Blob Brush using Wacom Tablet

In Adobe Illustrator by Jason Secrest

Blob Brush + Wacom

In this Illustrator Tutorial series we will be using a tablet to start from the initial sketch. This is more of a direct approach to drawing rather than tracing the image with the pen tool or shapes. This will be for those who are looking to gain a little more practice getting down your lines and have a little issue with the idea of tracing. The major troubleshooting to be aware of is in the Blob Brush settings.

TRACING WORKFLOW?

Blob Brush is a pretty funny workflow. It is just tracing. The major goal as you are tracing along is to go long with your lines or strokes. The Pressure will tend to look pretty crappy if you try to match them up exactly. Look for uneven blobs or rounded edges as the lines merge together.

ZOOM IN OR OUT

As you play around around with the Pressure Settings and the tool, be aware that there is a comfort level of how zoomed in or out you are. If you zoom in, I would recommend shrinking the brush size. It tends to get more sensitive the more zoomed in you get.

EASY VALUES

Play around with your effects after you color the character. The Inner Glow Effect is a pretty great one for values that look really natural without a whole lot of time behind the effect. The main decision will be if you want the value as a highlight from the center or a shadow from the edge.

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Table Settings

Follow the direction on your tablet for how to install the drivers and set up first. Look for their Properties or Settings. Most of the tablet settings that I can adjust have been turned off or disabled. All of the short cuts will come from the keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator not the tablet. If you have a rather large tablet that you can’t reach your keyboard then I would set up your Express keys.

Blob Brush Settings

The major two settings are right at the top of the Blob Brush settings. You want Keep Selected turned OFF. The Merge Only with Selected turned ON. You are controlling how the tool merges with itself. These settings have to be exact or everything will merge together and Deleting All is the solution.

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Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I really love your channel, thanx for your tutorial really helpful 🙂 Sara Abdalla • 1 year ago
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Such a cool drawing ! My favorite in this series !!!! Espermaschine • 1 year ago
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It’s great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn’t know were available! It’s also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I’m on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I’ve picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Great job Jason, you make it look so easy. And it actually was. Thumbs up!Little Richard • 5 months ago
That was a fun tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a detailed, easy to follow tutorial! Daniel Huckabay • 1 year ago
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I’m just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason…was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I’m so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs • 1 year ago
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you’ve got a passion for what you’re doing and that’s just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you’re doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro