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Intro to Illustration In Adobe Illustrator

Jon Brommet, Crusoe Design Co.

Intro to Illustration In Adobe Illustrator

Jon Brommet, Crusoe Design Co.

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12 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Workspace

    • 3. Swatches, Guides, & Artboards

    • 4. Ellipse & Rectangle Tools

    • 5. Pathfinder & Object Rotation

    • 6. Reflecting & Rounding

    • 7. Eyedropper & Clipping Masks

    • 8. Divide & Zig Zag

    • 9. Drawing A Turtle

    • 10. Intermediate Video - Drawing A Bear

    • 11. Next Steps

    • 12. A Message From Future Jon

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About This Class

This is a great beginner class and will be especially useful to designers or hobbyists, who haven’t honed their illustration skills just yet, as we will be doing the majority of the work using simple shapes and merging them together. You won’t need to be a master at drawing to make some awesome art!

In this class I will be covering the various shape tools, using pathfinder to merge objects, how to rounding corners evenly, rotating lines at exact degrees, and how to make your artwork as flawless as possible in general.

Whether you’ve never opened Adobe Illustrator before, or you have a decent idea of how to use the tools, this class has enough information for beginners of all levels to learn from.

If you are an intermediate user, there is a section at the end of the class where I go over drawing a bear using circles almost exclusively. This is a method used to make very appealing logos and cannot be missed.

So if this class sounds interesting to you, click play!

