2.3 Art Brushes and the Blob Brush Tool
Learn how to create a basic Art Brush and then how to use the Blob Brush Tool.
1.Introduction2 lessons, 06:02
2.Line Art Tools and Techniques6 lessons, 36:29
3.Conclusion1 lesson, 01:25
2.3 Art Brushes and the Blob Brush Tool
Hey all, welcome back to An Introduction to Vector Line Art. My name is Sharon Nom and in this lesson I'm going to show you how to create a simple tapered art brush to create small details and fine hairs, as well as using the blob brush tool. Let's start by creating the tapered art brush. Regular viewers of my courses will recognize this brush as it really is the most handy brush in vector illustrations. So I'm zooming in to the artboard to use a one point line from the top lip as a comparison to the size of my original art brush shape. It won't be exact but pretty close. With the Ellipse tool, I hold Alt+Shift and drag out to create an even black filled circle. With the Free Transform tool, I pulled the shape out to create a flat shape. This shape by itself actually creates a great art brush, but I'm going to take it a step further. Using the Direct Selection tool, I select each side point of the shape and use convert anchor point to corner to create a tapered shape. Then with the shape selected, go in to the brushes panel and click on new brush, then select Art Brush. I'm going to change the name of the brush to Tapered Brush. And then the only other option I'm going to change is the colorization method, and that's to tints. When you create a pure black brush and use this option, it will take on any color you have set for the stroke color. It's best practice to do this even if you're sticking with black line art. I'm going to delete the original tapered brush shape as this isn't required anymore, and zoom into the eye. Using the paint brush tool and the new tapered art brush you've just created, follow the direction of the hair on the eyebrow to create short strokes to create the outside of the eyebrows. I'll be filling in the center later on. You can if you wish continue to add strokes, but I want to show you another tool for that. On to the eyelashes. I'm going to use the same brush, but drawing l and j shape strokes. The shape of the stroke will create the impression that the eyelashes are fuller and curved. You'll notice I purposely overlap these strokes over the eyeball. This is due to the angle and the fact that the eyelashes are curved. The lower lashes are finer, so I'm going to reduce the stroke rate to 0.5 points, and add eyelashes there. These shapes are more of a soft c shape. This brush is perfect for detailing. I use it for the small subtle lines in my portrait. For instance, to divide the corner of the eye and to define the waterline. It's also handy for creating textures. For instance, here I'm using it to create texture on the lips, slight creases to emphasize how full and plump her pout is. Time to introduce a new tool for creating line art, and this is the block brush tool. Often overlooked as it's create shapes rather than stroked lines, it's a fantastic tool for creating line art and organic looking shapes. It's found by when you hold down onto the paintbrush tool. Double-click on the blob brush tool icon to access the options. This is where the fun settings are for those who have graphics tablets which have pressure sensitivity. The first option is the keep selected box. This is good if you wanted to keep track of the shape you're creating by having it selected when you finish. However, I tend to have it un-ticked, as I find it a little bit distracting. The next is the shape and angle of the brush. You can change it to an oval, slanted or even a full circle. I prefer to use a smooth circle, but I know many prefer an angled oval to create a more organic looking line. Think of it as a pressure sensitive calligraphy brush. Speaking of pressure sensitivity, let's get on to those settings. If you've got a tablet, I'd recommend having a size to be influenced by pressure. This means that we'll go from the minimum and maximum size depending on how much pressure you put on your stylus. So let's go to those eyebrows. Using the blob brush tool, I'm going to effectively color in the eyebrows. Not really showing off it's capabilities as a line art tool, but you can see, I add extra strokes to the shape where I see flat edges. So let's use it for something more line art based now. The parting in the lips isn't a smooth line, and it has some areas which are darker than others. This is a perfect area to play with the blob brush tool. You can draw the line in parts or in one swoop because as long as the lines are overlapping, they will continue to make one single shape. As you can see from selecting it, it's a fill shape and not a straight line. It's still line art, but with a bit more character. The face is starting to form a lot more now. We have eyebrows and eyelashes, and detail in the lips. So let's move on to the next step. Next time on Introduction to Vector Line Art, I'm going to go off course a bit and show you how to mirror your portrait, avoiding having to redraw the eye, but also making sure it looks unique. Thanks for listening.