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Creating A Comic Book Polka Dot Fill In Illustrator


Hey, how’s it going, everybody? This is Green lava productions here, and I’m going to be showing you an effect in Illustrator today, and it’s gonna be an effect that most of you probably have seen before and that I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but I would probably call it sort of like a polka dot comic book effect, and you see this a lot in like modern art and you know advertisements and that kind of thing and I thought I would show you today how to create it or recreate it in Illustrator, if you’re planning on using it for any graphic design projects or anything cartoons or something like that, So the way I’m gonna do, this is. This is my final product here. But I the first thing I did is. I created sort of a stroke outline, which I have for you right here, and it was just a very simple, very rushed stroke outline that I did, and I did it using the calligraphy brush here in Illustrator or the paintbrush tool. Whatever you call it, um, and what I did Is I for the hair and for the face and the neck, and and I think that’s about it, and maybe these eyes here. I used a point five stroke brush and I used a five point round brush as well well 0.341 I think I scaled this a little bit. It might be a little bit different, but depending on what you like and then for these sort of Tufts in the hair and these pupils here and the little reflection going on in the eyes, I used a sort of a finer brush and sort of the the ear outline stuff. I use the finer brush and for you, you might prefer something different, but for me. I just sort of did that, but what I like to do Is I like to have a basic stroke outline first. And if you actually look here, you can see that. I finished the eye, which is sort of like an almond shaped eye, and I used that I sort of for what I did first as I drew it and I made it so that the stroke was none The way I did, that is. I started out drawing the I like, and yet it doesn’t really matter what color you use, But what I do is I sort of go probably like 0.25 stroke up here and then like what I’ll do is Ill. Just draw sort of what I think. The eye should look like like that. You know, sort of like an almond. D nut shape. And then what I’ll do is Ill. Go here where it says what your stroke is gonna be. This is your fill and this is your stroke and what? I’ll do is Ill. Go here where it says none and I’ll click none and this is important when you’re gonna color it and I’ll show you why in just a second here, but make sure that you finish the eye and that it’s set to a stroke of none and what I like to do is. I like to move it to the very back of my delete this here. I’m gonna move it to the very back of this layer order here. I think it’s at the very front That’s weird and the keyboard shortcut to do that on the Mac. Is command shift left to bracket so Ill. Just keep doing that for Windows. I don’t really know what it is, but and again it probably doesn’t really matter what what order it is, but I just like to keep it in the very back, cuz. I want these to be in front and this to be in the back, okay, so this is my basic stroke outline, and basically what I will do is when I have this stroke outline. I want to keep that all on one layer and I’ll call that layer one or I can just double Click on it and type in stroke. Right there, you know, just so. I know what’s going on so then what I’ll do is if I click on this little circle here. Well, not not this little circle to the right of the little circle. Here what you want to do. Is you want to make sure that there’s like a little box? That’s that’s turned on here and what that means. Is that everything and in the layer is selected and once. I have everything in the layer selected what I can do is if I command C to copy and I go to this other layer. If you haven’t made another layer, just go and create this little page looking thing and yeah, make a new layer And then what I’ll do is I will command and I will go object trying to look for where pasted in places. I always use a keyboard shortcut, so it’s a little here. We go edit paste in place, so Ill. Just do that or another keyboard. Shortcut to do. That is a shift command V on the Mac and what I’ll do is I will double Click on that, and I will call this fill. That’s fine and I will move this layer to the very bottom, and I’ll lock this stroke this stroke layer that I’ve got going out here, so I’ve got a stroke above, and I’ve got a fill below and the reason I will do that is because I’m gonna use the live paint tool, and I don’t know if you’ve ever used the live paint tool before, but when you use it on something, especially something complex what it will do is it will flatten all the stroke that you’ve done so everything will look flat and disgusting and. I’ll show you what that looks like, actually. So if I turn this off my stroke layer up here and I go into fill and I select all of it and I make sure I’m in my Live Paint Bucket icon. If you don’t see it, if if you just click on it if you click on this this panel, it’ll either be the shape builder or the Live. Paint selection tool. Make sure you’re on the Live Paint Bucket tool and the keyboard shortcut for that is just a letter