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12-13-2006, 02:08 PM
Hi, I usually hang out in the photography forum. I have been doing some looking here and on other web sites at the vector art produced by y'all and other people. I am completely blown away by the looks of your work.

I am also in an Art Gallery ( working today:lol: ) that sells my watercolor originals and Photography. I am convinced that the look of vector art will sell tons here and I will be the only one doing it!!:)

I have a copy of Illustrator CS2 on order from Santa. I have PhotoShop CS2.

I have a pretty good idea on how to go about doing portraits but will probably need some of your help when the time comes.

I am looking for tutorials on producing vector art and would appreciate any links you can give me on your favorite tutes.

Does anyone do vector art on landscapes?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

EDIT...Do I need a Wacom or will a mouse work?

12-13-2006, 03:46 PM
Hi Rich, welcome to the dark side! :evil: :cool: :D

Does anyone do vector art on landscapes?
Not me, but there are a few people who do them on deviantART. I have to be honest I don't like most of them but that's probably because people don't put in enough time - they're a little too simplified and hard-edged for my taste. But take a look at the backgrounds in this guy's work:

I am looking for tutorials on producing vector art...
I get asked this a fair bit on dA in my role as Gallery Director for vector art but I'm afraid I don't collect basic tutorials much. I did a quick search for you on dA since non-members can't use the search feature and I knew there were plenty. I haven't looked at these in detail but they may be of some help:

Be sure to click on the image for the full-size version. Some of these are BIG, so unless you have a monster connection look at one at a time :)

Also try a Google search; I know there are many more out there on other sites from previous searches I've done.

Do I need a Wacom or will a mouse work?
Depends on the type of work you want to do. Practically every line in all my pieces is done using the pen tool by mouse (on a dinosaur version of Illustrator for that matter) but there are things you can do with pressure sensitivity that you might find useful, the brushes primarily. I've used this for speed for some of the thin-thick-thin lines I needed for one or two areas (eyebrows) but I don't need the effect enough to use the tablet regularly. So you can definitely start without one; a Graphire can always be a birthday pressie.


12-13-2006, 04:43 PM
Hi Rich, welcome to the dark side! :evil: :cool: :D
take a look at the backgrounds in this guy's work:
Thanks for the reply Einion!
That Hummer is awesome. I like the way the rocks and weeds look!

Thanks for all the tutes. I have looked around on the net and found quite a bit of stuff but decided I should talk to the experts here!
I have a DSL connection so file size is no problem.

Looks like a membership with dA is a must!

Thanks again!


12-14-2006, 06:33 PM
You're welcome Rich, hope they're of some use. I forgot to mention that the tutorial and help files built into Illustrator are well worth working through to teach you how everything works, this gives the user a good grounding in how you might approach something technically - there is often more than one way to do a single thing, some more efficient than others.

If you have specific questions on Illustrator gimme a shout, Illy's my baby :)


12-15-2006, 07:38 AM
Einion, you have me SO torqued up now, to upgrade my poor old Illy8.
It's killing me to wait for CS3, but I've made it this far, a couple more months won't hurt...
It's wonderful to know that there's an Illy guru handy. I'm the same way with Photoshop, so I know what a "security blanket" it is to have access to you with questions.

I found the included tutorials with PSCS2 a great help to get up to speed with the new features, so am looking forward to Illy's included tuts.