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3,373: More Illustrator

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After posting my first Adobe Illustrator drawing the other day, I figured it might be interesting to document the progress.

My eventual goal with Illustrator is for it to be just another drawing tool, like using pixels, Procreate, Paper, pencils, watercolours, or acrylic. But right now, I’m focussing on learning, not really that bothered about what style I’m drawing.

First was to try and draw lines and curves, a filled-in outline of a building, specifically La Catedral metropolitana de Panamá.

Then I had a go at drawing a pasty. Then a David Bowie tribute pasty.

It was a good sign (for my own brain) that when I realised I wasn’t happy with what I’d done, I tried again. A good sign that I’d not given up and just settled for what I’d already done. I tried again.

Still not perfect, but time to move onto another subject. All the time while I’ve been doing this, my friend Delme has been a great help: putting up with my dumb basic questions and explaining how things work. Generally being a fine fellow. (He has a great Instagram, especially worth checking out if you dig gulls and squirrels and dogs. Animals, I believe they’re called.)

While he was explaining some stuff, he sent me some of his drawings:

It seemed like a good idea to sidestep a little from doing my own drawings, and try to recreate one of Delme’s. In doing so, there’d be no temptation to ignore things, to find a way to pretend I’d meant things to be the way the are. No temptation to think, “that’s good enough.”

I got close. It’s not perfect. The lines in the hair aren’t as curvy, but it was a useful exercise in highlighting things I need to learn going forward. And by this point I was starting to really quite enjoy using Illustrator. I still have the temptation to close it down and return to the safety of pixels or Procreate, but I want and need to learn this damn program. And I spent all of yesterday doodling, playing around, clicking things to see what happens. I tried to do a self portrait. It doesn’t really look like me, but if someone were required to do a stylised police sketch, this is kinda what I look like.

The real joy of yesterday was a quite simple thing. I learned what happens when you merge two shapes. It makes fairly nice drippy, melty shapes.

(The Fernsehturm drawing is easier to see clearly when viewed bigger.)

There seems to be a glitch in Adobe Illustrator, though. I’m not entirely sure how this drawing drew itself….

The benefits of Adobe Illustrator are becoming clear. The frustrations I’m experiencing are shifting, I’m getting faster. One useful thing regarding Bezier curves—that I’m still trying to get my head around—was mentioned by David Galletly, (a wonderful artist), in the comments the other day:

If you’re fighting with the pen tool, I found this little game thing useful, if difficult: http://bezier.method.ac

At the moment, I still feel like I might fall off the bicycle, that I’m a bit wobbly. Once I’ve got my head around the Bezier curves, though, I’m hoping to be able to stop practicing how to use Illustrator and start actually using it. The thing I’m looking forward to most, though, is thinking in Illustrator. At the moment, any idea I have comes out of my brain as an idea for a pixel drawing or a Procreate drawing or a painting. All of the drawings above are things that come out of my brain like that. The Cathedral would be pixelly. The Rubik’s cube ice cream, too. The pasty and self portraits would’ve been Procreate drawings. I’m really looking forward to the thrill of an idea (still the best part of any arty endeavour for me) coming out of my brain and Adobe Illustrator being the first method I think of using.

Other business
There is no night today. Something I learned recently is that there are three different types of twilight. Between dawn and sunrise, and between sunset and dusk, there is astronomical twilight, nautical twilight, and civil twilight. And today in Berlin, it only ever gets as dark as astronomical twilight. Sunrise is 04.43, sunset is 21.33. This amount of daylight is something I’m not used to. The last six summers I’ve been in Mexico City. Daylight hours there today are 06.59 ’til 20.17. Six-and-a-half hours less than Berlin. It’s nice, but it kinda weirds me out a bit. It’s still entirely normal daylight at my desk until beyond 9pm, and then I’m suddenly aware that it’s nearly bed time. It makes me feel late for relaxing, if that makes any sense at all.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
How to do a pixel head, 21 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
1700 Cascadia earthquake

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Written by Craig

June 21st, 2017 at 1:30 am

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