Perfect Imperfections: How to Add a Personal Touch to Your Vector Illustrations

Julia Chistiakova, Interactive Designer and Illustrator

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5 Videos (36m)
    • Introduction

      1:35
    • Working with Lines: Effects

      6:36
    • Working with Lines: Tools

      5:20
    • Adding Colors

      10:35
    • Adding Details

      11:40

About This Class

In this class you’ll learn how to give a hand-drawn look to vector illustrations without sketching on paper first. We’ll start with a regular “boring” illustration...

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....and walk through applying various tools and effects in Adobe Illustrator, so finally we end up with something like this:

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Whimsical hand-drawn illustrations aren’t just for kids anymore. Whereas a too-sharp vector image might not gain people’s trust, hand drawings appeal directly to our emotions, making us more attentive and receptive to information.


We’ll discuss several different ways of giving your vector illustration a human touch, so you can choose the option which works best for your project at hand. To work through this class, take a “flat” icon or illustration and follow the described steps to achieve the whimsical effect.


You don't have to be an artist to join this class. Although, having a basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator will aid you greatly in working through the lessons.

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Excellent tips and tricks!
Dameon S. Williams

Learning the skills to pay the bills.

This short, easy to use series of lessons will help you to make nice hand drawn illustrations. Great for pros and beginners who opened AI for the very first time (as me).

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Julia Chistiakova

Interactive Designer and Illustrator