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StockDesignMan says

Hello, I have been doing a lot of illustrations these days. But I spend hours doing every illustration, and I think that is because my “style” of doing them. So, I want to ask you two things: How do you make your illustrations? And, what’s the fastest way?

Personally, I draw them in Photoshop, using a tablet. And then I give them color and shadows. Then, I place it in Illustrator and I make every line (is the largest and more boring part) with the Pen Tool. Then color and finally, shadows and highlights (everything with the pen tool).

Here’s the process:

I hope you can help me out!

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joiaco says

Hi, i’ve also started using Illustrator and i find that the more complex your drawing, the longer it will take however you do it. Maybe if you take less time with the sketch, don’t make it so detailed, then on another layer in Photoshop draw over them with a cleaner, darker line, then copy that linework into Illustrator and live trace it; that could be faster, even though the style will be slightly different, but good for what you are doing here. I like the character of your guy here, he’s got something special :)

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JRChild says

Hi StockDesignMan

For doing black lineart with a colours underneath – I’d recommend taking your PSD into Illustrator and using the ‘live trace’ tool. this will create nice smooth vectors. you can then use the ‘Live Paint Bucket’ to fill the non-black areas. this is very quick and easy.

here’s some online tips

http://www.adobe.com/designcenter-archive/video_workshop/html/vid0043.html

good luck!

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VF says

In Illustrator instead of using pen tool, draw straight line between necessary points and use reshape tool to make bends. In fact this process was so flexible in Flash than Illustrator to draw perfect shapes in faster manner. May be you need to set custom keyboard shortcut so that you can switch between line tool and reshape tool easily.

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Enpleinair says

I am rarely doing vector illustration, but when I do, (lol insert pic here)

I am using ArtRage Studio Pro for sketching and InkScape for tracing.

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StockDesignMan says

In Illustrator instead of using pen tool, draw straight line between necessary points and use reshape tool to make bends. In fact this process was so flexible in Flash than Illustrator to draw perfect shapes in faster manner. May be you need to set custom keyboard shortcut so that you can switch between line tool and reshape tool easily.

Wow! I never thought of that, I will try this and also the other way JRChild and Joiaco told me. Just one question, by “straight line” what do you mean? The Line Tool?

Thanks!

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joiaco says


In Illustrator instead of using pen tool, draw straight line between necessary points and use reshape tool to make bends. In fact this process was so flexible in Flash than Illustrator to draw perfect shapes in faster manner. May be you need to set custom keyboard shortcut so that you can switch between line tool and reshape tool easily.

I imagine he means with the pen tool, but you just click on the obvious ‘corner’ or curve points of the drawing, and then afterwards come back with the convert to curve tool (the little arrow thing) and tweak the points that you need to. Sometimes it could be faster with the Bezier curve, as you get more practise. I love using it now that i have learned to anticipate what it will do.

Another way to attack some drawings is to use the ready made shape tools – build up your shapes with ellipses and rounded rectangles, then just merge them and then move the few points that you need to.

Wow! I never thought of that, I will try this and also the other way JRChild and Joiaco told me. Just one question, by “straight line” what do you mean? The Line Tool?

Thanks!
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