Pip Cleaves
Senior Education Consultant at DLE

Drawing like a Champ with the Illustrator Pen Tool

Technical Tutorial Published 9/3/14 Last updated on 2/28/20

Dive deeper into Adobe Illustrator by mastering one of its signature tools. Since the Pen can be a bit tricky to manage, this session is designed to help you understand how the tool works and how you can use it to create amazing drawings.

In this more advanced session, you’ll dive deeper into Adobe Illustrator—the industry-standard vector graphics software that lets you create artwork and typography for virtually any medium. Educator and Illustrator expert Rob Shwartz will show you how to master the Pen, an essential tool that can be a bit tricky to manage. This session is designed to help you understand how the tool works and how you can use it to create amazing drawings.

You can watch a recording of the session below.

1-2 Hours
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
CC License
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Larry Broomfield

Posted on 5/10/16 4:22:44 PM Permalink

Excellent introduction to the pen tool. It help a great deal when he tells you what key(s) he is holding down as he works. Sometimes he moved too fast; however that is the glory of stop, backup, replay. Very good video for individual watching but maybe not smooth enough to show in a beginner class.

Mary-Elizabeth O'Toole

Posted on 4/2/16 6:54:24 PM Permalink

Very helpful. Thanks. Will definitely watch this again as I learn more about Illustrator.

L Wolf

Posted on 2/10/16 6:57:21 PM Permalink

You are awesome!!! This has been very helpful to me. Thank you!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 10/2/14 6:42:26 AM Permalink

So THIS is where we can find the webinar recordings! Fantastic. Thanks.

Anna Leppänen

Posted on 10/1/14 12:26:37 PM Permalink


Signed up for the live thing but your hours are impossible for me being in Finland :)

But, finally I had extra time to watch this and it was good, nice advice for anyone wanting to learn about bezier curves or wanting to teach the basics to others. (Also loved the reminder of ending lines with CTRL..have a bad habit of grabbing the arrow myself...) Thanks!

Pip Cleaves

Posted on 10/15/14 10:20:04 AM Permalink

Glad you are able to keep up with the sessions. :)

Christel Wilkie

Posted on 9/15/14 5:01:39 AM Permalink

Just watched a recording of the webinar. It was really helpful and I wanted to work through the exercises myself as I leave too long between each time I work in Illustrator.

Cathy Chen

Posted on 9/4/14 4:07:42 AM Permalink

Missed the live session but viewed the recording - so glad I did. Great work from Rob. The exercises he has developed are awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

Pip Cleaves

Posted on 9/8/14 7:26:15 AM Permalink

Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad the recorded session was useful for you.