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Are graphics tablets worth it?

I've always felt curious about graphics tablets, but I've never even used one. Most people I know either give up or love them. I'm not a big illustrator myself, but I do the occasional doodle and ...
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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?
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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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What is this circle technique called?

What is this technique called: http://dribbble.com/shots/260469-Squirrel-Construct See how the image is the result of overlapping many circles to create the final drawing. Parts of the circles ...
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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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Is designing/drawing characters and backgrounds for video games a part of graphic design?

I want to work as a designer of videogame characters and backgrounds, but I don't know if there is such a job, or what it is called (illustration, graphic design, concept design?). I am about to go ...
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What kind of illustration and how I can achieve this “effect”?

I've seen this kind of illustrations around the web, mostly on dribble, and I love them but the problem here is that I don't know how to achieve this effect, I tried with photoshop and illustrator ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I prepare for a career in character design?

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design. I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in ...
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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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Advice on becoming vector proficient

Background I'm a complete novice and not very tech savvy but I'm interested in teaching myself how to create and design images in a vector based format. What I need to do I would like to get ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Illustration on either matte paper or glossy paper

I have searched for this question here but I did not see anything in regards to paper. I ask this question because some have chosen different types of paper when illustrating and I do not understand ...
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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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How to create a Geometric Polygonal Art portrait

I've been interested in creating Geometric Polygonal art illustrations, i.e. making polygons and shapes with different color shading represent a face, or an object, see this set of examples. How are ...
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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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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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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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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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How to create charts and tables with Inkscape?

Inkscape doesn't seem to support charts or tables, so what's the best way to create a chart/table and import it into Inkscape? Excel 2013 unfortunately doesn't seem to support svg.
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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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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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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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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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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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Any tips for emulating printed / stamped ink textures?

I'm trying to refine my ability to emulate a technique I see quite often on Dribbble and throughout the internet really. I think in some cases this is done via actual printing (letterpress, engraving ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 to recreate a Photoshop sketch in Illustrator

I have attached a quick unfinished sketch made in Photoshop that will be developed for digital and screen printing on fabric and paper. It's basically a mix of hatching and erasing in different ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 ...