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Cow in orbitI’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator again.  Whilst making the most of my last few weeks in part-time employment (back to full time in September), I’ve been trying to pick up a few more Adobe tips and tricks.  I’ve been wading through tutorials on Youtube including this one on how to draw a vector pirate skull. This is actually much more comprehensive than the previous tutorial I posted although there a few bits you might want to fast forward to avoid boredom and the incessant pirate music.

The result is a revamp of a cartoon I drew 20+ years ago!   I should really post the original so you can compare, but I think it’s hidden in a drawer somewhere at my parents house.

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Old people

I’ve been desperate to create good looking cartoons using Adobe Illustrator.  I’ve known the basics of the programme for quite a while but up until now, I’ve been too lazy to spend the time researching how to use it to its full advantage (and I doubt I will do more than just scratch the surface).

Most of my cartoons are drawn by hand, scanned into the computer, then coloured in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet.  My hand is a little unsteady at times and Illustrator is the perfect tool for creating smooth lines and a professional look.  But, I’ve really struggled to find a way to easily create shadows without a lot of faffing about.

Today I spent some time sketching some old people in my sketchpad, before deciding to experiment with Illustrator (with a little help from YouTube).   I came across this little gem, The Ultimate Inking and Colouring Tutorial.    There are some really neat little tricks to help with shading and highlighting, it really speeds up the process and I LOVE IT!  (I’m sure you seasoned artists are chuckling to yourselves…I’m slow off the mark).

So here are three practice attempts – I’ve still got a lot to learn.  The first one was before the tutorial – it was painstakingly slow.  The second two were after I’d watched it several times.

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