Illustrator Tutorials

Experimental, Resources, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

 

I’ve been looking at some really good Illustrator Tutorials and spending the last little while improving my working knowledge of creating vector drawings.

Here are a couple I’ve read recently;

http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/from-sketch-to-vector-illustration/#.UK5OeBzeriA

http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/how-to-create-a-cute-bunny-vector-character/

 

Well back to practicing, I really want to improve the way I create my critters.

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The Baby, Books and Drawing (in that order)

Acrylic painting, Life, The Child, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

The little man takes up most of my time, he is so much fun and I want to experience the discoveries he has each day.

When I’m taking a break from being a Mom I like to curl up with a good book.  Since my husband got me an e-reader it has been way to easy to get a new book every time I finish one so I’ve been reading whole series back-to-back-to-back…  The Game of Thrones is a very engrossing read by the way.

So with all of this discovery and reading I’ve spent very little time on my illustrations and all week I’ve been having the itch to make something.  Today I finally decided I would get a little work done and I spent a couple hours turning one of my favorite acrylic paintings into a vector.  It was originally  painted in layers of blocked colours which really translates well into vectors.  The image I’ve posted up is what I got done today and if the little man allows it, I hope to finish off tomorrow.

 

Illustration Friday ‘Bounce’

illustration friday, On my Desk, The Child, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

I’ve been singing a lot of songs with my thirteen months old son.  The word for Illustration Friday reminded me of this one.  I can never remember the right words though, so this is my own improv to get my little guy bouncing.

Illustration Friday ‘Suspend’

Acrylic painting, illustration friday, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Here is the vector drawing version of a painting I did for my sons room.  It is a simplified flat colour and no texture image that I think would look good as a tee shirt.   I’m still playing around with the bunny and fox characters, I think they are a fun little duo whom I imagine will continue going on adventures together.

Farm Animals and Birthdays

Life, The Child, Vector Drawing

For my sons first birthday (Yay!  Happy Birthday Aaron!) we had the party at his cousins farm house, and so the decorations I made had a cute farm animal theme.

It was a good exercise in drawing some cute characters in illustrator as well.  There are a couple that I really like and I think I will continue to develop them.

It was a fun day and even the cupcakes I made turned out to look okay.  Not quite what I wanted but it could have been worse.

 

Illustration Friday ‘Hitched’

illustration friday, Sketchbook, Vector Drawing

It is once again wedding season and when I read the theme for illustration friday this week my first thought was of getting married.

These two little critters are off on their way to start their life adventure together!

Illustration Friday ‘jump’

illustration friday, In my Brain then on to Paper, Portfolio, Vector Drawing

It has been a long time since I’ve made a submission for illustration friday, it feels good to get back into it.

Textured Vector Drawing

Acrylic painting, Experimental, Portfolio, The Child, Vector Drawing

I had this drawing part way finished for over a year now and I just never got around to finishing it.  I fixed up the face on the boy since I thought it was a little weird, and added texture to try and give it a little more life.  It has a wood block print quality that I quite like.

I’m going to finish off some more of the images I’ve started in the coming weeks, I have a lot of them.  : p

Vector drawing is a challenge

In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Most of my artistic experiences had been in traditional media, I drew on paper with a pencil, paint with a brush on canvas and print with blocks of wood on handmade paper.  More recently I’ve had to scale back on how much time, space and resources I put into making art.  I still have boxes and boxes of artworks and supplies, but I find myself using these less often and some now, not at all.  The tools that have gotten the most use in the last few years have all been new technology.

My computer is the main piece of equipment along with my tablet and scanner, they are my new tools of the trade.  I do still do a lot of drawing in my sketch book, but after that it’s brought in to my computer and finished there.

In the early days of working from my computer I used to finish a painting, then scan it in and just do the editing and touchups in photoshop.  But now I’m finding that I want to create entire pieces on just the computer, this means I need to learn something I’ve been avoiding for a long time.  Adobe Illustrator, I’ve been using this program casually for five or six years now, but I’ve never really invested the time to really sink my teeth into it the way I did with photoshop.  At this point in my life I need to look at more effective ways of creating my images, so I get the most out of my time, space and resources.

I’ve been working on a few images over the past two days and really working on picking up new skills so that I can create the images that I want.  The most challenging thing I find about creating vector images is how sterile the images look to me compared to my other work.  I’m used to tactile media and lots of textures, and recreating that digitally has changed the feeling in a lot of my work.

My next step today is to create a simple image with the warmth and tactile feeling of a mixed media painting.  Wish me luck!