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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Vector Character Using DrawScribe plugin

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Vector Character/ Comments: 4
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Today we will learn a new drawing tool for Adobe Illustrator called the Dynamic Sketch Tool — one of the tools of the new DrawScribe plugin.   The Dynamic Sketch Tool has many convenient features that makes your   daily creative work much easier. Mastering the new tool should not take   you much time as it’s easy to manage and its user-friendly features are   quite understandable.

Step 1

In this tutorial I will be using the sketch of a Viking which was created by Catherine Dedova. Paste the sketch into the current document (File > Place…) and set 50% opacity for it in the Transparency panel, and then lock the layer with the sketch in the layers panel.

This step is a standard procedure for manual tracing of the sketch in vector.

Step 2

The first stage is the creation of the vector character; creation of   an outline. This process is called "inking”. To create an outline of   variable thickness (Adobe Illustrator CS5+ users only), we are using   different tools. Usually we resort to the Paint Brush Tool (B) and the   Blob Brush Tool (Shift + B), but today we are going to apply a new tool   to inking — it is called the Dynamic Sketch Tool. It is one of the tools   of the DrawScribe plugin. Let’s take a look at this tool.

After downloading and installing the plugin to your computer, icons associated with the   new tools will appear on the Toolbox. To open the Dynamic Sketch Tool   panel, go to Window > DrawScribe > Dynamic Sketch Panel.

Step 3

The Dynamic Sketch Tool panel allows us to set the variable line   width dependence on several parameters. In my work I will be using the   Graphic Tablet (eg. those by Wacom), therefore set the path width to be based on the graphics tablet pen pressure.

In this panel, you can also set the path width value at the minimum   and maximum pressure on the stylus. In contrast to the Paint Brush Tool   and the Blob Brush Tool dialog windows, the Dynamic Sketch panel stays   available during the work. This allows us to change the settings of the   tool fast. Besides, the created path is dynamic, allowing us to change   its properties after the creation which we will see at the process of   work.

Step 4

Proceed to enable the following option in the panel by clicking on   the buttons; "Toggle repeat sketch traces” and "Toggle ability to edit   or continue existing paths”. These functions allow us to re-profile   sketch traces and to continue the created path.


You can read this vector tutorial on Asturegraphics Blog


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Total comments: 1
1 Andrew Buckle   (2012 Mar 14 12:27)
Oh.. so that was the purpose of the fields on the left. Didn't realise that was the minimum and maximum. Makes sense now. smile

Very useful plugin and thanks for the tutorial

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