Just as I have started the Photoshop Quick Tip series, I’ve summoned it’s idealistic partner. The Adobe Illustrator Quick Tip Series and it’s time for a Skull & Bones Icon.
We’ll achieve our currently set goal by taking advantage of various Illustrator tools in the process. Basically this is a quick tut taking advantage of shape creation, symmetry and the Pathfinder tool (among others) in Illustrator to obtain some very cool results in mere minutes.
Every design starts with a sketch or an idea, even if it’s not clearly formulated and evolves throughout the design process. I basically used the Brush Tool in Illustrator and my mouse to quickly sketch a skull & crossbones character and placed him on two overlapping squares of different dimensions. Nothing too complex but it deserves a bit of attention as we see that the final result on the right stayed loyal, to some extent, with the initial idea. What’s interesting here is that I had a color scheme in mind and stuck with it to the end. I had identified my goal and went for it.
Let’s start with the basic shapes to form the upper part of the facial structure. I’ve isolated a few sub part steps for clarity.
Now let’s take care of the lower part of the facial structure, the jawbone.
Well we’ve taken care of the main underlying base of the skull head, now it’s time to envisage the finer details.
The crossbones are a piece of cake as well.
The repeating pattern is a nice and interesting part of this tutorial, as it’s a technique that involves different tools and can be used throughout a wide array of design situations through which some very interesting effects can be achieved.
Click OK and then use the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl+Alt+B] to finalize the effect.
We’re almost done here folks. Let’s finish this repeating pattern effect shall we?
The final step is to arrange all the elements we’ve created as seen in the picture above. That’s it folks! Easy as can be really.
This concludes our tutorial. Below is a zip file containing the Illustrator source files. Make sure you follow the “Terms and conditions” in order for all files distributed on this site.
Please consider that these series have for objective to aid in understanding the basic Illustrator tools and to obtain quick and effective results. this series, along with the PS Quick tips, allow me to target the novice individuals who are just starting to fiddle with these software.I hope you enjoyed this small and quick tut and would love to hear your thoughts.
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