Space Pirates Were Here | Skillshare Projects

Marta Vilaseca

Web/Graphic designer + illustrator-in-progress

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Space Pirates Were Here

So! This is my little unnamed space pirate princess. Planting a small flag in an also unnamed planet in an unknown galaxy far, far away ;)

A couple of weeks ago, I found a half finished sketch in an old sketchbook of mine while I was looking for some inspiration for another class. I thought that little doodle had potential so I decided to save it for this project, because I thought that with some work, it could become a fun challenge.

That doodle was basically a quick sketch of the character's bust; I did a new, quick rough version changing a couple of details and adding the rest of the body and background - keeping it simple but cute:

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I set up this picture as my background layer in Illustrator, locked it and got to work. A few hours and some changes later, this is the final result:

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I have Illustrator CS5, so the newest features weren't available for me (basically, and much to my despair, the live shapes and corners), but I think I managed quite well anyway. I used line strokes, shapes, the pathfinder tool... played with the warp, distort and transformation options... the zigzag effect in a couple of places, as you can see... I tried to use more or less every significant tool that had been covered in the class and that I had available - I'll try to edit this description with more specific steps/information if needed, but in short, I tried to use different techniques and experiment a bit with whatever I had at hand, but nothing too complicated because the illustration was quite simple.

If there's something I'd like to point out specially, that would be her hair. I built it bit by bit using line strokes and appropiately warped/distorted shapes; and it was a fun challenge, but also a perfect example of why it's important to use the right tool for the job... I succeeded, and it wasn't too much trouble - but the whole process took waaaay longer than it would have if I had simply used the pen tool. Proof that just because you can, doesn't mean you should :)

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