Saint Patrick’s Day illustration

I love art nouveau and my favorite artist is Alphonse Maria Mucha.

This art style was my inspiration for my Saint Patrick’s Day hidden picture finder.

I drew the illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

While it is a complex illustration there are plenty of tricks in Illustrator that made it easy to draw.

Here’s a look the illustration in Outline view in Illustrator.

Outline view of illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Outline view of illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

The three-leaf and four-leaf clovers and celtic knots are pattern brushes.

I first drew one clover then selected it and went to my Brushes palette and chose New Brush

Select New Brush from Brushes palette in Illustrator.

Select New Brush from Brushes palette in Illustrator.

A new window will pop open and choose Pattern Brush.

Then select Pattern Brush

Then select Pattern Brush

Another window will open where you can add more specifications for the brush. Choose what you like. I will say I did choose Add space to fit under the Fit setting to make sure the pattern spaced out nicely along my path.

Then all you have to do is draw a path and click on the Pattern Brush you just created. If you want to tweak the pattern brush for a particular path, make sure path is selected then double click on the Pattern Brush and window will open where you can make your adjustments as needed.

Any where there is a path including the circles I drew I added my Pattern Brush.

I did the same process for the celtic knot. I drew it then made it into a Pattern Brush.

I created thicker strokes on the outside lines of the different parts such as the woman’s hair and had thinner inside strokes for the strands of hair.

I used the Width tool to vary the thickness of strokes throughout the illustration.

If you are looking for more instructions on drawing in the art nouveau style click here.

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