You guys! I recovered the video!
(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I tell the whole video saga at the end of this post).
Anytime I see a video – whether it’s a makeup tutorial, lettering sample, photo editing – I tune in. I love watching the creative process of an artist doing his/her thing. I look for tips that I can use and find I’m much more confident trying the technique out after I’ve watched someone else do it.
While creating the illustration for the Blueberry Muffin recipe art print, I video screen-captured while I worked. I did this once before with the Christmas Essentials print to show how I turn watercolor paintings into a digital print and this time I wanted to show how I create the drawings straight from the computer.
I use Adobe Illustrator – which I love so much that I teach two different classes on it (more below). Some graphic artists prefer a tablet to sketch with; I just use my regular wireless mouse. My drawing style is a little on the cartoony/not-realistic side, so precision is not a huge concern. If I needed to be more detailed, I would use my wacom tablet + stylus.
Okay! Ready to see how the Blueberry Muffin illustration was made?
Wasn’t that fun?!
Let me remind you of a few things:
- While art/drawing/creating has always been my thing, I really don’t think it takes special talent to illustrate using this technique. You can do it!
- I sped the video up by 900%. So basically, what looks like it happened really quickly actually took me over an hour. Slow and steady wins the race.
- There is so much more to share with you about designing using Adobe Illustrator. I want to teach you all the things to encourage and empower you to try it! If you’ve ever had the desire (or need) to make graphics, illustrations, logos, collages, art prints, invitations, (the list goes on), you’ll love the Simplified Graphic Design classes.
You don’t have to start right away and there is no expiration for the class, so really, once you join you can begin when it works for your schedule.
I’d love to answer any questions you have about the classes or the illustration process or anything else graphic design related in the comments. Ask away!