Last week we left off in Illustrator. We'll finish that up, and this will be the last lesson for this year. I'll post a Fashion Friday doll this week, too, but December is going to be an experiment. I am going to post a black & white doll on December first and then a new outfit every day for the month! January will be back to the normal routine. After today's lesson, I feel like all of the "basics" of how I make a paper doll will have been covered. I'd like to dig deeper into some techniques, as well as take a look at various products to explore the differences. If there's a topic someone would like to explore, let me know. I'm happy to take lesson requests!
So back to the lesson.
Last week we left off with an outlined doll. I want to create the base for the doll, color the doll, and place the doll in the proper position to print on a standard sheet of paper. Let's start by creating the base.
Open the shape tool on the menu toolbar and select the ellipse option. Hold down Shift while drawing an ellipse and you'll end up with a circle. This works with the rectangle tool as well: you get a square by holding Shift. If you also hold down Option (or Alt on a PC) while drawing, you'll creating your circle from the center out. It can be handy.
So our artboard is the correct size, all but one of our templates have been moved (remember the template under the doll!), and we're ready to move and resize. Make sure your template layer has been re-locked.
To color your doll, click on each shape and select a color. You can change the foreground and stroke colors, you can make the fill a gradient, you can add patterns, etc. In this case, I just want to make the doll flat colors. Click on the part you want to color and select a swatch from your swatches panel.