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Useful Techniques for Vector Artists: Drawing a Totem (ENGLISH VERSION)

Andrey Bzhitskikh, Freelancer Illustrator

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24 Videos (2h 5m)
    • Intro

      1:45
    • What is a Totem ?

      2:04
    • Search for References

      2:52
    • Drawing a Sketch

      11:34
    • Create New Document

      1:02
    • Pen tool

      4:03
    • Pencil Tool

      4:15
    • Paintbrush Tool

      2:12
    • Automatic symmetry drawing

      5:27
    • Using Global Colors

      2:47
    • Using Symbols

      3:10
    • Preparing the work area and layers

      3:57
    • Creating the Brushes

      4:02
    • Drawing symmetric objects

      6:21
    • Drawing asymmetrical objects

      5:16
    • Correcting the outline

      8:16
    • Creating a Fill

      3:16
    • Search for a color palette

      5:02
    • Adding color

      6:05
    • Practical use of Symbols

      10:36
    • Adding Shadows

      16:05
    • Adding Lights

      11:42
    • Final Touches

      2:00
    • Conclusion

      0:41

About This Class

ATTENTION! You can find the version of this class in Russian in my profile.

Hey!

Join thousands of students from all over the world who are already studying the vector illustration with me!

I am Andrey Bzhitskikh, graphic designer and illustrator from Siberia.

And today, with the example of this funny totem, I'll show you some serious drawing techniques that will greatly simplify your life.

From a simple sketch to a finished unique vector illustration, you will learn all my secret methods .. Well, maybe not quite secret, but very cool!

In this course we will discuss:

  • Where and how to search for references for work
  • Drawing a cool illustration from a sketch to a finished vector work
  • Using the Pen Tool, the Pencil Tool and the Paintbrush Tool
  • Create a semi-automatic template for symmetric drawing
  • Selection of a unique color palette and its use in the future
  • Creating and applying symbols
  • Fill method using the Pathfinder panel
  • Adding color
  • Adding shadows, lights and glare

This class will not require you to have any serious drawing skills, and it will suit both beginners and experienced illustrators who want to learn new techniques of working with Adobe Illustrator.

And yes, a finished illustration of the totem, a sketch, a color palette and a pattern for symmetrical drawing are already included in the course. You can just download them and start creating right away!

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  • Upload your work to the project gallery.
  • Share the final work here on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks!

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loving the tutorial. Learned cool things and yet i am only halfway through the class.
great stuff! i thank you!

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Andrey Bzhitskikh

Freelancer Illustrator

Hey! My name is Andrew Bzhitskikh (I know it is too difficult to pronounce, so simple - Andrew :) ) and here's few facts about my life:

- I live in the cold and beautiful Siberia in Russia. The truth is not so cold but really beautiful!

- Sometimes I make a Native American Flutes for fun and ice figures.

- I'm participate in Aikido, love skiing, hiking and archery.

- I love to sketch and draw all time of my life. So today I'm a Freelance Illustrator and Graphic De...

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