Today I’m having fun messing around with Adobe Illustrator CS6. I’m on a mission to get good at creating decorative design elements. During Never Stop Learning 73 I got my first taste and here’s a look at my second attempt:
Most of what you see above started from a circle that was edited to create an art brush. That art brush was used to create more art brushes =D I applied those art brushes to different strokes created with the draw tools in the software then I varied the width (Shift+W) on those strokes.
As I was creating this design, the image of a Lion kept coming to mind. I didn’t really know what type of design I was making because I was only trying-out the tools. I decided to go with the theme of the Lion and searched for an image of a Lion to guide me. THANKFUL FOR INSPIRATION! WOO!
The color way you see above was meant to feel like the image I used as inspiration. It was to feel like a Lion with a big sky surrounding it.
I would toggle the visibility on and off to make sure the structure was coming along.
I HAD to post it in preview mode so you can really make the connection with the Lion inspiration. I used a color from the sky and a color from the Lions coat.
As I was posting this, I still didn’t get that “Lion Vibe” so I figured I’d change up the color way to give more of a “Lion Vibe” =D
So then I came up with this:
I was able to make some really cool color adjustments to get more of a Regal look which I think gives me that “lion vibe” I wanted =D
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