How to Make a Fashion Illustration in Illustrator | Adobe Creative Cloud

Use the Pencil, Pen, and Swatches to create overlapping lines, vivid colors, and distinctive patterns for fashion illustrations. Featured artist: Audrey Marion. Check out more of her work here:

Start from scratch, or download practice files [] for a head start. Steps below.

Draw the facial features:

1. Open the practice file (File – Open).
2. Choose the Pencil (N) tool.

Tip: If you have a drawing tablet you can use the Pencil tool on your tablet to draw in Illustrator.

3. Double-click the Pencil tool to open the Tool Options and adjust the Pencil settings. Click OK.

Here are the settings we used:

• Fidelity: mostly smooth
• Keep selected: checked
• Close paths when ends are within: checked and 15 pixels
• Edit selected paths: checked and 11 pixels

4. Draw the nose and mouth in a continuous path. Make sure the path stays selected.

Add color and patterns:

1. Open the Swatches panel (Window – Swatches).
2. Set the Fill color to the same black color as the canvas background and the Stroke color to beige.
3. Use the Direct Selection (A) tool to adjust points along the path. Click and drag to reposition some and use the handles to finesse others.
4. Use the Selection (V) tool to move the mouth and nose in place.
5. Use the Direct Selection tool to tweak the path so it blends with the drawing of the face.

Draw clothes:

1. Use the Pen (P) tool to draw the sleeve. Set the Stroke to None and the Fill color to ochre.

To use the Pen tool: Click to add angled points. Click and drag handles to create curves. Click on the original anchor point to finish the path.

2. Click a pattern from the Swatches panel.
3. Draw the rest of the clothes and hair using the Pencil and Pen tools.
4. Use the Rectangle (M) tool to draw the hair ties.
5. Use the Selection tool to move hair ties into place.
6. Hover and drag just outside the corner handles to rotate each rectangle.

Design a backdrop:

1. Choose the Rectangular Grid tool and drag to add a grid to the background.

Tip: If you are using the Rectangular Grid for the first time, you can click the Edit Toolbar icon (ellipsis on the toolbar) and drag it from the All Tools listing on to the main toolbar. If you’d like to group it with another tool, such as the Rectangle tool, drag it on top of that tool to add it to the group.

2. In the Properties panel, set the Fill to none, Stroke color to beige, and width to 1.
3. Right-click on the grid and select Arrange – Send Backward until the grid is behind the illustration.

Reflect on your design:

1. Click the eye icon next to the grid layer in the Layers (Window – Layers) panel to hide the grid.
2. Use Shift+click to select all parts of the drawing.
3. Select Object – Transform – Reflect, click Vertical, and Copy to make a duplicate of the illustration.
4. Apply new colors and patterns to the copied drawing.
5. When you are finished, make the grid visible again.

That’s it!

To learn more, check out our Companion Tutorial:




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