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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
There are so many things to learn when it comes to nodes, but this quick tip should get you on the right track to properly using and manipulating your nodes, and ultimately, your artwork in Inkscape. Let’s check out some neat tips and tricks with nodes! 1. A Few Basics Before we get into the good stuff, let’s just cover the simplicity of nodes. Nodes are the points by which a vector is made. You need at least two nodes to create a vector/path which can then be styled as a line/stroke. At three or more nodes, you can apply a fill and stroke. Connect three or more nodes and you have a polygon. Essentially, nodes are the foundation upon which every Inkscape design is made. 2. Sequential Selection A really neat (and fairly obscure) trick is sequential selection. This allows you to select one node right after the other without even moving your cursor. With the Nodes tool selected, select an object and hover over a node. Now, simply hold Control while pressing the Page Up or Page Down keys. Alternatively, you can use your scroll wheel instead of the Page keys. 3. Nodes Transform Here’s another great option that took me too long to find. Make your nodes selection and then head to the nodes toolbar and click “Show transformation handles”. You’ll get that familiar box with stretching options which interacts with your selected nodes. Also, clicking on one of the selected nodes a second time will bring up the rotate/skew transforms. 4. Snapping Nodes Step 1 Whether you have a grid or a ruler, you’ll want to be snapping your stuff, especially those nodes! Go to your snapping…
By using the Transform effect on a single, simple polygon, you can make a sophisticated background pattern that looks like it took hours to create. It actually only takes a few steps in Adobe Illustrator – the trick is using overlapping copies and transparency. Want to see what else you can do with this effect? Check out our Photoshop tutorial on How to Create a Geometric Background Effect in Photoshop .
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Quick Tip: Create a Geometric Pattern With a Hexagon in Illustrator
So you’ve spent hours on end drawing a magnificent design in Inkscape and now you want to publish it once and for all! Thankfully, Inkscape has a ton of options to export your artwork to more friendly and compatible file types. We’ll also go over a couple of neat tricks you might not have known. 1. Exporting Bitmaps Step 1 We’ll be getting to know Export Bitmap very well ( File > Export Bitmap ). It’s pretty straightforward, but there are a ton of cool tricks in this thing. For now, let’s simply publish our artwork with pretty standard settings. Step 2 Below, you’ll see our drawing that we’re going to export. Let’s set the Export area to Page , which is the exact size of the canvas. Below that, you can see the individual coordinates for the export area corners (x0, x1, y0, y1) which just happens to be the canvas dimensions (because we have Page selected). Easy enough, right? Bitmap size refers to the final dimensions of your export area, which can of course be changed, but let’s keep this one simple. The standard dpi is 90.00 , so let’s keep that there as well. Step 3 Filename can get a bit goofy. The name is a little deceiving, because what you want in that text box is not simply the desired name of your drawing, but also the…