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Yay my first vector art on Dreamstime!!

Tuesday morning I woke up with a surprise in my inbox:

“Congratulations, your image has been approved and will be available online soon. Please note that it may take up to 24-48 hours for the image to show up in all areas of the website.”

I gasped “OMG” and my boyfriend got concerned and asked me “what’s going on!?”. I told him what happened and he said “many more to come!” (he is such a sweet, encouraging boyfriend!). I was telling him how I was feeling discouraged because “so many” of my submissions were recently rejected. He asked me how many and I said “4…or 5”. He of course rolled his eyes. I need to keep trying!

Here is the chess board pattern I submitted to dreamstime that got accepted in 2 days! If you’d like to purchase it please click on the image.

Illustrator Chess Board Pattern
Illustrator Chess Board Pattern

Now need to practice illustrator more and more an more to get more and more and more published on microstock site! This is my first big step to the journey to become a freelance illustrator :)

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My 3D (kind of) cupcake illustration

My rejected 3D cupcake
My rejected 3D cupcake

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a cupcake for you…
I woke up this morning with a rejection email from dreamstime for this 3D cupcake. I thought it was pretty cool cupcake but they said

Reason: – Poor execution, please pay more attention to the details. For illustrations, please look for: poorly traced/auto-traced and scanned images, noise and innacurate texturing on 3D renders, too simplistic works, faceted curves, aliased/jagged lines, open paths (vectors), noise/distorted pixels on various textures and images used within the illustration, moiree due to downsampling. For collages, please improve the technical execution (distorted pixels, noise, blendings, etc) in order to best serve the concept of the image.

Hmm my guess is that they don’t really like lines that aren’t totally symmetrical or smooth? Looking at istockphoto’s experts’ drawings and tutorials I think their shapes are mostly derived from pre-defined Illustrator shapes so they have a much cleaner look.  I’m such a newbie so I appreciate any feedback. Maybe I should join one of the microstock forum to get other people’s opinion.

Anyway, I won’t give up! I already learned a lot this morning (by putting one hour before I’m heading to my 9-5 job) by performing this awesome tutorial about drawing simple faces by bortonia.  Here’s the end product,

The face I drew from Bortonia's awesome tutorial
The face I drew from Bortonia's awesome tutorial

feel free to use them as I’ll link it to the free download section.  I also linked the above rejected cupcake AI file as well! If you use it please kindly let me know, that’s all I ask :) because it will keep me motivated!

As per my 2012 goal I will continue my creative process – so I can become a freelance illustrator!

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Illustrator Tips – getting message “Image exceeds the size…

I’ve been practicing Illustrator and one project on my list was to re-do the banner for my food blog. I drew a beautiful? salami and cheese using Illustrator, and decided to use them on my banner.

banner for my foodblog site
banner for my foodblog site

When I finished desiging this I tried to go to File -> “Save for Webs and Devices” to save to the appropriate image size but it kept bringing up the error message “Image exceeds the size Save for Webs was designed for” and kept shutting down that menu. I kept swearing “#$%!” but tried the same thing couple of times, and of course get the same result…so I used my best friend google and searched for a solution using the error message. I landed on this page, and fixed the problem…special thanks to the author. I love the internet.

Basically, the quick fix is to to first choose File > Document setup, and specify a much smaller Width and Height for your artboard (something like 1200×1200 for example).

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ToonBoom’s Garfield Comic Boom Drawing Tool

Friday night I randomly landed on Toon Boom’s page. I was trying to draw a cartoon of myself at my recent dance aerobics class. I started to draw with my WACOM tablet and Painter Essential (the software that came free with my WACOM Cintiq) but for some reason I was so intrigued by Toon Boom’s Garfield Comic Boom. The price was also attractive (only $14 US!) I bought it without thinking too much.

Anyway here’s my creation:

dance bootcamp cartoon
dance bootcamp cartoon

It took me about 1.5 hours to use this. It’s a pretty straightforward tool but I took a bit of time getting used to it. It’s a bit different from painter essential but as I get used to the comic boom I may be able to produce cartoon efficiently. It has lots of libraries like the bubbles and also the background, as shown in this cartoon.

BTW I wasn’t the one raising the arm instead of the leg lol.

Shameless promotion: if you’d like a one panel cartoon I’m happy to draw for you so contact me!

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Excellent blur/shadow/clipping mask tutorial by Andrea Austoni

I was trying to draw a cheese icon with my illustrator for my other food blog and was looking at various sites for tips.  For some googlicious reason I landed at Andrea Austoni’s cheeseburger icon site.  I decided to follow the steps (great way to spend Friday night). This is an excellent tutorial if you want to learn more about shadow techniques & adding a 3D touch to your simple drawings by using Gaussian blur/shadow/clipping mask.  After 7 years from my brief art school stint, I think I finally understand what “Clipping Mask” means.

Here is my end product – a yummy looking cheeseburger :)

Cheeseburger using Illustrator - using tips by Andrea
Cheeseburger using Illustrator - using tips by Andrea
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