PENCIL TOOL WORKFLOW

There is a lot of interest in using your Tablet along with Adobe Illustrator in our Active Learning Curriculum. One of my favorite workflows for beginners looking to use their tablet is using the Pencil Tool. The workflow is great for beginners since it is so easy to get started with and get great results. This will be my first choice for those of you who are still Learning the Program or Struggling with the Pen Tool. I do recommend starting with the Pencil Tool Learning Modules.

  • Great all around tool for most Design Styles
  • Best Use of Efficiency and Control
  • Great for Cartoons or Illustrations
  • Apply Tools in Sequence within the Workflow
  • Focus on Building up Speed while maintaining control over your tablet.
  • Use this workflow as a starting point to progress through the Learning Phases to Creating your Own artwork.
  • Use your own Drawings and Sketches during the Pencil Tool Challenges.


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.

There are approximately 17 Pencil Tool Workflows and Challenges in this Unit Block. I want you to go through as many as you need before you are Independently Building in Adobe Illustrator. If you are already Enrolled in our Active Learning Curriculum, you can select any Learning Module.

Progression: I want you to start with the Tutorial Resources for the 1st Group of Workflows or until you stop cursing at the computer screen. Once you feel comfortable, start incorporating your own drawings, photo traces, and sketches into the Tutorials to go off of your own hand.

Unit Block Focus:

  • Use the Pencil Tool for more Control or a great alternative to the Pen Tool if you have a Tablet.
  • Focus on your own hand movement using your Tablet to reduce extra or stray anchor points when using the Pencil Tool.
  • Use the Modules to Learn the Workflow and select the process you like the best for Adding Colors, Values, and Effects.


GET STARTED IN OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM

OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM ON TEACHABLE INCLUDES OUR 100 LEARNING MODULES, 200 BRUSHES + 400 TEXTURES.

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.