Drawing with the Brush Tool in illustrator

Vector inking done with the Brush tool.. I am using one of my own sketches as the tracing image for this vector illustration.

If you would like to see the sketching process, click here!

And to see how you can quickly create an Art Brush in illustrator, you can watch this video.

Also, you can purchase the illustration drawn in this video here:

Guy Wearing a Virtual Reality Headset

and these are 2 additional variations:

Guy Wearing a Virtual Reality Headset

Guy Wearing a Virtual Reality Headset

 

FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[Hello everybody!

I am going to be drawing a vector illustration using illustrator’s brush tool. This is the sketch I will use as a tracing image.. If you want to see how this sketch was drawn, there is a link to it in the description field.

If you don’t know how to create a brush like the one I am using now, I made a short video explaining how you can quickly create this brush.. You will also find a link to that in the description field.

Drawing with a brush is a lot quicker than using the pen tool, but it’s not as precise. The good thing is you can always undo your mistakes and continue from the point you want. If you don’t like the shape of your stroke you can also select it with the selection tool and refine it using the brush tool.

Brush tool is a great and easy way to achieve that comic book style. Even though you can get the same look using the pen tool, it’s going to be a lot more time consuming.

Just as there are many ways you can draw in illustrator, there are also many ways you can color your vectors. Since I left the fill blank when I was drawing, I will be using the live paint tool to color this illustration.

If the fill is blank while you are drawing with a brush, you are bound to get some unwanted lines like this one here. I will correct it by merging it after adding some extra paths.

I want to create some shaded areas, and I will achieve it using the pen tool. There is really no limit to what can be done. I can just continue adding more paths, and make it more and more detailed, but for the purpose of this video, I will just leave it here.

I will conclude this video by adding a background to this image using a collage of my older vectors. And here is the final result. Again, thanks for watching. Have a good one!]

Create an Art Brush in illustrator in under one minute

In this video, I am showing you how to create an art brush in under 1 minute so you can draw in comic book style.

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FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[Hey all.

In this video, I am going to show you how to create an art brush so you can draw like this.

Simply start by creating a circle. Then squeeze it as much as you like. This determines the thickness of your brush.. I want to make it quite thin.

You should then go to you brushes panel. If your brush is selected, the panel should be accessible here. If not, just go to “Window” and make sure you select “Brushes”

The panel can pop up anywhere on your screen. Mine just shows up here on the right. In the panel, click on this drop down menu and select “New ArtBrush”. You can do some customizations here but I will just go with default settings and click “Ok”.

Finally, scroll down in your brushes panel and make sure to select your new brush.

Now you are ready to draw.

As usual, thanks for watching.

Have a good one, until next time!]

Sketching on Sony Vaio Flip with ArtRage: Virtual Reality

This is a tutorial video of how I do a sketch about Virtual Reality on Sony Vaio Flip 14 using ArtRage Studio.

The sketch is of a guy wearing a virtual reality headset and it will be used as a reference image for a vector drawing.

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Thanks for watching!

 

FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[Hey guys, I am back after a long break. I hope everything is ok with you. I am gonna be doing some sketching today on my sony vaio flip. The software I am gonna be using is ArtRage.. It is one of my favourite tools for sketching on my tablet’s screen.

I don’t know how many of you guys remember, but I promised I was going to do a sketching episode in my last video. So, here it is. While you are watching, I want to talk about a few things that may be useful for some of you.

When sketching it’s important not to apply too much pressure. Starting gently with soft lines, makes the process much easier. This is a basic fundamental rule of sketching which applies to traditional sketching as well.. If you apply too much pressure, you are more likely to make mistakes, regardless the tool you are using. Plus, as you know, there is no undo button when you are sketching on a real paper.

Digital enviroments are a lot more forgiving when you make mistakes. There is one problem though. On most devices, including this one, you will experience a slight lag.

Overall, advantages of drawing on a tablet screen far outweigh the disadvantages for me, and even though I find traditional sketching easier and more natural, I still prefer drawing on screen. The best thing about it is that you are not wasting any paper.

