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Should I try Adobe Creative Cloud?

I was trying out this awesome tutorial by Rype and noticed that my CS3 has lots of limitations – like in Step 10 I can’t adjust the opacity of my gradient. I had encountered this problem a lot, and although you can still adjust the opacity of your gradient by trying various tricks and going through hoops (as shown in this tutorial). It’s a lot of work so I decided it’s time to upgrade my CS3 to CS4 or CS5 or even CS6!! When I launched the adobe site, I noticed there’s a new service called Adobe Creative Cloud, where you can use a lot of Adobe’s CS software for a monthly fee. This might be a better option for me, than buying the whole bundle (I think I touched my flash application only once since I purchased CS3). To those who purchased Creative Cloud – what are your thoughts?

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Great tutorial on how to make seamless patterns in…

Since my dreamstime sell is so far a dismal $1.35, I decided to research more on what illustrations sell well on these microstock sites. One thing I noticed is that patterns tend to sell well. So far, the only 2 sales I made has come from this one, which is also a pattern. So I decided to make some patterns. Since mother’s day is coming up, I felt like drawing lots of hearts so I decided to make a seamless pattern of lots of hearts. I first drew this on my WACOM tablet,

rough sketch of my seamless heart pattern
rough sketch of my seamless heart pattern

and then used Adobe Illustrator to vectorize this. I followed this wonderful tutorial by Rype – he makes awesome vectors and offers lots of tips on his site.

Here is the end product! Hope you like it! I just uploaded to dreamstime, hopefully they approve it (=

(ps…yaaay May 11th it got accepted!)

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Happy Mother’s Day! ~Window art style~

Recent inspiration: I’ve been fascinated by window art. I had the chance to see Magical Murals work their magic on a store window here in Vancouver. Check out their site! And then I started thinking…can I draw something similiar!? I started to research online what tools I need and it appears from ehow.com tempera is the most commonly used tool. There is also this kind of Window Art Painting Set
. Quite inexpensive. I’ll check out Michaels to see what’s out there!

Another inspiration: Cora’s, the Canadian breakfast chain from Quebec. I had the chance to eat there and I really loved the atmosphere and menu – because of these window-art-esque vibrant illustrations. They are bloated to a ginormous size and posted up all over the wall on Cora’s.

I love it!

Because I love window paintings so much, and Mother’s Day is coming up, I decided to draw one for my own, not on the actual window but using Illustrator. Here’s my creation:

Happy Mother's Day (window painting style)
Happy Mother’s Day (window painting style)

If you like to use this illustration, you can purchase the image file from my store.

Dreamstime rejected this as per below note but I do get some hits so thought I’d take it to my own hands and become my own stock art agent :) !

 

Reason: Poor execution. Please pay more attention to rough/jagged/faceted lines/curves. Lines and curves should be smooth, not aliased, in order to best serve the concept of the image.
Illustration is too simple – this illustration contains few elements or the subject is too simplistically represented. Adding more elements or improving the existing ones in terms of creativity and overall appeal will increase the sale potential of your image. Please note that long series of subjects like alphabet letters, world flags, web buttons and other such illustrations will not be accepted separately but only in sets. Please do not resubmit your work unless you improve it according to the above mentioned.
– 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, banding effect on gradients, 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.

Eek! I had thought my technical part has improved but it appears I have yet to learn more! Darn! I have fallen back on my vector stock upload (remember, note to self, the goal is 500 by the end of the year!?) so I need to practise more!!!  -> ps I think I wrote this May 3 2012 but it never happened…

Anyhow, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers in the world (=

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Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! 5 images on Dreamstime

Woohoo! Now I have 5 images on dreamstime. I’m so happy. When I first started with this vector art stock site business thing, I kept getting the following rejection:

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.

Rejection is never easy – especially if it’s your artwork that you thought it was great.  Looking back, I can see why it was rejected.  All my vectors are jagged and the overall balance of the drawing is bad (see sample rejected artwork here).  Since then I did numerous tutorials on the web, like this one.  I started uploading simple patterns like this one, but finally, my more complex, cartoony drawing (my passion!) like this one of my mom was accepted today! Hurahhhhh!  Now, so far I’ve only sold one drawing ($1) so now I just have to make vector art that SELLS, so that I can earn my living as an artist :) So my action plan is:

(1) Research drawing that sells online

(2) Upload to many sites as much as possible

Check out my dreamstime portfolio here.



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