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.
✓ Rectangle Properties✓ Filter ✓ Symbols ✓ Pencil Tool
• This tutorial is part of the Make a Scene Project.
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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~
Step #2: Stroke and Fill Colors ~
✓ Turn off your Stroke and Fill colors.
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.
Step #5: Duplicate the Circle ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ … hold Alt (⌥) key and drag the circle a short distance. Try and keep it perfectly straight.
Note: The Alt (⌥) key makes a copy of the object …
Step #6: Select Both Circles ~
✓ Select both circles with the Selection Tool .
Step #7: Blend ~
✓ Go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options and select Specified Steps …
✓ … then go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B
Step #8: Symbols ~
✓ Open Brushes by clicking on the icon or go to: Window > Brushes …
✓ … 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 …
✓ … 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 …
Step #12: Make a Copy ~
✓ With the Alt (⌥) Key and the Selection Tool …
✓ … duplicate the image.
Step #13: Squeeze the Image ~
✓ Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …
✓ … and squeeze the shape inside …
✓ 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:
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work and attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• 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.