Pressure and the Blob Brush is usually a design decision rather than just a speed or efficiency choice. Since you are manually adding on your own pressure, it will give you a more “hand-drawn” look or mimic what is happening on your paper.


The main goal as you are going through the Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows is to first find a Blob Brush setting that mimics or matches the line quality your are looking for. This will be for those of you who already have a distinct drawing or inking style and are bringing them over to Adobe Illustrator.


The nice part of the Blob Brush Workflow is it is our efficiency model, which combines a lot of our steps together. As you are going through the Workflows, compare and contrast to your own artwork so you can start to select the coloring and value methods that best match your own design style.

Blob Brush Options

The Blob Brush is very user friendly as long as you nail down the settings. In every Tutorial, Challenge and Workflow we will go through the settings just as a double check, but if you get them correct the first time you can just leave them for future tutorials or creating your own artwork. FOCUS: Look to mimic your own line quality in the brush settings as you are following along to the tutorials.

Keep Selected = OFF

We want to control how the tool merges with itself. The first thing is controlling if it is selected or not. Change this setting but also be aware if anything is selected, especially after you edit.

Merge Only with Selection = ON

This is to control how the tool merges with itself. If the settings are different (all on or off) the tool will merge with itselft and you will lose the ability to edit with Shape Builder.

Fidelity + Smoothing

I really like having the smoothing turned up to smooth or almost at smooth. This will auto-correct a lot of the bumps your tablet might pick up as well as remove extra anchor points.

Pressure + Variation

Turn on the Pressure from the drop-down menu. The variation slider has to be moved up for there to be variation with pressure. 0 Variation = No Pressure

Blob Brush Focus

The major decision and choice for this workflow will be that you want to use your tablet and the pressure settings to get a hand-drawn look to your designs. The Blob Brush Workflow is really easy to learn and adapt to your own artwork. Have you own drawings or photos available, so you convert the lessons in the Active Learning tutorials to your own artwork quickly.

  • Great for Hand-Drawn Designs
  • Best Use of Pressure and 
  • Very Fast Workflow for Efficiency
  • Great for Line Work or Cartoons 
  • Complex Illustrations 
  • Mimicking Brush Pens

I am going to walk you through my Efficiency Workflow using the Blob Brush and Shape Builder Tools. This is exactly what I use for my comic strips and hand drawn projects in Adobe Illustrator. Your goal is to find what works for you and modify to fit in your own Workflow Design.


The Pressure and Tablet Settings are going to be personal for you depending on what tablet you have. A lot of this will be developing your hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. If you are new to drawing on a tablet, especially on a non-display Tablet this will feel awkward which is why we have a lot of tablet tutorials for you to practice.


What’s with all the Donuts? We are focusing on starting from a photo so you can get the complete workflow. Start with a simple trace or drawing and build out using the Blob Brush Workflow. After you breakdown 1 Donut Photo, try switching out the donut and follow along using your own image on the next tutorial.




FOCUS: We are all about our Tablet Tutorials. We are kicking off with the Blob Brush. One of our most popular tutorials on YouTube is the Hippo. So we want to add on and show you my actual workflow.


When we start with the Blob Brush it is highly important to get the settings correct. Once that is done, all you have to focus on is adding your pressure with the Tablet.


GROWTH MODEL: There are quite a few tutorials that will start from the Photo. I highly recommend starting from the photo and doing your own drawing to see a complete workflow.



The first Phase of the process is just to learn the program within the Linear Workflow Model. If you are still struggling and frustrated in Adobe Illustrator, I would recommend following along with the step by step along with the resources provided.


The main goal is to transition into creating your own artwork as quickly as possible. The goal of this phase is to start replacing my resources with your own drawings or sketches. We do have Pre-Workflow and Drawing for Illustrator lessons to follow to start from your own drawing.


We have 9-15 Hours within a Tool-Based Workflow. The focus is to go through the Growth Models to hit a level of proficiency to start adding on keyboard shortcuts and some speed into your workflow. This will come with time in the program. Don’t worry about keyboard shortcuts if you are still struggling with navigation.


Once you have completed all of the step by step lessons, I would move directly into creating your own artwork using the Tool-Based Workflow. The next step in the process is to bring your own artwork through the Text and Shape-Based Design lessons to get completed pieces for your portfolio.



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 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 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