Friday, July 15, 2005


Well looky 'chere. We have finally gotten into the nitty gritty, meat and potatoes Pencil tutorial. The red line is the tracking path of the PENCIL TOOL as I drew the shape below.

I started with this shape as an extreme zoom-in of a small shape that could be used in a brick pattern on a wall, or a sweat bead on a manga character.

The purpose is to demonstrate one small drawback of drawing in Illustrator with the Pencil. You see how a shape that would have been one quick line with a brush has me drawing all the way around the shape to achieve the same effect with the pencil.

It takes a little getting used to, but once you can do this it will really pay off. It shouldn't take more than a day or so to get used to drawing shapes like this and understanding where you need to do it this way and where you don't.

One incredible benefit of Adobe Creative Suite 2's Illustrator is you can use the paint bucket to fill some areas like this very, very quickly. I'm talking Quicksilver fast!

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