Thanks so much for this class Dylan! I much prefer building patterns in Illustrator over Photoshop but have been yearning for some time to add some hand-drawn, textured appeal to them. I actually had a thought pop into my head last week that maybe I could build a composition in Illustrator and then finish it over in Photoshop.... and without even searching Skillshare your class popped up like magic! It's helped me so much, and I had so much fun.
I wanted to make a paisley pattern for the 'vintage' prompt over on #patternjanuary and thought that actually could be a really cool thing to give a hand-drawn style to. Here are my original sketches:
Then I faced my nemesis - the Pen Tool - to build shapes to colour them. Thanks for encouraging me to use this and get to know it better.... we haven't got on well in the past and although we still have some work to do, it went a lot smoother than I'd imagined! Here's what I had with no lines at all:
I could have played with colour palettes all day but this is what I stopped at:
This is what vectorised lines looked like....
.... and these are my sketched lines:
I can't describe how much I loved the texturising part! I am thinking I got way too excited and overdid it a bit...... but I now use this technique in almost everything so practicing all the time on refining it. (Also the quality looks a bit off.... I used Save for Web so will look into that). Thanks again! xx