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Previously, I have published a guide on how to create your own custom art brush in Illustrator. In this guide, I am going to show you how to use the custom art brush we had created to create an abstract artwork.

So, if you are not sure how to create your own custom art brush, check out the previous article (How to Create Your Own Custom Art Brush in Illustrator) first. Uncertain how to work with Illustrator? Fear not, check out this article (How to Work With Artboard in Illustrator) to learn how to benefit from Illustrator’s artboard.Let’s get started.

Step 1: Create a Shape

Now, get your custom art brush pre-loaded and create any shape. I choose to create a circle using the Ellipse Tool.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator 1
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator
But you can use the other tools like Rectangle Tool, Polygon Tool, and Star Tool to create any shape you want.

Step 2: Apply Custom Brush

Select a color for the stroke and leave the Fill Box with None. This will enable you to create an outline of the shape you create in Step 1. Have your custom brush selected in the Brush Palette to apply it to the shape you created.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Step 3: Build Up your Artwork

Find the design a little too simple? Build up your design by repeating Step 1 and 2. Here’s what I have got after repeating Step 1 and 2 twice.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Step 4: Change the Color

Now that you are happy with your newly created artwork, you can further enhance it by changing its color and we are done. Here’s what the artwork I created.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Saving Your Custom Art Brush

Love this custom art brush and wish to use this on other projects too? Here’s how you can save your art brushes.

First, click on the Brush Libraries Menu tab located in the Brush Palette.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Next, click on Save Brushes….
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

A pop-up window will appear. Change the name of your custom accordingly and click Save.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Now, you can create a new document and load in your custom art brush. Simply click on the Brush Libraries Menu, select Open Brush Library > User Defined > Your Art Brush.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

Once loaded, your custom art brush will appear in a separate Brush Palette.
How to Create Abstract Artwork with Your Custom Art Brush in Illustrator

I hope you find this guide helpful and have fun exploring Illustrator. Do check out our blog for other Illustrator guides.

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