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It's closest to a view called a three-quarters view, in between a side view and top down one. It's "[a] method of portraying three dimensional space in a two-dimensional plane ... [very] popular during the 16-bit era for JRPGs." - TVTropes definition page. It's still used in games today because of the high performance and artistic draw. The style is ...


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GIF For most simple animations, a GIF is a good way to go, especially when the creator is more comfortable making them compared to other methods, the animations don't require much interaction, and the animation doesn't need to have a dynamic width. GIFs can be as detailed as the illustration you linked without needing a bunch of DOM elements. A transparent ...


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How did they do this without computers? They used rulers. If you exclusively know how to draw with a computer: that's a straight edged object, to help guide a pen or pencil into a straight line. For really advanced technical drawings, such as the curve graph example, there were templates with different curves (elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic): There ...


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I'm primarily a web developer and designer, so I do most of my work directly in Photoshop/Gimp cutting and clipping and filtering. I eventually stumbled upon the opportunity to purchase a very inexpensive reconditioned Dell Latitude XT, and my experience has been pretty positive. It allows me to much more easily create masks, draw layers, make my selections, ...


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Engineers and scientists of different branches used to have drawing classes on their curriculum. Many of these people were quite accomplished at this. We used to have row upon row of drawing boards in the classrooms in the design/engineering departments. The drawings were drawn with pencil and then inked for final results. They would then be reproduced on ...


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Couple months back I bought myself Wacom Intuos4 (Large - A4 size) and I absolutely love it. For photo editing in Photoshop, it's huge difference. It will allow you to a lot of things which just aren't possible with mouse, which is basically any manual editing. My biggest issue while working with Photoshop was, that I just didn't like the way I had to ...


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It's not truly perspective. It's an artistic interpretation of a 3D element, but not adhering to any mathematical perspective grid. The closest to a true type perspective would be one point perspective. It could also be considered foreshortening outside of the perspective context.


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I don't think this illustration follows any of the strict formal Cartesian perspective models. If you try to find a vanishing point using edges that would have been parallel in the "real world" you will notice that there is none. The front of the car seems to follow, loosely, a one point perspective model. The rest of the car, though, follows an ...


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Illustrators are people who do illustration, like how designers are people who do design. If your question is essentially "What is 'illustration', and how is it different to graphic design?", that's a good question. It's a difficult one to define. Most people just have a gut feeling for where the line is between graphic design and illustration. My ...


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For twigital the designer(Chris) used Illustrator, a grid and the 3D Rotate tool. Notice it has presets for isometric rotations. If you need more than what Illustrator provides by default, try the CADtools plugin for Illustrator, which provides tools for isometric drawing and dimensioning. I've got a few more resources to share. Based on this tutorial ...


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I'd forget Photoshop and stick to Illustrator. They are all simple lines. All you need is the pen tool.


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You will have to forgive my immensely crude mockup, but just trying demonstrate some ideas: Edit: since you added that this will be a hommage to your son, remember the old saying: everything looks good in a frame. This is true; and you could stylize it:


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@Yisela recommends Gnumeric. I would also recommend looking at LibreOffice. What I've done in the past is: Create my tables in LibreOffice Writer, applying formatting such as row borders, cell spacing, and so on. Copy the table, open up LibreOffice Draw, and paste the table as a "LibreOffice Text Document" using "Paste Special". Select just the table. Go ...


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These small simplified images representing things are called pictograms (they're sometimes called icons but that also makes implications about how they are used). See also What do you call these infographic icons? which discusses a different style of the same thing. You can browse thousands and thousands of pictograms like that at the noun project, and ...


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Funny as it may sound, I've heard nothing but good about Wacom's Bamboo tablet, which is in the $100-200 range. Other than that, I've seen people offer used previous-generation Intuos tablets in that range before as well.


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In all kinds of drawing, a formalised methodology has been attempted for centuries (ref. The Vitruvian man). Rules and guidelines for proportions of the human body etc. have been drawn out for the use in architecture and art (and in some cases to hunt for the magic golden section). This, in a way, is an engineering approach to imagery: laying down basic ...


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Tough question. I'm not sure my answer is the best and I'm sure there will be other good suggestions, but my first thought was to use each condition's ribbon or color(s). I would assume that most of these conditions have a ribbon (pink = breast cancer, green = mental illness, etc.). Down's, for example, is blue/yellow. I'm not saying that you should ...


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These are definitely made by hand. These are so called "scientific illustrations" absolutely beautiful. Check your local library or internet for "botanical illustrations" I think it's not possible to fake this with photographs and filters. Or at least not with that amount of quality.


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Tracing software may help getting started, but then there's still a lot of illustrating craft there. Photoshop and Gimp does not sound like the right tools for the trade, Illustrator and Inkscape are more like it. IIRC both should have embedded tracers.


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Without resorting to much trickery I would use colored pencil for the sketching. Lets say you'd use for example a blue pencil for sketching and your regular black ink for line work. Then you can use (top menu) Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White or Image > Adjustments > Black & White And slide the Blues and/or Cyans ...


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Lollero's suggestion is a good one. It doesn't help much if everything's gray and black, however. Here is a technique that takes a little finesse and some practice, but is your best general approach without changing your initial workflow: Scan in the usual way, and use a Levels adjustment layer to make the inking fully black (RGB 0,0,0) by dragging the ...


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I can't put my finger on why, but I think it would look better with clean outlines around the brain like so: I think it helps to convey the message that whilst it looks primitive it has been chosen for a reason and has been professionally touched up. I could also make a pretentious statement like the artist has chosen to stay within the overall ...


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My thoughts: Don't scrap the coloring outside the lines, I think that's important otherwise it looks chopped out of context. But I'd lose some of the random marks that exist only outside the brain. Color is important; think about splitting it into color groups and using Hue/Saturation/Value adjustments. A lot of our perception of an image comes from ...


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Short answer: Yes, there is such a job (2D Concept Artist/ Illustrator, although the title varies), and the only thing you need to get into it is probably a good portfolio of illustrations. A degree in Arts or Design helps too. Long answer: Ask yourself why exactly you want to be a video game designer. What is it about it, compared to other areas, that you ...


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There's not really an 'effect' to speak of. These are just flat line art, as @Scott mentions. I can add some advice to stick to very simple shapes, a single colour and one single thickness for all your strokes. Be sure to round most of your corners and select a round end cap in the Stroke panel.


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Interesting. Not entirely sure what part of the style you are after, but I am going to take your noir as a hint. Actually, I think you are pretty close in your search, but I think you need to use "film noir poster". That will give you a lot of stuff like this: Another search term is "pulp paperback cover" or "pulp fiction". This is the classic name for ...


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There are actually many ways to accomplish rounded shapes.... You can draw circles at ends of rectangles and use Pathfinder or the Shape Builder Tool. You can use Effect > Stylize > Round Corners You can use VectorScribe from Astute Graphics (third party $$ plug in -- See note below). You can use thick strokes with round end caps. And then, of ...


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I would say it's a punk comic / DIY zine art style, although I'm not aware of it having a defined name. Scumball is a brand built around comics and art zines with themes of slime and lowbrow art/humor. I found this extract here. It reminds me of a slightly more cartoon like Raymond Pettibon, who did a lot of early 80's DIY Hardcore and Punk bans ...


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According to the Creative Director of Mozilla here, the two companies responsible for the current design are Delicious Design League and Royal Order.


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It's an animation combining two separate images that you'd typically see with a Stereoscopic drawing In this particular example, it's likely one source image that was modified to create the second image by shifting things around a bit. Things that you want to appear further out in space would shift further than those that you don't.



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