The main thing to think about is where your vector points will go. Since, in YouiDraw, you are not able to change direction as you draw, you will need to stay focused on where the points are, not necessarily how your curves look. You can always clean up the curves or add adjustment handles after your drawing is complete using the Edit Tool.
Here are the two methods that seem to work pretty well:
- Add points and handles as you go…you will likely create a not-so-accurate drawing that will need to be adjusted but if your points are where they need to be, it’s easy to fix.
For more on this method visit this tutorial where I show you how to draw this entire bunny.
- The other method is to just click around (without creating handles) to place your points where they need to be. This will create straight lines. You will then double click the vector points to add the handles and make adjustments with the Edit Tool.
Notice in both of the examples above that the vector points are in the same places on each bunny. Either way works.
More detail on using the second of my two ways to use the Pen Tool:
If you are going to draw this heart for example…
You will click to add each vector point…
then complete the path by clicking on the first vector point you created…
Now double click on the first point. Handles are automatically added but they are not in the right position….
Hold down the Command (Mac) or Ctrl (PC) key on your keyboard and grab one handle control point and move it into place. Release the control point then the Command/Ctrl key.
Do the same thing with the other handle for that point. Hold down Command/Ctrl and grab the handle control point and move it into place.
My template doesn’t show me where to position the other handle control points so I’ll have to eye ball it. Double click on another vector point.
Then hold down the Command/Ctrl key and move each handle into place.
Repeat the process for the vector point on the other side of the heart. The bottom point may not need any adjusting at all.
Nice work! Now hide your template if you used one and add some color. I chose a gradient from the library.