looking too unrealistic, so we're going to fix this. We're going to work on the fishing road. Still going to use basic shapes. For the circles we can just hold shift and then drag out a circle using the Ellipse tools or pressing alt the shortcut. I'll just drag where I did the sketch. Then roughly use your eye to get the spacing right. Because it's really small, you don't really see it in the overall illustration of things, you will notice it, but you don't have to worry too much about it. Then for the line will just hold shift and do a curve then. I'll do it straight down. Make sure it doesn't disconnect like that. We want it to be separate and now just drag it like that. Cool. I am going to work on this. Cool trick is you can use the shape builder tool to clean these lines up. If I hold shift, select all these lines, press shift M and then I'm going to hold all the options. You can see a minus pops up on the mouse. This means the shape of the tools on and it's going to minus the shape or the paths. Say I'm just going over the edge and clean that up. That's just a quick way to clean it up. Let me clear the bottom here because it's going to stuck on overlap. Then we're going to make these stars. The whole idea is that this guy is, to let us see for the moon. The whole illustration is he's fishing for stars, he's like a guy who lives on this moon. Yes it's cool to think of ideas, it is a bit of fun. Some easy styles from the shape tool. You can see in the left-hand side you get these stars, which is pretty cool. I'll make this one a bit small. Then use the pen tool just to make these lines. We can always add some more details later. You can see I'm zooming out. I'm just holding alt and then using my mouse wheel to zoom out, which is pretty handy. I'm going to do these hammock now. We create the strokes holding shift, left-click. I'm actually going to make it separate, so it's like an oval shape. It actually looks like a boat. Just nice and this looks like a boat as well. Then we'll connect these lines. You can just hold shift and scale it up to connect there or we can just round off the points later. We've got that. We can actually add some lines to make it look like a net. But I think I'm just going to leave there and keep it simple. Then what I'm going to do is add the extra here, just going to put that here. I'm going to add the shading. What you can do is just start out from the outside. Because we are going to be adding some details. What I'll do is I'll connect the shapes so you can see we've got the shape now. What I'll do, is I'll duplicate this shape here, press control C, control F, go to the pathfinder. Then I'll hold shift, select this shape and then what we're going to do is you can actually divide it or you can just minus front. We'll divide it and it should cut it out. Yes. You click the third one. The second one is minus front, which would have credit this other shape. But we want this shape here. You'll have that shadow there. I'm just going to control it out. Of course we have this shape here. It's looking good. Now we're going to put these little craters. Maybe the moon is made out of cheese. Maybe it's made out of food. We don't know. That's why it's always good to experiment, explore different ideas. Doesn't matter, it doesn't have to be realistic all the time. It can be whatever you want it to be. So this is more organic. So you want to hold click and drag when you're looking into pen tool. We've got all these spots here. I'll duplicate this one up the top by holding alt and just rotating it. That's a quick way to add some more details without making too many of the same shapes. Then you can even just move around the points just to make it look a little bit slightly different. That is just a quick way to add that. Let's just move it here. Cool. To get rid of these excess, once again, I can use a shape builder tool or the other method. It's better to use the path finder tool, because sometimes when you cut it out, we'll add anchor points to the parts that we don't want. What I'll do, I'll duplicate the main shape here. I'll hold shift, select all these shapes. Then holding alt, I'll just minus the shapes off like that. Then you'll be left over, with this shape. You can see, it added those anchor points where we cut off those shapes. That's why it's always good to duplicate that shape. Then use the shape builder tool. Or alternatively, you can use this shape mode and the pathfinder tool. Now I can delete that shape and now I've got these little craters, and the spots on this moon. It adds a bit of detail, adds a bit of character to the moon and it's looking good. Of course, delete spots down here, so I'll just quickly want to off. Cool. Sweet. It's looking good, it's coming together, and we're going to add some stars now. For the stars, I love just doing simple lines. I'll use the pen tool again, and I'll just make a straight line. I'll control C, control F to duplicate it, put it in front, and then I'll add it to the side. Usually I'll make this one shorter like this. I'll make them the same width. For now we'll just make it the same width like this. I usually have them like thick. But I'll have a few. I'll make one like this. I can have it more in the middle and have this one longer and this shorter. We can have a few different variations and I'll just group these together. It's not all looking the same. I'm just duplicating them. We added some stars. It's a bit long, we can always go back and just like edit it to make it a custom. Let's make simple stars. Then for the bottom, which is like clouds. This is just extra adds to the environment and the atmosphere of the letter. It's good to have a background. Puts it in this. It's a little world. Cool. We've done the overall shapes and now we have our strokes there, just using a simple black shrink. But now we want to identify what's going to be darker, a darker tone, what's going to be a lot of time and we use these by using these colors here. We'll start to shift it from strokes to feels. You can see we're still working on the same layer. You can even rename it gray scale if you want, or you can call it shapes, as you can see, and then we can make a copy of it later. What I'm going to start doing is start to shift these colors a little bit. I'll start with the main color. We're going to be, we'll put it in the third one. You can see there. I'll hold shift, select these craters. What I can actually do is group these together, Control G. I'll press Shift X, and they're going to be darker as well. This is going to be darker too. I can use the algebra tool to quickly select colors as well, just to select the same colors as we have there. I can always go back just a little bit. Some of these shapes, they're going to stay as strokes. So you got to keep in mind is that unless we expand it, which we'll just leave for now. We'll just make this bigger. The inside of this, bring it to the front, to shortcuts or bring shapes in front of another shape will is to press control shift, and then what you do, on your keyboard you should have a square bracket. The left square bracket goes to the left and the right