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Creating two colorful children's book illustrations in Illustrator
Create a fun book with gradient meshes, blends, small glitter and various blending modes. Multi-layer forms sweep this pattern and its equivalent from the simplicity of the first drawing. When you' re done with this guide, look at Grace Fussell's companion piece for creating a children's book in InDesign.
It is also a good place if you are looking for inspirations for your own drafts. Use the standard paintbrush with the paintbrush tool (B) to draw a sweet, childlike look. Control-G: Group your strokes, decrease the opacity in the Transparency pane to 40% and disable the layer pane theme.
Layering your ingenious drawings in this way as you find out your compositions. Since all line drawings are grouped, opaqueness reduction and layer panels are disabled, it's a good idea to begin with the different forms in the character's skull. Use the ellipse tool (L) to paint a circular line over the upper half of the skull.
Follow the jaw line previously plotted with the Pencil ( ) utility ) and connect the two forms in the Pathfinder window or associate them with the Shape Builder (Shift-M) utility. Design two round D-shaped forms for the ear. You can use the rectangular tools (M) for the collar and tapering the bottom with the direct selection tools (A).
It is the concept to keep the childlike nature, i.e. "has a big, captivating head". The simplest way to pull it out was with the pencil tool (N). There are two curved trilangles under the remainder of the arch in the plane panels. Let us decipher the footsteps to create large, enchanting sockets.
Eyebrows are a single line, marked with the pen tool, adjusted to 2-3pt and with a round end caps in the dashed field. I used the elliptical tool to draw an elliptical for the human eyes, the Convert Inchor Point Tool (Shift-C) to move the elliptical's lefthand armature to a point, and the Direct Selection Tool to change the form and location of the armature points for a more comfortable look.
Use the ellipse utility to create a ring for the eyes' irises and place it where you want to see your char. You can use the Shaping Builder utility to choose both forms (iris and whiteness of the eye) and the non-cutting part of the aniris. Remove the selection and remove the additional form.
Use the pencil tool and pencil tool to draw forms to make the eyes thicker. Choose all eyelash forms and unify them in the Pathfinder window. I' ve decided to fill all these forms with a shallow colour and to zero the line colour. A semicircle at the edges is the principal form.
Shape, which is a dashed line, was thin at the corner of the teeth using the width control (Shift-W). I used an overlapped arc with non-cutting parts for the reed, which were erased with the Shape Builder utility (see above step), where a linear gradient changed from a pale reddish to a pale purple.
I' ve adjusted the colour progression to 90° so that the deeper colour is at the top of the reed and the brighter colour at the bottom. On both sides of her face I painted a bean-like form. It allows us to conveniently use the radial gradients we will use within the limits of the form without interfering with the vertex.
Colour gradients range from a pale pink in the middle to the skin tone of the characters at 0% opacity. Look at both types of gradients. I used a linear colour progression for the eye on the whiteness of the eye. From lilac (because I use lilac instead of blacks or browns for this design) to lilac to know.
Set the color progression in the color progression field so that crimson is shifted into the corner of the ankles. In order to give the eyepiece some deepness, paint a thin striped form that covers the lashes and the remainder of the globe of the eye. Colour gradients range from violet at 100% opacity to violet at 0% opacity.
The order is blu, amber and violet (this will be the iris). Continue to grad the colour on the irises with a deeper colour at the right-angle. If this is the case, it is pale to deep blu. Darkness should be in the corners of the face.
When your player looks ahead, adjust the corner so that the more dark colour is on top of the iri. Eventually, the highlighted piece was designed with the pen tool and is light-coloured. Rather than bring a few colourful forms into the eye, I decided on a few shades and heroes.
In the Transparency pane, the Shadow is multiply. Overlay of the highlight is used. This immediately adds colour and lustre to the character's sweet little eye. I used the same slope of the bean-like cheeks for the nostrils. Using the rounded rectangle utility, I drew a small form over my snout.
Set the radial grade with the grade tool (G) so that the radii of the grade remain within the round square without contacting its vertex. Use the same colour shade for the shades under the coat and in the ear. They both focus the deeper colour of the colour gradients at the top of the form.
This is the same eyeball grade used for the shades in the oral cavity. It was my goal to paint a form in both corners, at the top of the lips, at the top of the tongues, and to overlap the tong. Highlights on the top lips are placed on overlay in the transparency panels in bright blue.
They have to make some decisions with the hair: colour, shade, lights, and whether to make or not. No matter which colour you select for the basis of the brush, use the same shade colour used in this pattern (in this case purple), which is either Multiply or Rigid Light in different degrees of translucency.