K when you keyboard, But then if I were to go in here and I were to select everything and I were to just click to make a live paint group. You get this icon complex visual appearance. Blah, blah, Whatever. It basically is gonna tell you what. I’m trying to illustrate right now, But if I if I click OK, you can see. It doesn’t look very good anymore. It just looks flat and disgusting, and it’s nice because you can paint stuff in this, but it doesn’t look good. This stroke just gets the bad so the reason. I did this stroke on the next layer is because if I were to do it again, if I’m going to turn this on, I’m gonna lock it again, so I can’t edit it accidentally. What I’m gonna do is in my fill. I’m gonna do the same thing. I’m gonna hit K to bring up my live paint tool and I’m gonna go in here and click click. OK, you can see that I can now fill whatever I’ve got, but my stroke. Above is preserved and the reason for that is because it’s above this fill group. Now if I were to turn this stroke layer off. You can see that my sort of disgusting flat stroke thing is apparent so yeah, anyway, that’s just what. I like to do so now that I’ve done that I’m going to go ahead and sort of create this sort of polka dot effect and the way. I’m gonna do that is I’m just gonna click none for this and I’m gonna fill. That is what I’m gonna do. Oh, by the way, the reason. I told you to finish the eye is because when you fill, it, we’re just gonna fill it again, so it looks like a Simpson’s character here. If I fill it, you can see that the eyes stay white well. Everything else is colored in the face, And if I zoom in, you can see that the stroke is apparent here, but not here, and I kind of like that. In eyes, it’s sort of like a manga character effect that they do with eyes and I kind of like that, so I’m gonna keep that, and I sort of do that with most of my eyes. Anyway, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna fill this none again and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna start creating that sort of polka dot effect and what I want to do for. That is what I’ll probably end up Doing First is sort of creating a good skin color and then filling it plain like that just to see how it looks before. I actually create my polkadot. I might go little a little bit more yellow like that. Yeah, that’s good. A lot of this is just playing around with colors. Yeah, yeah, problem with that is it’s starting to look a little gray, and now she looks like a little. Hispanic there. That’s fine. That’s probably good. That’s probably good like that. We don’t want to be racist or anything. Yeah, we’ll keep it like that for now. If you want to make another skin color, you can, but basically what? I’ll do is I’ll choose a skin color and I’ll color it, and I think that looks good and so what I’m gonna what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna start creating my sort of polka dot effect. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna create a new layer and I’m gonna put it on the very top and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna create a circle and the way I’m gonna do. That is up here where it says rectangle tool if I click in there and hold, you can see that there’s all these different little options for me to choose, and I’m gonna choose the ellipse tool to create my circle and, uh, let’s see I’m gonna move it. Scale it a little bit further in. If you look at my reference here, you can see that they’re pretty small. These little polka dots are pretty small, So I’m gonna sort of try and mimic that over here. This one’s a little bit darker skin than that one. I think this skin color looks good. A little bit better actually again. I’m not trying to be racist. I’m gonna get in trouble if I keep going with this. I’m just stop no political commentary. Okay, what I’m gonna do? Is that’s probably good like that looks smaller. Okay, so I’ve made my circle and I want to make sure that the circle is my sort of the same as my skin color. I think that looks good and so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna create a square to put the circle in, and I’m gonna go back into my rectangle tool here and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna hold down. Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you how to make a perfect circle, because if you just go and do ellipse and you create a circle, it’s gonna be probably not well here. There’s some guides here that might help you create a perfect circle, But what I like to do Is I like to hold down shift option. Command shift option or just shift option? And you just drag it out. It’s gonna be a perfect circle, but I like that. Those guides are are included now. I don’t know of those used to be in there, but by going to my rectangle tool and I create a perfect square. It’s basically gonna be the same protocol is just hold down shift option to could sort of do it this way. If you just hold down shift, you can do it this way and it’ll just expand in one direction, whereas if you hold down option, it’ll expand in all directions like that. What I’m gonna do is Im. Just gonna do tell there we go option. Okay, So what I did is? I created a perfect circle and I want to make sure that that circle that I drew first is perfectly positioned within my square and the way I’m going to do that is you can see that there’s a little dot in the middle here. That’s the center zooming and just show you. There’s a little dot in the middle here that if I hover over it, I think it’s this. Center well. It did at least before. This is the center anyway. Anyway, What I did is make a perfect square and the way I’m gonna turn a little bit lighter colored, not exactly towards white, but close to it. I’m just gonna go a little bit further in here like that. