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Is it necessary to be good at drawing, to develop good 3D digital design skills for modeling and animation?

I want to make 3D animation films. Not as hi-fi as Disney and Pixar of course, but as close to them as an indie animator can get. I'm good (not enviable, just plain good) at drawing things on paper ...
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How can I change the gradient angle inside of a Live Paint object in Illustrator?

I have been infatuated with this artist style of color, drawing and use of subtle textures. http://1212m.tumblr.com/post/49348782338 So I ended up drawing this derpy little thing from Final ...
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How can i draw this shape using rounded rectangle tool

Hi, i want to draw this shape but using rounded rectangle tool. Do you have any idea?
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Budget workflows for transforming pencil design into professional looking digital image

My family does light artistic stuff for fun - almost exclusively drawn with mechanical pencil. This isn't fine art - no vine charcoal sketches of bowls of fruit, it is just for fun. We would like to ...
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Characters design tools

My students are creating 2D artwork of characters for integration in a video game. I'm unhappy with the results, because the bodies are "wrong", but I can't really help them out because I'm worse than ...
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Drawing animation 3D

This is a great drawing animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG4xe9cNpP0 On which I don't know how to achieve the following: 1)Moving background creating the sensation of distance between the ...
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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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Poser-like plugin to help with drawing human figure in Illustrator?

Is there a plugin that gives you a poser (human figure) to play with in Adobe Illustrator, sort of like the perspective grid tool but with an actual human you can rig and move the camera around? ...
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Learning how to draw as a web designer [duplicate]

I'm a web designer with few years of experience, done lots of various projects. I've got some straight graphic design experience as well, but never been expanding some territories. People who like my ...
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Trouble with Beziers in Inkscape after switching from Illustrator

So this is my first post as I just very recently downloaded and tried Inkscape after roughly 7 years of Illustrator. As far as I can say this program is really amazing, although I am struggling with ...
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Create a sort of parallelogram in illustrator

How can I create this sort of parallelogram in Illustrator ?
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How to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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Handdrawn like pencil sketch with inkscape

I have made this sketch with MS Visio which looks like it is handdrawn with a pencil: How can I achieve this with inkscape?
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Can you see while drawing on the drawing tablet?

I bought a drawing tablet. But when I draw on it, I can see the drawing I am making in an image editing software such as Microsoft Paint or on Microsoft Office products, but I cannot see anything on ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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What program can I use to convert a 2D industrial design plan to 3D model?

I'm currently working on a project to make a metal part. I have designed a 2D plan and I was wondering if there was a software out there that would enable me to transform my 2D plan into a 3D model. ...
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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Format (Index) to locate sketches in scrapbooks

I am looking to sit down diligently every day and sketch something in my Moleskine whether it be for work or fun to get a grasp on my own creation versus checking design blogs only. What I would like ...
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Scrap-work Methods

Should one start their scrap-work / mockups in an ordinary notebook or scrap-paper to be thrown away ? What is the recommended practice? Keep older drawings ? Throw them away ? Is it better to ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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How can I improve my lighting/shadow illustration skills

I was curious to know if there are any resources, books, blogs that focus on perfecting object shadowing and lighting with Photoshop and/or Illustrator? I have and know how to do basic shadowing and ...
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Using Adobe Illustrator without “hand” drawing skills

I work on Photoshop for over 4 years for web design and user interface purposes but I'm thinking of starting learning Illustrator because most of design jobs now require illustrator skills beside ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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How-to hand drawn 3D effect

I'm trying to get my head around why the below drawing creates the illusion of 3D. I want to know how this is done. Thanks.
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Uploading Fast sketches to Internet with Wacom Drawing Board and Phone?

Suppose I have some phone and some Wacom drawing board (I have actually many Wacom boards so suppose any of them). I do not want to plug the Wacom board into my computer but to plug it to my phone ...
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What is the type of these coarse drawings?

Disclaimer: This question might not be suitable for this site, I am not sure beforehand. Having seen this sketch on today's Google Doodle, I remembered that I have an innate crush for them - those ...
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What is good drawing posture?

