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In a previous post I talked about how you can apply a texture effect using a Scatter Brush. There are of course other ways you can add textures to your illustrations. You could for instance use a pattern fill. One of my favorite textures are these dotted halftone patterns. If applied right, they can add a real nice and subtle effect to your illustration. Today I'll show you how you can create such pattern, and how you can apply the pattern to your illustration, in combination with an Opacity Mask. Last but not least, I'll also share how you can create more of them, and how you can save a set of patterns as a Swatch Library file. Let's get started…
One of the things I've been playing with lately is applying textures to my illustrations in Illustrator. Sometimes I do this by applying a pattern texture fill on top of my color fill, but you can also do this by using a Scatter Brush. The advantage of using a brush is that you also have control over the amount of texture you want to be applied. Creating such brush is also pretty straight forward. Let me explain how…
I've always been fascinated by the wonderful animated gif images created by the talented folks of RADIO. So I thought to myself I have to try this too, and since it's about Christmas time I had the idea to draw Santa. Giving this some further thought, I decided Santa had to go on a diet, and do a bit of exercising instead of leaving all the heavy lifting up to Rudolf and his friends. So I swapped the reindeers for this beautiful vintage bicycle named Omer by Achielle, this way Santa is riding in absolute style! Let's have a closer look on how I created this animated gif…
Seems I have some unfinished business with my Re-turned birds illustration. There is one last thing I need to cover, and that's how I created the shadow effect on the bellies of the birds. Just in case you've missed the pervious article about the wood texture, or how to draw these birds, don't forget to check them out too. Today we'll add the finishing touch and use Illustrator's Blend tool. I'll also show you some useful tips on how you can use the Layer panel to duplicate an object in an easy way and make fast and easy selections. So let's get started…
As promised, here is a follow-up on my tutorial about using Illustrator's Pathfinder to create symmetrical birds, which was based on these fabulous "Re-turned"-birds. This time we'll give the birds their wooden texture, and we'll keep it all vector-based. We'll create 2 types of wood textures: one wood grain texture which we will apply on the darker brown, and one wood texture that has these typical curvy lines, which we'll apply on the lighter colors. Both will be turned into seamless patterns in no time, thanks to Illustrator's Pattern Maker feature.
One of my best friends, Cindy Li has recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Apollo, and to celebrate this I've drawn an illustration of a cute lion for her as a small gift. Since I had so much fun creating this little dude, I thought it would be perfect to talk about it here on my blog. This time I'll share some of the basic steps I usually take when drawing illustrations like these, together with a few tips & tricks I sometimes use…
Today I was thinking of writing an Illustrator tutorial on how you can create simple symmetrical objects, using mostly ellipses, straight lines and rectangles in combination with the Pathfinder options. When looking at this, I thought these "Re-turned"-birds would be ideal for this exercise. So let's get this tutorial started…

Apart from the cover design for "Digital Adaptation", one of Smashing Magazine's new books written by Paul Boag, I also designed the layout of the book, together with the chapter cover illustrations and a few others. As promised before, here is my story behind the design process of this part of the project.

I had the great fortune to do some illustration and layout work for one of Smashing Magazine's new books called "Digital Adaptation", written by Paul Boag. Yet another fun and creatively challenging project that I would love to share its design process here on my blog, starting with the design of the cover of the book and the creation of the pre-launch website landing page.
It was some time ago that someone asked me if I knew how this beautiful geometric flower by Paulius Kairevičius was created. I remember that I gave it a try for a few minutes, but didn't succeed in exactly reproducing it. Today it caught my eye again and I thought it would be a cool idea to write a tutorial about these kind of geometric objects. Bare in mind that the creations in my article are inspired by this design on Dribbble, and that I only try to re-create this for educational purposes.
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