Adobe Illustrator

In the middle of February I (kind of out of the blue) decided that I really wanted to learn more about graphic design and Adobe Illustrator. I had no idea where to start or how to use the program in the least, but I was determined and decided to get signed up for the free trial to play around with it. That first night all I could figure out how to do was make circles and change their colors.

FirstProject copy

Pretty awesome right? Someone should probably hire me now for all their design needs.

So I knew I needed some help. As I was browsing the internet I stumbled upon Alma Loveland’s Atly Illustrator classes and knew I wanted to give them a try. So I bought a couple and dove right in. I began experimenting a little more with new tools (like the rectangle) and tricks and found myself loving to create pictures using illustrator. They weren’t great, or even that good, but it was so much fun and I was hooked.

First I tried to make different fruits. I actually really loved how the pear and watermelon turned out.

I also wanted to do a picture of the Idaho Falls Temple. I love this temple and knew I would want to try it out down the road so I decided this could be kind of a marker for me to see how my skills improve as I practice.

As I have been working in illustrator over the past three months I feel like I have learned so much. I understand many of the concepts but am still working on cultivating creativity and style. On my instagram I have been documenting some of the challenges I have given myself (#30patterns challenge, #larsflowerchallenge).

Some of my designs I actually kind of like.

The lucky charms pattern I printed off and made a St. Patricks day card with. The Star Wars Pattern is one of my favorites that I created especially for May the 4th be with you.

My favorite flowers from the #larsflowerchallenge. I love how different they all ended up being.

I also had some lame designs.

I was attempting to do an April showers pattern and nothing turned out great…

And the Sweet Pea and Carnation flower were just hard.

It has been lots of fun learning all about illustrator and then trying my best to create. It is a perfect creative outlet for naptime and is something I really love doing for myself. I look forward to continuing to create and share the different things I am learning. Hopefully I will keep getting better and maybe my style will come through at some point.

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