The Dynamic Shapes Tool in the VectorScribe plug-in ideally works for quick creation of precise technical objects. However, you can also use this tool for drawing less regular organic shapes. Let's see how it's done on this example of a dandelion illustration, in which I have used more than 150 dynamic shapes, which made the workflow many times faster. In addition, the dandelion is still alive, that means that you can reconfigure most of its shapes.
This illustration of a dandelion has been used as the VectorScribe poster in presentations in different countries of the world.
It is very hard for me to believe that Dynamic Shapes were used here. Let's prove this, go to Select > Dynamic Shapes > All. As you can see, the dandelion is almost entirely composed of dynamic shapes, and the entire document contains 178 of such objects.
Let's take a closer look at the anatomy of the dandelion seed.
To create the hairs on the top of the stem I used a Dynamic Star, which consists of 60 rays. This shape has been transformed into a Sliced shape, by moving Sliced controls.
To give a more natural look, I applied two native effects to the dynamic star. It is Twist effect (Effect > Distort & Transform > Twist …) and Pucker & Bloat effect (Effect > Distort & Pucker & Bloat …).
Now the hairs look more natural, and we have not lost the dynamic properties of the shape. We can easily change the number of points in the star, change the angle of the sliced shape and other parameters in the Dynamic Shapes panel. We can also change the settings of the effects or apply different ones. This is how the dandelion seeds were transformed in accordance with the changes done.
There is no need to create a complex shape from scratch when you can just play with the parameters.
For grain, I also used the dynamic shape – Dynamic Ellipse, to which the Roughen effect was applied (Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen …). While working with the native shapes Bounding box frequently resets. In this case it will be impossible to properly adjust the height and width of the sloping shape (ellipse in this case). With dynamic shapes such a problem does not exist, you can simply specify the desired size in the Dynamic Shapes panel and transformation will always happen properly, regardless of the position of Bounding box.
Now that you have such a dynamic dandelion seed, you can quickly create a whole dandelion head.
Finally, for solar glare of the background I also used dynamic shapes.
By creating a shape, you can quickly transform it into another one by using the buttons at the top of the Dynamic Shapes panel.
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