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Drawing with Illustrator: Vector Graphics

with Stewart Scott-Curran

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About The Class

create original work in illustrator.

Artwork created in Adobe Illustrator has a sought-after and distinct style – the vector files Illustrator generates are small, clean, and look polished. In Drawing with Illustrator: Vector Graphics, Stewart Scott-Curran will teach you how to create graphics using Illustrator, from start to finish.

Stewart is the art director at CNN digital and organizer and host of Creative Mornings in San Francisco. In this class, he will take you step-by-step through the process of using Illustrator to create original artwork. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Set up a workspace and develop a workflow
  • Use strokes and custom brushes
  • Work with the Pen tool
  • Source reference material to inform image-making
  • Use shapes and the Pathfinder tool

Making graphics in Illustrator is the building block for designing logos and creating icons. In this beginner-friendly class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started.

Software Used: Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 (18.1)

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro to Drawing with Illustrator

  2. 02

    Document Setup & Basic Tools


  3. 03

    Interpreting the Brief and Concepting

  4. 04

    Finding & Using Reference Imagery

  5. 05

    Creating Simple Elements with Shapes in Illustrator

  6. 06

    Creating Simple Elements with the Pen Tool in Illust

  7. 07

    Creative Rhythm & Depth with Repetition & Scale

  8. 08

    Composition and Putting it all Together

  9. 09

    Finalizing & Preparing for Color


Meet Your Expert

Stewart Scott-Curran

Stewart Scott-Curran is Glasgow born, San Francisco based Art Director. He developed an interest in design early in life and remembers being especially obsessed with the typography and layouts of his father's folk music album covers.After graduating in Industrial Design ... read more

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  • Anita

    April 2015

    What an absolutely amazing class! I saw Stewart's artwork and it immediately connected with me so I knew I had to register for this class! I LOVE how he guides the student through his creative process from beginning to end...his description of the poem he used for his inspiration absolutely captivated me! Aside from the expert guidance with all the Illustrator tools and working through his composition, his methodology for developing the brief and conceptualizing the artwork from beginning to end held my attention! His second course (Color and Texture) is absolutely essential as well! He inspired me to experiment with Illustrator and get over my fear of it! Thank you Stewart! I hope you'll return to CreativeLive and teach more courses!

  • Mary Thomas

    June 2016

    I purchased a companion class to this one by Scott and I was very pleased with the content, so I purchased this one as well. Both classes were very well presented and did not duplicate what was given in the other. I have now purchased seven classes by CreativeLive and am very happy with all of them. I have watched others as well on the free days with equally as favorable results.

  • user 2b0aa5

    December 2015

    Great class. Well presented and fun project. Signed up for his second class.

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