I’m trying to take a friend’s pencil-and-paper design and recreate it in Illustrator for use in a poster we are creating together. She’s proficient (away from the computer) and it’s my job to get her ideas into the computer. But sadly I’m a novice at Illustrator (and Photoshop), though I’ve been using Fireworks intermittently for years.
I’m using CS5 (Illustrator 15.0.2, Photoshop 12.0.4) on Windows 8 Enterprise RTM, and a Wacom intuos 4.
Here’s a fragment of the scan of the artwork I am trying to recreate (note that the hard edge is an artefact of my cropping the scan, not the artwork itself).
And here are a few of my attempts to recreate it using the brushes in Illustrator.
As you can see the results look nothing like the original :-(
That leaves me with three questions, though the first is the one I most need help with.
Question 1 Can anyone explain the steps I’d need to take to recreate in Illustrator the pencil hatching from the original paper based artwork, or point me to a comprehensive tutorial covering the required techniques?
This seems to be straightforward in other answers (e.g. Scott's answer here) but is not working for me.
Question 2 Perhaps I should instead abandon trying to recreate the pencil stroke hatching with an Illustrator brush and use Live Trace? I’ve not done that partly because I want to understand how to do it as a brush, and partly as I would not then have as much flexibility in creating different foreground text and background hatching combinations. Should I swap to Live Trace?
Question 3 Should I give up on vectors and try recreating the artwork in Photoshop? (E.g. as Ryan suggests here.)
(N.B. I've also posted this question to the Adobe Forums here. I hope such cross-posting is OK.)