Making Motifs in Adobe Illustrator: find your unique vector style

Sue Gibbins, Pattern Designer & Teacher

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17 Lessons (1h 34m)
    • 1. Welcome

      1:15
    • 2. Two Types of Graphics

      2:50
    • 3. Ways to Create Vectors

      3:51
    • 4. Motif Choice & Research

      4:04
    • 5. Sketching & Scanning Considerations

      6:26
    • 6. Illustrator Quick Tour

      5:44
    • 7. Colour Palettes

      6:15
    • 8. Image Tracing Sketches

      9:21
    • 9. Deconstructed Sketches

      3:38
    • 10. Geometric Shapes & Effects

      7:41
    • 11. Graphics Tablets (as an optional tool)

      2:59
    • 12. Drawing Digitally & Clipping Masks

      12:38
    • 13. Brushes & Combining Techniques

      9:57
    • 14. Creating & Adding Textures

      9:55
    • 15. Re-colouring Motifs

      3:56
    • 16. Project & Resources

      2:21
    • 17. Wrapping Up

      1:04

Project Description

Let's make motifs! Follow these steps to go from idea to vector design:

  1. Choose a motif subject. Write this down as a word or phrase to start your project.
  2. Make a sketch (or sketches) as basis for your motif(s). Use a smartphone, digital camera or scanner to get this into the computer.
  3. Using Adobe Illustrator, create at least one vector-based motif using some or all of the methods demonstrated in class. I want you to use this project to find your unique vector style, so experiment!
  4. Arrange the motif(s) to decorate a surface of your choice (e.g. your own greeting card design)

I'd love to see the development of your work. So please share each step of Your Project here as you go. The first step is just to click the Create a Project button and post a word, so go for it!

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