This Illustrator course will show you techniques to produce vector illustrations in Illustrator. It's essential to keep in mind every part of the process, so shadows and highlights will be kept on separate layers. You'll start by applying the shadows of the motorbike using a combination of the eyedropper tool, pen tool, and custom brushes. Next, you'll work on the metallic elements of the motorbike using the gradient annotator, pen tool, and mesh tool. Then, you'll use a combination of the mesh tool and the gradient annotator to generate the yellow shiny areas. You'll add logos and type to the motorbike with brushes, the pen tool, and the eclipse tool. Finally, you'll add realistic textures the design by creating custom patterns and adding texture masks. After finishing this course, you'll be ready to start attracting clients with your own photorealistic illustrations. Software required: Illustrator CS6.
Introduction and Project Overview Hi there. My name is Simeon Elson. I am an international freelance illustrator and graphic artist based in the UK. My client list includes the likes of Microsoft, BT, Penguin Books, Diesel, and Greatcall. In this course, we are going to illustrate a photo-realistic vector motorbike in Adobe Illustrator. Some of the key takeaways from watching this course will include learning how to generate deep shadows and outlines using a combination of the pencil and creating our own custom brushes for outlines and edges. We'll also learn how to use the mesh tool to effectively execute realistic metal and lever motorbike parts, as well as manipulating the gradient annotator to produce stunningly realistic metal and chrome elements. Then we will learn how to combine gradients and meshes to execute textured finishes. By the end of the training, you will have learned how to create a photo-realistic vector motorbike that will help you attract commercial and publishing clients alike. I'm excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these techniques with you. So let's get started with the first lesson.