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How to draw sugar with a pencil

How can I draw sugar with a pencil to get a realistic look? I tried it like this (it's not ready yet): Is it better to use stripes/dots or is there a better way?
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How can I best achieve this “Victorian” style?

First of all, is there a particular name for such an art style? And also I'm not expecting a quick "here's how you do this" type of answer and I understand that it may just be a case of me studying ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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Illustrator: How to create a circular arc with rounded edges

I am trying to draw a circular arc with rounded edges like in the picture below, but I failed miserably. Could anyone please help with step by step explanation ?!
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How to manage overlapping shadows without using clipping masks in vector illustrations

When I make vector images in Illustrator I often end up using a stylistic, almost cel shaded designs. When I want to give "shadowed" areas to an object for example, I usually just make a new object/...
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Tinting half of my image in Illustrator

I have created an icon, and I want to tint half of the image to make it darker. I have created another layer ontop of the icon, so that it covers half of my icon, and decreased the transparency. How ...
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Software used for video animation gif [closed]

Can anyone suggest what software might have been used to make this video animation? https://dribbble.com/shots/1912589-G-M?list=searches&offset=62 I see its been made into a gif so assume this ...
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What do you call this type of top down, not really 3D, perspective?

It's not isometric, it's not one point, maybe top down? I want to Google it and don't know how. Thanks
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How manual is this rough paint brushed edge effect?

I've been trying to figure out if there is a way to replicate this style of illustration where the edges have this rough, paint brushed edge. I'm wondering how manual this effect is to create. I ...
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How can I find an illustrator who can produce game art in a particular style?

I have searched a number of sites like Behance, Dribbble for an illustrator with flat vector-like art style similar to Two Dots and Jellies. I've not made any progress. How can I find an illustrator ...
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Circular Bend Shape

I'm going to try to replicate this tutorial on creating a wobbly slide show but instead of a square svg, I am trying to use a circular shape. The square image is comprised of the below: What ...
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Can a visual identity evolve?

Iv been given a creative director as my first job and am developing our visual identity from scratch.. We are an outdoor media owner.. If created a simple cartoony style for all our illustration.. Can ...
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Help me to choose a software for drawing

Which is the best software for drawing below picture?
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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PharmGKB diagrams; how do I convert them into customizable svgs?

I'd like to be able to convert this pathway (1) to SVG in a way that I can then edit (e.g., adding a legend to the diagram and edit some of the hyperlinks in the diagram). I have tried saving it as ...
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How does one extend arrows in SVG?

I would like to be able to lengthen (without changing their direction, colour, width or the dimensions of their heads) arrows between cells in this diagram, http://health-and-medicine.wikia.com/wiki/...
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Is there a specific name for this kind of illustration style? And how can I achieve this in Photoshop?

Hi everyone, I am working on an illustration project and came across this style of illustration. It has the effect of Airbrush/Noise on the edges. I have no idea if this kind of style has a specific ...
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What's the best way to animate an illustration for the web?

I have a couple of illustrations done in Illustrator and I am planing to animate it for a website that I am working on, I've heard of Create.js toolkit with flash, but is it the best way to go or is ...
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Best tool or approach to cross reference elements on a illustration

I'm working on a programming assignment, where I'd like to document related data structures - JSON to be precise. I use Inkscape and it's diagram connector tool. The result I am getting looks as ...
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Choice of digitizer

I am looking to buy a digitiser as I would like create posters, mainly in the style of zentangle. However, I have no clue which digitizer to choose or whether it is actually possible to make something ...
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Critique: Is there something I can do to make this illustration's ears look more symmetrical?

People keep thinking the ears aren't the same size and shape, even though I just mirrored everything. Also, guides were used to double check all the parts with each other. Is it best for the sides to ...
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Why am I seeing boxes in the outline overview in illustrator CC

I have downloaded this vector graphic from a freebie site and when i see the outline overview using "ctrl+y", i can see these boxes. Why is this happening and how to remove them?
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What kind of art is this one?

I need to do the avatars of my team work. And i like this one but i really don't know what kind of arte is this.. I hope you can help me. Thanks..
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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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Do professional markers stain each other?

