Intro

The beauty of this image lies in its simplicity: it’s so clean and neatly proportioned that it radiates effortless charm. One key reason for its clear-cut appeal is its symmetry – by its very nature it’s balanced and orderly, but it retains a sense of movement. It’s also got a sort of comical formality, partly because its symmetry and background make it look almost like a heraldic crest.

In this tutorial, creative duo LouLou & Tummie show you how to use Illustrator to create a symmetrical, character-filled banner. You’ll hone your use of the Pathfinder tool to build new shapes, and tweak lines to give them a sense of flow.

The tricks you’ll learn are useful in a range of other vector-based illustrations, helping you to create art that is clean but not stilted.

To start, you’ll need to get some reference images of plants and flowers and draw yourself a rough sketch to base the tutorial on.

Time to complete

5 hours

Software

Adobe Illustrator