Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Master composition in vector art
Great art doesn’t have to be complicated, as Petros Afshar proves by conjuring up a bird graphic out of basic building blocks
on October 05, 2011
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.