Archive for March, 2014

March 19, 2014

How to create an animal portrait from a reference photo using Adobe Illustrator

Yuka Uemura, a graphic designer from Queensland, Australia shared a vector portrait she created of Kaky, a Kelpie cross Border Collie puppy.

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The Illustrator social team posted it on the Illustrator Facebook channel, and the audience loved it just as much as we did.

Yuka was kind enough to take the time and effort to develop a tutorial of the techniques she used to create this beautiful, highly detailed vector portrait of Kaky. And we are super excited to share it with you.

You can download the tutorial as a PDF. And if you want to follow along exactly, you can also download Yuka’s original reference photo. But we’re sure you’ve a favorite pet that’s just waiting to be immortalized in its own beautiful portrait, too. Enjoy!

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March 13, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in February 2014

Vector on Tuts+

Welcome to this month’s catch up showcasing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Vector and Drawing Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during February 2014.

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March 11, 2014

Grain Edit Interview with Javier Garcia

Sketches for "Hail to the King"

Sketches for “Hail to the King”

"Hail to the King" poster by Javier Garcia

“Hail to the King” poster by Javier Garcia

Born  and raised in México, Javier Garcia is a San Francisco-based graphic designer,  illustrator, and avid collector of all things modern.

Check out his interview on Grain Edit,  see more of his work on his portfolio site, and be sure to visit his blog  about vintage modern design & illustration, No Barcode.

The images here provide a glimpse into Javier’s design process, going from sketch to finished artwork, but the Grain Edit interview gives you a deeper look into his workflow as well as his passions for design and more. Check it out!

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March 4, 2014

The All-New Pencil Tool in Illustrator CC

Illustrator’s Pencil tool is ideal for sketching out freeform designs, and to give a hand-drawn look to existing shapes and paths. For Illustrator CC, new technology under the hood delivers better curves, you also have new options for creating both curved and straight lines, and more.

The all-new Illustrator Pencil tool

Check out this great tutorial from Kendall Plant on drawing with the Pencil tool and using the new Path Reshape capability, too. The rebuilt Pencil tool may just change the way you approach drawing vector paths in Illustrator.

 

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