Integrate characters into your work

  • Software Illustrator CS5
  • Time needed 3-5 hours
  • Skills-Use the Pen and Pathfinder tools-Create custom vector lettering-Design balanced compositions

Characters can be very strong communication tools when successfully used as part of a design application. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to create a unique character and build up its background, incorporating custom type to make a stunning, visually consistent composition.

Using a character design that I created as part of a two-colour screenprinted poster for Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival, we’ll cover the process from initial sketches through to producing the final vector design, using the Pathfinder palette to noticeably speed up your workflow.

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