square bracket goes to the right. It's Control Shift and then whichever bracket. If you're on a Mac, it'll be Command Shift. Now the shortcut is you go to object, arrange and you can bring to front, you can bring to the back, sent to the back, or if you just want to bring it up, a few lays down or up you can just go bring forward, bring backwards. So you can see the show got cases there. So it was handed and there the shortcut case, it's really going to help you out in doing the designs and different type of things. I'll come down here, now with this guy. This guy you can see he's made up of strokes at the moment. What you have to do is to connect these together. I'll just edit few by pressing X. Just to fill that in, I'll still leave the stroke the, so this is going to be lighter, I like gray. Bring that to the back. This is going to be darker, the face is actually going to be lighter as well. Once again, you can turn off the stroke as well by pressing forward slash. You can see I don't want that out of stroke for the books. I just want for this area, just so for the detail. But you can see here what's going to happen, it's going to have these overlap. What we have to do with these is actually select them and then press, you have to get the object and expand. First jump this streak a bit, go to object. Then we're going to go expand. These will turn into a shape, as you can see there. What we can do, you can see what it's done because we didn't extend it first, it's actually left the spot here. We're going to have to move that up just slightly. That's why it's always good to have excess so then when you can do this, it's going to easy up. Holding Shift, I'm just going to select the strokes, these lines, and the main shape and press shift them and then use a shape builder tool. You can see when it's just excess, it's easy to cut off and it doesn't add any anchor points. I'm holding those space ball, so drag up. I'm using alt to zoom in and out. Bring those stars to the back. They're going to be lighter. Well, I'll leave that. Next, you're going to group these together. Going to bring it up, I'll press Command Y to change so I can see the that. Bring that behind there. As you go you get seamless editing, changing things around, messing with it. Just pretty cool. Place bottom section after use the pen tool and continue these strokes. To continue from it, you got to go back where you last left off, click once and it should continue from it. Make sure you select it first then press P, click, then it should continue from that point. Here, I didn't join, so to join them, select the two anchor points, press Command J or Control J, and it should work. If not, we have to select the both, go to object, path, and then join. Thumps the show card. It doesn't work. I don't know why. It's probably a bug or something. We just joined them. Then now we can press Shift X and have that there like that. We'll add a background by pressing M when add just a bulk spring that to the back. That's going to be a lot so we'll make it one of the largest ones. Cool, as you can see, we have our illustration. It's looking good. Let's see, this has to be behind. Be careful if you send a packet will go behind this background that we just made the box. So keep in mind. Yeah, we've done our gray scale and now what we can do is start to add some color and then start to add some texture to make it look vibrant. Make it stand out and make your illustrator letter look really cool and you can apply it to any other letter out the same process. Once you do that, you can create a whole alphabet of letters. It's going to look really awesome. 5. Grayscale Colouring (Letter C): Once you have it with you, gray scale illustration, what we're going to do is go to, this is a new website, it's pretty cool. It pretty much gets all the most popular dribble color palettes that is trending, and it puts it into a format where you can copy it and get the hex codes, get the colors, and it shows you the designer as well, which is pretty sweet. You can see on the side it got all these color palettes, and if you scroll down, you can see few more but it only limits you, but if you want to look at all palettes that you can use, you can go the top right corner, click on "Timeline", and it will analyze shots that were previously from other months, other weeks, and then you just click "Load Previous Day", and it will load some more up. It's quick any tools to get some nice color palettes and use you in dribble from designers and they use nice color palettes that are cohesive and work well together. You can keep pressing load previous day, and it will load some more palettes. Try and find a palette that you want, do you want to be more mysterious, magical? Do you want cool colors, warm colors, do you want it to have high contrast, do you want it to be more subtle and more pale? It's up to you. I just went through and what I do is, I use these extension called push where I can just screen shot, because I'm on a Windows that don't have a normal screenshot function, but on a Mac you can just screenshot, what I'll do, I'll just select the piece that I like, drag it and just screenshot that, and then I'll go to my photos and then you can see I got a few color palettes. I want you to go there and you get a palettes you like, all we can do is actually click and drag it in. To illustrate that, we're going to start to build our color palette. The quickest way to do this is press "I" for the ellipse, make a shape, and I'm going to duplicate the shape. Duplicate it ones by pressing out "Shift", and then I'm going to press "Control D", just to duplicate that same action again. I'm going to select the shape, press I for the eyedropper tool, and select the color. Instead of copying and pasting the hex code, you can do it this way. I'll select all these, go to my swatches panel on the right here. If you don't have your swatches up, you go to Window and go to swatches. Select all these, press the "Photo" button, which will make color group, and I'll call it blue cool, and what you want to do is select the outlook and click "Convert Present to Global Colors". Global color is really handy. I talk about it in other videos, but allows you to change one object. If you change the color on that object it will change it in your whole outlook, and it's really useful. Press "Okay", and you can see there go all my swatches then, and you can see it's got the white tab, that means the global color, and I'll do the same for these palette. Select, press "I" for the algebra, and then select the colors again. Press "Okay", it's not copying the colors, you can just go online and use all the color palettes, it's nothing wrong with that, and you can learn a further papal. What we're going to do is I'm going to make a new layer and call it color, and in case you want to go back and edit these if we just want to save it. We want to leave it on this layer and we're going to duplicate all of it. I'm going to unlock anything, make sure it's all selected, and I'll press "Control C", "Control F". Go to my Layers panel and see this little red box, I'll drag it up to the color layer. Now, if I lock this layer turn it off, you can see everything's still there. You can see I've got two layers, but it's my color layer is on the upper layer. It's just a backup. We can just lock that bottom layer and books, so that we're going to color a layer. We can also turn off the sketch layout too. We can always go back to our design if we don't like it or if we want to edit it and make it changes. 