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I was having a conversation with a friend who is very familiar with vector graphics, and he wants to learn to draw more freely as I do. Even though I'm moving slowly away from software that is mainly for vector graphics (Illustrator), I am making this journal to teach others my styles in vector applications. I hope you find this helpful.

1. Using Vectors (Illustrator)

Before beginning, it is recommended that you use the pencil tool. Any strokes you create with the brush tool will be changed later on.

A. Unless you'll be printing, work in RGB so the colors are not so dull. (File > Color Mode > RGB)
B. Work with larger layer thumbnails. (Flyout menu > Layer Options > 50)

Step 1:
Draw something as if you would draw it on paper (open paths), but make sure those paths overlap each other.

Tip: Press Control/Command + Shift + A to quickly deselect paths you don't want connected in your next stroke. (The control in Illustrator is very picky. Closure and sharp corners can ruin the path you just drew.)

Step 2:
Now select all of those paths, and use the Live Paint Bucket tool to group them together, and then use it again to fill it in with color.

Tip: Anything you draw extra that you want to have be part of that group can be accessed through the layers. Expand your layer and just click and drag your extra paths into the Live Paint group.

Step 3:
To add shading, draw your your borderline separating the shade from light on your drawing, and make sure that no fill is applied. (Have your line a smaller line width so it stands out.)

Step 4:
In the layers panel, click and drag those lines into the Live Paint Group.

Step 5:
Hidden under the Move tool is the Group Selection tool. It can transform and select individual paths even though they are grouped. Use that tool to select each line, and make sure that no stroke is applied.

Tip: In the layers panel, there is a target icon next to each path. Clicking that icon will select that path. You can also lock paths for more precise editing or select multiple paths at once.

Step 6:
Even though you no longer see the lines that separate the shade from the light, they are still there. Use the Live Paint Bucket tool to fill in the new regions you made.

Final Tip: Unfortunately, the eraser tool doesn't work well with live paint groups. To break apart a path more freely that might be closed off, created three nodes with the Pen tool, and then delete the middle node with Quick Selection tool. (Using the pen tool to delete a node will just change the curve of the line, not actually break it apart.

Let me know if you find this helpful. I've been exploring Illustrator for a while, and I know quite a lot about it. If there is something else you would want to learn, then let me know.
  • Listening to: Me scratching my head
  • Reading: The text I'm typing
  • Watching: The fingers doing the typing
  • Playing: With my chair
  • Eating: Gum
  • Drinking: Wouldn't count on it


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Brian LeDuc
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Hey guys, my name is Brian. I am very much into animating and working with computers. Even though I don't animate as much as I use to, I still try to keep myself busy. I am into movie making and scripting as well. One thing that is a pain about being creative, though, is that I hardly ever finish any projects. My mind brains up a new idea. I hope to one day create a new generation of animation.

If you would like to get in touch with me, feel free to comment or email me. I'm a nice guy, and I like it when people say hi.

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tetsuwanatom Featured By Owner 5 days ago
How things going? I'm here preparing for the 777th deviation.
leduc-gallery Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'm well, though I'm in a bit of pickle trying to find the right software to transfer to. Haha.

Wow 777th? I believe it too. Well that number means happiness, so I image you're making something pretty uplifting.
tetsuwanatom Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I thought about Babs Bunny with a 777 writen in her panties and saying "Feeling lucky?"
leduc-gallery Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Uh may I ask why on her panties?
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Mebius Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Happy holidays!
leduc-gallery Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Happy holidays to you too!
SpiderZed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Hey man. Small question, do you know what kind of file for video are support for PC?

.mov, MP4 or what is it?

I have presentation for deaf students in middle school. Sadly, I use .mp4 on their PC, and it did not played. That was only one mistake in my presentation. Haha
leduc-gallery Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That's strange. MP4 is the format I always use to play videos. Though I do know that the latest version of Windows Media Player has a very poor codec. See if you are allowed to install a free alternative like VLC Player or KM Player. They have a lot more support.

If you can't do that, then convert your video to a WMV format. The quality will be a lot less clear, but it should play.
SpiderZed Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Hmm that is perhaps because of sigma plan? Dang you sigma!

Ahem... That is strange as you said. Perhaps because of school's computer is not update? I am not sure if I am allow install software on their computer due school security. Oh well, Lesson learn for me!
leduc-gallery Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sorry. I'm not sure what to say. I just tried playing an MP4 on Windows Media Player, and it worked fine for me. There might be something wrong with their version.

Sigma is still at it, eh? He must be mad that he still doesn't have a body.
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