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6 months ago
You made this with Illustrator? Wow, I'm just starting out using it and I'd like to learn some more. If you have any tutorials of your own or any places I could learn from, I'd be more than grateful! :)
Amazing concept btw, love the comedy! :)
Very fun piece. Really like the style of this.
like the humour! Great out of focus trees too :)
@Amruth Pillai Thanks man, I really appreciate that. I never thought anyone would actually care to watch tutorials of anything I've made, but maybe I'll start doing that..
One guy who's videos I love is @Glenn Jones
Check out the videos of him making his art, i've learned a few things by watching them. They're so fast though, you'll have to save his video to your computer, then open it with some video player like VLC player, and play it frame by frame.
Really understanding the Pathfinder menu and how each of those shape modes work, along with understanding how to use the pen tool, is what will be most important in making anything. I've also found that there's other tools that are really useful that I always overlooked in the past, like the reshape tool (located under the Scale tool), it makes readjusting curves so much easier.
Lynda.com tutorials really helped a lot too, to get you familiar with the app. At first it seems daunting, there's so many options, you have no clue what any of it does or where to start, but as you use it more and watch videos of other people working in illustrator, you'll start to understand everything.
I find that keyboard shortcuts are a huge helper, memorizing them takes time, but it makes the workflow so much nicer. (an example of a great keyboard shortcut is just simply pressing the X key, it switches the focus from the Fill to the Stroke, or the other way, depending on which you have in focus at the time.) Just simple stuff like that.
And honestly, a lot of things that I think add a lot in my illustrations, were total accidents. One example from this illustration is on the stroke of the urine in the bottle, it's slightly brighter than the fill color of the liquid, I didn't mean to do that, I accidentally changed the Fill Opacity(in the appearance panel you can change the fill and stroke opacity of an object separately) when I meant to change the entire objects Opacity, it looked better so I stuck with it. It's just a small detail, but every detail counts.
I just started illustrating around October of last year, and the one thing I could tell you that helped me the most, is that whatever you're illustrating will look like crap until you're 90% of the way done. I used to start an illustration, and when it wasn't looking as good as I wanted it to at that point, I would delete it and start something new, and I never accomplished anything and nothing was ever finished. It wasn't until I just kept going with it even if it looked like crap that I actually started to like my illustrations, adding highlight and shadows, small little details that most people don't realize are there, that's pretty much the last step of an illustration for me, and that's when it starts to look good.
I suck at drawing with pencil on paper, but I find that if I can adjust each anchor point, pixel by pixel, I can make stuff that I like. Almost all lines that I draw aren't left how I initially drew them with the pen tool, I have to go back and adjust anchors and handles, etc.
Very last thing, the longer you stare at your work, the less objective you become to whether it's good or sucks. Sometimes I can't tell if what I made is good or not, but I'll post it anyways. Like the "Popsicle family" shot I posted awhile ago, I hate it, I want to take it down daily, but I still get Likes on it, so I've left it up.(though i'll probably delete it someday, as I get better).
Anyways man, I hope that helps, I probably told you a bunch of stuff you already knew as I rambled on and on.. and on and on and on, but if you have any other questions, feel free to ask :)
@Nick Chamberlin, I am putting the finishing touches on an illustration that was inspired by this shot. Hope to have it up by this weekend! Love this shot!
@Dustin Hysinger Rebound :D
lovely colors dude!
Really cute! Love the blurred trees at the back :)
by Dustin Hysinger
After seeing the "Not Bear Urine" shot I was inspired to develop characters around this thought of bears that brew!
6 months ago
@Kirk Shelton haha :D
"the longer you stare at your work, the less objective you become to whether it's good or sucks.". So happy to see I'm not alone ;) Nice shot.
@Vincent Tantardini haha, yeah I used to think it was just me.
@Nick Chamberlin Listen, buddy, I have some bears here in my garden (well, it's rather a forest) — you know, I am from Russia, we're absolutely wild here. And they are good, thick, reliable bears... We could make a great business together!
So awesome, and you shared a bit of your process/perspective, which is invaluable. Thanks!
@Indian hahaha nice, only if you're the person there to catch the river of flowing gold each time, we'll get you some good medical insurance :D
@Nick Chamberlin I provide bears, you do the rest.
@Indian Do the bears hunger for human blood?
Don't know. Must ask them next time I meet them.
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