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna hover over the circle, and if you have, your guides turned on and illustrator and I do some people don’t like it, but I I kind of do it helps you align what you want to do. Is you want to line this? The center of the square with the center of the circle. So everything is perfectly positioned because we’re gonna what we’re gonna do eventually is make a pattern in Illustrator, and we’re gonna fill our character with that pattern and see if we just if we expand this and hold down shift option command, we can make it bigger or smaller and the bigger. The square is gonna be the smaller. The polka dots are gonna be like the more space are gonna be in between each polka dot when we color our skin, and you know, it’s up to you. How much space you want to leave but? I think this is probably okay, so I’m gonna leave it like that and what I’m gonna do now that I’ve created this sort of nice little pattern here well. This is gonna be become my pattern. I’m gonna group it first of all, so I’m gonna go command G and what that did is it grouped it another way to do that is to select it, Undo it just to show you select that an object group and what that does if we don’t know is if you group it if you have your selection tool on it and you click on any part of this, it’s gonna affect everything within that group, whereas if it’s not grouped, so I’m gonna go object. Ungroup you can see that if I click anywhere, it’s just gonna move everything within that pattern, and I don’t want to do that. I’m the group it and it helps me sort of keep everything together for my patterns and the way I’m gonna create my pattern. Which is what I’m going to end up doing here is once. I’ve got a group this is, I’m gonna select it and I’m gonna drag it into my swatches panel like so, and now you can see that there’s this little icon here that says new pattern Swatch. That’s exactly what I want to do and so with my Live. Paint group done. I’m gonna select my fill layer here, and I’m going to click that little Swatch here And then with my Live Paint Bucket tool or Kay. If you click on that, and you just sort of fill it, you can see that there’s this nice polka dot effect that gets applied to the skin and actually what I might do is I might go ahead and put more space in between my polka dots, so I’m what I’m gonna do is. I’m gonna make sure that I’m in my direct selection tool because this thing is grouped, so you got the selection tool here. You got your direct selection here, and that’s a if you’re looking for keyboard shortcuts, select that square and basically what you’re gonna do is if you go back into the selection tool, you can see these bounding box that show up, and if you hold down shift alt or option and command, you can just sort of increase the border of this square like that. And then what you can do is you can just go back into here. Just created a new one. I’ve done to that like a new Swatch, and now you can go in and you can fill it with your Live. Paint tool. And you can see that we’ve got a nice polka dot effect here. So I kind of like that, okay. I’m gonna delete this Swatch. I think there might be a way for you to actually edit pattern swatches so that you don’t have to go in and create new ones all the time it’s just. I didn’t look it up before I made this video and it’s probably an easier way to do it, but I haven’t done it in a long long time. Okay, so this is gonna be sort of the basis for what we’re gonna do. The color and this is just gonna be. The main focal point is the skin color. And I kind of like that skin color some. Basically I’m just gonna select this again. Make sure it’s it’s selected in my swatches panel, and I’m gonna hit K and I’m gonna select the neck and color the neck, and then I’m gonna call it here and that looks good to me. Okay, now what I’m gonna do is I’m going to color these eyeballs and the way I’m gonna do that is I’m going to make. I wonder what color the eyes should be. I think in my reference. They were kind of like a blue, maybe else. I’ll try and mimic that. Maybe so what I’m gonna do is if I’m gonna create a new Swatch, I’m gonna basically just select this original one that I made here and I’m going to hold down the option key and again make sure that it’s in the direct selection and this is why I grouped it because I can easily select everything within this sort of group here and just make a new one, so if I hold down option and I hold shift down as well, I can make a new Swatch so hold down option. Drag it over and then let go of the option key. And then you’ve got a new copy of whatever you selected, which is a nice thing in illustrator and a lot of Adobe Products. Now they they replicate that command like After Effects. If you