Pen Tool Practice Results

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been practicing on my pen tool as part of my skills training. Here are some of what I’ve done so far.

1/3 done. Of course I practice my name first!

1/3 done. Of course I practice my name first!

After some tweaking and editing, here's the finished product!

After some tweaking and editing, here’s the finished product!

Just a little bit of freehand hello. I didn't put a scanned sketch under.

Just a little bit of freehand hello. I didn’t put a scanned sketch under.

The last but not the least is this face! I used the Width Tool (shift+w) for the hair!

The last but not the least is this face! I used the Width Tool (shift+w) for the hair!

Have you been practicing? Email me your work at blog@isabelsilva.com. Yay!

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The Pen Tool on Illustrator

Ugly confession: I’ve been using Illustrator for years now but never really got the hang of using the pen tool. I never took classes so I just learned as I went along the way. I would cringe whenever someone would suggest I use the pen tool to illustrate or make typography.

Learning it is long overdue. The need for me to learn this skill was 5 years ago. I needed to learn fast.

Luckily, I found Philippa Berry Smith’s youtube channel¬†¬†containing links on how to use the pen tool. Out of the dozens (?) of videos I saw, hers are the ones that I found most informative and useful.

Find them here.

Will post my practice pieces in a bit. In the meantime, enjoy!

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