Exercise: Pen Tool Shapes
Use the pen tool (and convert tool ) to recreate the shapes found on the provided templates. Note that there are two sets of shapes ("Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes").
Pen tool with shapes video
- Download and expand this zipped file; it contains two Illustrator files called "Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes."
- Open Sea Shapes first. You should see seven simple line objects. The gray lines are the lines you want to reproduce. The purple boxes are where your anchor points should go, and the magenta and yellow lines are where the "handles" should be positioned to get the proper curves.
- Set your fill color to none, and your stroke to black, 1pt.
- Trace over the objects with the pen tool by drawing right on top of the template. Place anchor points on the purple rectangles and drag “handles” out along the guides. The magenta handles are guides that you click and drag along. The yellow handles are trickier—you drag away from them; as you do, a handle will grow out of the anchor point and move in the opposite direction of your drag. Align these "backside" handles with the yellow guides.
- Do not add any anchor points or reposition handles—follow the template exactly.
- Almost all of these shapes should be drawn as closed paths (end where you begin; no gaps). There are only two open paths/line: the cat's mouth and the contour of one of the cat's legs.
Things to remember: