How I Make Lines with Illustrator

Here's a brand new series of posts that describe how I work in Illustrator. Vector drawing programs like Illustrator allow you to create technically accurate lines and curves, flexible shapes, and digital artwork that's not dependent on pixel resolution. 

In part one of this post, we'll take a look at why the Pen Tool is awesome and the basics of making lines and curves with it.

In this demonstration, we'll look at how I trace a sketch with paths using the Pen Tool in Illustrator. I'll show you some typical tools and tricks that I use to quickly lay in simple vector lines using an imported drawing as a guide.

In this installment, we'll look at a couple of different methods for creating line width variation in Illustrator. No one particular way is better than another and, in fact, sometimes it's a good idea to combine techniques. We'll do just that to add weight to our racer drawing.