Symmetrical Floral Illustrations with Symbols in Affinity Designer for iPad | Tracey Smigielski Capone | Skillshare

Symmetrical Floral Illustrations with Symbols in Affinity Designer for iPad

Tracey Smigielski Capone, Illustrator & Photographer

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10 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Welcome! | Class Project

    • 2. Downloads & Resources

    • 3. The Assets Studio

    • 4. Setting up your Canvas

    • 5. The Symbols Studio

    • 6. Creating a Simple Symmetrical Flower Illustration

    • 7. Creating a Complex Symmetrical Floral Illustration

    • 8. BONUS Simple Vector Leaf Shapes

    • 9. BONUS Quadrant Symmetry with Symbols

    • 10. What's Next?

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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn how to create perfectly symmetrical vector illustrations in Affinity Designer for iPad, without having to rely on a sketch. 

Designer for iPad has a built in symmetry tool in it's Pixel Persona, but not on it's vector side. While you can sketch out your design in raster mode (or in another program such as Procreate),trace it with a vector brush or fill it in with the shape tool, wouldn't it be easier if you could do everything right in the Designer Persona? You can, and in this class I am going to show you my method for doing just that.


In this class, you will learn:

  • How the Symbols Studio works: creating symbols, adding them to your design, making changes to your symbols as well as how to detach a selected object from the Symbols studio.
  • My method for creating an invisible background, using symbols, allowing you to add elements to one side of your design that automatically populate the other with perfect symmetry. 
  • How to use the Assets Studio, Pen, Pencil and Shape tools to easily add floral elements to your background without having to rely on exact measurements or snapping.
  • How to add texture to your designs, using raster image files and brushes, both to the overall illustration as well as elements within the symbols.
  • How you can add single, asymmetrical elements to your design, without affecting the rest of your symmetrical illustration.

When you take this class, you will receive a free mini assets pack filled with floral and leaf shapes that you can add to your design. Downloads can be found at this link. (Please note, these can only be accessed from a browser, not through the Skillshare app)

While this class is intended for students of all levels, it is helpful to have a basic familiarity with Affinity Designer for iPad and it's User Interface. If you are brand new to the program, and would like a beginner course that takes you through the whole layout, consider starting with my class, "Textured Florals in Affinity Designer for iPad" This class will not only walk you through all of the tools and studios in Designer, but you will also learn how to create floral and leaf shapes as well as receive a full set of floral and leaf assets and brushes that can be used in this class!


I have been using Affinity Designer for iPad to create textured botanical illustrations for quite some time and can't wait to show you my methods so you can begin building your very own collection of illustrations. If you would like to see more examples of my floral illustration work, please feel free to check out my website I can't wait to see what you create so let's get started!

Do you love textural digital illustrations as much as I do? Join my Textural Illustrations for Digital Artists Facebook Group. In this group, you can share your creations, learn tips and tricks for adding texture in the various digital apps, and ask questions of other artists who love texture as much as you do. Check out there group here.

Music Credit- Opening Theme Song - "A Day to Remember" BenSound