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Secret Garden with Basic Shapes

Artboard 1

What if I told you that the image created above was done so with using only basic shapes and some text in Adobe Illustrator? Well it was!  All the way down to the misplaced oven mitts.

Don’t believe me?  That’s fine.  What’s the object you see that can’t possibly be done with just simple shapes?  The bird you say?  Ok, here’s how that little tweeter was created:

  1. Create an oval of any color using the Ellipse Tool.
  2. Select the Convert Anchor Point Tool and simply click on the left and right anchor points of your cute little oval.  This will create a shape that looks like an eye.
  3. With your new eye selected, go to Effect>Distort and Transform>Twist.  This will open a new dialogue box that asks you what angle you want to twist you eye.  For my bird, I chose 100 degrees.  Click “Ok” and you should have the base for the bird.
  4. This next step is up to you.  Select the Direct Selection Tool and play with the anchor points and lines until you are satisfied with your bird.
  5. Make sure you add an eye so your little bird can see what he’s getting into!  To do this, simply create a small circle and place it where you think its eye should be.
  6. For its little stick legs, you’ll simply create a very thin rectangle using the Rectangle Tool and then copy and paste it.  Place its little legs around the middle of the birds curvy bottom.  Then you will send its legs to the back (Object>Arrange>Send to Back)so your birdie’s booty still comes out strong.
  7. Now for the wing so your little bird can fly high and defend its country.  Create an oval using the Ellipse Tool.  Select the Convert Anchor Point Tool again and click on one anchor point on the oval, preferably one at the end.  Great!  Now you have a tear drop.  You can stop here and rotate and place your little tear drop on your bird.  If you want a more curvular wing, use the Direct Selection Tool and play with the other, non-sharpened anchors and curves to your liking.

Tada!  Your bird is complete!

Still not convinced?  Okay, let’s look at the flowers if you’re still a nonbeliever.

  1. Select the Polygon Tool and simply click on your art board/empty space.  Then a dialogue box will pop up asking you what exactly you want your polygon to be.  For the flowers, I chose 6 sides.
  2. Then go to Effect>Distort and Transform>Pucker and Bloat.  Move the slider to 50% and press “Ok”.  This will turn your hexagon into a base shape for a daisy.
  3. Next, create a small circle of any color and place it in the middle of your flower base shape.

Alakazam!  You have an adorable flower!  The best part is that you can just copy and paste your flower and you have a limitless supply of basic, digital flowers!

I think I’ve converted you.  Now I’ll answer your next question: How did you create those glorious planters and pots?  Well, my dear, with basic shapes!

  1. Create a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool and set its color.
  2. Select your rectangle and go to Effect>Warp>Bulge and a dialogue box should pop up.
  3. If you have a positive number for Bend, your shape will seem to gain weight.  If you have a negitive number for Bend, your shape will learn to suck it in.
  4. Under the distortion tab, if you mess with the Horizontal slider, your shape will seem to shift to the left if you move the slider to the left and shift to the right if you move the slider to the right.
  5. Under the distortation tab, if you mess with the Vertical slider, positive numbers will make your shape bottom heavy and negative numbers will make your shape top heavy.
  6. To create your ideal pot (for gardening), mess around with the sliders until you have the desired shape.

Thank you so much for learning with me! Next time you see a basic shape, take a second to realize that it has limitless potential just like you!

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