Sunburst effects lend themselves to lots of happy, retro layouts. This video gives you the basics to create one. Play with the Stroke and Twirl settings to juice things up for your projects.
Another great tutorial. This was something a little different and lends itself to lettering and other shapes. This is from Nobu Design and is called Illustrator Trick: Art Brush Lettering.
Once you’ve created the art brush, use it on any path you want.
I found that it worked better if I broke the path on some letters so that the two ends of the brush didn’t munge together and remained distinct and separate.
When life’s too short to stuff a mushroom these quick effects are wicked little go-to brushes.
Another colourful tutorial, this time from Free School Graphic Design.
I call it ‘Buddleia’ circle cos it looks like a circle of blooms from the butterfly tree to me. Call it what you like, it’s just pretty and fun to make. Change the fill from solids to gradients to change the look.
Circle Pixel Logo Design
Free School Graphic Design Tutorial
The sphere above is fairly quick to do – the tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow. You’ll use 3D revolve and mapping art functions as well as the nifty Pathfinder.
When I set up my rows (then groups) of circles – the art to be mapped onto the surface of the sphere I did mine differently.
I used the ellipse tool to create a circle of 25pt. I used the Transform Each (Object>Transform>Transform Each) to create a copy offset by 5pt horizontally (enter 30pt in the horizontal setting to allow for the circle and the space between) then Ctrl>D to duplicate to create a row.
Group the row of circles and go back to the Transform Each option. This time change the horizontal value to 15pt and the vertical offset to 60pt.
Group them all together and then duplicate the double rows till you have plenty to make the Symbol which is used as the artwork to map onto the sphere’s surface.
The gradient blend was really the work of moments. I used the Pencil tool to draw two wavy lines (I double-clicked to bring up the settings so I could have a smooth wave with no jagged bits).
Select them both then go to Options>Blend. For some reason, the Blend options comes in two parts – why can’t the developers combine the Blend Options (plus preview) with Blend>Make to create a single dialog?).
Go to Blend Options and select Colours or Steps. I selected Steps and entered 12 or so. Then go to Options>Blend>Make to see the effect. It gets easier after this initial stage. You can then go to Blend>Options and tweak the number of steps and see it applied to your work.
I also used the Direct Selection tool to select the two ends of the lines and aligned them to be both horizontally and vertically centred so they would taper. You can also pinch in other sections of the blend if you want to tweak the design.
I also applied a gradient to the blend – Object>Expand Appearance then select and apply a gradient.