One of the many great things about Illustrator is the sheer depth of creative options it gives. Any crazy shape, form or concept that comes to mind can essentially be created and brought to life all within one software program. The best part is, you don’t need to be a fine-tuned artist with an insanely steady hand to make it happen. With the right tools and a good bit of practice, anything is possible.
For the past few days I’ve been playing around with The Shape Builder tool. This is a favorite among many graphic artists. The Shape Builder gives you the ability to create unique forms by combining, moving or erasing intersecting shapes.
The first finished project I made by following along with the tutorial in class. We created an abstract shaped fox composed of irregular shapes. Using a template underneath, the rectangle, ellipse, polygon tools and of course Shape Builder, I was able to achieve the desired various shape forms.
Here is the template:
Here is my final result:
The course instructor then challenged us to use The Shape Builder on our own to create the image of an abstract swan. Naturally when I saw the swan template, a very particular episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm came to mind. I set off to recreate the infamous black swan. Creating the swan proved more difficult than the fox. There were many curves and much more components. At one point my screen looked like this:
It’s very easy to lose track of what needs to stay, what needs to merge, and what needs to be removed!
At the end, I created this black swan:
I can definitely see how The Shape Builder tool will come in handy for various projects and creations in the future. For anyone looking to learn essentials in Adobe Illustrator, I’d recommend this one as an invaluable tool to have in your arsenal.