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So, i'm new, and i'm driving myself mad!

Discussion in 'Illustration Forum:' started by Ben Green, May 24, 2013.

  1. Ben Green

    Ben Green New Member

    Hey folks!

    I'm a new(ish) illustrator and i'm wanting to get some of my work completed digitally.

    Firstly, i haven't been to university yet, i am on a Foundation Degree in Art and Design. However i have a huge love for anything digital and i have loved doing some small scale stuff with my tablet. However, as i am starting to settle into my own 'style' i am struggling. Everything i plan to turn digital i draw and ink by hand. However i really struggle when it comes to turning it into my illustrations.

    I will quickly link a few bad photos of some of my sketchbook.
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    I realize that these won't appeal to everyone's interest, however as you can see from most of them i use dots, which i believe to be called stippling in my work for shadows, as i have tried before digitally to colour my work. I'm struggling to get these dots into my work for some reason, everything digital just looks so flat and rubbish compared to in my book.

    Heres a picture of one of my coloured digital works which i consider to be almost 'finished'
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    http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/9643/aopsm.jpg


    I'm really struggling, especially with the second, i find that colouring is the hardest thing possible, and i really struggle with it! Outlining i find i am not as bad, however i still struggle!

    What i'm after, is some recommendations for things to try and practice that would suit my work, whether it be tutorials or the like it would be fantastic!

    Thank you so much!
     
  2. andybdesign

    andybdesign Active Member

    Hi Ben,

    Firstly, welcome to the forum.

    A couple of things. The fact that you're aware that your illustrations might not be to everyone's taste really struck me. From my experience illustrators often think everyone will just love their work. Being self aware in this way will help you a huge amount in your future. It will help you understand your clients and people you work with. It's a rare trait to have as an illustrator. And by the way they are really nice illustrations. A bit creepy, but really good.

    This creepy feel that you have in your drawings I think is where the problem lies. When you add the colour it feels like bright and happy is trying to work with dark and moody.

    It might be worth trying some much dirtier colours. Make everything a little more brown or keep them monochrome – add some greys. This way the colours are trying to do the same thing as your initial drawings.

    I hope that helps.

    Andy
     
  3. Ben Green

    Ben Green New Member

    Thanks for the reply! I saw this wasn't nearly as active as the others so I expected a bit of a wait! However, I really appreciate your compliment, I think that my work is different which is what I think gives me that, also I think I am also extremely critical of all of my work, I strive to make it is good as possible!

    Thanks for the advice with the colours, I'm definitely going to think about that! Which leads me to my to another question! I use the blob brush on illustrator and literally paint it in, this is a technique I have found to work, however when it comes to shadows and highlights I struggle, is there any tutorials you know of to try?

    Again if anyone has any advice for doing stippling I would love the knowledge!
     
  4. Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    It all looks fine to me. At some point, though, you may need to try and reproduce and adapt your style for more commercial uses.

    I'm surprised you are using Illustrator to colour in your linework, I would've thought Photoshop maybe easier and quicker for you. You will be able to retain
    your original lines more and you may find it easier to colour, using different layers/textures etc. You could even make your own stipple texture or brush which would
    make them quicker to colour and render - that stippling is a bit heavy and must take ages!. Head over to computerarts for some tutorials, or Google/YouTube etc.
     
  5. Ben Green

    Ben Green New Member

    Thanks for the advice Wardy! And i've tried a few different styles, i'm an artist at heart and my love is landscapes along with printmaking, however i am currently just wanting to get some of my illustrations on the web! :p

    I've thought about using Photoshop for that however, i've given it a try but i havent really looking into it too much. However i am very interested in trying it with a stipple brush too!
    Thanks!
     

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