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1. Class Introduction: [MUSIC] Hello, and welcome to Intro to illustration and Adobe Illustrator. In this class, I'm going to be showing you how to illustrate a couple of animals, as well as some simple shapes from their natural habitat in Adobe Illustrator. This is a great beginner class. It'll be especially useful to designers or hobbyists who haven't honed their illustration skills just yet, but we'll be doing the majority of the work using simple shapes and just merging them together. You do not need to be a master of drawing to make awesome art. In the class, we are going to be going over using a variety of different tools; the Selection Tool, the Direct Selection Tool. I'm going to go over using the Rectangular Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Pen Tool, a little bit on Pathfinder, Routing Corners, a little bit of effects like Zigzag, a bunch of different things so that you can really kind of get your feet wet and try new things, and hopefully get a little bit more comfortable illustrating in the Illustrator, again, if this is your first time. There is even an intermediate portion, because I know it's been a while since I did a class, and it is drawing the bear. It's using just circles, and it's kind of complicated, so it'll be a bit trickier for the beginners, but it gives something for the intermediates to watch. So you can skip ahead if you're an intermediate to the bear illustration, or you can watch the whole class, maybe you'll learn some things too, because even intermediate users sometimes don't do everything perfectly, and you might find something really interesting from the beginner portion. So if this class sounds interesting to you, without further ado, keep watching. 2. Setting Up Your Workspace: Welcome to the class. It's been a long time since I really geared a class towards beginners, even in the ones that I've done at the beginner level, they still had a lot of intermediate different things. I've done a lot of intermediate classes and I decided it's only fair to rewind it and hopefully open up some of my classes to newer viewers. You can start here and then branch out into some of my intermediate classes. The first thing we're going to do is of course, open up Illustrator. As you can see, I have it open. Yours might look slightly different than mine. I'm using the newest version at this point, which is the 2019 version, and I have the recent files set to list form and things like that. Yours may looks slightly different. It's not really too important. For the most part, we're just using really simple tools. Even if you have a 10-year-old version of Illustrator, you should be able to follow along without any issues. What we want to do is start with is we are want to open a new file. We're just going to go ahead and click "Create New." Another thing we can do is go to File and then New. From here you're going to open up a new document dialog box. Now yours may look a little different, again, depending on the version you use, and you can make this size basically anything you want. I'm going to make it a normal sheet size which is 8.5 by 11 and this is just for your purposes as far as following along with the class, because what I'm actually going to do is open up a predesigned file, which is going to look a little different, but I just want to get the workspace setup. Again, here's may look a little different. What we want to do is we want to go over the window and we want to go down a workspace, and you have a bunch of different options. I've created a custom one, which I've talked about it in different classes. But what we want to do is start with layout. As you can see, I've layout checked. Then because I'm assuming you're a beginner who has either never opened Adobe Illustrator or you've barely used it and you don't know exactly what you're doing, so a lot of this is going to seem fairly overwhelming. What we want to do is really simplify everything and get rid of anything we don't need. You can open this little fly out menu right here, you see two little arrows and says expand panels. Now I'm not going to mess up the character panel. If we just grab right there in that tab and drag it out, we can hit this little x to close it. Another way we could have done that is to go to window and basically just uncheck anything we don't need. In this case we're not going to be using the gradient panel, so I uncheck that. We are going to use the swatches panel, but we won't need the Transform panel and you can already see some things are closing, so I don't want any of the stuff. We don't need open type, we don't need paragraph, we don't need character styles, all these things pertained to text and we're not going to be doing that. Basically, we get to close all these fun things, are getting it really simple. We have swatches and down here hit in this are art board. We're not even really going to be using the cardboard. Pretty much all of this stuff can be close. We can just come out and drag all this stuff, libraries, [inaudible]. You've got layers here. I don't use layers as much, if you've used Photoshop before, that layers are extremely important. But in Adobe Illustrator, it automatically makes layers and if you have really complicated artwork, it can be useful. But for simple artwork, it's probably overly complicated to use multiple layers. We're just going to leave everything in layer one. But I've got a lot of screen real estate at this point, so we'll go ahead and we'll leave that open. Well, head over to color here. Color can sometimes be useful, or for the most part, I'm just going to be using swatches. I'm going to go ahead and just drag that out, close that and then color guide, we won't be using. We've got our swatches. That's why maybe I will select different colors. We've got layers which are said we're not going to be using too much. Now one thing we are going to be using is the Pathfinder menu. I'm going to go down and I click "Check." We're going to use that. Again, make sure you're grabbing on to the actual tab. We're going to drag it just above so there's a blue line above swatches and it'll pop over there. I Don't need that for styles, so close it. At the moment, as far as I can think of anyways, this is going to be the main panels we want to use on the right side of our screen. We're going to leave it all set up just like that, and if I need anything else, I'll open it as I needed. Now if we go over here to the tools, you can actually do the same thing where we can get rid of some of them. Now, I wouldn't bother really messing with any of this. You can probably just get comfortable. You're going to be able to ignore 90 percent of this menu on newer versions of illustrating, you can actually click edit toolbar, and you can drag things in and out, which is pretty cool. But just try not to get too overwhelmed. We're going to leave all that stuff how it is. At this point, you're pretty much ready to go. What we're going to be using a lot is this arrow tool here, which is the selection tool and it's on the top left of your toolbar, most likely, and it is V on the keyboard. If you see it says selection tool and then in brackets it says V. If you see something in brackets, it's telling you the quick key as in the key that you hit on your keyboard to automatically select that. One we're going to be using once in a while is the pen tool. You can see that's P. The cool thing is if my mouse is all the way over here and I have my one hand on the keyboard just by clicking P, you can see I've automatically selected the pen tool and V, I've gone back to my selection tool. So it's nice to learn those click keys. I would suggest that you learn them as quick as you can, if you're going to be using Illustrator decent amount, it makes life a lot easier for you. The next thing we're going to be using a lot is shapes, which is again all here. We'll click the rectangle tool and that's nice. We can just draw out a rectangle and we'll get more into that later. In order to delete it, I'm hitting the selection tool and I'm just going to click delete. Now, you'll see there's a little arrow in the corner beside the rectangle tool and that means that there's more tools hidden under there. If you just click and hold, it'll up this little pop-up menu, and now we have the Ellipse tool, which is basically to make an oval or circle, polygon tool, star tool, and a line segment tool. Line segment tool is something that I almost never use because the pen tool can do the same thing. We're not going to be messing too much with the star tool. We're going to use the polygon, ellipse and rectangle tool a few times in this class. Hopefully, your workspace is now looking pretty much exactly like mine if you're following along, or at least you know how to set it up when you're ready to start the class and without further ado, we'll go on to actually getting into drawing. 3. Swatches, Guides, & Artboards: Like I said, I already have a file preset with my artwork that you will have already probably seen in the title and things of that in the class. I'm going to open that up and I'm not going to need that untitled document anymore. That was just useful for you, so you know where you're starting. I don't need to save it, I'm going to close it. This is my artwork and it may seem a little bit overwhelming. I've got these multiple artboards, which I'll get into and so we're just going to try and just focus in here on these two pieces of artwork that I created. For this class, I thought it will be really fun just to create some really modern simple shapes that can tell you a cool little story and make some really nice artwork. The cool thing about them is that you really don't need to be able to draw basically at all. It's really nice obviously, I do suggest that if you want to get into drawing or illustration, that you do practice a lot with drawing with your hands. Nowadays you can draw on iPads and all these great tools and Wacom tablets and things like that. The more you draw, the more comfortable you'll be. I did spend some time sketching to get some layout ideas, that's how I got my idea. I wish I did digitally on my iPad, but as far as this class goes, I'm actually just showing you how to create objects. I don't really necessarily show you how to create your own layout. That's going be something that you're going to have to play with on your own and try and work out and I'd love to see what kind of work you create. I'm going to show you how to make each of these elements and they are very simple, very modern new style, which is a really cool and nice style. It's really clean and what's also neat about it, is that it's fairly easy to create. It's going be a really good introduction to using tools. As far as I've gotten here, I've already set up all of my artwork and I'm going to reshow you how to create these things. Over here you don't really need these, I've just made rectangles with the different colors that I'm going to use, but it's nice to show you. What I'm going to do in this case, this isn't something you need to do, but I've decided that I'm going to be using these five colors in both illustrations. I don't actually use the gray in here, so that one's only four colors, but the idea is to just try and keep the color scheme fairly similar. I actually don't have the blue, here's the blue over here so I actually use six colors on this side. But basically, those are the colors and I'm going to use. To make life really simple, to make sure I'm selecting the right colors, what I'm going to do is go over here into my Swatches panel, and I'm going to keep the white because I might use it for certain fills and things like that. Technically, white is a color that I'm using. If you're going go to a print most of the times, unless you're printing on a black shirt or something like that white doesn't count as a color. I'm going to select from the black here and I'm holding Shift, and I select all at this bottom gray, and I'm selecting all those Swatches and I'm going go over here and hit Delete and go Yes. Now if you ever do this and you panic that you don't know how to it get the back, there's three little lines over here on the corner. If you click them and go down to Open Swatch Library, then you go to Default Swatches, and then you can select any of those Default Swatches. It's not really a big deal, they're not gone forever or anything like that, just in case you happen to lose them. Now what I want to do is I want to load these colors, so by selecting the green, you can see it shows in this box. What I want to do is just grab it and drag it in there and you see a little plus sign that shows up, grab that, drag that in there. Basically I'm just filling in my Swatch panel here with the colors I'm going be using for this design. I do my best not to go too fast, because I know that this is geared towards beginners, but I do talk quick so hopefully again, I'm going to try and slow down. But keep in mind that when you're watching back this class, you can actually go and you can select the speed in which you watch it, so