Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Pen Tool
In this easy to follow step by step tutorial we will be going through our anchor point guide to practice using the pen tool along with shapes to build our cartoon character. This should be an easy Tutorial if you are new to Illustrator. Looking to Follow Along? Download Brushes, Textures + Tutorial Resources
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles.
Using Pen Tool
We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.
Using live paint is fast way of getting down flat color and shadows without having to use pathfinder to create shapes.
Using Resource Folder
1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.
Using the Pen Tool
2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.
3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.
Using Live Paint
4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.
How to Color in Adobe Illustrator
One of the easiest and fastest ways of filling in your color is through Live Paint. Live Paint is a part of the Shape Builder Tools which builds the shapes in the exact shape you need it. Select All. Go up to Object - Live Paint - Make. If you have a grayed out Make it simply means you didn't have anything selected. I recommend Deselecting by clicking on your artboard before clicking on a Color Swatch. *Remember Everything is still Selected so it will Color the Full Selection if you click on a Color Swatch. Click on the Live Paint Bucket (K) and Click to Dump Color. It will feel like the Paint Bucket in Adobe Photoshop. View Full List of 100 Step by Step Tutorials, Challenges and Tool-Based Workflows in our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum.
Adobe Illustrator Resources
200+ Adobe Illustrator Brushes specifically designed for Illustrators and Cartoonists to speed up their workflows. Includes Cartoon Brushes, Jittery Hand, Caffeinated Cartoonist and Hand-Painted Brushes. Follow Along to the Tutorials on the or Use with your Own Artwork. Includes Tutorial Resources for the Website and YouTube. VIEW ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES
Illustrator Resources include our 200 Brushes, 400 Textures and Tutorial Resources. Many of you are coming from YouTube and are looking for our Illustrator Resource Folder to Follow Along to the Tutorials or use with Your Own Artwork. Includes the Tutorial Resources to Follow Along on the Website and YouTube. VIEW ILLUSTRATOR RESOURCE BUNDLE
Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes all of our Tool-Based Workflows, Unit Blocks, 100 Full-Length Modules and Illustrator Resources. What we are going to do in our Getting Started Guide is catch you up on how to Download our Illustrator Resources, Select a Tool Based Workflow and Follow Along to our Learning Modules on Teachable*. VIEW ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM