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Illustrator Errors: 4 Quick Tips to Limit Lag and Crashing - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article

Illustrator Errors: 4 Quick Tips to Limit Lag and Crashing - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
Vector files can be huge, with so many layers, paths, anchor points, and effects. Expanding a pattern or brush can easily create lag in the average machine, and with Adobe Illustrator CC 2015's latest features, older machines may find it hard to keep up. Here are four quick tips for reducing lag and hopefully preventing your app from crashing. | Tags: Problem Solving, Adobe Illustrator, Vector
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If you want to make the most out of your experience with Adobe Illustrator and avoid crashes, you need to check out this article.

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How to Ink a Comic Character in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

How to Ink a Comic Character in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
Learn how to create custom brushes for digital inking and what methods to use for a quick and smooth workflow. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Comics, Adobe Illustrator, Vector, Cartoon, AI Brushes, Fantasy, Illustration
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This tutorial shows you how to use digital inking tools in Adobe Illustrator to create beautiful comic characters for your comic books.

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How to Create a Koala Illustration in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

How to Create a Koala Illustration in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
Today I'm going to show you how to create a koala climbing on a tree. It's easy and fun tutorial for those who just started to learn Adobe Illustrator. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: Character Design, Adobe Illustrator, Illustration, Animals
Jerome Okutho's insight:

There's no dying how adorable koala bears are. In addition to their cuteness, drawing them is also really fun. This tutorial explains everything you need to know about creating koala illustrations in Adobe Illustration. 

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Mark William's curator insight, August 20, 2015 1:38 AM

Learn Adobe Illustration. It is easy and fun tutorial for the beginners. 

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Quick Tip: Create a Long Shadow Using a Blend in Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Quick Tip: Create a Long Shadow Using a Blend in Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"Learn how to create a trendy long shadow effect using a Blend in Adobe Illustrator. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick"

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Long shadows are become a popular trend in modern graphic and web design. This tutorial explains the process of creating long shadows using Blend in Adobe Illustrator. Once you've mastered the long shadow, you can use it on all your icons whenever needed.

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Create a Vintage Notebook Illustration in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Create a Vintage Notebook Illustration in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
In the following steps you will learn how to create a vintage notebook illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
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This tutorial shows you how to create a vintage notebook design in adobe illustrator using a variety of effects and tools. The tutorial covers basic blending techniques, vector shape building techniques, and masking techniques.

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How to Draw Animals: The Importance of Drawing a Pose - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article

How to Draw Animals: The Importance of Drawing a Pose - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"When I was a kid, I used to say: "I don't care about drawing books, I don't need to draw a pose, I just know how to draw something as a whole". This kind of thinking was a serious blockade to my progress, but a lot of time has to fly for me to realize it. Now I know building a pose is the most important part of the drawing. Do you want to learn why? Or maybe you know it, but poses are still your weak point?"

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This tutorial covers the different steps involved in drawing different animal poses on adobe illustrator. The article attempts to simplify the anatomy of an animal into simple shapes based on the shape of the body, its position and perspective. You can use this tutorial as a guide for any animal drawings you may want to do in the future.

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How to Create a Brightly Colored Beetle with Simple Shapes in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

How to Create a Brightly Colored Beetle with Simple Shapes in Illustrator | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"When you're fresh to Adobe Illustrator, the task of creating characters and designs within the program entirely can be quite daunting."

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This simple tutorial gives you a step by step explanation of how to draw a brightly colored beetle using simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator. If you've never used Adobe Illustrator before or want to learn about the different shape tools and techniques, this tutorial will be useful to you.


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Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw Cartoon Hands | Vectortuts+

Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw Cartoon Hands | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"The human hand is probably one of the hardest things to learn how to draw, since it can take many forms and, thus, express varied emotions. In cartoon it is no different. You need to be able to draw hands in different angles, which are dynamic and attractive in the eyes of the viewer. Don’t underestimate the power of a well drawn cartoon hand – it can save your art from the monotony!"

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This tutorial explains the process of drawing cartoon hands using Adobe Illustrator. It also elaborates on some techniques you can use to express emotion through your cartoon character's fingers and hand gestures. This is a must-read tutorial for any cartoon artist.

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How to Draw a Doll Base Body for a Dress-Up Game in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

How to Draw a Doll Base Body for a Dress-Up Game in Illustrator | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
I grew up playing with paper dolls. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but with Adobe Illustrator, creating digital paper dolls can be a fun and easy project due to the program’s customizable nature, and a jumping off point for making drag and drop Flash games. Follow along as I break down doll-like anatomy in creating a base body for a dress-up community challenge.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This tutorial walks you through the steps of creating a paper doll cartoon with Adobe Illustrator. This is a highly recommended tutorial for any cartoon artist, or any artist looking to gain a better understanding of how to compose a basic body anatomy drawing using Illustrator.


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Inking and Coloring the Comic Strip “The Brads”

Inking and Coloring the Comic Strip “The Brads” | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps of creating a comic strip using Illustrator’s Pen Tool, custom brushes and masking features. This is a fun tutorial that covers the process I use, while showcasing the comic strip I write called "The Brads.""

Jerome Okutho's insight:

If you have a knack for comic strip drawing, this tutorial is the best way to learn how to turn your paper comic strips into digital vectors using Adobe Illustrator.

The tutorial is based of the comic strip "The Brads" by Brad Colbow. However, the techniques described throughout the tutorial can be used in just about any project you have. The steps are easy to follow, and the result is a crisp and professional looking comic book design.

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Create a Colorful Cartoon Hot-Dog Van in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Create a Colorful Cartoon Hot-Dog Van in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
In this tutorial we’ll be creating a colorful cartoon hot-dog van, going down the road and bringing yummy snacks! We’ll be using basic shapes and playing around with Blending Modes, adding semi-realistic shadows and highlights to our van to make it more glossy and three-dimensional. Let’s get started! | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Vector, Food, Cartoon
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Hot dog vans are not only fun to look at, they are equally as fun to draw. This tutorial explains the process of drawing one using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.

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Create a Cute Moldovan Chibi Character in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Create a Cute Moldovan Chibi Character in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
In this tutorial you'll learn to create a cute chibi character. We'll use simple shapes, brushes, gradients, which are easy to apply in other illustrations. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Long; Tags: Global Influences, Illustration, Vector, Adobe Illustrator
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This tutorial shows you how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a cute character drawing using you own sketch as a reference. 

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How to Create a Colorful Fashion Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Colorful Fashion Illustration in Adobe Illustrator | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"In this tutorial I'd like to show you the possibilities of using the Mesh Tool in creating a stylish fashion illustration of a young woman in Adobe Illustrator. In this first part I'll be using a gradient mesh for hair and I will also show you my usual routine of drawing hair, using custom made brushes."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

This tutorial details the process of creating a vector drawing of a fashionable young woman in Adobe Illustrator. It makes use of some fairly advanced techniques and tools, which means that both advanced and beginner graphic designers will be able to benefit from this tutorial.

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Create a Near Realistic Shield and Sword in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Create a Near Realistic Shield and Sword in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
 I often hear designers say that although they love vector artwork they wish it wasn't so inherently flat.
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This tutorial for intermediate users will show how to create a near realistic shield with swords by easily creating shapes using VectorScribe2 and then enhancing them with Phantasm.

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Learn More About Art and Scatter Brushes While Drawing Abstract Trees - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Learn More About Art and Scatter Brushes While Drawing Abstract Trees - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
In this tutorial I'm going to cover the main features of Art and Scatter Brushes in Adobe Illustrator, how to create and apply them. 
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This tutorial covers the various tools and techniques you can use to create abstract designs on adobe illustrator. You can also use the tips in this tutorial to improve your digital drawing skills on adobe illustrator.

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Hope Hausman's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:43 AM

The one in the middle is so beautiful! I wish that I could do something like that. Too bad all I can do is write my own name and that's about as artistic as I can get.

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Create a Wild, Graffiti-Style Arrow Design in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

Create a Wild, Graffiti-Style Arrow Design in Adobe Illustrator - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"In the following tutorial I will show you how to create cool and bright graffiti arrows in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to create wild styled graffiti design elements using the Paintbrush Tool first (for sketching) and the Pen Tool (making forms and colors)."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

If you own a drawing tablet and want to challenge yourself with adobe illustrator's advanced features, this tutorial is for you. It explains the process of creating a graffiti design using a variety of painting tools and drawing techniques that require you to think outside of the box.

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Create Simple Flowers With Gradient Mesh in Adobe Illustrator | Vectortuts+

Create Simple Flowers With Gradient Mesh in Adobe Illustrator | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"Follow this tutorial and learn how to create beautiful flowers with the help of the Gradient Mesh function in Adobe Illustrator."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

This two part tutorial shows you how to draw flowers in Adobe Illustrator using a few simple steps. The first half of the tutorial covers the process of creating the flower shapes and adding colors using the gradient mesh. Finally, the last half of the tutorial explains the process of adding details and shading to your final composition.

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How to Create a Neon, Stylized, 60′s Inspired Portrait in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

How to Create a Neon, Stylized, 60′s Inspired Portrait in Illustrator | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it
Turn out the lights and turn on the black light where neon shapes pop from fuzzy posters and the psychedelic fashion scene of the 1960's is alive once more.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This easy to follow tutorial explains the steps involved in creating a stylized 60's themed neon portrait from scratch using Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will be useful to you regardless of whether you're a beginner or pro graphic designer.

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I Want To Draw: Simple Exercises For the Start | Vectortuts+

I Want To Draw: Simple Exercises For the Start | Vectortuts+ | Drawing and Painting Tutorials | Scoop.it

"Do you struggle with a simple circle from the first step of every tutorial? Do your straight lines keep bending no matter how hard you try? Do you seem to be unable to draw two points with a given distance between? Do your pictures look wrong even after repeating carefully every single step from a detailed tutorial?


These problems may come from lack of basic skills that are ignored when learning how to draw. In fact, these skills are obvious for someone who’s been drawing a lot, but they also can be easily forgotten after a few years without a pencil in your hand. So, are you ready to catch up?"

Jerome Okutho's insight:

Anyone who's tried using Adobe Illustrator knows that there is a very steep learning curve involved. Learning how to draw objects from scratch can be especially challenging if you've never used the tools before. This tutorial shows you how to master the basics of drawing using simple exercises any beginner can follow.

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