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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…
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…
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