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Adobe Illustrator sketch Effect

Create a Nautical, Sketch-Style in Adobe Illustrator

Final product imageWhat You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial I'll show you how you can sketch in Illustrator in a natural fluid style, almost as if you're drawing with pen and paper. The plug-ins DynamicSketch and WidthScribe have various intuitive tools and features to simplify your work flow and offer functionality that is nowhere in Adobe Illustrator or any other vector editor. So, let's start to expand our creative opportunities!

1. Install the Required Plug-ins and Create a New Document

To draw this sketch we'll be using plug-ins from Astute Graphics, which will help us to work naturally and make drawing more fun. Download 14 day free trials of DynamicSketch and WidthScribe plug-ins.

Run Adobe Illustrator, then hit Control-N to create a new document. In the opened dialog box, set the parameters of the artboard and choose the color mode depending on how you want to use your created image. If you're planning to print your artwork choose the CMYK color mode and if you only want to publish your artwork on the web then choose the RGB color mode.

Step 1

If you've ever studied a book on drawing, you'll know that drawing begins with creating basic shapes. Sticking to the boundaries of these shapes, beginner artists can easily keep the basic proportions and symmetry of an illustrated object. Adobe Illustrator has many features that help get us started very quickly. So, take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create two circles without a fill and with a stroke of any color and thickness. The centers of the circles should coincide with each other.

You can position the objects from now on with the help of the Smart Guides mode and Align panel (Window > Align (Shift-F7)).

Step 2

Using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a rectangle that is elongated in the vertical direction as shown in the image below.

Now create a horizontally elongated rectangle.

Step 3

Take the Polygon Tool and create an equilateral triangle.

Keeping the rectangle selected, go to Object > Transform > Reflect ... then choose the Horizontal Axis in the dialog box.

Move the triangle to the lower part of the anchor. Select to the bottom tip of the triangle using the Direct Selection Tool (A), then move it up a little while holding Shift.

Step 4

Create another triangle and place it at an angle on the larger triangle. Rotate the smaller triangle slightly using the Selection Tool (V).

Take the Reflect Tool (O), hold Alt key and click at the point A. Choose the Vertical Axis, and then click on the Copy button in the dialog box.

Select all the created objects and group them up (Control-G). Reduce the opacity of the entire group in the Transparency panel. If necessary, reduce the stroke thickness in the Stroke panel. We'll use these created shapes as a template.

Just as a side note, this process can be greatly streamlined by using the Dynamic Shapes Tool from the VectorScribe plug-in, as this enables you to change the object's parameters not only during the process, but also afterwards.

After installing the DynamicSketch plug-in, the DynamicSketch icon will appear in the Tools panel.

To open the DynamicSketch Preferences dialog box, double-click on the tool's icon, or press the Return/Enter key after choosing the tool. To create a sketch, I use slightly different settings from the default ones. You can see these in the image below.

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Technique worked pretty well

by annagypsey

I never could find the YouTube
tutorial "Adobe Illustrator Sketch"
that I was looking for, but I
tried out bring a sketch into
AI and using the pen tool to
bring out the outline.
It works pretty well...
Adobe Illustrator CS5 used
effect->photocopy which
turned a black and white
photo into a sketch. Then
I used the pen tool to fill
out the outline.
Used old photo of me when
I was 21.

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