N.S.L: WEEK 73 – Adobe Illustrator CS6: Combine Techniques- Swirl, Art Brushes, Flourish, Decorative, etc.

So, I feel like I have to step my Adobe Illustrator CS6 game up. I want to make pieces that look like they have more character. I feel I can achieve this by combining techniques.

Sebastian Bleak Title Card

Custom Seamless Tile Pattern and Custom Flourish/Design Elements


Custom Art Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

The entire piece was based off of these basic shapes and art brushes. This was the start of it all


Custom background with design elements

Using the new pattern maker, trying to get it just right.


Watch-Out for the COLOR!!!

Illustrated Flowers in Ai

Each flower is a mixture of different techniques combined for a cool result. Most were done using Blend, Bloat, Pucker, Shape Tool, and Pencil Tool.

Screen shot in Outline Mode

I wanted you to be able to see all the work the Appearance Panel is doing on this one.


Most of my NSL entries have been about focusing on 1 area, tool or technique. On this one, I wanted to mix everything up. I made art brushes, patterns, blends, graphic styles, basic shapes, multiple appearances, etc. I’m happy with it even though I think the flowers came out the best =D I’m really proud of the flourishes though. That is one of the main reasons I wanted to use Illustrator.


Coolest Trick I Learned:
Applying art brushes to the spiral tool and arch tool! Wow! It was in front of my face the whole time LOL!


I got most of my info from Lynda.com
Chana Messer: Presentation at our Adobe User Group meeting
Vector Swirls, Swooshes, and Florals: Illustrator Tutorial



#AdobeGrind #StayMuddyGetFly
If you look up #NSL73 you should be able to follow my week and all of the videos I studied for this one.


2 responses to “N.S.L: WEEK 73 – Adobe Illustrator CS6: Combine Techniques- Swirl, Art Brushes, Flourish, Decorative, etc.

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