Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating template layers, part of Illustrator: Animated Character Design.
Depending on the situation and the look that I want to achieve for my artwork, I …use various methods for creating my characters. …Sometimes I draw directly into Illustrator without using anything as a guide. …Other times I draw my characters in Photoshop, and then import them into …Illustrator to convert them to vector files, because I like to use the brushes …and some of the effects in Photoshop on my drawings. …But the most common technique I use is to do a rough sketch on paper, scan it in or …photograph it if I'm not near a scanner, and use this as a guide in Illustrator to …create my drawing. Now in here I have the template layers …file open, which is in the tracing artwork manually folder.…
And in here I've already placed a file where you can see it's directly taken …from my sketch, because I just photographed this and then captured the …image in quickest way I could do it. I think I just took the photo with my …iPhone, so it's a nice, quick way of getting an image into the computer. …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
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9. Finishing Touches
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