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

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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

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Custom background with design elements

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Checkout:
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www.SebastianBleak.com

Twitter:
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#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.

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

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