if I'm talking too slowly, you can speed it up. Or if I'm talking too fast, you can slow it down and, at any point you can always rewind or fast forward. It should be pretty easy for you to be able to keep up at the pace that you find the most comfortable. We've got our colors all set up in there, and you maybe wondering what you're looking at, and what these weird green lines are. These are my guides. Guides are useful. Now, there's something that you don't have to play around with too much. But basically what I have is two artboards. These are called artboards, the white squares on a dark gray background, if you're using an older version of Illustrator, it may not look so obvious. The background was a lighter gray back then but basically all of my artwork is on this white board. This is what would print in anything off it, like these Swatches here won't print, they don't exist. But in newer versions of Illustrator, you have multiple artboards, which is really convenient to have multiple things open at once, so that's what I have here. If we go over to our Artboard Tool, which is over here and it's Shift O, we'll click it and then we're going to select here artboard 1. That just shows you that I have it set up as 10 inches by 10 inches, if you want to set up the same as mine. You can always change that file even if you set it up and even at 11.5 and over here I also have a 10-inch-by-10-inch artboard. These ones, the sizes don't matter, you can copy them if you want, but I'm basically just drag them out. We're going go back to the selection tool and I'll show you real quick how I made these guides. The guides I'm using are just that I can make sure that my artwork fit nicely in that little imaginary square, so that I think my artwork looks cleaner that way, it's not very important that you do it. But if you want to know how to make a guide like that, all you have to do is go over here and select our Rectangle Tool and if we drag it out here like so, we can just simply go to View and go down to guides, and then click Make Guide. That turns that rectangle into a guide. That's cool, it's helpful for you to use, so I'm going to go to undo this, we go to Edit Undo, or I'm using a Mac, so it's Command Z and if you're using a PC, it's Control Z. Another thing I have on that you may not is, if you see that I'm hovering over things, they light up and you're seeing words like path and things like that really small and anchor. That's because I have something called Smart Guides on which I use most of the time, it allows things to snap. For example, if I draw this rectangle and I want it to snap exactly to this line, just by going near the line it snaps directly to it. If I have Smart Guides off, which I'll turn off here, it's Command U or Control U on a PC. Now when I go over to that exact same spot again, I drag it over it doesn't exactly snap. Now you get a pretty close but sometimes you may think that you have it on right there, and then when you zoom in really close, you can see that it's not actually on that line. That means that your artwork isn't quite as perfect as you think. If I turn it on again, which is to go to View and down to Smart Guides again, command U. Again, we'll drag it off and as you can see, it snaps down. Now if we zoom in really close and you can see it's perfectly on that line and I never needed to zoom in. Smart Guides, super useful and it may take a little bit more getting used to and they might be a little uncomfortable on your way at first as things get highlighted, but I think getting used to them is super important. 4. Ellipse & Rectangle Tools: Without further ado, let's get into drawing some really basic shapes. We have the sun, we have multiple suns. There's a sun here, a nice big simple circle on my turtle illustration and I did a little bit of a more complicated one on the bear illustration. We're going to start with the sun from the turtle illustration. It does not get much easier than this. Selecting that rectangle tool and holding down, I want to go over to ellipse. As you can see in brackets, that's L on your keyboard. Now simply clicking anywhere and dragging, you can see that I'm starting to make an ellipse. Now, in order to make it a perfect circle, all we have to do is hit "Shift". That's holding shift and now as you can see while I'm dragging, I have a perfect circle coming in and out. Another thing I like to do is generally when I'm drawing, I want the center of the circle to be from where I clicked. If I hold Option, again that's on a Mac or Alt on a PC, that means that it will be constrained right to that point I started out. If I go back here, you can see where my mouse is. If I click, I'm holding Shift and Option at the same time, I'm still holding them down, you can see that the circle is coming out from that point. It's just nice and clean and that's the way that I like to draw them. Again, using my smart guides, I can line this up nicely as you can see it's snapping to the center of that one. I can drag this guy out bigger or smaller. Again, it isn't actually the perfect size. But now, I have my ellipse tool. It has blue because that's what I selected over here. But of course we're going to turn this to yellow-golden color. It is that easy to make that sun. Of course, that's super simple, but that's how you use the Ellipse Tool. Now using the Ellipse Tool and taking things a little bit farther, we are going to complicate things. What I want to do is, I'm using my Ellipse Tool, so, I hit "L" on my keyboard and once again holding Option and Shift at the same time. I'm going to drag it out to about what I want, in this case, I have a guide over here that I've already created. But of course you're not going to have that so you can just drag it out to wherever you think is comfortable. Now we're going to go ahead and we're going to click and drag out another piece. Now, what I'm doing, is hovering over this circle, I'm going to click on it and I'm going to drag it out here. Now, if I let go, all I've done is move out of that circle. Some heading commands there to put it back. In order to actually duplicate it, what I'm going to do is click "Drag" and now the important thing here is that I hold "Option", again, "Alt" on a PC. What that does is once I let go, it was actually made a duplicate of that exact same shape. That's really useful. It saves you copying and pasting. Another thing, I'm going to command that to undo, is if I drag that out, now I have my smart guides on, so it might do it nicely for me anyway. Again, holding "Option" or "Alt", and now holding "Shift" will make sure that it constrains to either a straight line at 45, or straight up and down. It's basically 90 degrees or 45 degrees. That's helpful to get the hang offs. Again, with my smart guides on, it's mostly going to stay on that line anyway. There you go. You have two new pieces. Now, I'm going to zoom in a little more. Now we're going to use something called wireframe. That's really useful, especially when you have complicated artwork. Let's go back to my illustration over here. I know that's complicated, but in order to see the outlines of what makes the shapes, you're going to do something called outlines. That is View and Outline. This is something you're going to be using at time when you're drawing. That is showing. Now you can see all the breakdown and how my art's created and the behind the scenes looked. That is "Command Y" or "Control Y" on a PC. We're going to be using that quite a bit to go in and out of that. I did skip over using the zoom button. I apologize for that. That's zoom just down there on the bottom. I'm zooming in and out. I have it set so on scrubs. When I select one way, as in, I click and drag to the left, I'm zooming out and if I click and drag to the right, I'm zooming in. You may have a different version. That is, I'll go to view if using CPU where you actually have to click a shape and by dragging a rectangle it will zoom in on that. It just depends again on the version of Illustrator you're using, I like to use what they call the scrubby brush, where I just zoom in and out like that. The other thing I'm doing is I'm moving around my art board. The way I like to do that is using the hand tool. The simple way to do that is just holding down the space button. Holding down the space, you can see I have a hand. Now if I click it, the hand is grabbing and I can drag around like that. Apologize for not mentioning that. You can see I definitely need my click keys a lot. I'm using the selection tool, using the zoom tool. I have those quick keys memorized. What we want to do here is we're going to zoom in a little bit. We're going to go on our wireframe, which is Command Y to align a PC and now we're going to use our rectangle tool. In order to do that, we hit "M" on the keyboard but in case you want to see where that's coming from again, we're going to go over to our Ellipse Tool we used click and hold, and we're hitting the rectangle tool. So, again, the beauty of having a smart guides on is it's going to snap to the exact center of the circle, which is really important. I want this trying to be perfect as I can. So, what I want to do, is hit the very top of this circle, and also I'm holding at roughly in the center of the circle. You can see it snappy nicely. I'm going to click and drag outside. I'm now making a rectangle. I'm going to drag this all the way over to the right until it snaps into the center of that circle, the right circle. Then I'm going to drag it all the way down until it snaps to the bottom of the circle and now I'm letting go. Just that simple. So Command Y to go back to normal mode and now you can see that I've made this big line with rounded corners. That's pretty cool, pretty useful. Now, what I want to do is I want to duplicate these up and one way I can do it is holding my selection tools, I'm pressing down on my mouse, in this case my track pad, and I'm trying a little box around it and now I have all of those pieces selected. So what I could do is hold "Option" and drag them up while also holding "Shift" and duplicate them like that. That's fine. There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm going to commands that some undo that. What I'd like to do is, from now on when I moving these pieces, I'd like them to move all together and I don't always want to draw this box around them to make sure I'm selecting them, especially as my artwork gets more complicated. So what I'm going to do, is do it again, just drag over that. I'm going to do something called grouping it. So, in order to group it, we're going to go over to "the Object menu", and going to go down to group right there, which is "Command G" or "Control G" on a PC. Now if I click away, so I'm deselecting, and I click on any of these three shapes and I drag them, you can see they're all grouped together. So they're all nicely locked together at this moment. Of course, if I want to edit them, there's a couple ways to do that, for the sake of not making this class too complicated, I'll just go to object un-group and now you can see now they're back to individual pieces. Again, select them and go to Object, Group and now they are all grouped together. The beauty is they are all editable. Now, at some point we're going to make that a little more complicated, but I'll wait a minute. Now simply dragging, so I'm holding Shift dragging up to about the center point. So we're getting right to the center of that shape so it snaps and I let go. So you can see I've duplicated this piece. So now what I want to do is make a change to this artwork and I want to make these smaller. Now, what you can see is if we go to these edges, I'm getting these little arrows and that is drag a shape in and out. So, if I click and drag and I can drag it out to the right or to the left, or if I hold the Option or Alt key on a PC, I can click there and drag in and that'll happen now you'll see it's doing both sides at once for me. So that's convenient. Now, the only problem with that is it's skewing the width, so it's keeping the height the exact same, but it's shrinking the width in and out, which means that this curve is now no longer the same as this curve. Again, it's not a big deal if you're a beginner and you're just trying to learn, but theoretically, I'm trying to make perfect artwork. So I'm trying to teach you the good rules to start with. So what we're going to do is I'll do that and I'm going to show you how to actually bring that in. Now this is grouped. So we could ungroup it and we could individually select each piece but what I actually want to do is use something called the Direct Select Tool. So I want to basically select all these points on the left and not these points on the right for a moment. But the problem is if I come over here and I click and drag, not only as a connecting these points, but it's grabbing the points on the shape below it. So I'm going to click away right now just off the arrow and we're going to use our selection tool. So going back to this piece, that's all great, what I want to do is double-click on it. So the beauty of this is, I