6. Adding Detail (Letter C): I'll just start with the background and I'll start to add some colors. I'll start to play around as quickly uses swatches here and for the background, just for this sky bit, I'm going to add a gradient. Usually what I do, I'll go to my gradient panel on the right here. You can see we've got the slide up. What I'd like to just drag one color into the bogged down here, I left-click and drag downloads to delete some sliders or the colors that I don't want. I'm going to go with a lot of color as well. It's a bit too light. What I'll do, I'll change the angle. You can see how it says zero degree here, I'm going to change it to 90 degrees. We're also going to reverse that. Flips it around by clicking this little button here, you see it's got two arrows and two squares. It just reverses that. But you can see, it's a little bit too dark and I don't know the contrast. What I'm going to do is, maybe get a lighter color, a lighter purple. Well, even this. See how it looks like and I'll bring this slider up like that and just testing different colors and see what it looks like. But, I want to go for a nice purple the color. Yeah, that's cool. Let me quickly fix this as well and then I'll lock that background. So scientists to start to form colors into see where we're heading. The thing is because our background is dark, we want to have the LED off or illustration to be high-contrast. What I'll do is I'll use light pinks for this. That's why it's good that we got these colors here. I'll just start with this pink for this, shadow I'm going to go to my Transparency panel and then multiply that. You get that shattered in and I dropped that to about 70 percent. You can see that we're going to put that behind. Now the trick is that what I'll do, I'll cut it. I'll use the scissor tool and cut that piece, and then I'll bring it to the front. Then this will be, this pace was behind now, which will be one. Will make this light colors. Because these two strikes I'm going to use, I'll close with these. To make this a hammock look 3D, what we're going to do is add a gradient so that fixes up so it's connecting. You can see here how we got this one shape. What we're going to do is I'm going to go to my Gradient panel and left click once on this color bar. Now you can see you've got this gradient here. You can see that's cool. I might change the color. I'll put this pink. If you want it to make it look like that this moon is shining and reflecting on that piece, you can have that color there. If not, because he wanted to make it look its shadow, we want to put a darker purple. Then you can see our fades out this nice lighter purple. Then we'll do, we'll click on this little spot here and press the eyedropper tool for pressing I. Then I'll left click on that. You can see how it looks like one piece, but I don't want that. I'm going to select it and click the reverse gradient button. My gradient panel, click reverse. Now you can see, looks 3D now. As you can see, it looks like a bow, like a hammock. You can see that looks pretty cool when it's something like that. It's awesome. I'll start to play around with these colors here. I'm going to keep the stars white. I'll keep this box purple because we contrasted the moon there. Keep it light up there. The stars, you can see how the stars that didn't look as nice. What we're going to actually do it, you can see they all group together. A cool trick is that when I selected, I'm going to go to my top-left corner and click on "Uniform." You see you got uniform? Pretty much this is like a width profile for your stroke. So your paths, you can see we're using a basic stroke and you can see you can change your stroke style there. Using basic. We're going to get a uniform and change the width profile. The one we're going to use is this first one which is the default in Illustrator, which is super handy. I'm going to left click that and you can see how it tapers off the edges or the ends of the paths as you can see there. Now what I'm going to do, switch to my stroke and just color these white. You can see how it dims out, because the stars are not to symmetrical. This adds that nice dimension you can see it's starting to look a bit nicer. The stars there. I'm going to go to this little guy. He's got to add some colors for him. It's good that we got like a skin color. I added a few more elements and shapes. Leave that. We'll use this purple colors here. Where is I? See there we have it, we've called it out illustration. Now let us looking good and we can add some glows, we can add some effects. That's going to make it look a lot more nicer. What I'm going to do now is start to add some texture and a bit of some glow effects just to add a bit more style to the illustration we have. You can see here, I'm going to my Layers panel. I'm going to make a new layer and call it texture. Once again, what I'm going to do is make sure everything's unlocked. You can look these back around by just pressing Control to or Command to, I'm going to select this little box area. Just left click once. You can see your Layers panel, just select it. What I'm going to do is control C, control F to duplicate it and drag it up again. You can see now I can lock this layout and I have this new textured layer, which is going to be a duplicate. I can always go back to the color layer if you want to make a mistake. What I've done is made a quick stippling brush. I have a tutorial on YouTube that you can watch to see how to make that. But I might do a skill show called on vector brushes and how to make your own brushes the best way. That will be great for texturing and I'm going to illustrations a logo designs, and any type of thing like that. What I want to do is use this brush. First, what I'm going to do, is start to duplicate these shapes because what we want to do is make a clipping mask. I'm going to select these main shape P, press Control C, Control F to duplicate it. I'm going to object top-left corner, going to arrange and we're going to bring it to the front. For change of color, you see it's on top of everything, which is what we want. What we want is now I'm going to press B for the brush tool and make sure that my scatter brushes selected. What I'm going to do, is make sure it's on the same color as my Shape P on the moon. I am going to my transparency panel and click multiply. What I'm going to do, is just draw all the way around and create path around the edge of that moon, it can be rough. What I'm going to do, is make sure that this shape is on front because we're going to do a clipping mask. The stroke key, control shift and right square bracket. I'm going to select both of these impressed Command 7 or Control 7 to make a clipping mask. Now as