I am going to use this sketch as a reference image for a vector drawing. If you would like to see this turn into a vector, you can watch my next video.

There is going to be a link to it, in the description field when it’s uploaded.

I am applying some final touches.. Now is the time to make my lines thicker. I think I am done with this one.. As always, thanks for watching.. Have a good one!]

How to Design a Flame / Fire Vector Logo Icon in Adobe Illustrator, Tutorial

I am drawing a fire / flame vector logo icon in this tutorial video using Adobe Illustrator.

I am also sharing some thoughts on traditional sketching and vector drawing with pen tool..

This icon and its different color variations are available for purchase here:

Colorful Fire Icons

 

FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[hey guys, cidepix here..

I am back again and this time I am going to be drawing a fire icon.. or maybe you can say a flame icon 🙂

I have drawn this sketch on my galaxy note smart phone.. it’s nothing special but will be very helpful as a reference image..

I am using a sketch for almost all my designs, so I think I should dedicate an entire episode to sketching.. and you know what, that is exactly what I am going to be doing in my next video..

now back to this one, I am tracing the sketch with the pen tool and using black as the color of my stroke..

You will see many tutorials on youtube teaching you drawing with basic geometric shapes like circles and squares etc. but to be honest, if you want total creative freedom you really have to master the pen tool in adobe illustrator or any other creative software..

first, you should get comfortable with sketching on paper, second you should become very good using the pen tool.. in my opinion, there is no other way around it..

watching me or any other designers draw will surely help, but what’s more important is the practice you will have yourself.. so get a traditional pen and paper and start drawing right away..

if you are already good with traditional sketching, then practice the pen tool as much as you can and trace your own sketches..

don’t be afraid to go back and make some corrections and tweaking by moving the anchor points around and pulling the handles on those anchor points..

CTRL + COPY followed by CTRL + F

I am done for this episode.. I hope you liked it.. I will see you in the next one.. and thanks in advance if you choose to subscribe.. take care!]

 

How to Design a 3d Vector Logo using Adobe Illustrator, Tutorial

This is a tutorial video of how I design a 3d shiny vector logo in Adobe Illustrator.

It’s a cubical bold shape and it didn’t involve all that much actual drawing like some of my earlier designs. The sketch was used as a reference image unlike my last few designs where I traced over a sketch.

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Links to icons drawn in this video:

Cubical Shape of Letter A

Cubical Shape of Letter A

 

FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[hey guys,

welcome to another design video. this is what I am going to be doing today. hopefully, I will have multiple versions ready in a few minutes.

instead of tracing over a sketch, like in my last few videos, this time I am using a sketch only as a reference image.

it is all very straight forward but I will have small explanations when it’s necessary.

after aligning my shapes and moving the line a little to the left I am clicking divide in the pathfinder panel. I will be making the stroke thicker. and I will be expanding this shape. once it’s expanded I want to align the top section to the left.

I will make it white and go into 3d extrude bevel settings. want to adjust these settings, so it looks similar to my sketch. you may always pause the video if it gets too complicated.

making a back up copy just in case something goes wrong.

I will be expanding this as well.

and I will give all smaller pieces a different color, because I am going to be merging the shape using the pathfinder panel, and I want to make sure it merges exactly the way I want.

now I will give it a blank fill and black stroke. I will be drawing some additional lines. these will be useful when I am coloring the shape. I will now go to pathfinder panel and click on divide while everything is selected.

I am ready to color it and I will be starting with black and white radial gradient. now I want to change the color of the gradient. you can easily do it by moving the swatches into the corresponding sections of the gradient panel. I am also drawing a transparent shadow. multiple variations can be created in a very short time.

and I will be creating alternative versions by simply deleting the front faces of all the shapes.

I can always associate the icons with a font that fits the style, to make it a complete package.

and that’s all for today. Thanks for subscribing, and thank you for watching. take care!]

