Sketch Fashion Flats in Illustrator (Without the Pen Tool)

How to Sketch Fashion Flats in Illustrator (Without The Pen Tool)

April 12, 2017

Whether you love it or hate it, the Pen Tool is necessary for everything we do in Illustrator. But the lesser know Pencil Tool – which draws much more organically like an actual pencil – offers some really great tricks and shortcuts.

In this video, I’ll sketch an entire flat without ever touching the Pen Tool.

You will learn:

  • 00:39 How the Pencil Tool works different than the Pen Tool, and how to understand when it will do what
  • 04:07 Why you should change your zoom level when drawing fashion flats with the Pencil Tool
  • 06:28 Change the stacking order of your garment
  • 06:55 How to use the Reflect Tool to copy symmetrical parts (like a sleeve)
  • 07:40 Use the Pencil Tool to reshape any vector path
  • 08:19 How to add shadows / highlights to your fashion flat sketches
  • 09:24 Add a thick border around the edge of your illustration

Sketch Fashion Flats in Illustrator without the Pen Tool Tutorial by {Sew Heidi}

Questions or tutorial ideas? Put them below in the comments!