hold down option now, you can copy things and premiere as well. Probably more. I don’t know if Photoshop does it, but OK, so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna create my eye color and what I could do is. I could do the same thing and just sort of color these eyes solidly. You know, just to get a good color that. I want to use, but I’m not gonna do that for this again. You can if you want to, but. I’m not gonna care that much, So what I’m gonna do is create a light blue color. I’m gonna put it more towards cyan. Actually, yeah. I’m gonna do that and I’m going to. That looks OK hit. OK, and then I’m gonna for some. You want to make sure that one color is darker than the other for these patterns so that there’s a nice contrast between the polka dots and what’s behind them, so this is gonna be much lighter, this background color and again when I’m select when I want to change the color of an object within the group, I’m using the destruct selection tool, and then I’m changing. The color in here to go here and right about here is good. That’s probably a good color for an eye, okay. I’m gonna do the same thing. I’m gonna select it using the direct selection tool up here or V on the keyboard, and I’m going to drag it into my swatches panel, and you can see that there’s a new pattern that just showed up which I like. So now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna select that, and I’m going to hit K and I’m going to just sort of fill these. I will pretty that looks pretty cool. Ah, nice, okay, so these are my eyes, And now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna fill these black. These middle pupils here. I’m gonna fill these black, and then I’m gonna fill these white. Make sure everything is filled white. That’s gonna be white, because if you put this on a background like a solid background, it’s gonna show, for example, like it’ll look fine right now, because it’s on a white background, but if I were to go in and create a new background or create a new layer and just for a lack of anything better, I’m just gonna create a solid rectangle and you can see oh, man. I used my polka dot pattern. I’m gonna fill it with something else. Maybe like orange, blue, purple, pink yellow. It doesn’t really matter what you use, but you can tell what? I’m talking about anyway. You’re gonna have green eyes and that’s not good, so make sure you fill everything that’s going to be white white and what I mean by that is just hit K go into your white Swatch here and your swatches panel and just fill everything white. I know it’s not gonna look any different now, but it will if you put it over a background. So the pupa is the white of the whites of the eyes are going to be white and these reflections up top here on the pupils are going to be white as well so. I’m gonna make sure I fill those white, and now if I turn my background back on, you can see that everything that I filled stays white. Which is good, Okay, so now. I’m gonna fill these little pupils in here. I’m gonna put couples black like so, and that’s gonna be the basis of what my eyes are gonna look like if you want to. You can make sort of a darker shade. Go up here and keep the lighter shades down here. Which is sort of another effect that people use in drawing cartoons or more realistic cartoons. I should say so what I mean by that is like if I were to go here with my brush tool and I were to just, I’m gonna just use a small brush and I’m just gonna draw. I make sure I’m in my fill by the way. So just draw right here right here. It looks okay because these two are touching, but I’m gonna fill. I’m gonna merge these with my Live. Paint group and the way to do that is just select everything that’s gonna be merged and go up here and hit merge. Live Paint, okay, and you can see that when I fill. I’m gonna fill this black painted black. The leaves up here, black. It’s just an another effect to use another thing you could do. If you want to get. Even more realistic is, you could make a darker shade of this duplicate This guy by just so you select it with the direct selection tool. Hold down, option and shift and just move it to the right here and one thing is, it doesn’t have to be so that, like the circle is the dark part, and the outside is the light part. You can invert it. So what I can do is I can go. I’m gonna use my direct selection tool if I go here and I maybe just make it a little bit darker like that and take this and make it way darker by this. I mean, the square like that. Yeah, I might make this a little bit later. Just contrast it a little bit more. I’m kind of inverting it so that the circle is the light part and the square is the dark part. All you have to do is you might make sure that the one is light and the other is dark so that they stand out. It probably would be okay. Okay, so if I take this and I make a new pattern, select it with the direct selection tool and drag it in there where zoom out? I can go ahead and just do that just like that. Make sure it’s in here and in my live paint. I can just do this. This is a little bit darker. I could do it even more, though a little bit. Even more nuts skidded almost towards black cool. Delete this Swatch! Make sure that you do select this guy before you actually click on