I zoom out, you can see there we've got this nice green effects that's multiplied on the color. That adds a bit of shadow, adds a bit of texture, and you can see adds a nice difference. Then we can go ahead and add highlights, you can add more if you want. I can double-click into the clipping mask and go through it. Everything is isolated and just start to paint their it. Then what I'd like to do is change it to Color Dodge. What I'll do is to add some highlights. You can see it's like a bit more brighter. If I just press ''Escape,'' you can see some of these highlights with Color Dodge is nice and it adds a nice latter color, lighter tone. But you can see it doesn't look shodow here. What I'm going to do, I'm going to Control Z, I'll go back and I'll drop the point to maybe 75 and I'll just lightly brush it. Drop it. Maybe just brushes some points in the middle here. You can play around. I'll press ''Escape'' to get out of this mode. You can see that by adding a little bit of highlights, it looks really good. I can just move them the path and can rotate it just using the selection tools, the direct selection and the normal selection, just to select that path. But you can see sometimes, it's going to select the clipping master. You got t double-click on that. But you can see that it looks really nice now and add that little bit more of the eve to. You can do it for everything you do for this little character, you can do it for bottom bit, but I want to highlight this main moon because that's our main letter that would somebody want to stand out and make it pop. What we're going to do now, is add some global effects. A cool trick to do this, because all these are grouped, I'll styles, we're going to add a bit of a glare. We're going to go to appearance of panel. You can open up a window and go to appearance. But what you'd like to do, is go to FX and we're going get to stylize outer glow. This is a quick way to add global effects. Obviously, if you have a lot of shapes, it might lag a bit on a computer. Just be mindful of that. What we can do, we can actually use wide or we can use like a lighter one of these red colors if you want. Recently is wide now and press ''Okay.'' Now you can can see adds that nice color and you can actually blur it more. If we go higher, you can see as more of a radius. We can have as less as we want. It just depends on what you like. I try not to do too much. We'll go six percent and then the opacity maybe 65 percent and press ''Okay.'' If I zoom in, you can see this adds like that nice color to it. It actually looks like it's a glowing star. What we can do now, is even at a glow to the shape. I'm going to make another copy of it. Go back to Effect stylized Outer Glow. We'll click previously we can see, and I'll keep it on screen. I'll click the color swatch, got to color swatches, and I'll select this pink color. About the past a little bit, press ''Okay.'' What I'm going to do, is turn off the fill and make sure it goes into the stroke. You can see if I zoom it so it still has that glow. See the difference there. I'll press Control Z. Then you can see how there's a strike he now on top we want to bring it to the bottom. Make sure it says one above the background. It's not. What we're going to do, is go to our stroke and you can see how as a line straight, you can see how it still has the stroke key, even though it's on the bottom. What we want to do, is we want to push this middle one. See you got three options. You got the first option which keeps a strike in the middle. That means on both sides it's going to have some of the color. If you click this one, it's going to be inside the path. If you click this one, it'll be outside the path. But we don't want that. You see how it's interfering with our overall designs there. We want to press the middle one. That's what I usually do to keep that path inside, so you can see the path is still there but it's on the inside of the stroke. It is coming on this side, not this side, which is what we want. Then we can go ahead and play with that glow might just add a bit more, put it at 80 percent and maybe a bit more, press ''Okay,'' so you can see it a bit more. You can see just by adding a little bit, adds a big difference. If I go and turn off texture now, you can see that difference there. Just by adding a little bit of detail but of glow, a bit of texture, it makes a big difference. You can see how a moon is going to stand out. The rest is just going to be faded, but this is just one lead up and you can do so much more with it. 7. Shape Building (Letter H): For our second letter, we're going to be working on a letter H. You can see that I've gone for this theme of a tower and a castle and a bridge. It's good to study your letter forms and what IDs you can actually integrate within that letter form. Look at the spacing. How can it work with your ID? Once you start to create those IDs and you start to think of things out of the blue and just make connections and correlations with things is going to be awesome. What I have is just a sketch. I'll put it in a clipping mask. What I'm going to do is double-click this layer, go to template and just press "Okay." It's going to lock that layer and leave it there because you don't want to touch it. I'm going to make a new layer once again and call it design. We're just starting to build out these shapes. Using the shape tools on the left-hand side you can see you got all these shape tools, rectangle, ellipse, polygon, star. All that good stuff. I'm going to press "M." You can see, because this is a more symmetrical piece and it's both the same on both sides, what we can do is just create one half and duplicated it on the other side. What I'm going to do is press "P" for the pen tool. What I want to do is find the center of the outboard. As you can see, my smart guides are turned on. You can turn those on by going view and you go to smart guides there. I'm going to left-click once and then hold shift, left click again. I'm just going to click the center button at the top just to align it to the outboard. As you can see, you can change the alignment to selection on outboard. You just click the drop-down menu there and press this middle bottom. You can see it's centered. What I'm going to do is press "Command 5" if you're on a Mac or Control 5 if you're on PC, and that will make us a guide that we can actually use. Now I'm going to make this left side according to this guide and then we're going to duplicate it to make it look symmetrical. First off, I'm going to press "M" for the rectangle tool starts to boot out the shapes here, just using simple squares and we are just going to use the black we have here. You can see how the smart guides worked really well. I'm going to just duplicate this and then press "Command D" or Control D and that will duplicate that three times, as many times as you press it. I'm just going to select them all together and just drag it across. It's going to keep it all even now, all the spacings are even, which is pretty cool. You can see all the squares even as well. It's good when you select them all it's going to affect that. We've