Thinking of trying illustration

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realitybytes
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:09AM
In college, illustration was my strong point. Since leaving college I got into photography. I'd love to get back into illustration again but am clueless as to how it works here. I just did a quick search and it looks like they are mostly computer generated. I've always been a pen and pencil person. Can I draw the old-fashioned way and somehow scan them?

If I do decide to try out computer generated illustration, how do I do it? What programs get used and do I need a tablet to draw with?

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks!
bortonia
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:54AM
Hi Realitybytes,

Welcome to the illustrator forum!

We do accept scans of 'traditional' artwork (like paintings, sketches, etc) though it's a bit confusing because as JPEGs they need to be submitted as 'photos'. If you run into any problems uploading just post here and we'll see what we can do. We also published a little introduction on how to best photograph your own artwork you might be interested in (article link).

As to digital artwork there are tons of programs you could use. I've used Photoshop for digital painting but I'm definitely not an expert, hopefully someone else can point you to some other options. And if you ever decide to bite the bullet and give vector illustration a try, there are some good tutorial sites listed here. Just a warning, vectors can be really tough for someone with a traditional illustration background: The software isn't terribly intuitive for artists, but if you ever need help feel free to post here for advice and tips.

Tablets are great for digital work, and also are very useful when retouching photos. If you're looking for an entry level tablet that's not too expensive you might want to check out the Wacom Bamboo line. They're affordable and work well, and will give you a good feel for whether a tablet's right for you (the learning curve can be steep but within a couple days you should be used to how they work). If you're looking for a higher end tablet, I've always used the Wacom Intuos line and have also dabbled with the (very pricey!) Cintiq. There are some previous threads on tablets in this forum too if you're looking for more in-depth reviews and advice on a particular model.

I hope this helps!



Edited to add: Sorry, I forgot to link to the Wacom tablets. Here are the Intuos and Bamboo product lines, and if you're interested you can see the fancy Cintiqs here.

(Edited on 2013-01-16 10:04:45 by bortonia)
realitybytes
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:16AM
Thank you bortonia, great information! I have tried illustrator and it drove me crazy! Who invented that?

I do prefer drawing the old fashioned way so scanning may be my chosen solution. I'll check out your link for suggestions on how to do that.

Off to check out what others are drawing here
saw
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:28AM
It's someimes hard to get scanned illustrations approved because they're being inspected by photo inspectors but scout has been very helpful with that! I think scanned illustrations also have a bit of a disadvantage in searches because if a buyer chooses to search only illustrations, they're excluded. I'm not saying it's not worth doing. These are just some of the challenges of being a raster illustrator. It can be frustrating but it hasn't stopped me!
bortonia
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:43AM
Posted By realitybytes: ...Off to check out what others are drawing here:)


There's a really great lightbox of raster illustrations here, if you're interested! There's some amazing work in there
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