your Swatch Because what it’ll end up doing is it’ll basically fill the inside of this with whatever pattern you made and I don’t want to do that, because then I can’t make new patterns or I can’t edit this one, just like this, okay, and do that, okay, and that’s just if you want to get crazy. If not, you can probably just leave it the same color, and it probably would be fine. One thing, though is. I did do this to sort of bridge this gap between the pupil and the and the stroke that covers the outside of the eye. One thing you could do to eliminate. This is you could click on it and just make it a stroke of none. You know, sort of the same concept that I use with this stroke or another thing you could do is, and I’m probably going to end up doing this. At some point is you could actually just select all of this. Fill lair and just make it all this drug. None because it’s not really gonna matter what the stroke looks like because the real stroke is gonna be right above it here. And that’s my locked my locked item that I’ve got right now, but anyway, that looks good what I’m gonna do now is Im. Just gonna get to coloring everything else and first before I do that, though what this is gonna be part of that? I’m gonna color these black. These are just gonna be like the outside of the eyelashes, so Im. Just gonna make sure that I’ve got my black Swatch selected. I’m gonna hit okay, and I’m just gonna. Yeah, make sure that it’s fill your fill is black there. We go just paint all of these black, just like the Rolling Stones song. All right, perfect, So now what I’m gonna do is I am going to what I think I’m gonna do is. I’m gonna make some shadows at some point, but I’m not gonna do that now. I think I’m gonna, I’m gonna color these lips and the way I’m gonna do that is I’m going to sort of use the same style as this one where the the outside square is gonna be darker and the in the inside is going to be the circle is going to be lighter, So I’m gonna actually just select this with my direct select tool and I’m gonna copy it again, same thing. Just hold down option and move it like that. I’m spacing these out. I don’t know why maybe it’s my own. CD doesn’t really matter what these look like. But anyway, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna using my direct selection tool. Then I so like that, and I’m gonna make it a dark red. Yeah, something like dad. Maybe that’s probably okay and then. I’m gonna take that, and I’m gonna make it a lighter red like Soo, Almost like a pink. Do the same thing. Select it, move it into my swatches panel where zoom out again and I’m going to color my lips that color there. This with this pattern, Somebody hit Kay and I’m go ahead and select this and I’m going to just go ahead and just color like that. These nice, juicy red lips right here. Yeah, sweetie, okay, so now that. I’ve got that done. I’m gonna create the yellow color of the hair, and you can see if I go back into my original one here. My hair is a solid color and you could recreate the pattern effect with your hair, but I just use a solid color. If you actually what’s funny is if you go online, and you look at pictures of you know, like those. Art Deco pieces of that people do that sort of mimic this style. You can tell that there’s some that are solid color and some that are pattern, and probably if you were to read a comic book from that era, you could see that some of these colors were solid and some were patterned. But, you know, you probably could get away with doing a pattern effect with that, but for me. I’m gonna try it as just a yellow color for now. Sort of like a golden yellow right here that looks good and I’m just gonna go ahead and paint. Yeah, it might be a little bit too golden and again to each his own. You can color this whatever you want. Yeah, that’s not too bad. I’m being fussy! You know what, this is fine the way? I’m gonna make sure that I select the colors. I’m gonna use the eyedropper tool because like if you’re in a different color like, say, you’re in this color, and you want to get to this color. All you got to do is hit the letter. I and it’s gonna bring up the eye drop tool and you can just select in any spot where you want that color, and it’s gonna turn your fill to that color, and I’m gonna use that color color the rest of the hair here, So I’m just gonna go in here and I’m just going to fill everything with that. Nice golden color. Okay, cool, okay, so now. I’ve got basically the outline that I want like this. This is a nice starting point and you could stop right here. But if you want to get really crazy, you can go ahead and just add some highlights and some shadows and stuff and just sort of mimic that same pattern and actually. I can do that now and show you how. I how I do that so the way you want to do. If you want to make a highlight or a shadow or something, you’re not going to have that in your stroke, because basically, the stroke is kind of like the the outline that you use to create the fill underneath it if that makes any sense. So if you want to make a shadow or something, you could build that in to your original stroke before you duplicate it and then create the fill or what you could do is. You could do it later And then just merge it with your fill your your your. Live