can now select any of these pieces that I'm not able to edit any of the other artwork that's on the board. So I'm only selecting and editing the parts that are in this group. So this is basically a little selection mode. They call it isolation mode in Illustrator. You can see that over here on your layers isolation mode. So now we're going to use that direct selection tool and we're going to click and drag to select those points. Now, you might be wondering why direct selection it is in the name. If we go to normal selection and I click and drag, it's grabbing the whole circle and the whole rectangle. So I move it, you see it's grabbing all of it at once. The direct selection tool allows you to click these individual points that make up these shapes. So zooming in for a moment, if I select this circle, there's four points that make up that circle. As I select each individual one, you can see the arrows and we're not going to go too deep into that for this class. Same idea with this rectangle. It's four points that make it up and of course that circle four points, it happens to be four for all of these, just because they're simple shapes. So what I want to do is click and drag over here. So I'm going to select the four points of the circle and the two points of the rectangle. But I've not selected these two points or any of that circle. Now holding "Shift" which will make the increments larger, I'm going to hit right arrow on my keyboard and I want to count. So I'm going to go 1, 2, 3 and that may be a little bit more than what I had on my other ones. Now, without holding "Shift", I'm going to hit left on my keys, and that'll make smaller increment jumps. So, I went three before, we'll try it, 1, 2, 3 Maybe not the exact same, but this gives you the idea. So now selecting over here, we're going to do the same thing with this side. So holding "Shift", we'll go, 1, 2, 3 that was to the left then letting go of Shift, 1, 2, 3 to the right. So you can see that gives you the idea. Now it's not the exact same. I definitely have more over here. So we'll select this side, we'll go 1, 2, 3, 4, I'll select this side 1, 2, 3, 4 and I did that without holding the Shift key. So now if you double-click anywhere, that's going to bring you out of that isolation mode or back to being able to touch all of the artwork that we have. So we're going to do the next part. We're going to do this a little quicker now. We're just holding Option and Shift, bring that up, double-click to go in on this group like that. Holding Shift down, we're going to hit left on the arrow 1, 2, holding this side 1, 2, that gives you the basic idea. So we're going to double-click out of this. Now these are all nicely aligned center to each other, but that may not be the case. So what you want to do is select all of these pieces now, of course, each line is in its own group. That's important. If you don't have this group and you do this next part, it's going to mess it up. So holding selection tool and drawing a rectangle, I'm selecting all of these pieces and I'm going to use these alignment keys up here. If you're in the same workspace as me, you should be able to see them up here. Otherwise, you can go to window and open up the Align panel individually. All we want to do is align center. Now, if I click that, you see it disappeared. You might wonder why? That's because it's aligning it to the center of this entire art board. So I want to undo that and if we hit this little box to the left, you can see it says align art board, we'll click the arrow and it's going to stay aligned to selection. That means it's going to align only these things that I have selected. When I click it there exactly aligned. Let me show you, say this was off just a little bit, and this is off just a little bit and your work is now not centered, just by selecting it and hitting that align key. It is all perfectly centered. Now, if you had something on group, so I'm just going to hit Command, Shift, G and I'm grouping these pieces if you forgot to group them. Now I select them all and I do this, we're going to get a mess of weird shapes. That's why you have to make sure you group everything. So selecting this circle, this rectangle, circle, Command G, Control G on PC. Do it again, on the next layer, you can see I'm selecting the wrong thing. Might be tricky to select, grouping it, circle, square, or just dragging like that. So now each layer is grouped again. There you go. We've made our cloud and I'm going to talk a little bit about Pathfinder in the next video. 5. Pathfinder & Object Rotation: Hopefully, you were able to follow along with the last video. I did go, what I would consider a super slow for any kind of intermediate or someone who's probably used Illustrator a little bit. But I really was trying to dial it down for a very beginner who's just opening Illustrator and just figuring things out and on the flip side, I imagine if you're just opening Illustrator, you might feel I went fast and that was complicated. Let that digest. If you need to re-watch the video a few times, that's the beauty of Skillshare. You can always re-watch it and you get the hint. Now, there is something called Pathfinder. What we want to do is just quickly go over what that is. If I select my artwork over here. I'm going to ungroup it for a minute. You can see that this cloud doesn't have all those complicated points that this cloud has. The things that made up that cloud. Something that's useful here is that we're going to group all of those pieces. Right now, as I mentioned in the last video, each of these lines is grouped. But now I want to group them all together. That's "Command+G." The groups work kind of inside of each other. Although, this is all one big group now, if I double-click to enter that isolation mode, it still retains that these are groups inside of that group. You can layer your multiple groups. Now, it's good that when you're making artwork, you always want to be able to go back and edit something. What I'm about to show you makes that a little bit trickier depending on your skill level. It's always good to keep a backup of things that you're doing as we go. What I'm doing here is I'm going to group that again and I'm going to click and drag, I'm holding, "Option and Shift." I'm just going to keep that piece over to the left. That gives you all those shapes. You can always go back and edit it. But for the sake of this artwork, I want to keep it nice and clean and if I was going to go to a printer or something like that, I like to try and keep my artwork as simple as possible so they can't accidentally move something and something can't accidentally go to wack. We're not going to go too crazy into "Pathfinder" menu. We're not really going to use a lot of things, but one of the buttons we are going to use is something called "Unite." Again, to open Pathfinder, that's window and you can go down the Pathfinder or there should be a checkmark showing there for you already if you follow the first video. All we're going to do is just with all of those shapes selected we're going to hit the "Unite" button. Just like that it, merges it all into one nice clean shape. Now going into "Wireframe", you can see. It's all just one shape. If I "Command Z" that's when it was all the little pieces that made up it and I'm going to "Command Shift Z" to go redo and now you can see it's one nice clean shape. That is basically how simple Pathfinder is. Of course, there's a lot more buttons and there's a lot more things you can dive into. Basically everything in Illustrator. There are so many different options. Just try not to overwhelm yourself with all of these things. Just learn little bits as we need to learn them and hopefully using Skillshare or even YouTube, you can look up and learn at your own pace. The next thing we're going to get into is the sun. The sun is a little bit trickier, especially if you're a beginner but if you're not, it's going to be no big deal. What we want to do is use our ellipse tool and as each video progresses, I'm going to go a little faster. Like I said, just re-watch some of the videos if you get uncomfortable, I don't want to drag out saying the same thing over a 1000 times within a video or drilling in your head. A lot of the times you've just got to practice, follow along in the class with me and you probably will be able to retain this information. Now I hit my "L" key to make the ellipse and holding "Option Shift," I'm going to drag it out to roughly around the same size of this. Now in order to make it the way I have, I want it the fill to actually white. If we go over here to "Swatches" panel, this square here, which I'm hovering over. You can see it's fill. "X" on the keyboard to shift them but anyway, we'll just ignore that. I actually want that fill to be white. Now in order to actually see it, I'm going to put a stroke. There's one of them currently in the background here. It's a stroke. I'm just selecting it now. That's why I brought it into the foreground and now whatever I put here will be the stroke color. I'm going to select that yellow golden color. Now you can see there's a nice stroke or an outline all the way around it. They call that a "Stroke" in Illustrator,. You might consider it an outline. By selecting that piece, I want to make this stroke a little thicker. Up here you can see the option to do so. Right now it's at one point and I want to crank it all the way up to about nine and that's what I have here on the left. That's how we make the center of the sun. Now, of course, you could always think to yourself, if I drag this off the art board, you can see it out. Now you can see the white fill on the gray background. You might wonder why is there a white fill? Because you could also select that and hit "None". That's what this white box with that arrow going through it, that allows you to put "None". I'm going to click "No Fill". Now you can see what happens if there's no fill. You can see the things underneath it. Now if I did that over here, I click "No fill". You would see the lines that are behind that shape and that's not what we want. That's why there's a white fill. Now we could use our outline tool but I'm always more comfortable using the Pen tool. We're going to hit "P" on our keyboards to use pen tool. It's the third down here on the toolbar and just simply selecting over here, I'm just clicking down and I've made one point. Now as you see, I drag out, it's getting ready to make the next point wherever I click. I'm going to go all the way down here and again with my smart guides on, it's automatically making a straight line and for good habit, you should hold "Shift," that will make sure that it is definitely a straight line. Hold "Shift" and I will click down here. Now we've made a line just like that, pretty straightforward. Now, I do want to make a change and we're going to have to open up a panel in order to do that. As you can see, there's a reel, they call that an end cap. It's flat. I like this rounded and capped for what I'm doing in this artwork. In order to do that, we're going to go to "Window" and we're going to go down to "Stroke". It just popped open here. We can get rid of this gradient one for now. There you go. There's a window that I didn't have open. As you can see, there's the cap and you have the options here of a butt cap, meaning flat, a round cap, of course, round and a projecting cap, which frankly, I don't know a lot about. I think basically, you can start to see the cap actually goes around the point, whereas that one ends exactly at the point. We're going to click "Round" and now we have a nice round point. Now, we wanted this part of the sun to actually be above this line. What we're going to do is we're going to select the sun, we are going to go to "Object, Arrange, Bring to Front." That's using hidden layers under here. I'm not going to go too far into that class, but clicking this area you can see there's lots of little secret layers in this artwork. Now that that's in front, we're going to click this line and we're going to go "Command C and Command+F," which pastes it in place. I actually have two lines here. It may not look like it but as can see now if I drag it away, there's two lines. Now if I go over to this corner right over the edge, you're going to see this curved arrow sign and that means that I can rotate this, I can rotate this line to however I want. I can make it any increment. But what I want to do is I want to make it exactly 45 degrees. In order to do that, I'm going to do that. Hover over that corner and I'm going to hold "Shift" as I drag and that will snap it to 45 degree increments. We'll just let go there. Now selecting this and I go to "Command C, Command F" to paste in place again. Then I'm going to hold "Shift" and drag it out there. I going to do it one more time. "Command C the Command F." That's Control C. Anytime I say, 'Command", that's "Control" on a PC. There you go. We're just going to move this guy over, holding "Shift" and hitting the "Arrow keys." There's our sun recreated. You can see that my circle here is a little bit too