Day 10 – Colors & Strokes

 It should be noted that the crash course itself provides only the ost basic of overview. It will not, by any means, be your sole guide to attaining mastery. What I have been doing is reading through tons more tutorials on how to achieve specific effects on Illustrator using the tool of the day. I know, for example, that although the crash course’s compound path tutorial taught me how to make a key, it was not the kind of key I actually made yesterday. To make MY key I read that tutorial to gain a basic understanding of the effects, but I also supplemented it with tutorials on how to create a heart, how to create custom swirlies/curly vectors, how to actually save a custom brush so you can use it forever, etc.

Tools take time and dedication (and tons of practice and ctrl+z) to master, so don’t feel stupid about googling tutorials fo the easiest things. They’re only easy once you’ve learned and practiced them. Until then, google away!!

That being said, here is day 10’s outcome.

Day 10 – Colors + Strokes

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AI Day 5 – Pen Tool

 Ahhh, the glorious pen tool. I have spent years using it on Photoshop and feel myself incredibly competent in its use over there. Illustrator however, is a different matter entirely. Here is what my effort has produced today with the help of my AMAZINGLYHELPFUL Dan. He listened to me whine, bitch, complain, and despair for about the 3 hours I spent practicing/doodling/learning on Illustrator and taught me things that were frustrating me and causing problems before. If you want to learn how to do the grungy text, here are some key words. "Glass" effect on a plain bold text followed by a live trace that will remove the extra white (with the write settings. Live trace in color with a max color setting of 2) and you have grungy looking text you can layer with other things. That was the basic premise behind the text in this little image.

The flower itself was an endeavor that took about 5 tears of frustration and an hour to master. ITS SO SAD, the Rotate tool refused to work with me. Then my anchor points kept getting messed up…my first thre attempts at flowers weren’t aligning properly or symmetrical enough or smooth enugh or petal-like enough. Probably all of the above. EITHER WAY when I finally got it to work, props on Dan for showing me how to merge everything and then set up and properly apply a gradient using the swatches + gradient palette to create my desired color changes and then using the actual gradient tool to apply it.

Thanks for bearing with me! And good night ❤

AI Day 4 – Pencil Tool

 I’ve been trying my best to incorporate previous lessons and technique with whatever the course gives me as the technique for today. And YESS I know its past midnight now but IDC its still going to be counted as Day 4. Because I haven’t slept yet and until I do, tomorrow hasn’t begun. That being said, here you go!

Day Four 
Drawing shapes using the basic pen tool. I also used the shapes + gradients tools to make myself some really cute clouds, couldn’t resist 🙂 The heart behind the cloud is drawn with the pencil tool. I had to move some anchors around to have my way and also smooth the line after I drew the path with the pencil initially but once I changed the colors and positioned it behind a cloud, I felt that it added the right amount of ‘extra’ to the piece. Which is, on the whole, still rather juvenile, I know.