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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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How to turn a photograph into a line drawing or sketch

How can I edit a photo so it ends up looking likje a sketch? Example:
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How to get in Isolation Mode from Layers panel in Illustrator?

The most known way to get into Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is by double-clicking on the image. Nonetheless, is there a way I can get into this mode from the Layers panel?
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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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Name for blocky, imprecise illustration style (like Saul Bass, Paul Rand)

Simple question. What's a name for that style of illustration that uses characterful slightly childish blocks of bold colour with imprecise edges, as if the illustration had been put together from ...
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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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How can I apply the outlines and curves of a font to a logo?

I'm playing with a logo and I'd like to be able to use the font outlines to create the basic symbol. For example, I'm trying to create new leaf utilizing a slab serif font. What is the best way to ...
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Illustrator CS4: Default opacity of new objects

I'm working on a document in which I need each new object to be the same opacity as the last created. It seems that the only thing that carries over to the next new object is the stroke and fill of ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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How to scan A2 format?

My brother is an illustrator. He owns an A4 scanner, and it seems A2 scanners are too expensive for him. And he makes most of his creation in A2 format now. Is there a simple program to scan a grand ...
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How to Achieve this Spherical Planet effect?

I'm interested in creating an effect similar to the one linked below, but freehand drawing with perspective isn't my strong suit. Looking at this image it appears that I could individually create the ...
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What is the name of this mosaic technique?

Does this mosaic technique have a name? I want to learn how to create images like this: Marquee of InDesign CS6: And random image of a girl I found on the web: It combines many almost random ...
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What's the most flexible way to create a “wrap around” banner with an offset stroke?

So here's the graphic I'm working on (don't hate me, I didn't come up with this one). I'm in Illy 15.1.0. You can probably see what I'm trying to get to next: I want the offset rule to follow the ...
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If I reference a medical textbook or website for hand drawing bones is that considered copyright infringement?

I can't quite figure this one out. I am not copying a custom piece of work, I am copying something that is available in nature, bones. I am also not tracing it, I am drawing by hand using them as a ...
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Of what school of graphic design are 18th - 19th century illustrations?

Particularly interested in the illustrations of Alesha Sivartha http://www.wired.com/table_of_malcontents/2006/11/with_what_we_do/ For example, would you say they are Victorian, or Edwardian, or ...
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What is the best way to obtain a textured shading in Illustrator?

By textured shading, I mean the character is shaded with a texture that is filled with a gradient. Thank you.
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How would you mimic the glaze of a donut (varying opacity) in vector art?

I've made a vector graphic of a donut. See . But I'd like to add an effect of a glaze where the glaze has differing opacity throughout. How can I achieve this?!
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Where are some good places to find free illustrations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are some good places to find free stock images? I'm looking for good places to find illustrations (not photos). Any places online with free illustrations that you ...
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illustration tools for beginners

I'm a software developer and am working on a personal project (website + iphone/ipad app). I need simple illustrations for these to fill in the blanks until the project gets "some" paying customers or ...
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What are the fundamentals of human figure drawing? How to improve in each of them?

I'm trying to break down what skills I need to develop to draw a realistic human figure. At the moment I got: Gesture I have no good idea on how to exercise this, I mean, I have no good way to know ...
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Are light type face versions simply thinner than the roman (regular) ones?

I am taking a regular version of a typeface I love and making a light version of it, and I'm wondering: Is the light version just an inset of the regular version? Are there any special ...
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Recommended tools for digital art & paintings

I like digital art and paintings. I want to create my own. Which software/tools do I need to accomplish this?
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Illustrator - Set EPS Version from CS6 default to Legacy CS(x)

I have recently upgraded my version of Illustrator to CS6 but have run into a problem. I batch create EPS files for print and then hand them on to a supplier. They however don't have CS6, but CS5. ...
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Games Design & Illustration - Starting Off

