Category Archives: Illustration

The Inkling from Wacom

The Inkling

I produce a webcomic, and I do it digitally from start to finish. But just because I don’t use paper in my process doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in new tools.

Wacom just released the Inkling. Here’s how Aegir Hallmundur from the Ministry of Type describes it.

What the device offers is convenience, and a bit of magic. It’s less hassle than scanning or photographing your notebooks, and you get scalable vectors nicely separated into whatever layers you want. You can draw an outline sketch and then feel free to scribble and annotate all over it, knowing each addition can be turned on and off and moved about at will, or even deleted entirely. That’s the real appeal of this thing.

Read his review. He covers how it converts the art, the software used to manage the files, and how it does vectors.

Personally, I don’t like it. Too hinky a system for $200.

A comparison between sketches on paper and the result captured by the Inkling.


The Wacom Inkling – a review

The Inkling at Wacom.com

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Creating a woodworker logo from start to finish


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Fascinating look at Illustrator Von Glitschka’s logo creation process.

Many times an agency will mock up a design direction in order to get a client to sign off on it. Once they have it approved they’ll approach me with their rough idea and want me to flesh it out into it’s final form. This type of project usually means I’ll be leveraging both my design and illustration skills to pull it off.

This project will take you through the entire creative process I used to pull off this illustrative logo design, from shooting my own photo reference material to refining my vector artwork with precision.

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Logo Illustration

Creating a woodworker logo from start to finish


iclass.jpg

Fascinating look at Illustrator Von Glitschka’s logo creation process.

Many times an agency will mock up a design direction in order to get a client to sign off on it. Once they have it approved they’ll approach me with their rough idea and want me to flesh it out into it’s final form. This type of project usually means I’ll be leveraging both my design and illustration skills to pull it off.

This project will take you through the entire creative process I used to pull off this illustrative logo design, from shooting my own photo reference material to refining my vector artwork with precision.

Links


Logo Illustration

Swooshy Winter Olympic vector effects in Illustrator


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An interesting tutorial from Layers magazine:

In this tutorial we’re going to explore the graphics created for the Olympic Winter Games recently held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Throughout the winter games, they had a continuing graphic theme of very stylized vector art. Here, we’ll achieve a similar effect using only Adobe Illustrator and a PSD file of a snowboarder. Follow along below to learn more about vector graphics.

It’s sometimes strange to realize that, despite the fact that I live in Illustrator for making my comics, I really only use a small portion of the application.

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Vector Effects in Adobe Illustrator

Wherefore art thou, sketchbook?

An interesting essay about the conflict between the illogical nature of abstract art and the clearly defined container that is a sketchbook.

I can’t, I confess, do any of this: I find that I am, in fact, an abstract painter. And it is this fundamentally experimental vocabulary — unruly and unplanned and gestural — that characterizes the work I not only can but want to make. What’s key in this equation is the process: assuming that all sketchbooks are meant to be a clearinghouse of subconscious thought, why is it that so many of us use our sketchbooks to annihilate that which lacks clarity, so that we can set the random thinking aside and consequently, produce more resolved work on the other end? On the other hand, if you think of your sketchbook as the end goal, what then? What if you start drawing with no idea about what you want to draw? What if your relationship with the pencil and the page is the whole point?

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Prisoners of Logic via The 99 Percent