Why can't I use live paint with the paint brush?


I'm new to Illustrator and I'm clearly doing something not quite right.

In Microsoft Paint I'm used to using my prodigious skill to produce color swirls like this:

swirly image

Which are made by scrawling around with a brush or pencil and then just using the bucket to fill in the sections.

So I'm trying to carry that over to Illustrator by swirling around with the Paintbrush tool B and then trying to fill it with the Live Paint Bucket K. And it doesn't work very well at all. I'm clearly not understanding how to use these tools.

What am I doing wrong?

I know it will work if I use the pen, kind of, but why doesn't it work with the brush? Why isn't there a simple bucket fill tool?

3/10/2017 9:42:00 AM

Use the Pencil tool in Illustrator, not the Brush tool.

11/18/2013 1:28:00 PM