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I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs . A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a knotted length of rope using brushes in Illustrator. We’ll learn how to build a custom pattern brush, then overcome some problems that prevent the rope from weaving under and over itself. We’ll then take things a step further and use the very same technique to create some cool typographic art. Let’s begin by creating the basic pattern that will form our rope. Open Adobe Illustrator and draw an ellipse on the artboard. Turn on Smart Guides (CMD+U), then ALT+Drag a duplicate of the shape and align it perfectly next to the original. Use the Smart Guide indicator to snap the corner of a rectangle to the upper left portion of the first ellipse. Enlarge the rectangle to snap to the lower right path of the second ellipse. Use the Scissors tool to snip the path of the two circles where the rectangle intersects in these two places. Select and …
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How To Create Ropes & Knots with Illustrator Brushes
What You’ll Be Creating On a global scale, ramen is internationally known as a delicious dish that is quick, easy, and very cheap to make. In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to illustrate a bowl of ramen, turning it from your everyday budget friendly meal into a surrealistic digital painting. I’ll be using Adobe Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating The items we are going to create in this tutorial are well known and recognized by everyone who loves movies as much as I do! Let’s go through an exciting process and challenge ourselves by composing a shiny and glamorous cinema poster.
Advertise here with BSA Words cannot describe the vehement frustration felt when reaching a 404 page. Sometimes the website just has a broken link and other times the user is at fault. But regardless of fault the 404 error page is unbecoming to even the most well-designed sites. The best way to spruce this up is by adding a lighthearted effect into the design. For this post I’ve organized a collection of unique 404 error page designs. Many of them utilize humor as a good-hearted gesture for comedic relief. Other designs are more pragmatic offering related links and possible solutions for finding the missing page. Your choice of 404 style really depends on the type of website. Just keep in mind that frustration is best handled
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37 Intriguing 404 Error Page Designs
Everyone is in for such a treat today as I interview Shane Koehler, nature illustrator extraordinaire. His work, mostly watercolor-based, explores nature’s inspirational beauty and strength, inviting viewers to experience his view of the world around us. Read on to learn all about the self-taught painter and his environmental messages through his artwork. Hey Shane! Thank you so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into fine arts? My family has always fostered creative thinking, and as kids, my two sisters and I were always coloring, which turned into following the drawing lessons from the PBS art show “Imagination Station”. In school we were encouraged to enter art shows and to practice as much as we could. Who or what are your main sources of inspiration? Honestly my greatest inspiration has always been my older sister and her natural artistic abilities and sense about art. Through observing her I began to understand how to think more as an artist. More recently, my twin sister’s background in sustainable design has helped me think as a designer and has led to better compositions within my paintings. My over-arching inspiration is nature, and I strive to inspire and educate about conservation and the importance of nature in every …
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To the Point: Interview With Shane Koehler
What You’ll Be Creating I had a bouquet of yellow roses on the table and decided to draw it. Without a clear picture in mind I usually experiment a lot with colors, gradients, and transparency. In this tutorial I am going to highlight a few tricks that I use when drawing with Adobe Illustrator. 1.
Getting ready for Halloween? Check out these scare filled, spooky, Halloween vectors. Halloween is coming up in the next couple of weeks, so don’t spend time searching for Halloween vectors, use these Halloween vector backgrounds, witches, jack-o-lanterns, and ghosts to creepify your work. Grunge Halloween Vector Background This Grunge Halloween Background is the perfect base for creating Halloween cards or posters. Trick or treat! 20 Halloween Vectors This is a classic, everything-you-need pack of 20 Halloween files. Need spiders? Jack-o-lanters? Skulls and tombstones? Done. Check out this Halloween silhouette pack. Halloween Vector Background This orange glowing Halloween vector is the perfect choice for all your Halloween needs. This Halloween background has it all – spider webs, jack-o-lanters, bats, dead trees, and more. Halloween Vector Witch This dark Halloween vector witch is ready to fly into your work and scare all your friends and clients. This Halloween witch has the classic witch’s hat, broom, and crooked nose. Halloween Vector Poster Template The perfect Halloween poster template for everyone – haunted houses, dead trees, tombstones – what more could you want? Enter your own text on this Halloween vector poster to customize for your parties and work. Spooky Eye Halloween Vector Looking for a spooky Halloween background? This Happy Halloween background is filled with glowing eyes coming out of a graveyard. Halloween Vector Illustration Pack A mix of Halloween vectors, spiders, bats, skulls, and more. These monsters, candy, and bats would go great with any Halloween design. Halloween Vector Pumpkin Background Pumpkins are the classic Halloween design, so use this Halloween vector pumpkin background for your next seasonal work. Add your own text or images to this poster and you’ll be ready for All Hallow’…
What You’ll Be Creating Anna Dittmann’s paintings are a sight to behold: ethereal portraits inspired by nature that look like they’re watercolor or ink, but are in fact digital masterpieces. Anna’s no stranger to Tuts+, having created
When you look at beautiful digital art and compare it with the things you draw with a pencil, you can feel astonished and belittled. If only you could afford a graphics tablet, you could be just as good! And if you already have a tablet, your thought is, “If only I could afford Photoshop! So many amazing things can be done with this software.” And if you’ve got both a decent tablet and good software, you’re dreaming about the godlike Wacom Cintiq —the bigger, the better. But, until then, you’re stuck. You can’t be any better. And it’s not your fault, it’s all about money! This is probably why there’s a misconception that digital art isn’t real art. After all, a real…
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Is Digital Art "Real" Art? Facts and Myths About Digital Creating
What You’ll Be Creating This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Sabrina Smelko, whose work varies from illustration to graphic design to art direction to blog writing. She’s worked with Mozilla, AARP, and a host of other companies. It seems her client list never ends, and as such her insight into the working life of an in-demand designer is enlightening to say the least. Thanks so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into illustration? It’s my pleasure! Thanks for having me.