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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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Need to take in-class Adobe Illustrator course – again!

I’ve been trying to play around with Adobe Illustrator for the last couple of months since I’ve been helping my coworkers/friends design their company logo. I’m also trying to design a logo for my foodblog site – right now I’m not satisfied with it.  I’m ok with drawing the concept etc but when actually trying to implement it in illustrator I have to constantly research on the web for Illustrator tips which is a bit time consuming. So I have made a firm decision to take an evening or weekend Adobe Illustrator course in Vancouver. Looking at several colleges, it appears they are in the range of $350 – $450.  Here are some schools that offer them – if you know any other, please let me know! Unfortunately it appears all classes have started at the end of January, so I just missed their first few classes.  I’ll keep an eye out so I won’t miss the next registration.

Adobe Illustrator Course around Vancouver

BCIT Adobe Illustrator Course – I have taken this course before (6 years ago! yikes) and the instructor was really good. I would take the Feb 24th one but the only thing is it’s offered on Friday night. I sometimes have to work late Fridays so it won’t work well with my schedule.

Langara College – I heard good things about Langara, too bad the class just started. I hope the next one is coming soon.

Vancouver Community College – I’ve never taken a course here but it looks like it’s one of the cheapest @ $350. I missed the cutoff again. Dang.

Emily Carr – is the “art school” of Vancouver! They are offering the illustrator class for a cheaper price tag, @ $375. I again missed the cut off and the next one is not until June :(

So it looks like I should keep an eye out on Langara & VCC for the next cohort.  If you know of any other colleges, please let me know!

 

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