Recreating an Illustration: Part 3

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As I said in Part 2, I am terrified of empty Adobe Illustrator documents. I made a simple sketch yesterday to serve as a “skeleton” when I recreate my digital art-piece. By placing the sketch on it’s own locked layer, I am able to quickly use the Pen Tool to trace it’s outline.

My initial trace is rough – basic outlines of the entire document. My favourite colour to trace with is hot pink! Instead of having to rearrange all of the paths later, I prefer to plan ahead. I begin tracing the items I want furthest back and move forward. Once the sketch is complete I go back with the White Arrow tool and perfect the various shapes and lines. In this illustration I had to modify the balloon strings quite a bit.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my colouring process!

Do you like using the pen tool? What is your process as you trace? What is your favourite colour to use?

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Recreating an Illustration: Part 1

BalloonsLately I’ve been looking through some of my first artwork. Although I love them, my design technique has changed a lot! I’ve been thinking of recreating some of my original illustrations – so I figured I would do a blog series showing my design process.

The illustration I’ll be working on? An old favourite: Balloons! Each day I will post a picture of a different step in my creative process!

Today I’m presenting my original artwork. This was created in 2009 when I first discovered the beauty of Adobe Illustrator, but hadn’t yet been introduced to the Pen Tool. I worked mostly with the Paint Brush tool at that time. I was teaching myself Illustrator, so I really didn’t have much of a technique to speak of.

But stay tuned! I’ve learned much in the past four years – and I’ll share it with you in the upcoming posts! (:

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