Zoom In

All of our initial preferences are designed to gain more control over what you are clicking on. The more you can zoom in and see your anchors and handles the better.

Smart Guides

Under VIEW make sure you have your smart guides turned on. Under your PREFERENCES (smart guides) you should definitely have your anchor/ path labels selected.

Anchor and Handle Size

In your (general) PREFERENCES there is a setting which can enlarge your anchor points and handles to make them easier for you to see before clicking.

Direct Selection Tool

The white arrow can grab and adjust the anchors, handles, and paths. All of the other settings are designed to let you know what you are selecting before you click and drag.

Freeform Line with Pencil

The asterisk is the icon that will be the most friendly to you as a beginner. As long as you see the asterisk it is creating a freeform new line.

Pencil Holding Shift

Hold down shift to maintain constraints for horizontal and vertical lines. This also works for 45 degree angles.

Connecting 2 Paths

If in you pencil preferences you have keep lines selected you will see the slash when paths are looking to join. This is great for sharper corners. We have turned off keep selected which will prevent this during drawing.

Keep Selected

This will be the icon that you will look to avoid. This will bounce and erase lines and they merge close together. Turn off keep selected if this is happening frequently.

Adding on Line Variation using our Custom Cartoon Brushes

Our custom brushes are found in your resources folder. These brushes are designed to add on line variation to give your designs a professional feel. We will be using the Cartoon Brushes Library. To open your library, have your downloaded brushes ready. Open your brush window. At the bottom left their will be a brush libraries menu. Scroll down to the bottom to open “Other Library.” Find the location you saved your brushes to and open. The Cartoon Brushes should pop right on up.

Tapered Line

Check where each line segment in the design ends. If you notice that one or more of the ends are floating out in space, this is a good indication that this should be tapered.

Line Thickness

While you are checking the ends of each segment and notice that the line ends connected to another line, this is an indication that the line should get fatter.

Control over Brushes

Our anchor point guides have already been designed with the final line (which includes the brushes) in mind. If you are drawing your own design, pay attention to the length of each line segment for more control over thickness.

Opening Color Swatch Libraries

Open the swatch panel. Open Swatch Libraries from the bottom left- Other Library. Open Duck ASE file. Another way is you can place the duck color palette from our resource folder by “placing” the image on to a new layer. Open the swatch menu and drag it across so it is next to your fill and stroke Icons. Using the eyedropper select each on of the colors from the color palette and drag them into your swatches.

Knife Tool
Super easy and it avoids using pathfinder. Select the shape you want to cut and slice all the way through it. Note: Remember to deselect your shape by clicking on the artboard and then reselect your shadow shape before coloring.

We are going to copy and paste over our Highlight Halftones from the resource file. We will be adding them to the green and yellow areas. We will use the gradient layer as our guide as a cutout. Gradients are already expanded.

Compound Paths
Copy and paste your halftone onto a new layer. Copy and paste (in front) the green areas first using the magic wand to select. We will make both the halftone and green area a compound path under the Object- Compound Path- Make. Select Both and Minus Front in Pathfinder. Do same process for yellow.


Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your tutorials. It’s one think to draw on paper, yet another to create artwork directly in Illustrator and yet again a completely different game to take hand drawn work into Illustrator. You’ve managed to make this process make sense and again, I thank you for your video tutorials, they’ve been a real godsend.jeremy rozen
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
awesome tutorial.I have finally completed my first illustrator project!!!Thank you.Pirata Loco
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
Very clear and easy tutorial, indeed. Thank you so much! I’ve learned a lot through this clip.Hailie Burgess
thanks dude your tutorials really helped a beginner like me, keep up the awesome work!!!Giovani Linton
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
A hero amongst artists 🙂 perfect. Thank you!Payton Pellitteri
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
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
Wow and wow. Your tutorials are just fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing these. I had always wondered how someone got such lovely inked lines for a drawing in illustrator. Keep up the great workJason Crawford
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
Jason, thank you for the amazing tutorials. Very elegant and rational art style and workflow! I’ll probably go and watch every single tutorial.

Also thank you for sharing your brushes and sketches. Very useful resources!Riste Sekuloski

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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