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Sketching on the Go: Fluid Freehand Sketching with Adobe Illustrator Draw (2016)

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Artists are always thinking about their work. If you have the kinds of portable tools suggested by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, you can jump from inspiration to sketch in an instant, with all the possibilities of your Adobe drawing tools readily at hand.
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A versatile vector application for inking sketches and drawings on the go, Adobe Illustrator Draw lets you create freeform vector artwork using a brush, pens, and more. Layers provide flexibility. Via Creative Cloud, images created in Adobe Illustrator Draw can be exported to Adobe Illustrator CC .1.0 and later as vector files, with editable paths.

With Adobe Illustrator Draw, you can sketch using your finger, a passive stylus like the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Solo, or the pressure-sensitive Adobe Ink stylus.

In this project, we'll focus on getting acquainted with Adobe Illustrator Draw and sketching freehand. I drew the Plumerias sketch shown in Figure 1 from my imagination.

The completed Plumerias drawing shows sensitive thick to thin lines drawn with the Brush tool, set off by a patch of color behind the flowers. I used the Brush tool to draw colored strokes in the center of the flowers. To isolate these elements of the drawing, I used layers.

Figure 1 The finished drawing of plumerias.

Setting Up Your Preferences

Tap the Pen icon in the upper left of your screen to access Settings. In Settings > Preferences, you can orient the toolbar for right-handed or left-handed use. I am right-handed and set up the toolbar on the left side of the canvas. So that you can preview strokes as you draw them, choose Stroke Smoothing > While Drawing, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 Setting up the preferences for right-handed drawing.

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