Paper Figures in Illustrator

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Due next class, we can work in class on it:

  • Sketches for paper figure ideas and research images of other artists work.  For this project you will look for artwork online that fits your concept and style.  Print out three examples and some information on the artist and his/her artwork. Then, sketch out your figure with two outfit changes.
  • What is the concept/theme for your figure? (must have detailed information.)
  • What will be your color scheme? (Must have color examples.)

Illustrator paper figure drawing Powerpoint

What is Adobe Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator is a program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images.

What is a vector image?

Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygons—all of which are based on mathematical expressions—to represent images in computer graphics. Vector graphics are based on vectors (also called paths), which lead through locations called control points or anchors.

The drawing tools of Illustrator

Pencil tool-  is much like the paintbrush tool, but is doesn’t have the brush styles.  Just like using a real pencil to draw you can adjust the tool to work with your motions.  Double click on the pencil tool to change the fidelity and smoothness.

Pen Tool works like the pen tool in Photoshop.  It is a point and path drawing tool.

The simplest path you can draw with the Pen tool is a straight line, made by clicking the Pen tool to create two anchor points. By continuing to click, you create a path made of straight line segments connected by corner points.

Clicking Pen tool creates straight segments.
Click link to see the full instructions to using the pen tool:

Selection Tools

The Selection tool (V) selects entire objects. See Select objects with the Selection tool.

The Direct Selection tool (A) selects points or path segments within objects. See Select paths, segments, and anchor points.

The Group Selection tool selects objects and groups within groups. See Select objects and groups with the Group Selection tool.

The Magic Wand tool (Y) selects objects with similar attributes. SeeSelect objects with the Magic Wand tool.

The Lasso tool (Q) selects points or path segments within objects. See Select objects with the Lasso tool.

The Artboard tool creates separate artboards for printing or export. SeeCreate an artboard.

Reference from

Click on link to learn more:

Starting Paper Figures Project:

 practice using the pencil, pen and selection tools with the fruit image.

Fruit Still life


Pre-project steps: take a photo or scan your sketches.  Save them as a tiff or jpeg.

1)  Now that everyone has their images scanned,  we will place the images and create a template layer with it.  Open new artboard, choose 3 artboards, letter size, landscape paper direction.  Go to File-place- choose sketch file.  The image is placed when their is a large X going across it.  Change the name of your layer 1 to sketch template.  Then, click on the open area inside of the layer, layer styles will open; click on template.  Choose your opacity and click ok.

2)  Use the pencil or paintbrush to draw the doll and extras.  Explore pencil thickness and fidelity to fit to your liking.

Sketch out your drawing and use the direct selection tool to fix any edges, corners, and/or intersections.

FIlling in color:

1) Test out the blob tool once you have a pencil drawing created from one of your dolls.  Make a new layer, call it color, and then place it between template layer and the sketch drawing layer.

The blob tool is also much like the paintbrush tool, but continues merging to the path to create a shape, like the paint brush and paint bucket in one.  The blob tool is great for adding layers and blending in values/tones.

2)  Find the base color of your object using the eyedropper tool.  Then, click on the blob tool and fill in the color and erase if you go outside of the sketch.

3) Click the viewing eye off the color layer, choose your your next color using the eyedropper tool.  Or, if you don’t have color on the sketch, choose a color from the palette.  Adjust the opacity to have a layered effect, or continue adding color at full opacity.  What style are you trying to achieve with your theme doll?


Converting your artwork to Live Paint groups allows you to color them freely, as you would a drawing on canvas or paper. You can stroke each path segment with a different color and fill each enclosed path (note, not just closed paths) with a different color, pattern, or gradient.

Live Paint is an intuitive way to create colored drawings. It lets you use the full range of Illustrator’s vector drawing tools, but treats all the paths you draw as though they are on the same flat surface. That is, none of the paths is behind or in front of any other. Instead, the paths divide the drawing surface up into areas, any of which can be colored, regardless of whether the area is bounded by a single path or by segments of multiple paths. The result is that painting objects is like filling in a coloring book or using watercolors to paint a pencil sketch.

Once you’ve made a Live Paint group, each path remains fully editable. When you move or adjust a path’s shape, the colors that had been previously applied don’t just stay where they were, like they do in natural media paintings or image editing programs. Instead, Illustrator automatically reapplies them to the new regions that are formed by the edited paths.