Make a Fantasy Weapon
An overview of all we'll be covering in this course.
A more in-depth look at the different steps that go into creating a fantasy weapon in Adobe Illustrator.
By gathering reference images we will make our sketch that much better.
To make our lives easier once in Illustrator, we'll be creating a sketch of our weapon first.
Starting in greyscale means we only have to focus on shape creation and value—freeing us from having to dwell on colour.
A continuation of the previous lesson.
With our shapes and values mostly decided, it's time to start adding colour.
Fine-tuning the shadows and highlights of the weapon's blade.
Fine-tuning the shadows and highlights of the weapon's hilt.
Fine-tuning the shadows and highlights of the weapon's gems and grip.
As we near completion we focus on the detail work.
The final step in this process is creating a background that looks as good as our weapon.
A recap of what we've done and a few closing thoughts.
Learn how to turn your doodles into fully realized vector art! Follow along as we take a simple sketch into Adobe Illustrator and step-by-step make a beautiful weapon right out of your favourite fantasy world. Great for learning how to work with shapes, colours and gradients.
What You'll learn
- A start to finish process for creating a detailed vector illustration
- How to creating a sketch from gathered inspiration
- A variety of methods for creating the exact shapes you want
- How to move from greyscale to colour to make sure you have a good sense of contrast
- How gradients and other effects can be used to create very dynamic lighting
Take a sketch of your imagined (or not) fantasy weapon into Adobe Illustrator and make a beautiful piece of vector art!
- Demonstration Working File
- Sample Illustration 1
- Sample Illustration 2
- Sample Illustration 3
- Sample Illustration 4
Music: square3 by airtone
About the teacher
Hayden Aube is a designer-turned-illustrator with an obsession for how we learn. Having made many big transitions in his life and career, Hayden now channels his time into helping other artists get where they want to be. This means tutorials, coaching and several community-based initiatives. To stay sharp, Hayden maintains a freelance illustration business, creates a variety of personal projects and is always enrolled in an online or in-person course himself.