Lily pads

To make this was fairly quite simple, I used the pen tool to make the flower petals and the cut in the lily pads and used the ellipse tool to make everything else. Then I enhanced it further with the gradient tool and blends to make the color changes in the petals and lily pads. To make the background I used a gradient mesh and selectively choose where I wanted colors to make it look like it has depth. I liked using the pen tool to make all the different petals and the gradient mesh was really cool to use to add color where I wanted.


Creating this jellyfish was quite difficult. The instructions were hard to follow and their proportions were way off from mine so I had to do lots of improvising. It came out quite like what it was supposed to and I’m proud of my work. My favorite part was creating the tentacles and making it look like its flowing with the water. My least favorite and most difficult thing to do was trying to get the blends to work and making the brush tools from scratch.

Simple Yeti

To make this yeti was mainly just using the ellipse and pen tool. I used the clipping mask to make the feet and the horns and minus front on to make the fur look like it’s growing over the feet. I didn’t really struggle with anything other than just making sure I was following the instructions correctly.

Simple Shapes Basketball Kid

To make him was fairly simple I used the ellipse tool make most of the kid. I used the rectangle tool to make his body and shorts. To make the irregular shapes like his mouth I used the shape builder tool to cut out the parts I didn’t want. Then I added a shadow by simply copying and pasting the whole kid, grouping everything, lowering the opacity and distorting it to make it look like a shadow. I had struggle making the basketball, I couldn’t figure out how to use the clipping mask correctly but then figured out it was because the copy of the ball wasn’t brought to the front so it was clipping around one of the black outlines instead.

AI: Fundamentals Module 7

Illustrator allows for limitless customization for text. You can make lines with the pen tool and add a text type to the line and that will allow the text to flow along with the line. You also have the capability to change the texts position along the path by grabbing the line in the middle of the text and you can also set the texts boundaries with the lines at the end.

The type tools also allow for you to add text to closed shapes like you see in the first image. It allows for cool customization for logos and neat looking text. You also have the power to change whether the text is on the in or outside of the line or shape by simply grabbing the middle line and pulling it up or down.

The Character tab is where the endless possibilities of precise customization comes in. You can change the font, size, placement, spacing, etc. I used the character tab in the first photo to move the “Build. Plan. Build” text to be centered in the line instead of above or under it.

AI: Fundamentals Module 6

I created an owl in Illustrator using several different tools and techniques. With the pen tool I created the ears, wings, and his beak. Using the ellipse tool I made the eyes, the rings around the eyes, head, and the body. Then I simply took the brush tool and free hand drew the legs. I also used a grid and guides to help align everything.

AI: Fundamentals Module 5

Illustrator allows you to make more complicated shapes using the Compound path feature and the Pathfinder features. The compound path tool allows for you to create more unique shapes by allowing you to punch holes in shapes with other shapes like what I did above. Even after you made holes you can still use the stroke tool and it will stroke the new hole you made.

The pathfinder tool bar allows for a multitude of options. You can divide overlapping shapes to make unique separate shapes. Cropping allows for you to cut out a portion of an image you’ve created simply by putting some kind of shape over the area you want to see and crop out the rest. With the outline option it will outline each selected shape separately and you can change the stroke for bigger and smaller outlines. Those are just a few things you can accomplish with the pathfinder tools.

AI: Fundamental Module 4

You can reshape a shapes path by using the anchor point tool it allows you to easily modify a shapes path without having to mess with each tangent line on its own. If you needed to break a path you can use the direct selection tool and use the cut path in the control panel to open the path.

The pen tool allows you to choose your anchor points and the paths they take manually. You can create open and closed paths along with more complexed anchor points that allow you to change their direction allowing you to create the lines you see in the bottom left.

AI: Fundamentals Module 3

When watching the tutorial videos from module 3 I had no idea that you could save custom workspaces. This would be extremely useful for multitasking multiple projects and you need to switch between certain setups or even just setting up a specific workspace for one project. I know I will definitely be using custom workspaces now that I’ve learned about them.

AI: Fundamentals Module 2

In module 2 what I thought was really fascinating was how your able to put keywords and descriptions into your work. This allows you to easily find your work even if you can’t remember the file name. Lets say you need to change something on one of the works you did several years ago and can’t remember the file name, because you took a couple of minutes adding a description and keywords you can now easily find it even without knowing the file name.