Messing With Bends In Illustrator (Part 2)

In the next lesson we were given the task of trying to created some of the Olympic logos for Example London 2012, Beijing 2008 And Barcelona 1992. They were created using the pen tool to outline them then to use the anchor tool to bend or smooth out the jagged edged created with the pen tool.

The London 2012 Olympics symbol was very easy as it was just a lot of straight lines and there was no need to to bend the lines to a rounded corner or shape. (See far left). However easy the task was many of the line were not accurate and i would have improved if given more time. Also the logo is not peach coloured so i would have also changed that to be the purple color that the logo originally was.

The Barcelona 1992 Olympics symbol was one of the hardest one to created as I wasn’t able to get any of the bend that the logo has or the rigged edges. Also the blue circle isn’t has rounded as it is in the original logo. However unlike the London 2012 logo the logos colours are accurate as i found a tool where i could pick the color from anywhere in the file. So i was able to choose color from the actual image to get the actual color which was pretty nifty.

The Beijing 2008 Olympics symbol was not as easy as the London 2012 as it has weird outline but wasn’t as hard as the Barcelona 1992 logo because it didn’t have as many bumps at that one. Overall I think i could have improved it by smoothing out the areas and lines that needed the smoothing and leaving those edges that were rough in its original form.


Messing With Bends In Illustrator.

Today In Marks lesson we were introduced to the anchor tool, which allowed us to change any shape and manipulate it into weird and wonderful shapes. Firstly he showed us how to actually use it and we were given a bit of time to manipulate the shape to how we wanted it.  This is what I made in that time!


Made by manipulating a square into a very rounded but straight rectangle. Then I created another weird shape and used the path-finder tool to cut though the first shape with the second shape. This helped me to understand path-finding as i struggled at first when introduced to it. Now I can use it and understand its functions.

The second half of lesson we were given the task of outline a rubber duck. And then were able to customize the ducks to look awesome. People made a whole array from unicorn ducks to ducks with top hats. I didn’t add much but I still thing it looks cool.

Left is Original and Right is mine. What could have made mine better in more detail in the eyes, mouth and wings as this would have made it a more accurate copy of the original image. However overall the shape is mostly accurate to the ducks original design.

Illustrator Flags

In Illustrator we were given the task to create some Flag of the World. Those Flags being The Swiss Flag, Gambia, Greece and South Africa. We spent a lesson creating these flags Using a various of tools. These being: Pen Tool, Shape Tool, Rulers and Guides, Grids. Many of these tools were simple to use as none of the tools where very challenging.

Swiss Flag: Created using Pen tool, and the Square tools.  Red Square and a cross using the pen tool. This could be improve if the cross was more even and Centred.
South Africa Flag: Created Last Using The Pen. 2 Triangle, 1 Y shape and two triangles and squares.


Greece Flag: Neon Blue!  Created using 7 white lines order in the shape of the Greece flag. Improvements: If it wasnt neon blue so a darker shade of blue