got that. I'm going to create this bottom part now too, just using basic squares and duplicating by holding optional Alt, to quickly duplicate. Then you can see I'm using Alt N at the same time. If you drag it, it's going to move the other side which is pretty cool. You can see you've got one side done. To make sure that these are aligned to this space here, select all these holding shift. You want to select this top square. They're all selected. What I'm going to do is just left-click once and you can see how it highlights. While still everything selected, it does it automatically any left-click once. Then you want to align, click the Align button. If you see that now all these aligned to this shape here up the top. You can see it's all centered there. I'm going to play with this window. I'm going to make a box again holding Shift and then left click once, and then it's going to center that. What I'm going to do it around itself, I will press "A" for the direct selection tool. Select these top corner and just round that off like this. That's how we get this rounded window. Then I can drag it down if I want a little bit. It's all coming together because using simple shapes. Then we'll do the bridge and just use this guide in the middle. I'll duplicate one of these boxes up here so we don't get the sizing all messed up. Then I hold Shift Command D, select it again and just drag it to make sure it's perfectly aligned to that guide. Now what I want to do, I want to select it all, makes sure all the strokes are the same width. I'll press two points and we've got a full points. Everything is the same width, so it's not like overlapping or they're looking funky. I'll align it to this. Just select them all, move it to this. Once again drag it. You want it all to be neat and tidy. We can always fix it later so we can drag it down on the line. That's all aligned. This is outline mode. You can just press "Command Y." That will take you to outline mode, which is super handy to see all your paths. You can see that it's all neat, it's all looking good. We can even add these because these straps a more organic, you'll have to do that with the pen tool. So I'm going to press "P" for the pen tool. Just using this box over here as a guide. We can probably just keep these straps straight. Try and keep the width consistent. We have to round this off. If you got to your straight panel, you can just click this the round cut. You can see that rounds it off on round corners. You don't get these pointy ends. You can see here that thing is connected. Be mindful of that. Actually I'm going to go and connect it, I'll select these two points and go object path join. You can see how it joined this path there. That's already joined there, we've got our bridge backup support whatever you want to call it. Usually it was like leather or wooden pieces. Then for the details, what we're going to use the pen tool. I'm going to press "P" for the pen tool and go ahead and start to go through here. Once you make one, you can just hold Alt and Shift and just drag it across like this. Then I'll do the same. It doesn't have to be exactly the same as the sketch. It's used as a guide. I'll make sure I click this. These are extra details. I'll Command D. I'll use Command D just to keep it even. I'll use a shape builder just to place those, actually I'll leave that, we'll fix that later on. You can just see just using strokes. I'm not placing it directly on top because we want to have some variations in the bricks. Because not organic enough. It'll look too uniform. I'm just adjusting the length by using the direct selection tool. Then I'll cut these two pieces using this as a tool. You just press "C" and left-click once and it adds an angle pointing cuts the path off only for this path here. Just so we have this window here. We've got a bridge there. We're going to do this bit as well. When you do your sketches it's so much easier to add all the final details. I've always loved playing with rounded strokes first. Just gives me a better visual of how it's going to look like. Could we have that basic construction of our elements and what I can do now is I'll just call it shapes. I'll make a new layout and call it gray scale. Once again, like we did in the letter C, I'm going to select this duplicated by pressing control C with control F, and then drag it up, drag the color into the next layer. You drag from this to this, and then now we have a copy. What we're going to do now is I'm going to start to add these gray scale colors into this piece. For this letter what we're going to do is we want to keep the strokes on there, because we are going for a different style. I can hold Shift and go select all the bricks there and then select the color. Here we go a bit darker. We can select, so all these main shapes, these three main ones, these ones that are coloring and the strokes are going to stay there. Then you can see this one's a bit long. You might have to go through and edit some of these strokes of the two and you just Zoom in, the quickest way to Zoom is just holding Alt and then use your mouse wheel and the space bar to hold and click and move around. Then the mouse will just zoom in really quickly. I'll color these in. Awesome. We've got that gray scale. That was pretty quick. What we're going to do now is make a new layer, call it color. Once again, select, left-click and drag and select all these and then control C, control F to duplicate make a copy and drag it up. Now we can always go back to our layers to see what we've done. We can turn off the sketch now. We've actually missed a piece there in the middle, but I guess it doesn't really matter. We can leave that because we don't want it to get too muddy around here. 8. Adding Colour + Shading (Letter H): We're going to go to a color layer and start to work with color. What I love doing is working with Adobe Color. I'm going to Adobe Color, used to be Adobe Kuler, but they changed it and I've been using this to build some color palettes as well. We can click Explore on the top left corner. If you don't have a subscription, then you know there's plenty of other sites like I shared before you got that color book. Let's all these calls from dribble which you can use. But this is another way I want to show you. This is how I get my nice palettes, say w color, and then you'll see all these ones appreciated and popular ones. If you find one you like, you can actually go in press save. That's going to save it to your library. I'm just going to quickly look for a nice palette that we can use. Maybe if we go for lack of Brown, you can even search as well. Even these blues are nice. It will do this some press save and assigning real quick. I've already have some color palette saved in my color library. This time, instead of going to color book, you can actually save Colors from Adobe Color. You can see I've already got some palettes already saved T. You can see if I go to Adobe Color, you can see it's called You can actually explore some palettes. If you go to the top left corner, you've got explore, you can create your own. You can see your in themes. You can even search for titles that people have named it. If i such castle, you can see I've got all these palettes that pop up, which is pretty sweet. You can also go through the field site and search by appreciations, by most used, most popular random. You can see the most recent ones as well. If I click the most used, I can see all the appreciations and views and likes. This is another way to build some nice palettes and you can even create your own and save them. If you find one that you like all you have to do is click. like this and I'll click Save. I can name it orange or whatever you want to call it, can add tags. I click save. You can see that Dropbox saving to my library. I can edit it if I want or delete it, I can download the ASC file for illustrator. I can click Edit, and then I can go ahead and click the color rules and see what else there is. If I select one color, I can change it. I can also move the [inaudible]. I can move this around, all these little pointers around as well. Craig custom colors, those hips useful I love using it. You can see that color, we just save is this. If I go add to swatches, I'm going to have this palette and then we can just start to use it. I'm going to go through hip, select holding shift. I can just select all these squares. You can even group it together to make a firster. I'm just going to have this gradient here. We have our Castle colored. We're going to add some shading and then we're going to duplicate it. You can see these colors are okay. We can maybe play a lot of ones. We can play with other palettes. Whatever you save, you can put in me and create something awesome. These brown, this purply brown color. I'm going to add that to swatches and see what that looks like. I'll just group this together. Actually, I won't group it. We'll see what this one looks like. Yeah, like this one, its a lot nicer Cool. What we're going to do now, I'm going to just make a duplicate and we'll type in shading, select this. I'm going to copy and drag that up. Now we have in this layer, so you can see what the layer is there, the progress of where we've come from. I'm just going to rename this because this layer has the guide on it. I'll just quickly, yes, leave that. Since we're now going to add a bit of shading. I'm going to use the shape tools again, just using boxes. I'm going to use these shapes already, here as a guide. Imagine the sun's coming from the top and coming down. We're going to add shadows based with that. You can see we don't want these strokes. To quickly get rid of that press the forward slash button. To make more shadow is what you do. You want to select the same color, that you are using. Then we're going to get a transparency and go to multiply. As you can see there, keep in mind as well that it's good to have if you're doing this solid design, you want to try and keep your strokes separately on a different layer. You can see, when we want to do the shadows, we can bring it down. I want have an effect on this black area. But for this illustration it's OK because we're using dot colors and you can see on the black. We're going to start to add some shading. Just think where you think there's be shading. I will duplicate this. I'm putting in places where the sun will be less prominent and/or will be not reflecting. You can see here this is implying that this is coming out that x, It's so it doesn't look as 2-D looks more 3-D. Even for this window as well, we can do the same. But in real life the shutter when extend so far, it will be less. We showed us, I'll just shorten this mic a little bit thinner. Maybe go to that point. Maybe get a bit bigger and make sure it's centered there [inaudible]. Okay, sweet. These boxes down here would be dark color as well. What I can do is make a duplicate and go multiply there's two shapes here, and I'll use algebra to select the same color over here. Duplicates that shape, copy the same style and the percentage of capacity. You can see it's 70 percent, because these are on the flow. You can also add [inaudible] duplicate it again, multiply 70 percent. There are the strike, so it doesn't duplicate, so you can see the shape there. We can also use the pen tool as well. You can see how this is arching over this section here. I can add like a shutter there, so it will come down like this for this example and what I'll do, I'll multiply, pick the same color and we want to put it on these two here. What I'll do is I'll make a duplicate of these shapes here, select this shape and I'm going to use the shape builder to cut this the rest of. Now we'll stuck with these two shapes here. I'll go multiply and then I'll just use the eyedropper to select that and I've made it extra copy this and there we have it, we got those, it's like the sun is just hitting here. That's another way you can add shading. It is looking nice. We can, if you want some more variation, you can create some of these boxes. We've looked a lot at turn and we want to bring it behind this other strokes. It's under the strikes, we want to make sure that it's under those. I'm just bringing it behind and you can see I'm putting it behind, but it's not going because this stroke here is connected. I'll make a duplicate of this shape, get rid of the fill and bring that forward to the front. Now these box here will be over this. I'm using these shapes as the guides, going through, adding some variation depending on the look you want to go for. Now you can also just like the same color maybe go multiply 30 percent. We even color dodge or screen, to get a lot of color. Just to show some variation within the bricks. Once again, for these ones would have to duplicate this, so the strikes on top and then we can bring this one up. We can bring this up now. There we go. We have to fix this plot. Double-click and I'll delete this spit, there we go. Bring this straight up, like that. Cool, and there we have it. What I'm going to do now is select it, press "O for the reflect tool, hold optional or left-click ones in the middle there, press "Preview" and press "Copy". That's how we have that guard there and then we can turn that guard off. Then we have a letter H like this and the only thing you have to do is clean the section up here. You can see, we're just going to select these two shapes, go to the "Pathfinder" and click in that and then bring it to the bottom. You can see we can make this one shape as well. We're going to unite that. You can add more details, you can add texture, you can add more colors to the bricks to make it look nice. 9. Shape Building (Letter Q): We're going to be working on our third and final letter, which is the letter Q. You can see here how we have this nice cereal ID, and I got it from my most favorite cereal when I was a kid, and that was Fruit Loops. You can see it's a very sugary cereal, with grains in it. You can see that they're just like circle around hoops, and they are full of rainbow colors and it just tastes amazing. What we're going to do is use one of these pictures here and gather the colors off it. Just like these right-click "Copy Image" just drop it in Illustrator. I'm going to get some of these colors