Paint group, which is what they call this. And I can show you how to do that or the way I like to do it anyway. Is I’ll just go in and I’ll use a brush tool and I’m just gonna make a light or a small brush, and it doesn’t really matter what brush you use or what color you use and I’m gonna the reason. Why isn’t someone show you in a second here is? I’m just gonna turn everything to a stroke of none for this filled group, and that way it gives me more freedom to just sort of experiment with the highlight this and I just want to make a closed path so that I can just sort of make a nice highlight. So I’m gonna sort of draw. Maybe a closed path down here, and I might do the same thing up here with the lips. Make sure that it follows sort of parallel to this sort of curved top lip here, and there’s gonna be a like a little shine going on with these lips. So that’s gonna look good and then. I’m gonna do the same thing with these with the hair. I’m gonna create a little shadow, so there’s gonna be highlights here, and then there’s gonna be shadows where the hair is gonna be and the way. I’m gonna do that is I’m just gonna go here and I’m just gonna sort of move parallel to these sort of Tufts of hair that I’ve got going on here and another thing. If you’re lazy to finish that path, what you can do is you can go into the direct selection tool and just select a point and just drag it wherever you want it to end up like that, and then you can take this handle, and then you can move it like that in a way. That sort of makes it parallel to this line here, so that looks good. Make sure all the pads are closed, meaning. Make sure that everything is touching the stroke that way when you merge it with the live paint. It’s gonna actually recognize it and you’re not gonna paint anywhere inside or outside that you don’t want it to be that makes any sense. Okay, that looks good, so that’s gonna be just sort of, like, a shadow underneath my hair and then. I’m gonna do the same thing with my neck. If I go to my original, you can see. I sort of did something here, and I might just mimic that sort of effect with my brush and I’m just drawing just a basic shadow underneath here, and I’m trying to move it. Semi parallel to this. Chin doesn’t have to be perfect, but I’d like that, okay, so that’s good. Delete these, all right, so what I’m gonna do? I’m just gonna move this a little bit further a little bit further. Sometimes it selects in a spot that I don’t want it to select in. Oh, I see there’s. No, that’s weird. I don’t know why it’s not selecting this point area. Good, just want to select that individual point. Move this just a little bit closer to that tuft of hair. Yeah, looks good. Okay, So now what I’m gonna do is I’m going to merge my Live. Paint and I might do actually hold on. I might well. I said way in there, okay, so what I’m gonna do is? I’m gonna do the same thing with my ears. I just sort of taking the brush tool and I guess this is fine. Sometimes the brush is bigger than I think it is. You’re smaller than I think it is. Okay, okay, and these strokes are gonna disappear, so it’s not gonna. There’s not going to be this black stroke. Sort, even this out a little better there. Yeah, perfect, So now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go ahead And with my fill layer selected. I’m gonna do my little trick here where I click just to the right of this circle and that when this big square lights up, you can tell that everything is selected and I say Big Square, because if you select just one thing, there’s a little bit a little tiny square. That’s that that’s shows up to the right of that circle, but if you click here and it makes it into a bigger square, you can tell that everything selected and everything you can see all the points that are highlighted in red and everything that’s good. I want everything to be selected and then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go up here and I click on merge Live paint and I’m going to get my dialog and Ima hit. OK, and you can see that everything just sort of flattened into that gross, ugly looking, simple path, but these are gonna go away anyway, and I’m gonna show you how I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna take my fill and I’m going to select everything again by doing my little thing, and then I’m gonna in here where it shows the stroke. You can see that it’s selected that the stroke is black. What I want to do is I want to make it a stroke of none, so I’m gonna make sure that this is put to the front and I’m just gonna click on that box, which was behind this fill. I’m gonna click on that and right here where it says none. I’m gonna click on that and what you can tell is all of that stroke that I just made all of that disappeared, but it’s nice that I preserve the original stroke up top. Because if I turn that off, you can see that my all my stroke that originally would have been in this. Phil, that’s all gone because it’s all been turned to none, so I keep this up here to preserve that original stroke, and now I’m free to just color in my shadows and a way I’m gonna do that is I’m gonna go ahead in here and I’m gonna use this same theme where the dark is on the outside and the light is on the inside, and I think if your coloring