When using professional markers (like Letraset Promarker or Copic markers), is there a risk of having ink from one colour stain or dirty another marker when drawing over it? For example, if I draw a ...
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Does a beard highlight or obscure the mouth area?

I'm illustrating a portrait for someone (male), and they have asked that I draw attention away from their mouth for their own personal reasons. Having spent some time thinking about it, the only way ...
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Software for producing yearly cycle illustration

My work is looking to create illustrations depicting our organisation's different processes and events occurring annually. I could create this in illustrator, but I would rather use some sort of ...
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Wavy Lines going thick to thin around circle

been trying to work this out from Google links but getting no where. I haven't used Adobe illustrator for a while to custom draw anything, but have a client needing a pattern like this one: ...
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A graphical design to generically demonstrate art as a concept

I am looking for a way to graphically represent a collection of art without showing any particular piece of art because they all vary in style and to not exclude or embrace any particular style in the ...
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What is a good resource for learning how to illustrate maps?

I'm trying to create an illustrated map for a friend's wedding. Most map tutorials I can find are for technical maps and I would like to find a resource with tips and tricks for designing more ...
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Creating a technical illustration from photo

I'm looking to create a simple user manual for a device, something like in image 1. Image 1: Example taken from Kinde quickstart. What I'd like to know is if it's possible to create such technical ...
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How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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What is it called when you display an outline version of a photograph next to the image and label or number it?

It's usually done when there are a bunch of objects in a photograph and it's hard to identify them or refer to a specific one without confusion. For instance, I've seen this done with jigsaw puzzles ...
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Indesign question about layers on objects or texts

So i haven't used InDesign in years. I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but I'd rather just find out on this site instead of taking an hour to figure it out. I would like to add layers to a shape ...
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Name for noir-esque art style in the Burial at Sea promotional art?

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One has a very cool illustration for the cover artwork: I initially would say its art style is "noir" but when I did a Google Images search for "noir art" ...
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How was this mosaic graphic of Jimi Hendrix created?

I found this image long time ago, even if I search with the google images search I could not find the creator to ask him/her how this was created. I do not think it was created manually. It looks ...
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Type of Contract/Agreement Forms for Preliminary Illustration/Design sketches

I've done about 6-8 hrs of sketches and colored illustrations for a client and believe it was time to introduce a contract before continuing any further illustration work. It's generally an ...
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How to achieve this kind of look?

I want to achieve "HATTERAS VILLAGE" logo's like look in my "High Maintenance" logo. Especially the colors of fishes and those water splashes. How can i do this in Photoshop effectively? I've ...
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Create a 2D posable stick man in Illustrator

I need to design some aide memoir cards for a martial arts club, to help people learn the forms (kata - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata). These are to consist of a series of stick men in the ...
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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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Name for the art style with wacky space alien illustrations like on the Area 51 SE site?

What is the name of the art style with wacky space alien characters? I've seen the style in many places over time but a good example which I can provide is the illustrations in the Area 51 ...
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Health Startup illustration

I am working on a health startup and was thinking of building some character unique to my startup as zocdoc does to explain itself. Will a sketch doctor seem derivative? PS: My site would be ...
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How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
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How to create/generate 3D molecular structure images?

I am interested in generating crystal structure images for my own research. I came across very cool and professional graphics: Can someone please suggest some software to produce similar graphics (...
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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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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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What is this woodcut / engraving like / illustrative design style called? (as seen on the US dollar sign)

Where can I find books / references / inspirations to learn the principles behind these graphic patterns? It's often seen in luxury or heritage style products, as well as the us dollar sign. What is ...
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converting image to vector, resizing, in illustrator cs6 [closed]

A question about using adobe illustrator cs6... Basically I want to be able to put images I’ve drawn (simple outline drawings.) in to illustrator, having scanned them on to my desktop, turn them in to ...
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How to draw hand drawn style icons? [duplicate]

I have always wondered how illustrations like above are drawn. What is the usual and efficient way? Do designers do sketches first and then trace over them or there is a technique? It looks specially ...
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How can I improve my workflow illustrating with raster graphics and vectors?

As an illustrator, I use a lot of raw textures I capture or scan on my own, and then go through a series of steps that require a lot of effort and time. In order to provide a better picture of what I’...