in a moment. First we're going to just build these basic shapes. You can see I already put the sketch on its own layout like we did in the other letters and I put it as a template layout and dropped the opacity. Then add a new layer which is design, I'm going to work on this design here. We're going use basic shapes. Again, I'm going to use the Ellipse tool for this one. I'm just going to use the sketch as a guide holding Shift and all you can see keeps over portions of the circle, which is what we want. I'm also going to be using gray-scale for now. I'll make a copy of the circle as well, drop it down. You can see how we have this organic line for the milk. I'm going to press effect at the top left corner, go to the store and transform, then go to zigzag. Press "Preview". You can go to smooth, click on "Smooth". You can see we can actually edit the size so we can edit the size of this. We can also change it to relative or absolute, just depends on what you want. We can also change the ridges per segment or the ripples, so determines how many ripples you get. We don't want to spike because it can turn into like a stamp or a badge. You can be heaps organic but you can see it's pretty symmetrical so nobody better to get the pen tool. But for this exercise we can probably just leave it slightly and maybe even leave the uneven. So it choose an uneven number so it's not too symmetrical. I'll go seven and keep it a full press Okay. You can see that's what it looks like by illiteracy, recognized as just a circle shape. You would have to expand that if you want to turn it into a shape. We have that. We had the sphere and what we're going to do for the sphere, am just going to create a rectangle shape. I'm going to use the direct selection tool, select the bottom bit and then drag the live corners and drag it up. Just to round off that bit. I'm also going to select this one anchor point and press down a few times with my hierarchy just to make it little pointy. I'm going to rotate this and put it like that. Let me keep it smoother. You can see it's the letter Q. What we're going to do, we're going to create these circular shapes. All it is, is two circles. I'll duplicate this one, holding Shift and Alt to keep their proportions. So it's even. I'll make sure the strikes the same size as well, so you can change the strike on top-left corner. I'll group these together. What I would like to do is I'm going to turn it into it's own shape so quickly to do that is if I press Shift M for the shape of the two, I can see how high can plus these two areas. I'm not going to plus this area here. I'm going to, if you hold out optional minus, so I left-click and now minus that. You can see. This circle, this little circle minus from the other circle. We've got this sort of hoop shape. Once again, if it's too symmetrical, we can go to Effect to Stolen transform. But this time we can go to Rough in. What I'm going to do is click on smooth. I'm also going to click preview so I can see what's happening. What I'd like to do is just rough a tiny bit. What I'll do maybe one percent and I'll just play around with these detail here. You can change the relative obsolete. It doesn't really matter. But you can see we just want it to be a little bit rough. You can see maybe, ten's fine. You can see that it looks a bit more organic. Then what we do is going to hold Alt and is left-click and drag and just copy them. As I do that would just make some bigger, some smaller, and even rotate some of them as well. It's not all the same sides on each other because then it will look to the same two uniform. We don't want that. This is one way of just quickly doing it. You could use a pattern brush or you could use symbol, the symbol palette as well. But in this exercise, we're just going to utilize these shapes that we created using a mouse. You see how I'm rotating and changing the sizes as I'm dragging them out. These helps the keep organic to keep variations as well and make it not look all the same. I'm just using the sketch as a guide. Making some smaller, some bigger, you can just add some more as well. Cool. We had those colors, and now I'm going to press Shift X and just change the colors for amendment and I'm just going to add a field Shift X. To add this little ripple effects you can do the same thing we did before. I'm going to use the pen tool, make a straight line, bump up the strike of it, going to affect the top corner distilled transform and zigzag and we want to keep on smooth. You can see I accidentally left the fill on there, but we don't want to do that. You want to turn the field off afterwards. But we can go in a different ridges. We can maybe go to ridges and keep it at like five or four. I'll just delete the field there. Then I'll make another line. Just to do a few variations. This keeps the pace interesting as well as realistic because the liquid is not completely straight, so is different. This one will do three press okay and then what I'll do is duplicate these into rotate these really fast. I can just go to my Transform panel. Click the drop-down menu on the top right corner, press Flip horizontal. You can see it will flip it. This one's different and these two because it's similar on both sides. It wouldn't look as much different. But you can see this is different here. You can also select these and go flip vertically as well. Then that will make them different. It would just flips it vertical. Then we can just use these to get those nice little ridges, as you can see here or ripple effects and we'll make it smaller. Just to add some more of that detail. 10. Adding Colour + Detail (Letter Q): What we can do now is to start add this color palettes here. I'm just going to make a few circles. I'll just drag and duplicate these. Then I'm going to use the Adobe tool to select some of these colors. The cool thing about getting images is you can zoom all the way in and you can see the pixels and there are so many different colors. Where you click will depend on what color it is. If you want to heap saturate or less saturate it. Pick a nice spot, that's not too bright. Put some pebble there, got some yellow and then blue. I'm going to select all these colors and then click on the folder icon in my swatch panel on the bottom and then call it rainbow, press "Okay". Now we've got all these colors that we can use, which is pretty sweet. What I'm going to do is make a duplicate of this layer and call it color. Select all these Control ''C'' Control ''F2'', duplicate it and then drag the color box up. Now we have that copy there and we get ten of these lay here. Now what we're going to do is quickly color this and for this bowl, we're going to need some simple off white colors. I was going to delete these here. Too yellow. Just drop the color there. I'm going to add that color. Let's leave it like that. But then I'll just hold ''Shift ''and left click, random click the shapes. Looks like different ones and then pick a color. Make sure you select different ones not too close to each other because you want to make it organic and it will look all the same. Just going to tend that sketch lay off. I'm