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Making a simple tracing light table

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A light table is a handy tool to have if you are an illustrator. It eliminates the use of rubber erasers and makes your work faster and more efficient. But those things cost money, especially the high end ones like from Copic. Basically they range anywhere from $50 and even up to $600. I bet […]

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Copic markers – quick buying guide

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So I just got my very first Copic set. YAY! Keep in mind I’ve only been using them for a couple of weeks now so anything I write here is either from my limited experience or from what I’ve learned from other people. What are Copic markers? The markers were developed in Japan for illustrators, […]

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Illustrating tools

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This is one post that is very subjective because every illustrator has his own specific set of illustrating tools and procedures for their work. Maybe I can shed a little light on what I use for my work though. Paper I use plain standard printer paper because it’s cheap and of good enough quality for […]

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Easy lineart in Adobe Illustrator

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Creating lineart in Adobe Illustrator is fairly easy but can be intimidating for someone that is not familiar with the environment. I know I stuck with Photoshop for years because I was intimidated by the pen tool. I didn’t know how to use it properly but that changed after I started using Illustrator more frequently. […]

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Adding pencil texture to digital art

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Adding a pencil texture to your illustration can make it look more like it was hand drawn. And it’s not really that hard to do either. First thing you need to do is take a colored pencil (the same color you want to add texture to) and color a patch on a piece of paper. […]

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Coloring in Photoshop

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Let’s take a look at coloring in Photoshop. Create a layer underneath your lineart layer and lock the lineart layer. Now color in your lineart in the new layer. That’s pretty much straightforward. But now what… How do you blend and add shadows? Again there are a couple of ways to approach this. These are […]

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Separating lineart from background – Photoshop

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To color lineart in Photoshop, separating lineart from the background is essential. When I first started I used Adobe Photoshop a lot. Truth be told, I don’t use it that much anymore because most of my clients prefer illustrations to be in vector. Adobe Photoshop has some serious advantages to Adobe Illustrator though. Simply put […]

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Pros and cons of digital illustration

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Intro No other tool, besides the pencil maybe, had the same impact on the process of illustration as the computer. So it’s no surprise a lot of younger illustrators are well versed in digital illustration production. What is digital illustration Digital illustration is by definition illustration that is produced using computer software. There is a […]