big. Now I do have something called scaling strokes and effects. If I actually shrink this circle down, this stroke around it shrinks with it. Depending on your artwork, you may or may not want that. Just be mindful if I'm going to shrink this down just a little bit like that. Now that's a little thinner, we're going to bump that back up to nine, so it's a nice even stroke. Once again, I suggest that you select this, bring it over to the side so you have that piece. Now what we can do is in order to create this similar and how we did with the cloud, we want to break it into outlines. That means, right now if we go to wireframe, Illustrator sees these single lines with that stroke on it. It's not quite the same as the clouds. If I went over here and I selected this and I hit "Unite." Things are going to go awry. See, I got rid of all those lines and that's a mess. You don't want that. In order to get rid of that and stop that from happening, we're going to go to "Object", we are going to go to "Expand." We do want to expand both the fill and the Stroke, so we'll click "OK." Now as you can see, it's all expanded. Now Illustrator is looking at this as a shape, it still has that line in there. It's looking at it as a shape. On wireframe, you can see it looks different now. Now if I drag over this, you going to see, once again, if I hit "Unite", we're going to run over a small issue. "Unite" basically takes every little piece of artwork and it makes all one piece. By doing that, we've lost our sun and the center of that sun, that white circle. I'm commanding "Command Z" to undo that. I want to use a different part of this mode. I'm going to call it something called merge. Now merge will allow each color to become one piece, but it won't turn it all into one piece. Hitting "Merge," you see what happens to this. All of the yellow has now connected. It's all together but that white has all connected and it's all together as its own little piece. It's nice and clean. It's not as easily editable, but that will make it a little more perfect. 6. Reflecting & Rounding: For the next shapes, we're going to tackle is these little simplified birds and simplified grass. In order to do that, we're going to use our ellipse tool again. That is the circle tool, and we're going to click the holding option and shift, and we've made a circle just like that. Now what we want to do is you can see I have a fill of white and I have a stroke of nothing. In order to swarp those, just in case you wanted to, you hold shift in x. Now that fill is nothing and the stroke is white. I'm going to select that strokes and make it the foreground, and then I'm going to select a color here. In this case it's going to be my dark green. Now I want it to be the same size of this bird I've already created so we're going to make it six points. It's like so. In order to make this bird, what I've done is I've just used two quarter circles and I've put them together. Now using our direct selection tool, that's A on your keyboard, I'm going to click that point or you can select like that, that'll make sure you got that point. Then we're just going to hit delete. Then we're going to select this bottom point and we're going to hit delete again. Now again, we've got that butt and cap, it's fun to say butt, I'm being super mature about that. Of course we're going to round it like we did last time. Holding option shifts, we are going to duplicate it. Now here's something a little trickier. We're going to go to object, transform, and we're simply going to go with reflect. What we want to do is we want to reflect this vertically. You can see here it's going to make whatever is on the left is going to put it on the right. Click okay. Now it's over there. Now I just want these two points to meet. Because I have my smart guides out, it's going to snap my sneeze and I drag it over holding shift. At soon as snap there. Just like that, we have a bird. Now making the grass, there's multiple ways to do this but what I'm going to do is make a rectangle. That was M on my keyboard. Then rotate it like we showed you before, holding shift that'll rotate it 45 degrees. Using my direct selection tool, it's A on the keyboard, we're going to select this top point, I'm going to hit delete. Now we've got the base of our grass. Simply using the pen tool, which is P on the keyboard, we're going to draw, click a point actually, let's make sure we're snapping here. Let's double-click this. We go into this group and I'm going to select this point here, you see anchor and clicking down. Now holding shift, I'm just going to click up right there, and there's our grass. Same idea. If you want to change the color, you can do that. Of course, if you want to expand appearance, we always go to object, expand, and enter. We can unite those so it's a nice, one big piece if you wanted to do that. The tree is actually very much the same. We're going to go a little quicker here. I'm not going to make it the exact same and scale, but it gives you the idea. Shift x to change my fill to my stroke. We're going to bump it up to about nine. Something like that. You're going to delete these top two points just like so. We've got those points [inaudible] this tree is going to be a lot stump here. That's okay. We're going to round that corner and then doing all the same things. Shift holding option. Now we're going to go to objects, transform, reflect, same thing vertically. I don't know about those two together, so it's literally the exact same way we made the bird except they're inverted. Then I unselect those two pieces and hit command Z to group them. Then I'm holding option shift to drag them down to do it again. Option shift again. Now, I want the space from here to here, to all basically be the same. In order to do that, we're going to select all of these pieces which again are grouped. It's important each one has to be grouped together. Then we're going to go over here to our alignment tools. We want to make sure that it's by selection. It says align to selection. Right here, it says Vertical Distribute Center, so we click that and now make sure everything is centered. Now simply using our pen tool. P on the keyboard, we're going to hit that top point anchor. Now because of the way this is setup, it's actually going to connect to this piece, which is okay. I'm going to hold shift and click all the way down here, and now we've made our tree. Again, this one's a little bit of a different looking tree, but basically it's the exact same. What I did over here is, I just made the lines a lot bigger. I made my much larger tree branches. It's just a bigger oval. I'm using some quick keys and some actions here to speed that up. That's how I made those branches much wider and longer, but its the same exact idea. Now the rocks are very easy. We're going to just go over and we're going to select that and go down to the polygon tool. We're going to option, shift. We've made our polygon and you can just simply rotate it however you feel like to make it look cool. I'm going shift x to invert the stroke and the fill. We've got that, we've got our green, we're going to make that dark. Actually, as you can see there, I accidentally made the stroke dark. But I didn't want that, so we want that stroke to be none. Now, we select the fill to make sure that it's the foreground. Now I want to select the dark color. It's actually the medium looks like. Then holding option and shift, we're going to move over here and going over to that corner hitting shift again. This is going to be our gray rock. Doing it over here again.That's going to be our green rock again. One more time over here is our gray rock. Then we're going to rotate it while holding shift. Now you can see how we've basically done that. Now you might notice these corners around it. In newer version of illustrator, any of the newer runs, what you can do is just using the direct selection tool, we're going to select all of those pieces and you're going to see these little circles near all the corners. Now the reason why I'm selecting them all at once, is so that they're all the same amount of roundedness. Just simply hovering over that, you'll see this little semicircle. Clicking and dragging down is how you get your nice rounded corners. That is how I made my rocks. I made it down a little further so we'll do it again and just drag that wider. That's how you make rocks. 7. Eyedropper & Clipping Masks: For the most part we are going to be doing similar things to what we are already doing. But of course, with each piece that we progress, we are learning a new little trick. In order to make the roof of this lighthouse, and again, I don't know if my new lighthouse is going to look exactly the same, but just getting the idea here, we want to invert this stroke. Again, I just made a rectangle. I'm going to try not to repeat quite as many of the things that I said in previous videos. So shift x real quick, or if I repeat it, I'm going to say it fast, and we are going to make that a dark green. In order to actually make it that points in, we are going to select the point with the direct selection tool. I'm going to hit shift arrow to make it move to the right, or if I want to just hit arrow a couple times the right arrow, then it will make smaller increments. You want to make sure that those are the same, make sure you are counting. So let's go back there because I did not count that. We are going to go one, two, three, four, five, six, and we will do the same on the opposite side, one, two, three, four, five, six, and of course, in order to round it, we'll be able to use the direct selection tool, and that's what makes these points come out. That's one thing I might not have said in the last video, using the normal selection tool you won't see those using the direct selection tool. You will see those options around the corners and then I wait to do that last so that I make sure that all my corner rounding is the same. I'm going to hold Option and shift and just drag that down, and holding option and holding shift as I [inaudible] we are going to rotate it around, and then selecting those two points, I'm going to drag them down like so. That's how you get your bottom piece, and again, you could move these points in and out if you wanted to play with that look. But I'm pretty happy with that. Using my rectangle, I'm going to go ahead and select somewhere in here and somewhere in here. Now, of course, that's not naturally going to be the same. Since we used a different space over here and here, and this is where we are going to use our Align tool selecting all three pieces, we are going to go Horizontal Align, and now we know that, that is exactly centered, everything is centered. We are going to make that, that light green color. So the next part is a little antenna thing. I'm going to click over here and just draw that, and we are going to make it centered. So here's a little trick. I actually want this piece to center to this roof. Now, if I select all these pieces like so and I hit "Center", what it does is that it will move the bottom pieces over to the right and that sort of top piece over to the left. So you can see everything moves. Now, sometimes don't want all the artwork to move, you just want this piece to be in the center of this, but I want to leave this lighthouse exactly where it is, so what I will do is holding this and then selecting the holding shift to select the roof there. So both of these points are selected. Now if I hold option and I click on the point, and I want to click on the shape that I want everything to align to, somehow option and I'm clicking on that shape. Now that's allowing everything they call that a key objects. So it's aligning to a key object. If I hit "Horizontal Align", it now automatically pops and it only move this piece into the center of this, and slightly advanced, but it will work, and nothing we can do instead of all the time going over here and selecting the color, we can use something called the eyedropper tool, it's over here, and it's I on your keyboard, so with this shape selected, meaning I, and I'm going to select the color I want which is the same colors as this roof. Basically the same thing is going over here and clicking it. But the eyedropper tool will be very useful to you for other purposes. Now in order to make the body we are going to do basically the same thing. I'm just going to click over here, drag all the way down, like so, and then I want that to align to here, so again I held shift, clicked it, now I'm going to option click and then align that. It actually did not work. Let's do that a second time, click there, align. It's showed me that I have an issue. At some point here, I accidentally messed up this line. So you can see this line is actually not the same as this. So let's go ahead and delete this. I have made an error. It happens, I'm human, so we are going to drag that back down this piece. I'm going to flip it and drag this down just like so, so this corner and this corner should be the exact same, and now if I click this and I Align it, there we go, that space is