Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 26, 2013
Duration
2h 4m
Description

While Illustrator does excel at creating logos, icons, and other vector graphics, it is an illustration program at its heart. So, to begin this Illustrator tutorial, after preparing our file to work in, we will start by learning a number of ways to block in the shadows or black shapes of our image. While adding to the darkest values, we will learn about important tools like the pen tool, blob brush and pencil tool, and see the strengths of each. After simplifying our sketch to only black and white values, we will begin to soften some of the transitions between the two by using a powerful feature in Illustrator known as blends. If this is your first time working with blends, this will serve as a great introduction because we'll focus on using them to create simple hatching and cross hatching patterns. After going through this tutorial, you will have a great idea of how to execute a film noir styled illustration inside of Adobe Illustrator.

About the author
About the author

Eddie is the dedicated Pluralsight texturing and rendering tutor. His roots are firmly planted in a deep background in illustration and design, and Eddie lives to express himself through his art. Eddie has been with Pluralsight (and previously Digital-Tutors) for four-plus years, teaching creative artists to expand their knowledge on everything from design and illustration, to hand painting beautiful textures for their models.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Eddie with Digital-Tutors, and this series of tutorials will focus on creating a film noir styled illustration, and learn a number of different tools and techniques to achieve our desired look here in Illustrator. While Illustrator does excel at creating things like logos, icons, and other vector graphics, it is an illustration program at its heart. So to begin this course, after preparing our file to work in, we will start by learning a number of ways to block in the shadows or black shapes of our image. While adding to the darkest values, we'll learn about important tools, like the Pin Tool, Blob Brush, and Pencil Tool, and see the strengths of each. After simplifying our sketch to only black and white values, we'll begin to soften some of the transitions between the two by using a powerful feature in Illustrator known as Blends. If this is your first time working with Blends, this will serve as a great introduction, because we'll focus on using them to creating simple hatching and cross-hatching patterns. After going through this course, you'll have a great idea of how to execute a film noir styled illustration inside of Adobe Illustrator. So let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson.