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How competitive is the Illustration field?

20-ish years ago, I graduated with a fine art degree and became an art teacher, but now (for reasons I don't particularly want to go into here), I no longer wish to teach. Ideally, I would like to ...
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How to replicate lines like this in Illustrator

how can I replicate lines like in this illustration using Adobe Illustrator?
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What program could I use to make animated vector icon constructions?

I've created some vector icons in Illustrator. Recently I found this designer's work and was intrigued by his animated constructions, like the following: I've contacted the artist to ask about his ...
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What do you call this low-detail illustration style?

This kind of style with few details? Preferable abstract with very few face details.
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Best practices for that evenly weighted line look [closed]

I know it's a stupid enough question, but I'd like to hear from people about their approach to creating an evenly weighted line design like you see on basically half of dribbble these days. You know ...
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How detailed can I be for embroidery/patch personalization?

I was tasked with designing a logo for the EMEA team and from our meeting they want to have the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) in their logo. I started tracing out the countries, but am afraid ...
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How to convey the concept of “Clear Communication” with an icon or simple illustration

A client is requesting that I illustrate a concept for a brochure. The literal verbiage that was provided to me was "Be Intentional and Transparent In Our Communications & Decision-making." It's ...
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Is there a way to copy an image on illustrator [closed]

Is there a way that I can copy a image that is black and white on Illustrator. I want to highlight the black parts in the image and then copy/import them to a blank file so that I can print it as a ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

I am curious to know how the figures in popular introductory physics/Engineering textbooks are made. As examples of what I mean, see the posted figures and my comments, all from various editions of ...
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What's the style from these “Humble Bundle Monthly” illustrations?

I'm falling in love with humble bundle monthly illustration that used on their video and background image on their website. Unfortunately it had changed already :( so you can't look at their website (...
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What do you call this kind of editing where you put color-filled layers on top?

I'm really interested in doing this kind of thing but I don't know what words to search: This is what someone did to a Clockwork Angel book cover. So the person who did this basically put layers on ...
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What is this style of illustration called? (see images)

Is there is an actual name for this? I just know that people do this kind of design but I didn't know if it had a name.
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How to price for global packaging rights [duplicate]

I've searched all over Google and couldn't find a suitable answer so I thought I'd go to the source. How would you go about pricing for global packaging rights on illustrations you create? Pricing for ...
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What would you call these illustrations' style? Minimalist?

They differ quite a lot from the usual flat design minimalist trend, but is still quite a common style? What kind of techniques are being used here? ... and would using Illustrator or vector drawing ...
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What comic/graphic novel software allows you to dynamically draw/change panel shape?

Sorry if this is the wrong place -- I saw a software advertised a month or so ago that demoed a user re-drawing panel shapes in the software itself. It was a very easy way to dynamically create a ...
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Best Way To Digitally Capture a Pencil Sketch [duplicate]

I am building a small app about the human face. I have an artist that is sketching pencil based illustrations for me. Mostly in black and white (pencil black/grey) with a hint of colour here and ...
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Illustrator: Grain Effect makes round objects pixelated

I would like to apply an effect to the whole artboard (all elements), so that the colors don't look too monotone. It should look like this (found it here): I think this effect is called Grain. So ...
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Illustrator: Bend 2D objects over the edges of 3D objects (extrude and bevel)

I really like to create 3D objects with "extrude and bevel" in Illustrator CC. So is there also the possibility to achieve this? (found it here) The objects bend over the edges and change their ...
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Trouble with closing pen tool lines in Illustrator for vector illustration

I’ve had experience with drawing in Photoshop, but never tried vector artwork in Illustrator before. I drew this illustration using separate pen tool lines for the majority of the outlines (her ...
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How can make visible outline to vector from multiple layers?

1st half is the object I made in illustrator and second half is the only stroke of objects and now I want only visible object not the back layers one. Help me please
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Trimetric cube drawing in illustrator

I have found many tutorials about drawing isometric cube with illustrator. But I need to do some trimetric cube. The left part of the image shows the step of drawing isometric cube, the right part ...
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What is this style of 'punk art' called?

I was looking for a new style of art that I wanted to try learning, I really like this high contrast and 'cartoonish' approach to this style. Does anyone know the exact art-style this is considered (...
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What style is this vintage illustration?

I'm looking for images similar to this one to use in a design but i'm unsure of what to search for. What style would you call this image? And how were illustrations like this created originally?
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How to draw a line between the same apexes of two rectangles?

I want to emphasize a part of the text (in the right column) with overstating it linking the two rectangles' apexes with four lines. How can I accomplish Step 2? The red lines in the pic had ...
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Is this aesthetic done by hand or by editing photographs?

And if so, how would it be done? I'd especially love to learn how the noise/texturing is done as well!
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Any example when angle on text is better than that on text frame?

To have rotated text, either the text angle can be used or the text container object can it self be rotated. I have mostly seen angled text frames. Are there any examples where text angle is ...
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How to draw art like Dropbox?

I know some methods. 1st: I can draw it on a paper and then trace it in Illustrator. 2nd: I can draw it with pen tablet. Maybe anyone knows other methods?
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Illustrator shadow layer inside a layer with stroke?

I am having a tough time with creating a shadow, I am using strokes so when I want to create a darker tone inside the characters neck the stroke becomes a problem. The neck before the shadow. ...
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Organic Dot Shading in Illustrations

I've been trying to learn how to achieve more organic drawing and shading styles in my illustrations. The attached drawing is a good example of what I'm trying to accomplish. Do you think this was ...
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Traditional Illustration/digtal

I have a traditional logo (as on Illustration board, inked and painted) to finish for a client in Pennsylvania. I am in Idaho. What would be is best; Mail the piece and let them use it with a local ...
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Graphic designer/illustrator about to buy my first display drawing tablet, I need help! [duplicate]

So I really want a drawing tablet with a display. So far I've looked at the iPad Pro and Cintiq models. But I keep getting caught up in reading reviews, articles, blogs, etc, about each product that I ...
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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?

Suffering from OCD can sometimes have implications in evaluating a design project: i.e. Over analysis, over-revision, etc. Forensic attention to detail is usually expected of design projects. So how ...
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Same Illustration needs to be printed at 2 sizes

I have a query about printing the same illustration at 2 different sizes. I have produced an illustration - in Illustrator, at A1 size to be printed at A1 size. However, I also need to print the ...
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how can I make the background transparent

Are there any easy way to make the white background transparent? Thank you for your help. :)
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How were scientific illustrations made before the spread of digital computers?

Before the advent of digital computers, a lot of scientific publications had high quality illustrations. How did they do this without computers? EDIT Examples of illustrations to which I am ...
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Sketching in Illustrator

I just recently found out how fun is drawing. For years I was just amazed by the artworks people did. Recently just because I couldn't find too much free vectors for my infographics and also didn't ...
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Mapping trees on an estate map, using a csv file

I wish to create maps showing locations of trees on an estate. I would use an existing map of the estate as my base layer. I would create an excel database of the trees. (ie CSV file) Each tree ...
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What is the graphic design term for “cartoony?”

I need to relate some information to some graphic designers and I want to tell them that I don't want imagery that is "cartoony," or "cartoonish." How do I tell them this in their own lingo (and ...
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Scanning colored pencil illustrations and prepare them for printing?

I would like to know how to scan a coloured pencil image properly, without having that grey dots around the image and without expose it so much. My scanner is a Epson V330 Photo and I made the ...
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Hairline gaps between shapes

I'm new to Illustrator and have created some icons. When I export to svg, I get thin white lines between shapes. There is no gap when I'm using Illustrator. I've taken a look on the web with the ...
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My knife tool is too “choppy”

So I'm using the knife tool in AI CC to make some shading on an illustration I'm working on, but it gets too "choppy". I work with a mouse, so I just drag the cursor where I want to cut the shape. As ...
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How to draw smooth curved shapes in illustrator?

I did one illustration like this. It includes thin curved lines. I took lot of time and patience to create this one. But the end result is looking a bit cluttered. I'm expecting very smooth curves. ...
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Designing graphics for display on television screens

I'm designing a video reel, static illustration for display purposes on a few TV's at a corporate party. Each SmartTV is able to run video or display images off a USB drive - this is not an issue. ...
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Aligning neighbouring paths and “connecting” anchors in Illustrator

I am working on isometric design that will be printed on the 1000mm x 2000mm Roll Up. Design includes lots of similar paths that should be perfectly aligned and create isometric 3d scene (image 1.) ...
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What size should I make the line art for a one-sheet poster?

I have very little experience in print, if someone could give me some advice on this matter: I have to illustrate a one sheet movie poster (27"*40"), and I was wondering if I can get good results (...
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Full-time Illustrators - I'd really appreciate any salary advice

I’m chasing a bit of advice regarding pay rates and contract terms for illustrators... I’m currently working full-time for a start-up as a graphic designer and being paid a decent rate for someone in ...
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Is drawing required to be a good graphics designer? [duplicate]

I can draw, but i do not have professional kind of skills. But i want a good career in Graphics an design. Will my drawing skills may effect in my career? Shall i need to draw good and perfect scenes ...
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Arranging images, arrows, text and similar for research presentation

I am going to prepare presentation slides for a research presentation. Below I am showing an example of type of images people generally include in such presentations. The presentation has been ...
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How to represent medical conditions (Down syndrome, cerebral palsy)

I'm working on a mobile app that will show a collection of health resources for children. Some of these are for specific conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, preterm birth, but the ...
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Sending layout to printshop - transparency?

I will be sending an inDesign layout that I've been working on to a printshop sometime this week. The main elements of the book I'm doing are the greyscale illustrations on each page – all of which ...