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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes

Example of Blob Brush artwork


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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes

with Sharon Steuer

Video: Example of Blob Brush artwork

So I thought it might be fun to show you one of the images that I've created using the Blob Brush. I've opted to show you my Layers panel when I'm not being organized along the way. So I usually do name layers so they're meaningful along the way, I didn't in this case. So you can go ahead and name them for me if you want. This is a Blob Brush illustration that I created. It was a photograph--which I left for you-- which I liked a lot but it wasn't a great photograph, so it didn't quite capture what I wanted out of it.
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  1. 18m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      27s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 54s
    4. Vectors vs. pixels
      2m 31s
    5. Using layers for brushes
      9m 3s
    6. A little bit about the Pencil tool
      3m 38s
  2. 15m 16s
    1. A quick intro to naturalistic Illustrator brushes and effects
      2m 15s
    2. Illustrator artwork gallery
      4m 26s
    3. Applying brushes to objects with the Brushes panel
      1m 2s
    4. Applying brushes to objects with the Eyedropper tool
      1m 39s
    5. Drawing and painting with brushes directly
      1m 43s
    6. Switching between brushes and layers easily, by selecting
      1m 36s
    7. Copying and pasting or dragging and dropping art with brushes
      2m 35s
  3. 38m 26s
    1. Setting the default Essentials workspace
      2m 7s
    2. Overview of the Paintbrush tool options
      45s
    3. Options close-up: Smooth or accurate strokes
      3m 44s
    4. Options close-up: What does Fill New Brushstrokes do?
      1m 59s
    5. Options close-up: Controlling whether you're redrawing or adding paths
      3m 16s
    6. Zooming in for control and zooming out to make gestures smooth
      2m 6s
    7. Selecting and smoothing a brushed path as you work
      4m 11s
    8. Exploring ways to scale brushstrokes
      3m 5s
    9. Painting and drawing with a Wacom tablet
      4m 9s
    10. Painting and drawing with a Cintiq tablet
      2m 29s
    11. Setting and preserving pressure-sensitive settings
      3m 57s
    12. Maximizing control without a tablet
      3m 54s
    13. Safely experimenting: Duplicating and customizing brushes
      2m 44s
  4. 19m 2s
    1. Understanding the Calligraphic Brush
      1m 12s
    2. Drawing with calligraphic brushes
      2m 15s
    3. Creating an ink-wash effect
      4m 24s
    4. Creating transparent washes and watercolor effects
      2m 6s
    5. Creating and organizing complex transparent layers
      3m 6s
    6. Overview of Calligraphic Brush options
      2m 37s
    7. Expanding calligraphic brushes
      3m 22s
  5. 18m 51s
    1. Comparing Calligraphic and Blob Brush tools
      1m 52s
    2. Understanding the Blob Brush
      3m 5s
    3. How is the Blob Brush different from other brushes?
      2m 43s
    4. Basic Blob Brush options
      2m 28s
    5. Whittle while you work: Applying the Eraser and Smooth tools
      3m 13s
    6. Adding to and joining objects with the Blob Brush
      3m 50s
    7. Example of Blob Brush artwork
      1m 40s
  6. 14m 24s
    1. The basics of using bristle brushes
      1m 14s
    2. Adjusting brushstrokes with modifier keys
      3m 29s
    3. Accessing bristle brushes
      3m 26s
    4. Creating complex artwork with brushes
      2m 21s
    5. Overview of Bristle Brush options
      3m 54s
  7. 19m 28s
    1. The basics of naturalistic art brushes
      3m 7s
    2. Accessing art brushes
      2m 51s
    3. Applying naturalistic art brushes to type and objects
      3m 11s
    4. Drawing and painting with naturalistic art brushes
      3m 8s
    5. Overview of naturalistic art brush options
      7m 11s
  8. 9m 27s
    1. Overview of the stroke profiles in the Stroke panel
      2m 34s
    2. Applying stroke profiles
      2m 51s
    3. Applying stroke profiles to brushed paths
      4m 2s
  9. 28m 38s
    1. Overview
      2m 18s
    2. Using Draw Inside with brushes
      6m 58s
    3. Applying brush and brush-like graphic styles to type
      6m 1s
    4. More ways to add brushes
      4m 3s
    5. Hiding and deleting brushes
      4m 0s
    6. Using vector editing tools
      3m 34s
    7. Combining brushes in artwork
      1m 44s
  10. 44s
    1. Next steps
      44s

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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes
3h 2m Intermediate Feb 15, 2013

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In this course, artist Sharon Steuer shows how to paint with the various natural media brushes inside Adobe Illustrator, one of the most overlooked sets of artistic tools in the entire Creative Cloud or Adobe Creative Suite. Along the way, she offers suggestions on how to customize these brushes to help express your creativity. Discover how to configure your workspace, adjust tool options, and set up a tablet. Then investigate the multiple styles of brushes in Illustrator—from Calligraphic, Bristle, and naturalistic Art brushes to Blob brushes and stroke profiles. Sharon also shows how to combine brushes and effects with other Illustrator features to maximize your control when drawing, painting, and adding expressive strokes in Illustrator.

Topics include:
  • Drawing and tracing with Wacom and Cintiq tablets
  • Maximizing control without a tablet
  • Demystifying Paintbrush tool preferences
  • Integrating brushes with other tools such as Smooth and Pencil
  • Adding brushes to objects and text
  • Creating naturalistic strokes with the Art brush tools
  • Picking up, storing, and applying brushes
  • Duplicating and customizing brushes
  • Creating transparent washes and watercolor with Calligraphic brushes
  • Drawing and erasing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Adding stroke profiles to lines and brushes
  • Organizing complex images with layers
  • Ideas for how to combine Illustrator brushes with Photoshop, and even with traditional media
Subjects:
Design Color Illustration Design Techniques Digital Painting
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Sharon Steuer

Example of Blob Brush artwork

So I thought it might be fun to show you one of the images that I've created using the Blob Brush. I've opted to show you my Layers panel when I'm not being organized along the way. So I usually do name layers so they're meaningful along the way, I didn't in this case. So you can go ahead and name them for me if you want. This is a Blob Brush illustration that I created. It was a photograph--which I left for you-- which I liked a lot but it wasn't a great photograph, so it didn't quite capture what I wanted out of it.

So I was able to bring out the part of it that I liked the best, which is what of course art always let's you do is pick and choose what you want to concentrate on. So I created this image using the Blob brush and a bunch of different colors. I was able to merge things as I went. And because, unlike working with brushes when you can literally pick a part what I did, you can't do that. And so what I've done as I've saved the file in stages for you. You can go ahead and zoom in on them and look at them and see how I built the image.

There is a little bit of how I built it from start to finish. I've given you the file to play with. So it just gives you another quality of line, and I wouldn't say its equivalent to a traditional line. I would say that it's its own exciting and powerful new medium that you can work with. So I hope you have fun. Enjoy picking a part mine and creating your own masterpieces.

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Q: How do I import one of Sharon's workspaces into Illustrator?
A: Place Sharon's workspace file within the folder structure below, understanding that where it says YourHomeFolder you instead choose the folder that contains your name (your Home folder):

/Users/YourHomeFolder/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS6 Settings/en_US/Workspaces/
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