Join Sharon Steuer for an in-depth discussion in this video Galleries of work created with brushes, part of Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes.
As author of the Illustrator WOW! books I work with an amazing group of people. The WOW! team to put together collections of techniques shared from some of the world's best Illustrator artists, and I want to show you some of what they did with object creating brushes. First, we're going to look at some art that was shown in the Illustrator 6, WOW! book and you're going to have an excerpt from the book to be able to look through on your own. So, I'm just going to show you what you have in store.
This is Raymond Lourette and he created robots out of pattern brushes. So, all the arms and the legs coil around are done with pattern brushes. This is Aaron McGarry. He's part of the WOW! team. And he did this wonderful piece filled with symbols to help him figure out how to do things like the little screws, and repeating things all over. Some, some of the grasses, and things like that. This is Yukio Miyamoto and his wife Nabuko, and they use pattern brushes to do amazing things.
If you don't know Yukio Miyamoto, you should look him up. He is one of the most astounding artists, and he has done incredibly astounding vector realism, that's just amazing. And he and his wife collaborated to make this pattern brush, which repeats as they draw. It's really pretty, beautiful one, pretty incredible. Moses Tan is another one of the photo realist Illustrator people. Until you zoom in on it, it's hard to believe it's a not a photograph, or a beautiful raster Photoshop piece or something.
And he usually draws everything by hand, but in this particular image, he used a bunch of different brushes, both art and pattern brushes, and he sometimes would use the same object in both ways, depending on how he was going to use it. And now there are couple of art pieces that are not in the current Illustrator CS6 WOW! book, we're going to look at the CS5 WOW! book for a couple of variations. This is the first version of the necklace that Yukio and his wife Nabuko Miyamoto did. Beautiful pearls, very simple.
So they got more complex as they went on, but the elegance of this is wonderful. And this is artist Greg Maxon, he's fabulous, and you can find him on the Web, he actually sells his pattern brushes, and a whole bunch of other things. And this zipper, for instance, is a pattern brush that repeats. So using the zipper pull as one end and the stopper on the other he can just draw a pass and the zipper will start and end properly. And there aren't that many artists who use symbols as art creation.
But Lisa Jackmore tried and she did some really sweet stuff with symbolism tools. This is from Kevin Atteberry. He's an award winning illustrator and it was from the CS4 WOW! book and he used pattern brushes to make his worms. So, with starts and ends, and coils in between as well as for the wormy grasses and, and using a combination of art and pattern brushes. And then I wanted to show you some of the newest stuff, using Illustrator CC.
We've put together an Illustrator WOW! booklet just focused on the new CC features. And I'm just going to show you a couple of the things that are related to what we're seeing here. So this is Gary Ferster, he's a really wonderful illustrator, and this is one of his medical illustrations on blood cells. On the left, you can see this is what the brush pads look like. They're very complex vector images made up of gradients and gradient mesh and you could never make a brush out of them before, but now with CC he can rasterizing them and then make a raster scatter brush and he was able to very exactly control how the cells moved in space because they're based on vector paths.
We had some wonderful pages from artist and author Gustavo Delvecchio, and he explained to us exactly what all the different auto corners mean. And these are the new auto corners that Illustrator CC has included. And Lisa Jackmore who's part of the WOW! team created some really great raster brushes for us, too. This is looking at the auto-corners as well, and some good tips about preparing raster brushes. And this is a, a frame that she made out of a photograph and the course here covers something really similar.
But doing a really intricate repeating pattern like this is going to take quite a bit of work. And if it's in rasters, it's going to take some very close attention in Photoshop as well. And we're going to be looking at this image and how I did it. This is a shell image. And we're going to be covering that in pattern brushes. And there's an art brush using charred. Which I call playing with food and then quite easy to make variations of it. We're going to look at that in the course. So also included here, along with excerpts for you, we have a special coupon code for you to be able to order the book or the PDF booklet if you wish.
And I hope you've been inspired by the WOW! artists. I always am. And I'm really excited to share with you the work from some of the best Illustrator artists in the world.
See the previous course in the series, Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes, for Sharon's insights on more traditional tools like the Paintbrush and Blob Brush.
- Creating and experimenting with object-creation brushes
- Preparing artwork to make into brushes
- Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight and stroke profiles
- Stretching versus repeating portions of a brush
- Colorizing complex brushes
- Fixing problem brushes with vector editing tools
- Exploring different ways to make and use pattern brushes
- Customizing pattern brushes and adding auto-corners
- Modifying scatter brush parameters
- Adjusting brush definition and tablet pressure parameters
- Fixing common mistakes
- Using scatter brushes versus symbols
- Warping and bending raster art using brushes
- Combining stroke effects with brushes