Petros Afshar, who recently won a D&AD Student Award in Brand Communications, has a penchant for primitive forms. Basic shapes, geometric patterns and intricate line art fascinate him, and he finds inspiration in how artists such as Peter Grundy, Charley Harper, Leandro Castelao and Eleanor Grosch have used simple elements to beautiful effect in their work.

Petros recently created a series of bird artworks which evoke the beauty and vibrancy of our feathered friends. By working through this tutorial, you will see how he depicted a blue jay using only solid shapes, strokes and typographic elements. More importantly, you will also acquire a feel for how to assemble these ingredients to create impressive and compelling compositions.

Time to complete

5 hours


Adobe Illustrator CS or later

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