DIGITAL DRAWING

Last year we started adding on our Drawing for Illustrator so we can start the tutorials, challenges and workflows from the your own drawing or sketch in our Active Learning Curriculum for Adobe Illustrator.

The Digital Drawing component or Pre-Workflow will be a starting point that we can use to start advancing you though the Learning Modules with your own Drawing or Sketch. If you are a non-drawing person, I would still encourage you to follow along from the Photo but you can Trace it rather than do an independent drawing.

  • Follow Along with the Program you intend on Using for Illustrator
  • I will be using Adobe Photoshop, but any Drawing or Sketching App will work for the Lessons
  • Add on Drawing after you feel more confident in Adobe Illustrator. I do not recommend this step if you are still cursing at the computer screen while using Illustrator.
  • Add Drawing or Photos into your own hand so you can practice the drawing or sketching style you intend on bringing in to Adobe Illustrator.


UNIT BLOCKS + 100 LEARNING MODULES: If you are already Enrolled in our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable, you can sort the 100 Learning Modules by Tool-Based Workflow or Focus in your Enrolled In tab. Type in the Search Bar (find): Pen, Pencil, Blob Brush, Shapes, or Text. The Learning Modules will automatically be arranged from Easiest to more Challenging (per Unit Block).

GETTING STARTED: If you are new to Teachable or looking to Follow Along with our 100 Learning Modules, start with our  GETTING STARTED GUIDE.

FOLLOW ALONG ON TEACHABLE: Many of you are coming over from YouTube and have a sense of our Step by Step Teaching and Follow-Along Format. Over the last year, I have been posting our new Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Challenges, and Tool-Based Workflows to our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable. If you are looking to Follow Along with our Unit Blocks and 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules on Teachable, ENROLL IN OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM.

Download Resources: The Drawing Lessons will start from a Stock Photo. These will be in the 1st Section of each Learning Module that starts with a Drawing Lesson.

Set Up: The main goal during the setup is to be able to see the resource image while you are drawing. Use any drawing or sketching program that you intend on using along with Adobe Illustrator. (I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC)

Document Size: The size is up to you, my Drawing side is 1080px x 1080px so I can export to Instagram. (Create a 2160px x 1080px Document in Photoshop to mirror the video)

Create Frame: Create Frame and Place Embedded Image. Save the Document and Duplicate Frame in your Layers for new lessons.

Resource:

  • Photo Reference

Program:

  • Any Drawing or Sketching App (iPad Drawing Apps)
  • Adobe Photoshop or Drawing Program


Program Basics: I will be using Adobe Photoshop for the Drawing Lessons. The Drawing will require an elementary level of experience in Adobe Photoshop. Think of it as a nicer piece of paper. We are just using the Brush and Eraser Tools to complete the sketch or drawing.

Layers: I will be using 2 layers: (1 for the Photo Reference (Frame) Locked Out. I have removed the Saturation from the Image with an Adjustment Layer. 1 layer for the Drawing. Try to keep them separate so you can drag the drawing over the image to double check proportions and to move to Adobe Illustrator.

Brush Settings: I will be using mainly the Paint Brush Tool with a Dry Brush (Pick any of the Dry Brushes in Adobe Photoshop - I am using the Kyle Ultimate 2B Pencil) These will all be personal preference, but I did want to give you my settings so you can mirror what is happening on screen. Opacity 100% Flow: 25% Smoothing 25% Color: Dark Gray

Other Tools: Selection Tool (V) with Show Transform Controls. Lasso Tool (L) use as a Selection Tool to move areas of your drawing. Hold down Shift while Drawing for Horizontal and Vertical Lines. (Shift X) to switch color Swatches from Dark to White. Eraser Tool (E) with Brush Mode: Kyle- Eraser Basic

Our Pre-Workflow and Digital Drawing will be for those of you looking for the full-workflow starting from scratch.

Focus: The main goal of this section is to start incorporating more of your own Drawings, Traces or Sketches into the Tutorials. This is so you are going off of the same resource you intend on using in Adobe Illustrator. What I want you to do during this assignment is to think of the Resource and Program you intend on using BEFORE you get to Adobe Illustrator.

Rule: Keep it Simple + Don't Change your Entire Workflow all at Once.

Mirror Resource:

  • Use the Photo, a Simple Trace, or Sketch as your Rough Draft? Practice using what you intend on using in Adobe Illustrator. If you will NOT be drawing, then go directly off of the Photo or Create a basic Trace.

Program or Paper:

  • Drawing on Paper + Scanner (camera phone)
  • Any App (iPad Drawing Apps)
  • Adobe Photoshop or Drawing Program


GETTING STARTED IN OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM

OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM INCLUDES OUR UNIT BLOCKS + 100 LEARNING MODULES ON TEACHABLE

STEP #1: GET STARTED IN OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM ON TEACHABLE. The first step in our Active Learning Curriculum will be to download our Adobe Illustrator Resource Folders. Download and Extract each folder before selecting a Unit Block or starting on an Individual Learning Module. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes our 200 Illustrator Brushes + 400 Textures as a Getting Started Bonus.

STEP #2: SELECT A UNIT BLOCK OR TOOL-BASED WORKFLOW. Our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum includes all of our 100 Full-Length Learning Modules on Teachable. I have broken down the 100 Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules into Unit Blocks with a Focus on the Primary Building Tool (Tool-Based Workflow). Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes our Tool-Based Workflows, Unit Blocks and Pro Series.

STEP #3: FOLLOW ALONG TO OUR 100 LEARNING MODULES ON TEACHABLE. There are currently 100+ Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Challenges and Tool-Based Workflows in our Active Learning Curriculum. Each Full-Length Module is in our step by step format. You can Follow Along within a Unit Block or an Individual Learning Module. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes 100+ Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Modules.