the same on both sides. I made a mistake. All right, we are going to make this that light green color, and we are going to select this point and, I'm holding Shift this time one, two maybe, it's a little wider than what I had before we will go with one, selecting that and one, something like that, and here one too, without shift onto something along those lines it may not be perfect to what I did the first time. Now, I did not round this point because this gets covered up, that's okay. So now we are going to select this piece, basically these dark green pieces, and I'm going to use my direct selection tool to round the corners. That's all nicely rounded, and that's why I made sure that this piece went beyond this roof because if it didn't, lets say it lined up right there, then you get the rounded edge there and that's not something you want. You could double-click it, select those points and unround, just that edge, that is an option. Now in order to make these green bars here, kind of even I want to make sure that they are even all the way down, and I want to make sure they snap, and there's a couple different ways to do this. What I'm going to do first of all, is I'm going to basically duplicate the shapes just like we've been doing all along, and I want it to snap to the edge of this shape I just made, lets just make this gray for the sake of making it more obvious, I'm going to make this gray snap down. We will use this dark green, and so we are going to get this candy cane effect happening here. Just like so, and now what I want to do is I'm going to select all of those. So I've accidentally selected this background which I don't want, if I hold shift and I click it, I deselect it, that part of the lighthouse, but I have my candy cane colors here. So in order to make them the same, we are just going to go up here and you'll want to drag this out here. So this point I am skewing it. I'm only changing the height, which is okay, and now we know that all of these shapes are the exact same height wise, all the way along, which is nice to have. We are going to actually delete these light gray ones, we are not going to need those anymore. If I take these shapes and I align it here and align in the center, and then just clicking in the center there and holding option, I'm dragging them out, but obviously we are going past these points. Now there's two ways to do this. We could either use a layer mask or I can edit the points individually. So to edit the points, I just click that anchor there and holding shift, I could drag it down again because smart guides is on, it's snapping to that line. So that means, it's nice and perfect. The smart guides were not on which I'm going to turn them off here, I will click this point, and I'm going to try and guess there. Now, if I use my wire frame mode and I zoom in here, you'll see that no matter how much I zoom that is a perfect edge. Zoom back out, now if I zoom in here, you can see that i missed it. So that is another example of why smart guides are the best. So smart guide is back on, click and drag, click that point and drag it in until it hits intersect. That's definitely one way to do it. It's a nice way to do it, there's nothing wrong with that, the only problem is if at some point you decide that I want to shift this up and down for one reason or another. Now, those points are out of line because this shape is like [inaudible] it got thicker. Another way to do this is to make a Layer Mask and that's something new that we have not talked about yet. Basically, I want them to constrain to the shape of this bottom piece, so if I select this light green color and I'm going to command C to copy it and command F to paste it in place. Just like so, and let's just make it a different color like blue. The important thing here is this has to be on the top layer, so I did it automatically, but if we go to arrange and go to bringing a friend, you need it to be on top of the things you want to mask. Now we are going to select these dark gray shapes, these rectangles, and we are going to go to Object, and we are going to go down to Clipping mask and make as also command at seven, and mark, and now basically they are just in that piece, they are in that hidden piece, and you can dive more into the clipping mask, just look that up online. But that's just a quick overview of how to use a clipping mask in order to make your lighthouse. So let's go a little quicker on these. This is going to be pretty straight forward. We are using the pen tool, clicking, coming down here somewhere, click again. Now once again, if I use my eyedropper tool, not only is it going to select this color, but it's going to make it the same thickness as what I have there, which is nice. Of course, if you are creating your artwork from scratch, you may not have that. There's two ways to make these, you could either select here, drop, click a point up here, and now, instead of letting go, I'm holding down which makes these arrows, and I'm dragging out, which makes that curve something along those lines. Again, obviously not perfect I can go back and finesse that, and another way to do it would be to make our circle and just delete the two points, and then, you know, you have a nice sort of perfect curve there, and you could do something like that. So there's two different ways. There's actually a lot of ways really to make these sorts of things. But there's that thing, and then you can, of course, play with it to make sure that the curve lines up exactly like you want, and if you started to mess up this too much, the stroke may change, and you want to make the same thickness as that stroke. But basically all I did I believe is one like this, and you want to try and get that curve nice. It gives you a quick idea, I know it's not identical. Now in order to make this piece here, what I did is copy this, so command C, command F to paste in front of it and I'm just making another color for a moment. Now it actually is behind it. It's in the same spot but it's behind it [inaudible] object, arrange, bring it in front, and you can see what I've actually done here is I've made the stroke green. Because it's a single line, I can't see that. So what I wanna do is actually switch these. I'm going to go shift X, which now makes the fill yellow and the stroke green, and I want to make sure that, that fill is set to none. So that's what happened there, and now I'm collecting this point, I'm going to drag it all the way up, and I'm going to drag this point down, something like that, and then what I want to do is just pump up this thickness of the bunch. I can bring this down a little more, and then we will make sure that, that stroke gets back to the yellow. So again, we are going a little quicker here, it's not exactly like what I did on the last video, you are going to be hopefully creating original art work anyway. So you are not exactly going to be matching something that you did already once. You are just going to be trying to create something cool. Lastly, for this little video, we are going to make these waves, these fog or something along those lines, and this is a tiny bit more advanced. What you'll want to do is draw an oval, something like that using your ellipse tool, and we are going to delete that anchor point, and you can see you've got this sort of funny line, so in order to do this, what we are going to do is select that with direct selection tool. I'm going to pull up on that handle until it snaps, pull up on that handle. We are going to do that again on this side. So that means we have a more smooth curve there, and then grabbing this, we are going to duplicate it, and now I want to flip it, so over here, holding shift to flip it, and then we bring it down and we want it to sort of line up exactly with that point, so basically I have two different points. I have the end here and they end here, and what I want to do is select both of them, and I'm going to go up here and I'm going to connect those selected points, and that's going to make one nice line there, now this is all one big piece, and I did play a little bit around with making sure that these two lines line up in the center. As you can see, if I were to drag that all the way there it does, and then of course we are copying and pasting, and we are using our alignment tools to make sure that's nice and aligned, and then just finessing that stuff, but that's the same idea as least to how I made it. Now we are going to get into making a log in the next video. 8. Divide & Zig Zag: In this video, we're going to make the last couple of elements before we get into the fun turtle and the bear. The bear is going to definitely be intermediate, so it's the only part of this class I wanted to give the intermediate students that I've taught before something new because it's been a while since I put out a class. I apologize if you're a beginner, we're jumping away in leaps and bounds ahead of what you might be able to do, when we get to that bear. But it might be interesting, at least for you to see how crazy you can go. It's really not that complicated, but it does take some thinking and some real exact use of your shapes. Anyway, let's do a log. Basically, this is pretty simple. We're just going to make our ellipse to make the end piece just like so. We're going to click and drag it out. Peacefully, you just exactly how we made our Cloud before. We're going to get a little bit more crafty without using our unite tool. Again, we're going to click and drag here and click and drag here. Basically it's very similar to how we made our club. I'm going to hold Shift axis just to make that stroke to fill just like so. We have some of the basis of how I made the log there. But what I want to do is I want to select those two pieces but not this oval and I'm going to unite those the now that's one piece, but this oval and I want to cut out here. The problem is if I made this oval right now. Let's go ahead and use my eye dropper to grab that shape, so you can see here, even if I bring it to the front, you can still see that part of the log through are there. Now the log is actually a yellow with this stroke. That way it lines that nicely, but obviously we don't want that. I'm going to copy, so Command C, and I'm going to paste it, command F, which paste it in place. I have that shape and now selecting this rectangle log, we're going hover and use something new on our Pathfinder and it's called Divide. Basically it's cutting that oval out of this shape. Now what I want to do is, make sure before you click anywhere else that those are also still selected. Here we're going to hit Command or Control Shift G on PC and that's ungrouping this, so none of these pieces are connected. Simply holding Shift and clicking on the piece we want to keep, and we can delete all those other pieces. That's how we get the baseline of our log. Now, to make that inner peace, all I did is go Command C, Command F, drag in that circle just like so, then we delete that point, that gives you that idea and we want to make that about the same thickness. Then of course I just shrink it a little bit, but a smaller maybe. Again, I've finished it just a little bit but I could do the idea. These lines are just straight pen tool. Clicking P, holding Shift, and we just want to make that stroke white and then doing so here and here. Again, not exact same as what I did on the left, but that shows you how I made the shape. I want to move a little quicker because I know this classes running really long. In order to make the waves, what we're going to do is just make a big long rectangle just like so and we're going to fill it with that blue color. Here's something new, we're going to select that and where we're going to go over to effect. We're going to go to distort and transform and then down to zigzag. Now we've all options here, make sure you hit Preview so you can actually see what you're doing. It's super helpful. One thing we want to do is hit Smooth and then we want to have a ridges per segment. Try not to focus too much on all of this other crazy stuff that's going, we're just going to try and focus on the top. We're going to make our ridges. Now our ridges are the amount of bumps you can see here. The last ridges there are, the last bumps are, so something like that. Let's say 17. Now the size, as you can see, it dips under my line and above my line. The size is going to be how big that goes. There's a little bit closer. Something more along those lines. We're just going to click Okay. Now as you can see, obviously we have a heck of a mess. You know what, that wasn't exactly what I wanted, now let's say you want to go back and edit this. We need to open a little panel here and when it's appearance. Now you can see zigzag, that's a piece that's editable. We can go back and we'll click Zigzag and I can still live edit any of these. What I want to do is make that size or even a little smaller to me, just a little closer to what I had on the left. We close the appearance panel for now. By the way, I did an entire class on [inaudible] if you want to learn a lot about that, and of course I did a class on the Pen tool. We'll get right into that on the Outro. We're going to say, drag that and keep that over there so we have that editable. Selecting this piece, we're going to go to object and then expand appearance. That's going to make all of that but before I want go backwards, I went in a wire frame. Illustrators still sees it as a rectangle with that zigzag effect on it. As soon as I select that, I go to object expand. Now, illustrator sees this as line art, and it's not as easy. [inaudible] , but now we can do some other things with it. I don't want to use is another rectangle. I'm going to select here, I'm going to select basically just inside those pieces that I had there, something like so. Now this color is on top which making it so, also you can see. Selecting both of these pieces, we're going to try now use a different piece of the Pathfinder to ensure that as crop. Just like that is cropping out all that other stuff that we didn't want. Now crop does something a little bit strange, but I'm not going to get too deep into, but we're just going to hold. Before we click anywhere, we're going to once again go Command, Shift, G to ungroup. We're going to deselect what we want to keep. Holding Shift and click on the thing I want to keep and hit delete. Basically, there is a fill layer that didn't have felt. There's a shape without a filler is what I should say. Then of course, to round these corners, it gets a little bit complicated in here sometimes, but should be fine. So grab those four corners and we'll just around those out and that's how we got our waves. The fish much simpler, there are just ovals, we'll just select like this. Then with our Pen tool selected, just hit, hold down the option or Alt key and click that point. That's how you get those sharper points. Then dragging the shape out to here, duplicate it, dragging it out to here. Pull that up something along those lines. Now using these two pieces, we're using that divide on the Pathfinder and that is how we are getting that back fin, and the top fin that I did on this guy was simply was just circles basically. So we can make a circle or something like that. Then another circle over here, and then we're using our divide to delete it. That how it's getting basically that shape off again, not matching it perfectly. Then down there we can shrink that, put that there duplicated. That's how we're getting the second fin. That's how you made those. Then of course, if we select those and we got our direct selection tool, we can round everything. If you do want to surround things differently, of course, if you select different points now you can round these more extremely than you rounded this fine nose, for example. So fish are very easy. Bird again, pretty simple. That's getting a little bit and other territory where we get with the bird and with the bear, a part of me. We're going to make that head, and then this is a little bit more interesting, Command C, Command F, let's make it another color. I'm going to drag this out, but this time I'm not going to hold option. We're going to drag it out, something like this. I want to bring this center point to the center point of that, blue. It wasn't nicely centered. You now send this to the back. I'm using a quickie, but if we were to object, arrange, send it back, and then what I want to do is use my crop tool. I'm going to make a rectangle and I want to cut this circle directly into half, send it to the back. Now, we can make that head green. I gives you the idea now, it could drag this down. The problem only here is if I go like this, drag it out. It's actually potentially moving that point past that. I just want to make sure not for good, it's still centered. That's how you get like this circle move really nicely into the circle. There's something called a golden spiral. That's really interesting and good to learn as you get deeper into illustration. But this has something to do with that where a certain curve will blend nicely or another one. In order to make our beak, I'm just going to make a rectangle, something like this, I'll have that centered right there. What I do is using my Pen Tool, I'm going to select and I want to click right in the center there. Then using that, I'm going to click that anchor point and click that endpoint which deletes them. Then I ended up rounding it at the end, but we can just do it here. Something along those lines. Again, make sure your beak goes beyond this shape so that it's not getting cut off. Then in order to make this piece, I made a circle. I line that right about there, and then I just cut it this way. This is the Pathfinder. Then I think for this on, I might have just used the Pen tool or center make some random shapes and cut there. Again, I know I am going faster at this point in the class, but we're running a bit long, so I don't want this class to take forever for you guys. This one you could do the same. You would actually probably be better off. You could actually use this body. Drag it up over here. Think that's what I was doing. Something to that effect. Then you can mess with rounding these corners. A lot of these things works for nest. We're just going to use those pieces, divide them, and get rid of those we didn't want. Delete those pieces we don't want. Everyone around this guy. Just these two corners here. I got a weird thing going on there, I have two points on top of each other, so that if you ever run into that, you just click the one-point, and then use your arrow to push one to the right. We're going to use our Pen Tool to just get rid of that. We'll click here again onto the right. Now we know we only have one point. It's a little complicated, but that gives you the idea. Anyway, you can finish the wing and stuff like that to get it exactly how you want it, but, instead of making it perfect, again, you're going to be making your own original artwork hopefully, so you don't have to go too crazy. We've almost made it through the class, I know that there are parts I moved fast and parts I move slow, but hopefully you're learning one way or the other, and now you're going to get into the animals. 9. Drawing A Turtle: Getting the turtle, we're actually using a lot of the things that we've already created, lot of the shapes that we've already used. Basically, circles, polygons, things of that nature, some rectangular tools. It's actually pretty straightforward to make this turtle. There's a few different ways we could do it, but what I'm going to do is I'm going to start with the polygon tool. I'm just going to drag it out, something along those lines. Let me try and make similar shape and size to what I already did the first time. We're going to make that light color. Now, we're just doing the old option, at some points this gets a little frustrating, it tries to snap to things that are in turtle already drawn. Just be a bit careful and snapping to what you want. We're going to make that medium color and down here, we're going to make it the dark color. Then what we could do is a few different ways. We're going to select those three pieces and bring them in something like that. Just want to make sure they snapping together. I'm trying everything its snap in place as closely as possible, so we're not going to need that piece,we delete that. This one is actually going to be that medium color, this one is going to be dark. Grabbing these two, we can just drag them over. Zoom in nicely using our wire frame which is command Y. I did in the last piece, I'll just drag that and it doesn't seem to want to snap, so Let's try and get it as close as possible and even as much as you can, get it right on top there. Zooming back out. We can see that we have the outline of what makes our turtle. Holding shift and making sure that I'm in the center, I'm going to drag this out to approximately where I did last time. I want to do the clipping mask version, so I'm going to command C, some copy in this shape, select all this and I'll Command seven, that nice clipping mask. If I didn't go to commands I would go to object, clipping mask make, that a top on the show. Now If I hit Command F, that's going to paste that shape that I just took, and I'm going to make this light color. I want to send it to the back. Then I want to drag just a little bit more. That's our next layer on our turtle. In order to make this triangle shapes, you can see that, this is a little bit trickier, because theoretically in order to make yours perfect, you want each of these shapes to the exact same. There are some mathematical ways to do that, but most illustrators or designers don't want to do a lot of math. We're going to try and figure out the kind of a work-around to how we can make this the same thing. What I'm going to do is command C, command F to paste on here, and we're going to pick that medium color. Now what I want to do is I want to make this stroke instead of feet. I'm going shift X and blow up that stroke so that we can see it. Now I'm going to use something called a dashed line, so point here and click dash line. As we can see it's Making little dashes in that line all the way around. Which is pretty interesting actually. The thicker I make this you can see that its going in and going out. It just needs to be bigger and smaller than that green circle where we're going to crop it. What we want do is try and make the dash is bigger. As you can see, they're getting a lot thicker. We want basically just match it, so 15 and 15. That's making this space the same amount as this space. Now you do have to be a little bit careful because it's trying to connect the pieces and make sure they're all the same. You have to make sure you have the right amount of pieces there as you do at the top. This is a little bit different. There's so many different ways to do, anything in Adobe Illustrator. It's the same as photo shop, there's so many different ways that you can create something, but I think this is probably one of the easier, smarter ways in this case. I can either object, expand that or I can just select this green circle that was under it. I'm going to command C, and I'm going to command F to paste it in place. Now the tricky thing is that I can't select even though it looks like I should be able to select these pieces, there past the circle. I'm going to go into a wire frame command Y, and I select that inner circle, that is where my dashed line was. Select this circle and now I can hit Command seven. I'm going to use this object, arrange and send it backwards. You can see it's the command and this bracket key. I'm just going to click that a few times. Basically I want to get this underneath this, as you can see I'm clicking and its taking forever because I have so many shapes. If I actually command X we going to delete that, now that is my problem by selecting other thing. I can delete this anyway command X, and then selecting this, if I go Command F It paste it just on top of that layer. You can see its a little bit different than what I had here the first time, but I think this is the easier way to show a beginner how to create this, than actually what i did originally. Now we want to use the same polygon tools, so we're going to go over here, click and drag. I'm going to spin it, make that dark Grey and we're going to send it to the back this is quick and easier. Then in order to make the feet, all I did is make a rectangle like this and merge them using the Pathfinder, then I spun it along those lines. Flip it so object transform flat. I'm going to group those together then drag them down. We'll group all that together and now selecting this circle and option clicking it to make it the key line, we can center it both ways to make sure that those likes are in the exact same spot. We're going to send them to the back. The last thing we have is those tail. I'm making a rectangle. Zoom in here using our pen tool, we're going to select in the middle. Then we're going to send that to the back and might want to drag this out a bit. It's now selecting all the feet, tail, and the face are going to ram most corners and you may end up having around some of them separately to get more of that routers thing. That works well for the feet, but it's wanting to overlay routing the tail. Let's deselect that tail a little more,so you little finessing one way or the other to make it exactly like I did the first time. But even then I was just experimenting. I showed you the basic idea and you can bring and group these, bring these in a little, bring this down a little. This is the idea of how you build a turtle. 