darker things, it’s probably best to do it that way, and if your coloring lighter things, then it’s best to do it this way, that’s just something. I’ve noticed or it seems to work better for me anyway, and I think the reason for that is because there’s more space in the margins when you end up coloring the pattern, so whatever is in the margins is gonna end up looking darker and whatever, though the polka dot is gonna be is gonna be light, and it’s gonna it’s gonna make the whole thing look darker by comparison. I think if that makes any sense, but okay, so I’m gonna sort of take this, but I’m gonna match that. And actually, it might have been better to just copy this one, so I’m gonna do that, and I’m going to using my direct selection tool or a I’m gonna select this circle and I’m gonna make it a little bit darker, not too much because again this is gonna be the lighter part, and I’m gonna do that, and I’m gonna take this, And I’m going to turn it darker, darker, darker, darker, darker. That’s probably good turn this lighter, so it’s gonna be lighter by comparison and again it’s probably not that changed much because this hurt discolor is gonna be really similar to that color by the end of it all, but I think that looks OK for now again. You can change it if you want, but I’m gonna select that, and I’m gonna move it into my swatches panel like so, and you can see it showed up, zoom out again and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna select that holy again. Make sure you deselect everything before you select this Swatch. Otherwise, it’s gonna go nuts and it’s gonna color everything that you’ve got selected with that particular. Squatch so very important. So then, um, make sure that Swatch is selected with the pattern. Go into your shadow and just color with that darker color that you just made. Yeah, looks good, nice shadow. I’m gonna do the same thing on the inside of the ear. Right here, yeah, cool, and I’m gonna do the same thing with the neck. Yeah, okay now. I’m gonna do the same thing for the lips, but I’m just gonna make it a lighter color because it’s gonna be a highlight rather than a shadow, so I’m gonna take this because this was the darker color of the lips. I’m gonna duplicate it and I’m going to do the same trick, but again I think to make a lighter color, cuz. It’s gonna be a highlight. I think we should make this the darker color and this the lighter color. So I’m gonna do that now. I’m gonna turn this into a light pink, very light, pink, not white, but very close, and this isn’t gonna be that far away from what color I will end up using, but it’s probably okay, and I’m going to move it into here. Zoom out again there. We go okay and then. I can go into here and just sort of paint my highlight, right. There looks good, yeah. I don’t know that looks kind of funny to me. I hope my stylist just broke, it’s okay. Where is this gonna look like like that? That doesn’t look bad and then what I could try is, I can do the same thing, but on top, so I’m gonna hit the direct selection tool again and I’m gonna delete this and I’m going to again. This is gonna deviate quite a bit from my original one, but that’s okay. I’m gonna create another little stroke right up here, using my brush tool and that murderd. Live Paint, okay, and now I can, actually, if I’m gonna use this color, It’s funny, because if you use the eye drop tool that works the same way with patterns as it does with colors. So if I were to go into my eye drop and hit the letter, I or just click into here and select inside a pattern. You can see that it chooses. Whatever pattern you thought you hovered over, which is nice as well. Domenic, okay, and I’m gonna paint it that color. And then I don’t know, man. This just looks really plasticky right now. I’m gonna ditch it for now. I’m just gonna keep the top one there. We go, okay. I think we’ve got a good sort of basis and you can go way overboard. If you want like we could even create a new one for the hair. If we wanted to, we’re getting really overboard in this video is gonna be really long – probably much longer than it needed to be, but that’s okay, that’s totally fine. Make it yellow for the hair again. If it’s gonna be a lighter color, we should probably make the margins darker than the circle like that, actually. I kind of like that. Golden, look, let me get a little more orange there. We go all right there. We go select that. This looks really pale. Isn’t it. I don’t know in some ways. It’s helpful to just actually just use the color. You started with from the get-go. Select that circle. One thing you can do is if you want to steal a color color information and plug it into a spot. Where the you know the circle is going to be. You can use the eye drop tool. Grab it right here and then click on that color, and this is sort of a nice little number. You can plug in some copy, okay, and then. I’m gonna select this go in and hit paste and that’s gonna steal that color. Wonder what it would look like. If we inverted it. So make the the margins lighter or the margins darker and the circle lighter. I wonder what that would look like. I think that might actually look better well. That might be okay. Let’s see you get the idea, though. You can just get as creative as you want with