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What You’ll Be Creating Traditionally at this time of the year, bats come into the spotlight. However, their media image is full of misconceptions and prejudice. They’re seen as blood-thirsty vampires, or, at best, mean pests. In this tutorial we’ll look at them from another angle—we’ll get to know their anatomy and special features, and learn how to draw them properly in every position and shape. No need to be afraid, I promise! 1. Basic Anatomy Skeleton Just as 3D artists use bones to animate an object realistically, we need to learn what bones a bat is made of to create a believable pose. The skeleton of an animal defines its movement and affects greatly the shape of the body. Let’s see what’s most important here: The arm structure is very similar to a human, including fingers. The forearm is very long, longer than the whole body. The chest is wide and compressed. The hips are very narrow and elongated. The thumb is the only unwebbed finger; it has a functional claw. The second finger is the shortest; in bigger species, it also may have a small, non-functional claw. The fingers are arched at the tips. The knees are reversed, which makes bats unable to walk properly, but makes flight, hunting and resting more efficient. There’s a modified heel structure, called the calcar, used to steer the “tail wing”. A membrane under it, if present, is called the keel. Feet are specialized for effortless …
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How to Draw Animals: Bats
Today we will talk about the technique of creating guilloche pattern vectors using the Envelope Distort, Blend Tool and Pattern Brush. Guilloche pattern vectors are commonly used to protect the securities and banknotes from counterfeiting. Usually, to generate a guilloche pattern vector, designers use special expensive software. You might not have known that Adobe Illustrator helps to create guilloche pattern vectors, using only native features. Let’s see how it’s done! Tutorial Details: Guilloche Pattern Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS2 – CC2014 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Envelope Distort, Blend Tool and Pattern Brush Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes Final Image: Guilloche Pattern Vector Step 1 To begin this guilloche pattern vector tutorial, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Cmd / Ctrl + N ). Your artboard can be any size. The guilloche pattern vector we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes. Step 2 Take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a wavy line with no fill like shown in the picture below. You do not need to repeat the exact shape of the curve – just place the handles of the start point and end point of the path horizontally. To do this, …
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Tips for Guilloche Pattern Vectors in Under an Hour!
What You’ll Be Creating Designers have the awesome opportunity to explore a variety of projects ranging in size, format and execution. But what happens when you need to design something that centers around one core design? How do you ensure that your designs are unique to the format, but consistent across different sizes?
What You’ll Be Creating You’d think that long hair was the hardest hair to render… well that and curly hair, however I have news for you. From my experience from vectoring hundreds of vector portraits, short hair has always been more time consuming and required more precision.
What You’ll Be Creating Adobe Photoshop’s Layer Styles are one of the quickest, yet most effective ways of achieving many different effects. This tutorial will show you how to combine the power of Layer Styles along with a couple of textures, brushes, and selection options to create a realistic-looking sand writing text effect. Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. GelPen
What You’ll Be Creating In the following tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use a sketch from a previous tutorial to create a cute little badger family in Adobe Illustrator. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating Although cows may not seem like the most graceful animals, they’re a great material to study. In this tutorial I’ll show you everything you need to know about anatomy of cow, but also American bison, cape buffalo and yak. You’ll learn about the structure of their body, characteristic features, and how to draw details to make your drawn animal look like a real bovine, not a horse or horned dog. You can learn them all one by one, or just pick your favorite. Ready to try? Draw the Cow Let’s start with the cow. Just like with dogs, humans created many breeds of cattle for their needs, so there …
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How to Draw Animals: Cows and Other Bovines
Hand lettering typography illustrations are really cool, but it takes a lot of skill to craft authentic artworks by hand with pen and paper. Typically this style of art is created by elite illustrators, but I’ve found an entirely digital technique that allows us mere mortals to create cool looking artwork too! Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to learn how to manipulate text within a silhouette shape and add texturing to produce a realistic hand drawn style typography illustration. After releasing last week’s free meat cut illustrations I received a few enquiries from people asking how they were made, so today’s tutorial is based on the same technique. We’ll be creating a trendy hand lettering style quote illustration, except with this method there’s no hand lettering required! …
Birds are a very complex topic for an artist. They have wings (a real nightmare for beginners), all these feathers and they differ a lot among various species. In this tutorial my goal is to convince you that birds aren’t that hard to draw if only you get to know them better. If you’re interested, keep on reading! 1. Basic Anatomy of Birds Step 1 Although it may seem unnecessary, learning about anatomy of an animal is crucial to understand it. If you want to draw a bird in every pose and situation, first you need to know how it’s built. Let’s start with the skeleton. There’s no labels below, no weird bone names, because you don’t really need it. Actually, you, as an artist, don’t even need bones as they are – you need the construction they make. So, take a look at the skeleton – can you see how different it is from a humans? It’s important to …
Uploading vector illustration to sell as stock can be rewarding both creatively and monetarily. Some artists sell their work on many microstock sites, while others remain exclusive at one. Part of the appeal of microstock is the potential to sell the same item to many buyers. In this regard, being a successful stock illustrator is in large part a numbers game – the more files you have online, the more sales you can make. Each upload must pass a review to meet the technical, aesthetic and legal requirements of the agency. If these standards are not met, the file is rejected. In this article we outline some top tips to get your acceptance rate up so you can spend more time creating – and selling – new items. 1. Know the Requirements This is the number one thing you can do to increase your acceptance rate. In fact, you shouldn’t upload a single item until you’ve read the site’s submission requirements. Most sites have extensive training materials, knowledge-bases or support centers. They also have online forums in which other contributors exchange information and offer assistance. Be careful not to trust everything you read in the forums, however. Older threads may contain outdated info…
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10 Tips for Avoiding Rejections When Uploading to Stock Sites