10. Intermediate Video - Drawing A Bear: Intermediate part of this class is the only part of this class I would consider intermediate, maybe even advanced. It's theoretically simple, but in practice it's more difficult than it's probably going to look. This is also the same idea that you're used to make a logo. It just looks visually more perfect when you do it this way, when you create your shapes this way. It's a little more time consuming. You've probably seen the odd person on that online that breaks it down like this, which I'll show you in a few minutes. What I'm going to actually do is build this shape on top of what I've already created just to show you how I did it. There's a few different ways to show you, but I don't want to drag it on for too long. One of the more important things is that I'm going to use a different color. I'm going to use blue. What we're doing basically throughout all of this is just combining shapes, combining ellipses in different ways. But, it can be a little bit tricky for new user. But I wanted to give something for my intermediate user, something they can learn. Then also for the beginners, something that they can work towards understanding. Of course, if you're a beginner, and you want to tackle this and give it a shot, that's totally fine. It's just a little bit trickier in order to make all these pieces work. Basically, what I did is I added a sketch, a rough sketch, of a bear, and then I just hopped on the computer and using shapes, I'm trying to build the bear as best I can essentially. I have this one big circle, it's the butt of the bear. Then from there in order to get this curve, what makes it tricky is that you want to use another thing. Let's make it a different color here. You want to make a different size to curve. Most the time you're trying to make it an exact curve. Rather than actually making an oval, you want it to be a circle. If it's a smaller indentation than you actually just want to need a really big circle. Something to that effect. I'll show you in a minute what makes it tricky because you're going to have this. I'll try and get it as close as we can. But I don't want you guys to lose your mind of boredom watching me trying to recreate something that I already made once. Basically something along those lines. What's important is that those two lines meet up perfectly so we'll get there. We'll finance that at some point soon. Then you want to get that circle then what you will do is make these guys blue. On the same idea here, so you just go in and you're connecting from one circle to the next circle. Something along these lines. I'm sure that there's other skill share teachers that have gone a little bit deeper into exactly how to make these things work. You feel like, I can't remember his name exactly but George, I think it's a bad car or something like that. I think he has gone into this thing with his logo design classes because this concept is used heavily and logo design. Now, if you're wondering how to make these obvious shapes work together, basically what you want to make these lines really as perfectly as you can. If you zoom in real close here you get this circle. Notice a overlap that circle is perfectly as possible. Now, there's only one point it and it might be here where they connect, and so let's just draw a line there. Connecting to that line let's just make a bigger piece. Something like that. I'm going to zoom out here for a second. Using those, we now just make a piece here, and then where your next point joins, that's where you're going to want this next line. Let's just make this another color for a minute. Now, we want to take this circle. Again, we're finessing certain things that you ought to chop it out of there. Basically, if we take this now, and we're just going to cut that piece out of. I'm going to keep that, that's in a really nicely connect with this blue so if we move them over here and make them blue. It should be a really smooth line. Has to have this shape actually connects to the shape. It really takes time to make sure that everything is going to finesse really well. A lot of people what they would do at these points is they're going to keep this circle, and they'll past it on afterwards and they'll outline it all over so you can see every circle in detail. We'll do that for the sake of this. Immerse those together right now. That piece is going to go off there, and that's how you're going to get that shape. Then let's take a little paste level of top and we're making guides that's allowed during getting same here and we're either and you know how to make guides, it's Command 5. Yeah, admittedly because I know that this class is running super long, I don't worry a little, and ask every detail absolutely falsely to what I had once before. Because most of the time you're going to be creating original artwork rather than imagining something you already did it once before. This shape here I didn't actually really need in a way because you can cut it out of here just seasonally circles. Sometimes it's just nice to get a good look. Really if I added that, I could cut that out of that, and so on. Basically, right now if I grab these. Let's move our green guy here out of the way. I'll get rid of that little piece. Now, you can see how all these pieces are connecting, and then denied those, but you're seeing all these circles. They're all connecting together really nicely in order to make that the final shape that we are going to go for towards. Again, it's time to say the main thing is making sure that those points overlap fairly precisely. Otherwise, it can cause you some grief down the line and what I ended up doing at the end here is I would grab this and I added round that a little bit. If you want to get really particular about it, sure that's maybe cheating, then you should make little tiny circle caps, but depends on how much time you have, I guess on your hands. This part is pretty simple. This is basic stuff that I taught in class where I was making earlier in the class, I should say where I'm just using rectangles and ellipses to connect everything. Of course, you could also just use the patent tool snap layer there, there to there. Then uniting all of these things, and then we can round them later on. Now when I was making that foot I tried to keep that foot for the most part and try and reuse it as many places as I can. Of course, in the exact same but at least try and reuse the same size of the thought whether you have that connector piece or not. I'm going to put this in a fast forward so you can really see the end product, but we don't have to go into detail about every little corner. There you have the pleated bear. Even if you're watching in fast-forward, if you're keeping your eyes really keeled, you'll see that I still made mistakes and I still have some learning to do on this. It is complicated, it is tricky to pull off so that each circle meets up perfectly and I think, purists wouldn't have these straight lines. I think this should be curved and this should be curved and everything should be full of pure curves to get that perfect "Artwork" in this style. If I turn off all these trillions of guides you can see on this point I left the point here on the nose. I left these points, but in my actual version, I went ahead and selected those, and I rounded them just to make sure that everything was nice surrounded. Again, I could add more curves to do that and really make things complicated, but there's that give-and-take of wanting to make perfect artwork and also have time to go outside. Especially for somebody like this, that in the end is just an illustration that I'm going to use for fun. Or maybe I might use with the company that I'm working with. But nonetheless, it's not a logo. If it were a logo that's going to be printed a trillion times, you might want to spend that extra time to make sure it's absolutely flawless. But in this case, it's pretty done and good, and you can probably see if you'll be and why this would be considered intermediate because it's tricky, and it's pretty time consuming. But that concludes the class. I hope you guys enjoyed it. In the next video, I can show where you should go from here. 11. Next Steps: Thank you so much. I hope you all enjoyed the class. At this point you will have gone through and created all of this crazy art work again, with me if you followed along or at least you got to see how it was made. Hopefully you'll go ahead and create your own illustrations rather than just copy mine. It's okay to do it for the class purposes and for your class project but of course, when you're creating your own you are working all time. Do custom things and try different ways to create things and do something that's unique to you. Now, if you've never taken one of my classes before or even if you have, I'm going to head over to Skillshare. Of course, it'll look a little different because this class will be live instead of my last class but you should definitely take a look and see what else you can learn. I've got some of my most popular classes, but definitely if you're a beginner and you want to branch out from here pen tool, that's a must. You've got to learn how to master the pen tool. That's super useful to you. There is a monoline illustration which is working off of this. That's probably a good next class to go from here. There's a class specifically on the pen tool. If you want to get more into setting up business cards and how to set things up from print in Adobe Illustrator or if you want to learn how to make dye cut stickers and all sorts of different things. I've taught so many different classes. There's a lot of different options for you to go from here and there's the appearance panel. There's things once you get really comfortable with Illustrator, there's the speed course. That's for the day in and day out users, how to really crank it up and use actions and things to make your daily workflow much faster and easier. Things that you don't even notice that you're maybe repeating too often. Save some time off your day when you're illustrating. Then I've got a course on fun classes like the 1930s illustration and I'm drawing skulls. If you want to get into drawing things. There's tons of stuff. Actions. Too many classes. I hope you check them out. As always, you can follow me on Instagram, that's at Jon Brommet. Please make sure you follow me on Skillshare so you see all my newest stuff and I think that's it. If you have any questions, please let me know. Again, this is the first time I've done a really beginner class. I'd love any insight you have as to how you think I can improve and make a great class last time. Although, probably the next class will be more geared towards intermediate again. Thank you so much. Have fun and we'll talk soon. 12. A Message From Future Jon: Wait, one more thing. I'm adding this, this is future Jon Brommet talking to you. I hope you enjoyed the class that you just watched. Some of these classes have been recorded a few years ago. I just wanted to give a little up to date on what I'm doing now. You can see that I've put out a ton of classes potentially from the class that you just watched as you may have been watching one of my older classes, so if you go over to my profile, you can click it somewhere on the Skillshare website or go to, it's felt just like that with no h, just J-O-N. You'll see here I've got things broken down in my newest classes. This may even look slightly different for you because I'm putting out classes once a month right now. I've got my most popular classes, illustration, efficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop stuff, and then all of my other classes. Make sure that if it's not already selected, you click See More to see the rest of it. So many different classes, I hope you guys will be inspired to learn lots more and hopefully you enjoy my classes and want to see more. If that's not enough, I'm at Jonbrommet on Instagram, so you can check out my Instagram as well to know what I'm doing. I post all my new artwork there and of course let you know when I'm doing new Skillshare stuff. I've started a YouTube channel where I put short videos that are instructional. I obviously advertise with my Skillshare class, but short videos that I can't really put a whole-class out, I put it here on YouTube. I even do things like have conversations with other teachers, like Tabitha Park, plan to do that stuff more often. If you head over to, I've newly updated my website. I have a digital shop where you can grab my procreate brushes or other things like that. On top of seeing my different portfolio elements and things like that, I've also got a Etsy shop, which I'll click here and it would open this. You can buy all of my pins and different things that I've created and I will ship them to you from me. I've got them all produced here in my home and they look awesome and I know that they're cool. I just recently started a Threadless shop, which you could click here. Of course this is about Skillshare and contact, everything's linked from our website. This new Threadless shop has all my march that can be printed on demand on a really weirdly wild variety of things, like I don't know, let's just click one of these things here. It's going to open a T-shirt, but let's just say maybe instead of a T-shirt you wanted I don't know what? A duvet cover or shower curtains. Why wouldn't you want those things? I don't know. Anyway, I've got lots of different things going on, so if you like what I'm doing and please check out more of it and I'll keep making more things. Thanks everyone. Bye bye.