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What You’ll Be Creating Today we’re visiting Africa to learn about two unique species: the zebra and the giraffe. To draw them properly we need to understand that the zebra isn’t just a striped horse, and that the giraffe isn’t a camel-leopard hybrid. As always, we’re going to take a look at their anatomy and learn about every little detail of them. How to Draw a Zebra General Anatomy: Horse vs. Zebra We tend to think of zebras as striped horses, and it’s not far from the truth. Horses and zebras belong to the same family and share a lot of features. I’ve already written a complex tutorial about drawing horses , and some information from there will be relevant here, too. However, it’s necessary to define the differences, since they’ll make your zebra a true zebra instead of a “striped horse”. This is a zebra in the form of a simplified skeleton. How is it different from a horse? It’s usually said that zebras are smaller than horses, which isn’t always true, considering there are so many different horse breeds. It’s better to think of a zebra as more heavily built, with a visibly rounded belly, shorter legs, and a bigger head. The neck itself isn’t much thicker (though it’s surely stronger), but the stiff mane makes it look so. Actually, zebras are closer in look to donkeys than to horses! Keeping this in mind, you can use my tutorial about horses to learn how …
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How to Draw Animals: Zebras and Giraffes
What You’ll Be Creating In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a set of flat productivity icons that might come in handy in future projects. We’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, and the process of recreating them will be based mostly on the Rectangle Tool used in combination with Pathfinder and a dash of the Direct Selection Tool here and there. 1. Setting Up Our Document The first thing we need to set up before we start building the icons themselves is our document. Assuming you’re already inside Illustrator, create a new file ( File > New ) and use these settings: Number of Artboards : 1 Width : 600 px Height : 500 px Units : Pixels And from the Advanced tab (that you can toggle by clicking on the right facing arrow on its left): Color Mode : RGB Raster Effects : High (300 ppi) Align New Objects to Pixel Grid : checked Quick tip : If you’re wondering why we chose 300 for the Raster Effects , you should know that this setting affects the way Drop Shadow, Inner Glow and other similar effects look once they are printed (if for some reason you need to have your artwork on paper). On a digital medium (a screen) the quality of your artwork will remain the same no matter whether you go with 72 or 300 ppi. 2. Setting Up the Grid Because we want everything to look as crisp as possible, we will have to change Illustrator’s Grid settings to something that allows us to do just that. So go to
To paint art realistically is to make it almost real. Hardly poetic, I know, but for many beginners the journey to realism is full of confusion and disappointment. Realism is the oxygen of digital art. It breathes life into your work by associating it with things we already know. We connect to it because we see ourselves in it. So it’s no wonder that so many artists spend a lifetime trying to master realism in all its beautiful glory. In today’s article, we’ll tackle a handful of useful tips to help you incorporate different realistic elements into your digital paintings. Whether you’re just starting out or are a little more experienced, have a go at these time-saving techniques for more realistic
What You’ll Be Creating Get your 30-day free trial now! You will be downloading a 30-day, fully functional trial version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 . This trial is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The 64-bit version has been optimized for those with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7. In this tutorial we’ll be creating an elegant seamless pattern with precious gems in CorelDRAW® X7. Follow the process together with me and learn how to make a set of shiny gems with basic shapes and then build up a repeating pattern using the Duplicate feature and Pattern Fill function in CorelDRAW. We’ll finish up by recoloring our pattern in a few clicks with the versatile Color Styles docker and using the Find and Replace function. Interested? Let’s get started!
What You’ll Be Creating Apophysis is well known for its ability to create amazingly intricate 2D and 3D flame fractals. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a 3D Julian fractal. I will be using a 64 bit version of Apophysis 7x; however, 32 bit versions will work the same for this tutorial. The concepts are very similar to creating a 2D Grand Julian but will include the usage of modifying variations to achieve a pseudo-3D appearance. 1. Setting Up the Scene Step 1 Load the Apophysis program, and then open the Editor window. Click the New Flame button to create a blank canvas from which we will work. Step 2 Before we begin adding any elements to the fractal, it is a good idea to set a basic color scheme. This can easily be changed in the future. Close the Editor window and open the Gradient Adjustment window. Choose a gradient for the fractal. I have selected gradient 576_Gold_and_Blue to work with. 2. Base Transforms Step 1 We’ll begin by adding in the base of the fractal. I like to start with…
What You’ll Be Creating The real world is dirty. Really dirty. Look closely enough at almost any surface that surrounds us, and you will find some degree of dirt or grime, or decay, or weathering. It’s all a part of the natural chaos of this world.
Want to create a sleek and modern metal icon suite? Need a brushed metal texture vector background? With this brushed metal texture vector tutorial you’ll be able to learn this super useful technique in just minutes. This brushed metal technique utilizes Illustrator’s Effects and is pretty simplistic when you break it down – easy to replicate numerous times. You can use the brushed metal texture in almost anything, but I find myself using it in icons, logos, and interfaces. Notes: Brushed Metal Texture Vector This brushed metal texture vector tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Brushed Metal Texture Vector Let’s kick this heavy metal kick off by creating a 5 inch by 5 inch rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . An easy way to draw an exact rectangle is to click on the artboard with the Rectangle Tool (m) to bring up the Rectangle dialog to enter dimensions. Gradient Next for this brushed metal texture vector comes the gradient. Create a Linear Gradient (> ) from the Gradient Panel and take off the stroke. Adjust the gradient with the Gradient Tool (g) by clicking and dragging from the top of the rectangle to the bottom. In the Gradient Panel grab the left swatch and drag it to …
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Heavy Metal Design: Brushed Metal Texture Vector Tutorial
In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to incorporate the Liquify Tool into your digital painting workflow. Similar in its use for photo manipulation, the Liquify Tool can make massive improvements on all your digital portraits faster than ever before.
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What You’ll Be Creating There are people out there, real artists, creating amazing pieces in seconds. And here’s you, struggling with a simple stick figure. Wouldn’t it be great to draw that, at least? Imagine your friend saying “I can’t even draw a stick figure,” and you, cutting in: ” I can!” How awesome would that be? With that remarkable skill, your dreams would come true! Imagine people approaching you on the street and asking you to draw a stick figure for them! You could become rich and famous! All you need to do to make it come true is to follow this life-changing tutorial. Let’s get started! 1. General Anatomy of Stick Figure Let’s start from the basics. A common stick figure is constructed of: Head : roughly circular Facial features (optional): easily recognizable Neck (optional): thin and short Arms : two of them Spine : looking like a third arm Legs : two of them It is widely known that a stick figure seen…
How to Draw a Stick Figure: a Complex Guide