Submitted by Cailean on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:52

The benefits of dividing a circle into sectors - eg. multiples of fractions of 360 degrees like 30 or 45. These then give you axes of symmetry, in which to reflect design elements into a mandala.

To divide the circle, reflect drawn radius from a central anchor point OR you can use the Polar Grid Tool to do the same but with lovely precise guide lines.


Illustrator: Hands up!

Submitted by Cailean on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 19:42

Experimenting using the Rotate tool with some simple shape "people" with arms upraised.

A pleasant effect if you choose a complimentary colour scheme for each individual unit, and mix the colours up.

They don't line up perfectly - I shall try again perhaps using the transform options - as centre needs to be idenfitied and maintain constant through each rotation (3 people per quarter) - 30 degree rotations.


Tutorial: 3 kinds of Flat Design Long Shadows

Submitted by Cailean on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 15:31

There are 3 kinds of Flat Design Long Shadows.

  1. simple and unrealistic (needs to be in a container as shadow doesn't fade)
  2. fading shadow which ends in a flat line (using blend with straight lines 1px apart, 2nd line opacity set to 0%)
  3. fading shadow which ends in the shape of the object casting the shadow  (using blend with "casting" objects 1px apart, 2nd objectopacity set to 0%)

In both 2. and 3., you overall opacity of the blend can be adjusted if it is too strong going from 100-0% (which is obviously true for the simple method 1.)

Illustrator: Vector People 2

Submitted by Cailean on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 14:40

In the same style as Vector People 1, two more characters created while using the Adobe Illustrator Pen tool. Use of Object: transform: reflect is not only a time saver but also leads to consistency of appearance - although there is fun to be had in adjusting nodes a fraction, just to make details line up perfectly.


Illustrator: Vector People

Submitted by Cailean on Fri, 02/24/2017 - 19:19

Friday 24 February

Four vector people "in silhouette" - simple but effective design. Drawn by hand in Adobe Illustrator, inspired by a graphic scheme seen elsewhere. Very good practice for using the Pen tool and reflecting lines in the vertical axis. Alt-click to change direction (sharper corner), drag handles in 45 degree (mostly 90 degree) multiples for the cleanest following lines - this is done by shift dragging with Pen. Joining lines reflected in axis, and punching out shapes (facial details) by using Pathfinder "minus front".


Music Poster Design

Submitted by Cailean on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 13:31

I was asked to produce an A4 poster/ A5 leaflets for the Glasgow St Patrick's Festival Committee - the top billing gig on St Partick's Day itself.

The final result is shown below. I managed to incorporate a hand/ fist gesture that I had drawn from scratch only a day earlier, which seemed to fit the ethos of the musicians involved.
Created in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.