So I primarily have a background in Interface Design and wish to expand my skill set into illustration and game design. I've recently armed myself with a Bamboo tablet and want to get serious about ...
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Photoshop: how to achieve this effect (photo looks like illustration)

How to achieve in Photoshop 5.5 an effect like this (without buying any expensive addons): I think that some filters were applied here on original photos. By the way, very long time ago I saw a ...
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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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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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Photorealistic cloud in a specific shape

Say I wanted to create a photorealistic (or as near as possible) volumetric cloud in the shape of a space shuttle (or any complex object I guess), can anyone recommend a particular set of tools/method ...
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Tips for emulating this illustration style?

I'm trying to create an Android/iOS game and I'd like a few pointers on creating the style. I'm trying to go for a style like in Dragon, Fly. Are there any tips in color schemes, shading, etc that ...
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stereoscopic illustration

I want to convert my illustration (created with AI) into stereo 3d (Red/cyan anaglyph). I basically want to assign depths to each object relative to each other in postcard fashion and then generate ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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advice on workflow and people needed for an app

I'm looking for some advice on workflow and what people I'll need to put together an app for tablets and smartphones. There are 3 questions down the bottom of this post. There are 2 apps planned -- ...
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What Wacom do you suggest for doing fashion illustrations?

I want to buy my wife a Wacom in order to help her with her illustrations. I have been readin over the internet about various models. Among those Intuos4 and Bamboo looks good. However, I have seen ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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How to make this kind of illustrations for manual/guides? [closed]

I am going to write some guides and I'd like to start to make some beautiful illustrations/pictures. This kind of pictures are often seen in product manuals I think. How can I make my own? Is there ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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Digital way of detecting and removing pencil traces?

I draw pencil sketches on paper and "ink" them using a variety of pens. (I'm using the term "inking" very loosely here to describe the process of drawing the final lines over a pencil sketch, no ...
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Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality?

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality ? Like this: I've watched this tutorial : but the quality of the outcome is still far away from the one above. Is there a way to ...
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Why is SunBurst background so popular and are there any other ones?

I keep seeing SunBurst Background Pattern for years, literally! and It is still trendy. Why is it still so? Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human ...
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How to create a pictogram representing “experimental therapy”?

I work at university. Our department has a student's day, where we all show posters presenting our research. Of course, the poster isn't supposed to be text-only. But we have to take care of any ...
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Which manufacturers are producing mid-level and high-end artwork scanners?

I have been asked to do some research into mid-level and high-end flatbed A3 scanners used for professional artwork scanning (think illustrations for children books). I am not acquainted with this ...
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Who illustrates the current Firefox website?

Does anyone know who's behind the playful illustrations on the current Firefox website? For example: From the Firefox mobile page: From the Firefox download page:
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Can an artist display their past work in a portfolio if they were paid to produce it?

I'm creating a website an artist who draws with pencil+paper. The artist has scans and/or prints of all the illustrations completed over several years for various clients. Many of these were for ...
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What is this style of illustration called?

I saw this Oracle illustration yesterday and it was produced by Google Ad randomly on a web page. I love the illustration in the background. I love 'corporate' illustrations especially when they are ...
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Achieving liquid effect in small illustration

I'm trying to achieve a liquid effect for a logo which consists on a small encased orange cube, but don't really know how to do this (I've tried adding bubbles, but it doesn't seem to work on a ...
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Human Mascot vs Animal Mascot for a website illustration and identity?

I am wondering if a animal mascot is "easier" to like for users rather than a human mascot/logo. Thinking about it, it seems to me that websites seldom use a human mascot. I was considering using a ...
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What are the differences between the Wacom Intuos 3 and 4 graphics tablets?

For the Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, are there significant functional differences between the current model (4) and the previous model? Does the newer one have additional features or design ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3?

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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What image tablet can you recommend on a budget?

I'm looking for a tablet to use in illustrating on a computer, priced between $150-$200. Any recommendations?