Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

In Adobe Illustrator, for Beginners, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

In this easy to follow Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes, we will be going through step by step to build our character and practice using ellipses, pen, and the scissor tool. We will be adding flat color using the Live Paint feature, halftone fill effects, and offset paths to complete our easy cartoon character.

Building using Shapes

Shapes are a great way of building your characters especially as you gain experience with blend, warp, shape builder, and pathfinder to create unique shapes.

Scissor Tool

We will be cutting our shapes by using the scissor tool to control our strokes and where are cartoon brushes will be added.


We will be applying basic patterns from the pattern menu to our character above the flat color layer.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using Shapes

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using shapes. Use scissor tool to cut off the extra areas. Remember to cut (2X) before hitting delete.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

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