Summary:

Aboriginal Dot Art in Illustrator

    ●   Aboriginal Dot Art often consists of animals and design patterns drawn from a cultural legacy dating back thousands of years.


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Rectangle PropertiesFilter Symbols Pencil Tool

  •   This tutorial is part of the Make a Scene Project.

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Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~

Find a Turtle or Lizard or a platypus or a kangaroo and place it into Illustrator, and lock the selection by going to: Object > Lock > Selection or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Cmd+2.


Step #2: Stroke and Fill Colors ~

Turn off your Stroke and Fill colors.

stroke and fill off


Step #3: The Pen Tool ~

Using the Pen Tool outline your creature.


Step #4: Make Small Circles ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… make a small circle somewhere and fill it with a color.

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Step #5: Duplicate the Circle ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

selction tool

… hold Alt (⌥) key and drag the circle a short distance. Try and keep it perfectly straight.

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Note: The Alt (⌥) key makes a copy of the object …


Step #6: Select Both Circles ~

Select both circles with the Selection Tool .

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Step #7: Blend ~

Go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options and select Specified Steps

specified step

… then go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:

Alt (⌥)/Option alt option + Cmd(⌘) cmd key + B

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Step #8: Symbols ~

Open Brushes by clicking on the icon or go to: Window > Brushes

symbols

… and drag the dots into the Brushes panel.

Be sure to select New Pattern Brush


Step #10: Pattern Brush Settings ~

Change the Colorization method to Tints so you can change the color of the brush …

tint

… and scale the brush to about 10 or 20 percent:


Step #11: Stroke the Path ~

Stroke your path with the new brush.

Add a Fill Color and change your Stroke Color to something interesting …

stroke turtle


Step #12: Make a Copy ~

With the Alt (⌥) Key and the Selection Tool

alt + selection Tool

… duplicate the image.

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Step #13: Squeeze the Image ~

Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …

… and squeeze the shape inside …

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Change the color of the Stroke and Fill again …


Step #14: Change the Brushes ~

Lots of different brushes can be applied to the stroke!

Try Different Stuff! Take a risk! Be Creative!


Step #15: Gradient Palette~

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type …

… and make sure "Fill" is selected as the foreground color.


Step #16: Gradients ~

Drag a color from from the Swatches menu to your gradient …

Do the other side too …


… drag OFF any stops you don't need …


Apply different gradients to your fill:

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Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work and attach it!


  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

 

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.