The Play-Doh Technique: Fun Hand-made Vectors In Illustrator

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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15 Videos (36m)
    • Intro

    • Class Project

    • The Play-Doh Tool

    • No Snapping!

    • Shortcuts

    • Multiple Shapes

    • Other Shapes

    • Linework

    • Typography

    • Cute Characters

    • Background Splodge

    • Adding Depth

    • Texture

    • Your Project

    • Conclusion


About This Class


We all like vectors. But we also love hand-drawn stuff. And this class teaches you how to mash those 2 things together with the Play-Doh technique.

The Play-Doh technique allows you to work with vectors much like you would with Play-Doh, which gives your vector work an authentic hand-made feel, without losing the things that make vectors vector!

This short and fun class covers the basics of the Play-Doh technique, as well as plenty of examples, and secret hints and tips. You don’t need to be an ace designer or illustrator. I show you shortcuts, show you my own work, and explain things simply and slowly.

All you need to take this class is an appreciation of the hand-made, as well as Adobe Illustrator (which you can get a 30 day free trial of). You don’t need much experience in Adobe Illustrator at all!

By the end of this class you’ll be able to create authentic and natural vector work – ready for websites, branding, and print work! You’ll be able to add it to your existing skill set and start having fun right away.

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This class is very fun!
This was so much fun! I can't wait to make my project. My mind is so full of ideas! You are an incredible teacher.





Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes on Skillshare since late 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes. Follow him on Dribbble, Instagram, Ello and YouTube. He also has a newsletter type thing that you can subscribe to.