Illustrator Week 1, Day 2: Brushes

To learn and demonstrate an understanding of the use of the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools in Illustrator.
Student-Friendly Learning Target:
I can create decorative paths using brushstrokes and create filled shapes using the blob brush in Adobe Illustrator.

Video Links:

How to Create a New Document:

How to Use Brushes:

Topics Discussed:
  • Start a new document in Illustrator CC 2017 using the Welcome screen.
  • Adjust settings in the New Document dialog box.
  • Establish multiple artboards.
  • Brush Tool
  • Blob Tool
  • Choosing a brush style
  • Changing the stroke color
  • Creating freeform lines, shapes, and other paths


Use the document we created yesterday titled “Illustrator Week 1”. We will use this document throughout this week and next week to practice with the basic drawing tools.

Differentiate between and correctly use the Brush and Blob Brush tools by drawing a face with the Brush tool (two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a head) on the upper left artboard, then drawing a face with the Blob Brush tool on the same artboard. Choose appropriate brush strokes and sizes, and compare how the brushstrokes are different. Pay particular attention to the special path-merging properties of the Blob Brush. Save your document, and we will continue working on this document tomorrow.

Assigned: January 10th, 2019

Teacher Pacing Due Date: January 11th, 2019