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Illustrator

If there is one application that has a role in everything that I create it would be Adobe Illustrator. The program just celebrated its 30th birthday. If one of the inventors of Postscript (John Warnock) wouldn’t have been married to a graphic designer, the app would have been very different probably. Without Postscript and the Macintosh, there wouldn’t have been desktop publishing.
Back in 2010, I wrote this same tutorial, but back then Illustrator didn't have a Pattern 'tool'. The possibilities to create patterns was way more limited. The option I suggested then was to create a Symbol from the pattern fragment and then use instances of this symbol to cover the entire space. Today we have Pattern Mode to play and experiment with. It's one of Illustrator's features of I'm rather fond of.
A couple of years ago I created a lighthouse as part of an illustrated header for a web site. However, the illustration didn't get approved by the client. It was one of the first projects I shared a screenshot of on dribbble. Today I'll show you how to draw this lighthouse scenery in Adobe Illustrator. As always, I'll explain each simple step. With all these great tools at our disposal, this simple illustration requires you to use the Pen tool only once. I guess I did give the lighthouse a new home just like Dan Cederholm stated in a comment back then. So let's get started!
Last weekend I decided to do another Skillshare class. This one has also been on my 'todo' list for a while Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time by the very talented letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Just like last time, I had so much fun and most of all I learned a few things too. When Jessica talked about the power of the Pen tool, and shared her opinion about how and when to use, and to learn to master this tool… well I was constantly nodding my head all the time (well, sort of speak). She is so right. This class has tons of good advice about using the Pen tool and about lettering of course .

Did you also had fun creating the cityscape illustration? Well, I got good news for you. I thought with Summer at full swing, why don’t I create a beach illustration. So here is an other extended tutorial for you. This is a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to create a very simple 2D composition of a beachball, an umbrella, bucket with shovel, blue sky, tiny clouds and a sandy beach…

Last Sunday Sir Bradley Wiggins rode himself in the books of history with his UCI hour record attempt. The renewed interest for the UCI hour record was started by German Jens Voigt. That record didn't hold very long as it was taken over by Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling). He lost it to Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). The mark for Wiggins was set out by Alex Dowsett (Movistar).
Like I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, this is the largest tutorial I've ever written. Today I'll share you how I created a colorful cityscape in Adobe Illustrator. You'll start from an Illustrator template file, where I prepared the document for you including the colors I've used. We go step by step through the process, creating the sky, the grass, houses, trees, bushes, clouds… I show you several different, yet very simple techniques. Hope you are ready for this very extended tutorial. I promise it'll be fun...
Most of you know I have a fascination of everything geometrical. While I was browsing around I found some complex geometrical patterns, and kept on staring at them wondering how they were made. Where to start, right? So I started analysing them, and one thing led to another… Are you ready for another pattern tutorial? Yes? Please keep on reading. I hope you like the short journey of this creation…
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…
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