How to Design a Glossy Vector Logo in Adobe Illustrator, Tutorial

This is a tutorial video of how I draw a vector logo in Adobe Illustrator.

The logo icon drawn in this video is available for purchase as a stock logo on cidepix.com

Below are links to different color variations..
Blue Version:

3d Sharp Glossy Blue Logo Icon based on Letter A


Green Version:

3d Sharp Glossy Green Logo Icon based on Letter A


Magenta Version:

3d Sharp Glossy Magenta Logo Icon based on Letter A


Red Version:

3d Sharp Glossy Red Logo Icon based on Letter A

How to Design a Glossy 3d Vector Logo in Adobe Illustrator, Time Lapse Video

I demonstrate how a glossy 3d logo icon is created using Adobe Illustrator in this speed drawing video..

This is a quick tutorial / time lapse vector drawing..

I hope you like it..

The logo icon drawn in this video is available for purchase as a stock logo on cidepix.com

Below are links to different color variations..
Blue Version:

Round Glossy Letter A 3d Blue Logo Icon


Green Version:

Round Glossy Letter A 3d Green Logo Icon


Magenta Version:

Round Glossy Letter A 3d Magenta Logo Icon


Orange Version:

Round Glossy Letter A 3d Orange Logo Icon


FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[hello everyone, welcome to this video.. we have got a logo of letter A here, or maybe an upside down E? depends on how you look at it I guess.. well, whatever it is, stay tuned to see how it’s done..

welcome back guys.. I am basing this logo on one of my own sketches.. it is perfectly possible to design a logo without a sketch but I personally like doing my homework on paper before I go into illustrator..

this is gonna be a time lapse video so feel free to pause at certain points if it’s neccessary..

once you are done with one logo shape, creating variations is pretty easy.. you can alter the gradients by carrying the swatches into the gradient panel..

that’s it for this video.. do subscribe to watch future design videos.. just want to mention this logo is available for purchase on cidepix.com in case you are interested..

thanks for watching..]

How to Design a 3d Vector Logo in Adobe Illustrator, Time Lapse Video


Watch how I design a logo icon starting from a rough sketch in this speed drawing video..

This is a quick tutorial / time lapse vector drawing..

I hope you like it..

The logo shape drawn in this video is available for purchase as a stock logo here:

3d Glossy Logo Icon Vector Illustration

 

 

FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[Hey guys!

Today I am going to take this rough sketch and turn it into this shiny logo icon..

it’s going to be a mini tutorial (slash) time lapse vector drawing..

starting with a skecth is one of the fundamental rules of drawing.. once you move your skecth into your illustrator file, make sure to create another layer on top of it for drawing.. lock the layer with the sketch and dim it to %50.. I always work in RGB mode and adjust the black swatch, so it is truly black. now, I am ready to draw.

I am going to lay the foundations of the drawing by creating a simple circle.. I should also swap the fill and stroke, so I can see my lines.. pen tool is what I am going to use to draw the rest of the icon. you can always go back and fix the shape of the lines by holding down the ctrl button and pulling the handles on anchor points. I do this, until I feel, I have the perfect line.

now, let’s speed things up a bit..

I am done with the lines.. it’s time to color the shapes one by one.. select any shape, and swap fill and stroke.. apply the color you want, while the shape is still selected. I almost always prefer gradients over solid colors. repeat this process for every single shape..

I am further refining the shapes by pulling the handles on anchor points.. from this point on, it’s all about perfecting the shapes, adding brighter highlights, and playing with the gradients to achieve the best possible shading..

this is how you create a shadow to make the icon look like it’s floating in mid-air..

the shadow looks great on a white background but when there is a darker background you can see that it doesn’t have true transparency.. to fix this, select the shadow, go to your transparency tab above your layers panel and from “blending modes drop down menu”, select multiply.. now you have a great, transparent shadow.. a few more touches and we will be done..

So guys, this was it for today.. Thanks for watching.. if you choose to subscribe, because you liked this video and would like to see more, thanks in advance for that as well.. take care..]