going to press ''N'' and I'm going to make a background color. We can use any of these random colors and it will still look pretty nice. Just depends how much contrast you want. It's [inaudible] bad, it's probably the blue or the orange but I'll go blue because it's nice and subtle, I'll lock that and what I'll do is start to play around with these colors. You can see that is looking very flat. We can leave it flat, let's print it for now. I'm just going to quickly select all these get an object, expand appearance for these strokes. I'm going to just change those colors to that darker color we have there. I think it might be a good idea to get a few more limits around. It's pretty good. What we're going do, we're going to add a bit of shading so we can distinguish certain elements of the shades we have here. For this, maybe we want to cover that end of the spoon as much as possible. There we go. What I'll do, I'm going to add some shading. I'm going to hold this shape. Actually, I'm going to use the pen tool. I'm going to left click once. I'm going to select these two shapes. What I'm going to do is select; what we're going to do, we're going to add a bit of brushes to this, add a bit of style. You can see I've just changed the colors a bit, a bit of more pinky color. It was too yellow before and you can see these, I've expanded these strokes. What I'm going to do is expand this stroke as well. You can see how we got the ripple effects. When you get to top-left corner press object and press ''Expand Appearance''. Select object again and press ''Expand illustrator''. You got to do that twice. We can turn it all into a shape. I'm going to select these, go to the pathfinder tool and click the first one, which is unite. That's going to unite it into one piece. What we're going do now is I'm going let some brushes in. I'm to go to my brush panel, go to the drop down menu, go to open brushes. What we can do is actually pre-load some more already have here go other library. I already have some brushes here that I've made. I have a few products on my credit market so that you can see, I'm just going to use the thin art brushes, for this exercise. What I'm going to do is add the brush on the edges of these shapes and what it's going to do is going to add a bit of a stylistic approach to it. It's going to be more like childlike crayons sort of thing. What I'm going to do, I'm going to select the shape I want. I'm going to make sure it's on the stroke and what I'm going to do is left-click on one of these brushes. You can see there, you want to make sure that it's the right color, so the pole was white. What I'm going to do is change the points to maybe 75 or maybe 0.5 and you can see that, you can just play around and see which one looks good. Another cool trick to also turn off the edges, press ''Control H'' so you can see what the brush looks like. You can see we've got all these chalk brushes. We've also got these choco ones at P2. We just want a subtle look, nothing too crazy. I may bump that up. It adds a bit of move to the edges that makes it look different. We'll do the same for this as well. Make sure the same color is selected on the stroke. Yeah, and we'll do the same for this. You can see how, if it's too overpowering, you want to drop the stroke to about 0.5, even 0.25, which is great. I'm also going to change the color of this. Just go slightly darker, just so it's more gray. You can see how this is a Multiply, let's make this bigger. Customize that stroke there, sweet, it covers that edge there, so it looks like the spoon is there. It's like the spoon is in the actual milk, and then we might just put it a bit more to the edge. Yes, sweet, and then what we're going to do, we're going to add it to all these shapes as well. I'm going to press "Control H" just turn edges back off. Another cool trick, instead of selecting them all with the Shift button, you can go Select at the top corner, Same, and bring Fill Color, you can also go Appearance. If I press Appearance, it's going to select everything in that same appearance. Or if you go Fill Color, it's going to select all the same shape to the same fill color, which is pretty handy. If I select one of each color, and then I do it again, Same, and then I can go Fill Color, and it should, that didn't work. I'm just going to go select all these shapes, and then once you do that, we're going to group them together. The shortcut to group objects is Control or Command G. So I'll Control G, it's all grouped, and then I'll select the stroke and then now I'll select the stroke. What I want to do to add the strokes to all these shapes now, what I'm going to do is select each individual column and then grouped those colors together. I'm going to select one of these colors, go at the top left corner and press "Select," go to Same, and press "Fill Color." These pretty much makes a selection based on one of the attributes you've selected. If I select Fill Color, it's going to select these objects fill color which is red. Now, all of these are going to be selected, all these red ones. What I'm going to do is press "Control G" to group those together, now when I left click once on them, it's going to be all groups. I'll do the same to all these other colors as well, and I'm going to group them together. Now, do the purple one, group, now they should be all grouped together. One group, two, three group, four group, five group. Awesome. Now what we're going do is I'm going select the groups and we can actually change the brush all at once on all the stroke. If I select it, I'm going to jump at the 0.25, and you can see how it's actually adds it to all these strokes, and I'll do the same to all the rest, and I like to choose different strokes, so they look different, and I'm using these ones here because they're more like tightly neat. It's more compact compared to these stroke brushes down here and just make sure we're selecting the same color, Experiment I think we just turn the green ones off. Okay, there we go I'll do the same to these, show that purple, changes the stroke width. Let me add these two orange ones as well. Then what I like to do, I'll make a circle in the background, bring it to the back, you can go Object, Arrange, Send Backward or Sends to the Back. You can also use a shortcut Control, Shift, Left Square Bracket, and what I'll do, I'll change it to blue. I'll change the back transparency, the background, and I'm going to put it on Overlay for a lighter one, or Color Dodge, or Multiply. Usually I go Multiply, and then I'll go to 25 percent, just drag it a bit more in, I'll center that, it's like looking like a place-mat thing, and what I'll do, I'll change the stroke to blue, and then I'll select one of these strokes, all these brushes, just something subtle. Let me jump to stroke a bit. Sweet, and there we have it. Using simple brushes, you can get these cool look, we can add more at shading, but we just want to keep it simple, and there we have it, we have that letter Q, our cereal, and it's looking awesome. 11. Thanks: Thanks so much for enrolling in the class. 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