Digital Illustration: Jerry the cactus monster

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One of my goals this year was to conquer my fear of illustrator. Something about the pen tool, and the program in general always intimidated me. For years and I mean years I would google illustrator lessons, but nothing ever stuck, and I struggled to finish a single project. Then I discovered Skillshare classes by Dylan M.; her classes changed the game for me. The class in particular is called Illustrator Basics: The shape building tool. Her class and a few others helped me find the joy in creative projects again.  

I started with a sketch of the cactus monster and used it as a reference while recreating the image in Illustrator. Circles and a rectangle were combined to make his head. I had some trouble making the bottom portion of his body, and had to rework the shape several times. I used the pencil tool for all the stripes, his feet, and the swirly flower. 

Jerry originally started out with a green head wearing a blue and yellow-orange striped outfit. I didn't like the look so I played around with different color combinations until I found something I liked. I attempted to soften the shadow affect by using a deep purple instead of black. 

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