Drift away with this vector art tutorial from Jhonatan Silva

Enjoy the sunshine long after summer has gone with this Affinity Designer for iPad tutorial from Jhonatan S. Silva.

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This 13-minute video showcases a variety of useful vector design techniques including customising and clipping shapes, applying effects and blend modes, using the Pencil Tool to draw freehand shapes and creating pattern fills.

Learn these simple techniques by watching Jhonatan’s video and by reading our break down of the main steps below. Once mastered you’ll be able to apply them again and again to your own work.

Tip: Remember you can pause and rewind the video at any time to follow the techniques used.Background and rubber ring

Use the Rectangle Tool to create a rectangle which covers the whole background, then select the Donut Tool to create a donut shape for the rubber ring. To create the stripes on the rubber ring use the Cog Tool, customise the settings and then clip the cog to the donut shape.

Jhonatan uses the Cog Tool to create stripes on the rubber ring.

To create the shading on the rubber ring use an Inner Glow effect with a dark colour selected on the donut shape and then apply an Overlay blend mode.

Use the Outer Shadow effect to create the shadow on the water. To make the wave/ripple effect use the Ellipse Tool with a white stroke applied and no fill colour, and a custom stroke profile.

The figure

The woman is created from shapes—by using Convert to Curves and the Node Tool you can edit the individual nodes and customise standard shapes.

A Diamond shape being used to create part of the mouth. Shading on the face is created using the Pencil Tool and a slightly darker shade of the skin-tone used.

Draw the nostrils using the Symbols Studio so you have the ability to edit both simultaneously. See our video on Symbols for an in-depth overview.

Use the Pencil Tool and the Transparency Tool to do the shading on the face freehand.

Draw the leg freehand using the Pencil Tool and then duplicated it. Use an Inner Glow effect with a darker tone than the skin-tone to add shading to the upper leg and draw the highlights freehand with the Pencil Tool.

Tip: Duplicate an object on iPad by selecting it with your finger or Apple Pencil, then drag it using two fingers, this duplicates the object. Exporting to create fill patterns

To create the patterned fills that Jhonatan has used for the hat and for the patterned background seen at the end of the video you use the following technique:

Create the pattern you want to use to fill an area—for the hat create concentric ellipses and for the water, freehand shapes in different shades of blue. Select the shapes and Group them. Select Export Persona. Create Slice and name it accordingly. Select Export as Bitmap, choose the location you wish to save the bitmap to and name it.

This saves your selected objects as a bitmap file elsewhere on your device.

Now select the object you want to fill and choose the Fill Tool. Select ‘Bitmap’ from the drop-down menu that allows you to choose the type of fill you want to use. This brings up a new window which

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