Most of them are like long half-moons that separate off your head and a large, arched form that defines the pony hairstyle of your temper. I' ve put it back to bright blue on overlays for the highligths. I' ve also switched the colour of my hairdryer from blue-green to blue. This did not affect the shade or emphasis colours, as they work quite well on both sides.
It is definitely recommended to use shade colours suitable for a wide range of primary colours (violet, brown or blue) to make it easier to change the colourways. Arm and hand are basic forms. Usually I paint one form for the biceps and another for the lower arm and join them in the Pathfinder as soon as I have joined them (at the elbow).
It was a plain, curved semicircle, and I drew it with the pen tool. They are also very straightforward forms that bend inwards and have no articulations (knees and ankles). Then, with the Rounded Rectangle Tool, I make a small opening in the boot. After the overlap, choose both forms and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder window.
If you superimpose many color gradations, translucent forms and forms with different blending styles, a template will shorten your creation workload. Clothing is pale azure, so we use a deeper shade of darker blues, violets or cyan.
With the pen tool I superimposed two or three translucent forms (reduce the hiding power of each form to about 30% in the transparency panel). When you are happy with the way your shadows are placed, group them together. Copying and pasting the basic form of the tee and aligning it with the stock tee. Choose the new shirting and shade group.
Create a clip mask (Control-7) and you will find your silhouettes truncated at the borders of the shirting area. Shift the shade forms under the collars, bands or arms you have designed in the layer panels so that the shades lie over the form of the basic garment. Sketch silhouettes that emphasize the inner edge of the cuff where it touches the corset ( or shirt) of the cloak.
I have also sketched forms showing the wrinkling created by swollen arms wrapped around a bracelet. The floral forms are located at the bottom of the cuffs. Failure to show how the necklace was made. You can give your characters a wide range of collars. Research into children's clothing helps you choose what best suits your subject of interest.
At the beginning I drew a shade form that emphasizes the undercollar. It is violet at 30% opacity and adjusted for harsh lighting. In this case, the brightness is bright blue on overlay. Proceed with the stratification of shadows and emphasizations as much as you see for your theme. When you want to modify forms in any way or create extra forms, you can place them under the masking paths in the clip group and they are immediately masking with the other component.
That is the basic form of the Skirtes. That is the first group of shadows. Every shade form is defining a fold in the coat. You go from 100% to 0%, and the colour blend angles place the opac at the bottom of the bottom of the skirt. Its upper form is a linear colour progression in an ellipsis that gives colour and shade at the point where the rock hits the corset.
A big, wobbly form with bright straw color at 100% to 0% and focussed in the top lefthand area. Eventually, further shadows were made in two parts with the same color gradients from part 2. Like the other parts of the gown, make a clip mask and keep your shadows and highlights neat.
I used a linear color progression for the tape and drawn a thin stripe in the center, also with a color progression. Gradients go from deep rose to pale rose and back to deep rose. The stripe above is again violet to 0% to 100% at 100% opacity.
Each of the palms and branches have a few shades, the same shade lines and colours (rose or peach) from the face, which are added to the form of the head of the branch, the elbows, the underside of the branches and to the definition of the characteristics of the palm. When your palms are more detailled, you can advance your rendered work further than what I have done here.
Feet begin with streaks along their length and a shade form (again lilac at 100% or lilac at 0% opacity) marked for the shade thrown by the boot onto the socks. Copy and paste the bone three copies and apply a linear gradient. The light form has either amber in the middle or knows, the other two have lilac as shade colour.
Lightshape is on the screen and the shadow is Normal. Place them on the socks, group them together, reinsert the form of the socks and create a clip mask. I have chosen to laminate a number of different types of shoes as follows: Form of the basic boot.
That'?s a light violet. On this form I have used the GraphicMeshTool ( "U") to apply a color graduation net. To keep it simple, I just added lights along the toe line of the boot, shade colours on the bottom and another light where the middle of the shoe's strap would be.
I' ve used the Direct Selection Tool to modify the form of each grain within the net so that it follows the form of the boot itself. This is a single shade grade that goes from violet at 100% to 0%, is normalized and the overall opacity is lowered to 55%. Highlights are like the highlights on the leg: amber at 0% to 100% to 0%.
Make a clip mask to remove the middle of the boot. The use of the Shapes Builder Tools in combination with the Pen or Ellipse Tools (if you want a more round, accurate shape) makes the creation of this function simple. You can use the rectangle utility (M) to paint the shaft and bend it inwards by tampering with the direct selection tamper.
Layers gradients shade forms, in the same way as you look at the characters in the preceding paragraphs. The three gradients that overlap the fungus (green, turquoise and blue) were stacked on top of each other. I' ve drawn the first one with the pencil tool. In order to work out the stitched look, I set the fill colour to zero and the line to violet and drawn shaded strokes across the frot.