Lately I've been noticing that I tend to draw while hunched over, with my face as close as possible to the page. I've been wondering if it's better to sit up straight, although when I do that, I can't ...
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Is it legal to sell a drawing/painting of copyrighted characters?

For example, if I complete a drawing of Ryu from street fighter or Naruto is it legal to sell it online?
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What can I use to facilitate drawing in a “cartoon” style?

Is there a Photoshop or Illustrator action or a set of brushes that can help me achieve this image style and feeling in my drawings / photos?
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How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?

Recently I discovered the work of Andy Gilmore and I would really like to learn how he did this piece. I'm not looking to replicate it but would like to learn the technique. Right now I'm fiddling ...
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Is there a name to define a 3D scene design from a fixed angle?

Is there a name to refer to this kind of (computer) drawing style: which resemble a little bit of the Portal 2 trailer style. Is there any name to refer to this particular type of design. If ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching with ink?

Recently I have been trying to learn some new media, and ink is one of them. I love what some people can do with it, both modern comicbook artists and old masters. I would love to achieve effects ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching for shading using graphite?

Up till now, my main shading technique with traditional media was to use graphite and charcoal pencils and smudge it a lot. It works fine on charcoal-heavy drawings, but charcoal has its own pros ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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What skills are necessary and/or recommended to become a graphic designer [duplicate]

I am planning to major in Graphic Design, but I am unsure if it is the right choice for me. I would like to know what skills I should know before starting to study it so I can get a head start. One ...
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Creating rough sketched shapes

I am not a professional designer however I need to make a few shapes like the ones shown above for my college presentation. I would like to ask how I can create shapes like these ?
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Technique to Extend the Pattern in an Image

I have read about techniques such as "Spot Healing", "Content Aware Fill-In" and "Reconstruct" that are able to regenerate parts of an image based on the patterns in the rest of the image. How could ...
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures ofen look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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I'm trying to make my character look big, strong, and imposing, but it always ends up cute and fat. What am I doing wrong?

Here is a quick example sketch: This is supposed to be a big, strong, evil, imposing demon-sculpture, but to me it just looks a bit too cute and cuddly. What should I be doing to make it look more ...
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Designing images with dimensioning

Are there any graphics programs that work like AutoCad or Inventor where you can draw objects and give them precise dimensions? Even better, something parametric like Inventor. I don't like lining ...
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How to draw abstract images with “line shapes” in photoshop?

I try to reconstruct this image: From http://www.shutterstock.com But, I'm failing. Perhaps there are tutorials on this topic? Maybe some advice?
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Remove blue lines in Photoshop

I have seen a lot of very different tutorials about how to remove blue lines from a scanned drawing. So I ask myself what is the best way in term of simplicity and quality to do this in Photoshop (CS3 ...
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Photoshop Pencil Tool Won't Draw

I've been struggling with this for some time now. The tool is set to pencil tool. The color is set to black. The layer is at the top of the layer stack. But still it won't draw a simple line. ...
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How to Draw vector illustration? [closed]

I am looking drawing lessons of the illustrations in vector. Or in any editor.
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How to draw different coloured waves in Photoshop?

I want to know how to draw waves like patterns in photoshop easily. I have attached an image of it so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about: Please anybody help me in this.
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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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Drawing tools for scientific papers

Hello I would you to propose me a program which can be used to make figures on scientific papers. An example of a figure that I want to create is of a body (2d) with forces on it, or figures with ...
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What is the drawing style called that is used in the RSA Animate lectures?

What is the drawing style called that is used in the RSA Animate lectures? See some videos here: http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL39BF9545D740ECFF I don't think they are standard caricatures, but ...
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Improving drawing of ovals and circles

I am trying to draw freehand ovals and circles. I'm not having too much difficulty with circles, but ovals are are more challenging. As you can see in the photo below the ovals are irregular, and not ...
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Recommended drawing techniques for digital graphics

What are drawing techniques you use for digital graphics? Whether it be drawing with a pencil, scanning; or using illustrator from scratch. What are some methods you incorporate? Tips and tricks are ...