When we first see a drawing, we might imagine a flash of inspiration leading straight to the finished artwork. Many times that’s what happens, but not always.
One of my favorite drawings took a few years and several versions until the art finally matched up with my imagination. The fez fish began as a 2013 sketch book drawing that I scanned and colored in Photoshop.
After the contest, I returned to the original sketch book drawing and redrew the fish in Adobe Illustrator. I smoothed out the linework and applied shadows to add depth.
Jumping forward to 2017, I decided to revisit the fez fish in an attempt to better express the Victorian-era mystery of this character.
I scanned my sketches and did the final drawing and coloring in Illustrator.
Sometimes it takes time and patience to get where you want to go. Even when you are travelling through your imagination!
This tutorial will walk you through the steps that I take to create vector portraits using Photoshop to prepare a source/guide image and Illustrator to draw the final artwork. Continue reading “How to Create a Vector Portrait”
My wife is a Clemson football fanatic and the tiger is Clemson’s mascot, so I felt compelled to create this monument to orange and purple!
Visit Redbubble, to get the Tiger as a sticker, art board, t-shirt, scarf, and many other items.
For the past two-and-a-half months, I have been posting my drawings on my Instagram account. Many artists participate in Instagram’s media sharing community, due to the ease and speed with which images can be posted and seen using mobile devices. I’ve found Instagram to be a valuable way to enjoy other artists’ creations and to share my art projects.
A week ago, I started urban sketching. I drew my first urban sketch (above) and I had such a fun time that I just did it again!
What is urban sketching? It’s an artistic approach to engaging with the world around us. A global community of artists (sketchers) use drawings and storytelling to “See the World, One Drawing at a Time.” Urban sketchers agree to follow the spirit of the following manifesto:
- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
- Our drawings are a record of time and place.
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
- We support each other and draw together.
- We share our drawings online.
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.
I’m pleased to announce that my Redbubble artist shop is officially open.
Redbubble is an online marketplace that enables independent artists to sell their creations as quality print on demand products. I spent a couple months comparing competing print on demand platforms before selecting Redbubble to host my favorite illustrations. Using Redbubble’s manufacturing services my designs can be produced as framed prints, phone cases, tote bags, tapestries, stickers, clothes, and many other items.
I invite you to visit my Redbubble artist shop to see if there’s something you might enjoy!
Last week, I started drawing each morning after breakfast as a way to get into the good habit of creating art each day. Here’s my tenth daily drawing. We’ll see how long I can keep this going. 😉
I’m also planning to cross-post most of my website/blog items on Facebook, so if you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, my Facebook Page is a convenient way to do so.
Opacity masks offer a easy-to-edit, non-destructive way to change the transparency of your Illustrator artwork by creating shapes through which the underlying artwork is revealed and concealed.
So, when might you want to use an opacity mask?
Here are two practical examples that were adapted from questions asked on the graphic design question-and-answer site Graphic Design Stack Exchange. Continue reading “How to Use Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator”
If you’ve played 3D video games you’ll recognize low poly from its blocky appearance and lack of detail. In 3D computer graphics a polygon mesh, often composed of triangles, is used to model 3D objects. The more polygons used in the mesh, the more detail can be applied to the object.
I recently watched a video that demonstrated an easily understood process for using an image to create low poly artwork in Adobe Illustrator. While playing the video I wanted to look at written instructions, but there were none available. Watching parts of the video over and over again was slowing me down, so I ended up taking my own notes and have turned them into this tutorial. Continue reading “How to Create a Low Poly Dog in Adobe Illustrator”