You can also use the Pen tool for more accurate outlines. I used the pen tool with a radial gradient as a fill paint for the edges where each line meets to create bent, diamond-like forms in each line cut. Combine your strokes and the sweeping stones.
The overall form and I have re-drawn the core with a pencil tool so that the core later looks like stitched fabric instead of just plain with a print on it. However, before we start, copy and past the swollen heartshape and line group (without the small diamonds), align this new group to the first one and click Split in the Pathfinder window.
Utilizing a linear colour progression that focuses the colour towards the underside of the cardio on the two-part group. Customize the tilt angles of each form with the Graduation tool. The moulds are provided with radial gradients. Colour ranges from bright white with 100% opacity to 0% opacity. Radial gradients are greater, ranging from the basic colour of the core at 100% opacity to the violet used for shadow at 0% opacity.
In any case, I attenuated the radial colour progression and employed a straight -line colour progression that goes from the heart's basic colour at 0% opaqueness to violet at 100% opaqueness. Reduction of overall transparency in the transparency panels to 60-70%. Create several brief, curved drop and cardiac forms in a deep shade of verdant colour. Sketch smaller, light greens in each one.
Notice that longer forms no longer work with the next step. Choose one of the darkgreen forms and its pale blue counterparts and use a even mixture with the mixing tool (W). Rather than finding out the step, I selected "Smooth Color" in the mixing tool options. Do the same for the other forms.
Copying and pasting the basic forms and creating a cut mask. Follow your tea pot pattern and one of the mugs from your drawing. It is the aim to split crossing forms and put them below the form. If this is the case, the part of the upper shell that cuts the floor should be chosen with the Form Builder tool.
Finalise your colour choice for your illustrations. I used the Gradient mesh tool like the boots from section 6 to rend the cups. Begin with the form of your basic casserole. I have used bright crème and whites on the lefthand side as a speciality. At the bottom and right I put a small pineapple in the net.
Rather than getting too involved with the form of the net, I just click away at the stitch points along the right side and on the bottom to fill in the colour of the peaches and create an even colour flow. As an extra feature, I used the pencil tool to draw forms on the far side of the pan, which included radial gradients of colour from 100 to 0% opacity in the middle.
I have drawn a shaky form for the shade on the lefthand side, which imitates the overlapped tea cup pile. These gradients range from violet at 100% to 0% opacity. There is a radial gravitational concentration at the bottom lefthand corner. Linear colour gradients with focused colour on the underside of the casserole.
Radial grain whose colour is focused at the outlet opening. A further colour gradation network. Similar to the tea pot, I placed violet at the right margin and under the bend (left) of the pourer. Discharge bottom form. Alignment and grouping of the discharge moulds. Insert an extra pouring mold over this group and create a cutout mask if your shadow gradients or lights were painted over the pouring mold and not as duplicated and inserted parts.
Graded shading film, with a graded radius in the grip bend. This is the colour gradation net with the same colours (purple, blue-green and pale blue) as the run. It is the same stratification of the bottom of the tea pot as for the other parts: shade progressions with both straight and curved lines and a bright straw colour or topping.
A radial gradient of bright amber with 100% to 0% opacity is the highlights (upper center). Below is a gradient net similar to the other power supplies in this guide, which uses three colours (yellow, yellow-orange and violet) and places them at the borders, bends and indentations. Violet was placed at the top.
Remaining net is amber ( "I chose it as the basic colour, similar to the grommet and handle). I' ve also jumped over the golden border, because it's just a linear gradient going from violet to amber and back to violet. The small form at 100% opacity is pale amber and the soil at 0% opacity is the same.
Shadows are radial gradients. Same violet is used in this guide. After all, the gradient mesh is horribly easy, as it is only a few placings of crimson in the right hand edge, along the borders of the belly. Violet radial gradient that concentrates in the lower right part of the mug.
This is a new form that has been produced with the pencil tool and a radial gradient from pale azure with 100% opacity to 0% opacity. At last, the Gradient Mesh. Fold them all together and create a clip mask with the upper shell shaped copy and paste in for the mask path. Use the pencil tool to sketch soft forms, group them together and use a linear gradient ranging from violet at 100% to 0% opacity for the vapor coming out of the tea pot and the top mug.
Finally, you've created two fabulously inspirational children's artwork using the Blend Tool, the Grammy Mesh Tool, various layer gradients and your own scribbles and outlines. While you' re here, take a look at Grace Fussell's online design guide for a children's book in Adobe InDesign.