this. That doesn’t look bad. It’s pretty sweet, another thing you can do, master. My background back on this doesn’t look bad. This is still using that original color. One thing you could do is just maybe make like a little cartoon bubble coming out, just making a new layer, so I move every object every new object that I make has its own layer it. It should be a thought bubble because she’s not her mouth isn’t open, so she really shouldn’t be talking. Select everything, give it a point. Seven five stroke or whatever you want. Some people like bigger strokes. Some people like smaller strokes. Whatever floats your boat, man. Whatever floats your boat. I’m not here to judge. Okay, Make it all white, make it only white moon. You had the painted black and there we go at the peanut white type type in a big question. Mark like what the is going on in this crazy mixed-up world in which we live. Call me guy, call me. God, that’s a good cartoon font! I always love it when I duplicate something. And it just chooses a highlight. That’s totally unseeable on you gun on white like this yellow that it chose. If you want to change that by the way, all you have to do is click on the layer itself and change it to something else. We could go in here and just use the little. Apple, click wheel. Ideally, come on or not, okay, forget. That blue is much better than yellow, Though. I have to say all right, so then just go into your direct select tool and make it bigger [Music]. Maybe italicize it a little bit. You can’t. There isn’t an italic version of this one. I don’t think so the way you can do. That is go option. Transform and shear preview and then just go a little bit further. Just this little click wheel here, what the? I’m going way overboard here, okay, and then to finish it off. Just make sure you hide these swatches that you use or you can save these swatches, too. If you want, save them into a Swatch library, so you can pull them up later, but actually, here’s another thing I could do is I could make this a little bit darker because the space between the chin and the neck is much more than the space between the hair and the face, which means that the shadow should be more bold. I think on the neck then it should be on the face, so let’s do that. I’m having fun here as you can probably tell, just make this darker, make it much darker moon doing my Jamaican accent, My horrible Jamaican accent. Okay, Same thing, just select it. Make sure yours in dim cuz. If if you’re zoomed way out, you’re not gonna be able to manipulate it that much by the way my keyboard command that I’m using the zoom in and out is command + on the Mac and command – on Windows. It’s probably the same only with control, which is the way it usually goes. Okay, and I’m just use that there. We go nice, that’s very good, that’s very good. I lack oh, man, that look like weird. Alright, maybe a finishing touch. I could do is if you look at my reference. You can see that there’s a little bit of a shadow on top of the eyes here, and I might just do that just to put a nice little finishing touch on this bad boy. They could just sort of like a light, gray and then use it, choose a choose a very small brush and just paint one thing. I love by the way and I hope illustrator fixes this, and I don’t know if it’s my fault, but this always happens to me, whereas if I’m in a tool and I select the brush and I change it to whatever I want and I start painting a lot of times like it’ll just change it’s mind and just be like no. I know better than you. You want a one-point stroke then? I’ll be like no. No, I want a 0.25 stroke and I’ll have to change it back. See, paint, one point Pre-paint 0.25 post paint 1 Why is that I don’t know? But anyway, to fix that, just paint anywhere else, and then you can change it and then when you go to 0.25 after you’ve decided to paint, it will change it to 0.25 Why is that? I don’t know, we’re gonna do again. Oh yeah, so. I’m using my gray, okay to do make sure my points are closed. I’m in the wrong layer and I make sure I’m in the fill layer and we’re gonna do that to make sure you closely as closely as you can follow the almond shape of your eyes. So it’s sort of parallel to the very top again doesn’t have to be perfect, but okay, now what I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna do the same thing. Select everything. Where’d you like paint, okay. I’m going to okay. Make sure that my fill is on this one, and I’m just gonna this path. Just sort of congealed for me. I thought I thought, hmm, maybe too dark. Maybe a little lighter than Yeah. Be cool and again since I changed my mind about the color. This stroke is gonna be a parent, but I can just fix that by selecting everything or selecting the stroke that I want to banish and make sure that it is set to none like so. Okay, looks pretty good to me. All right, guys. I guess that’s it for this tutorial like comment subscribe. I hope this helped you if you wanted to learn about how to use this technique in your projects. I know I I had a lot of fun coming up with this sort of technique so and I might be doing more of these tutorials later on. It just depends if I have time. And if I have anything I would like to share, but otherwise again. I hope this helped you and have a good day.