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Beautiful Vector Illustration in Illustrator and Photoshop by Carol Rivello

Hey guys! For this tutorial/making of I created a fun illustration for my sister Stella's blog. In her blog she writes about funny daily situations and I thought that it would be nice to develop an illustration that expressed that somehow. I hope that this step by step help the new designers and illustrators. So, prepare yourself, and continue reading because even though it is a quite long post I hope it might be useful for your illustration projects. Also, feel free to share your thoughts with comments. Step 1 - Brainstorming ftw When I’m creating an illustration for someone, I like to make a brainstorm and write down stuff that person likes, to create a moodboard and capture her personality in the drawing. In my sisters case, for example, Italy, Trips and Pasta were mandatory in the illustration. In this step I also make preliminary roughs, testing new shapes and interesting compositions. Step 2 - Roughs, Sketches & Drawings After I pick the elements that will be part of the final illustration, and develop an initial graphic style, I start the rough that will be used as a direct reference for the vector. In this step I like to use a lot of details to simulate strokes and vector gradients. Lots of people ditch this part and go straight to the computer, but I personally prefer to create first in the paper. No only I feel more creative, it’s also a pretty good excuse to leave the computer for a change. Step 3 - Vector madness After I finish the rough, it’s time to scan it. (0r take a picture of it, if the paper it’s too big for your scanner). Then, I place the jpg file into a vectorial illustration software. My favorite software is illustrator, but feel free to use the one you like the most. Right now I only care about making the strokes and outlines, leaving the colors and filling for later. I recommend using a color that contrast with your sketch, to help you visualize it. In this case i chose a red stroke. Step 4 I like Illustrator because it offers you a ton of cool resources to help your vectorizing process. A solution that I often use is called Pattern Brush. Instead of drawing a whole flower, for example, you can make just one petal, turn that petal into a patten brush, create a shape with that outline, and achieve fun results! This tip is specially useful to illustrators that prefers abstract compositions, like me. Step 5 - Cleaning up the house After I finally finish the whole vector madness, I spend a little while organizing the file, putting the objects into the right order. All this to help the next step, that I consider to be the hardest part… Step 6 - Choosing Colors The moment to chose the colors and paint the illustration is the hardest and longest part to me. In this project I was inspired by the italy flag colors, mixed with the vibrant colors of the brazilian flag, all this with a vintage look and feel. In this step I also develop some gradients and chose the textures that I’ll use later. My tip is to take a look at the patterns from illustrator, hidden inside Swatches » Patterns » Basic Graphics. Step 7 - Color Groups & Inspiration A great site to search for color inspiration is colourlovers.com. There you can search between endless palettes developed by their creative users. After I chose my color palette, I find really usefull to create a new color group with the chosen tones. Step 8 - Almost there Sneak peek of the coloring process. Step 9 - Typography Choosing a font to use in the illustration is really fun! I love to test lots of combinations and to “hunt” for new fonts. The problem is that I get *too* excited in this step, and sometimes I download 30 fonts, and later I simply can’t decide which one to use. For this illustration I imagined a strong, bold and modern font, making a visual contrast with a script font. Step 10 When you are going to use the same shape over and over again, a good tip is to use the symbol tool. You make a motion clip, and spread the object in your comp, according to your preset. With the tool’s options you can increase or decrease the symbol, change it’s opacity, position, etc. This way you don’t have to duplicate and reposition the object manually. Step 11 - Blending Modes After I fill al my shapes with my chosen colors, I like to refine the composition with gradients and textures. Some illustrations look better with solid colors, but in this case I decided to use gradients to create more volume. One secret to a visually rich comp is to test different textures and blending modes. My fav ones are: multiply, overlay and softlight. I also like to play with different opacities. Step 12 - Photoshop After I finish the vector process, I export my work for a final polishing in Photoshop. At photoshop I mix the vector with bitmap images, to achieve a more organic feel. I also use the adjustment layers e test some colors adjustments, levels, curves, etc. And use brushes. Step 13 - Don’t be messy It’s common to make a lot of layers in Photoshop, and It’s really easy to lose yourself in the mess. Try to avoid that, and keep a file with the layers named in an appropriate manner and use organized layer groups. Step 14 - Brushes and Scribbles With the idea to create an organic look in mind, I blended the original vector illustrations with hand drawn scribbles, to create a hybrid composition. I also added brushes, colorful gradients, all in separated layers, preserving the original illustration. Conclusion And that’s it. Now It’s time to create the rest of the layout… But thats for another making of. Thanks for reading the whole post! If you want to read more nonsense from me, or for more cool tips and random links, feel free to follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/carolrivello. About the Author I’m Carol Rivello, a graphic designer who loves to work with web design, art direction and illustration. Now I live in Florianópolis, a pretty island located in the south of Brazil, and just started to work as a freelancer. I love pigs, I have more than 300 of them. I also love: Internet, Music, Traveling, Movies, TV Shows, Illustration, Sketch Books, Motion Design, Home Decor, T-shirts, Pigs, Chocolate, Ice cream , Birds, Clouds, Sun, Sea and almost everything from the 80’s. For more information visit my site at http://www.carolrivello.com/

Fantastic Illustrations by CF Payne

We sure love to share the work of unknown artists, put their name out there... but from time to time, we need to check out on the big fishes. There are some illustrators out there that are really amazing, and one of them is C.F. Payne. He's work is fantastic. C.F. Payne is an artist-illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine, MAD Magazine, der Spiegel, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, Boys Life and more. He has been commissioned to paint countless politicians, authors and entertainers. He has illustrated ten children’s picture books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, written by John Lithgow. For more of his great work, you may visit his portfolio. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Photoshoped Portraits by Lyubomir Sergeev

Lyubomir Sergeev is a digital illustrator from Bulgaria, and his illustrations are amazing! The creativity and execution on each piece is very special making each portrait look so sharp and incredible. For more visit http://www.sergeevstudio.com and http://www.behance.net/LyubomirSergeev

Awesome Character Illustrations by Pablo Lobato

Pablo Lobato is a graphic designer and illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soon after finishing his studies, Pablo started working as a graphic designer for different magazines. This, however, only lasted five years, since total boredom drove him back to his first passion – illustrations. Today, Pablo has made quite a name for him self in Argentina where he lives and works. In Pablo's portfolio there are clients such as New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, LA Times Magazine, LA Magazine, The New Republic, Boston Globe, Texas Monthly, Cosmopolitan Germany, Chief Executive, Flare, AARP, Paste Magazine, New York Daily News. For more information about Pablo Lobato and to check out his full portfolio visit his website at http://lobaton.com.ar/. Be preared to spend at least one hour checking out his work because it's trully amazing Jay-Z 2Pac LL Cool J snoopg Bob Dylan White Stripes Bob Marley Michael Jackson Woody Alen rolling stones Oasis Obama Pearl Jam Men Who Stares at Goats Stevie Wonder Lou Reed Morgan Freeman Prince Nicholsong

Pin-ups and Poster Inspiration by Benicio

José Luiz Benicio or simply Benicio, as he is well-known, is an Brazilian illustrator from Rio Pardo, Rio Grande do Sul. Benicio started his carreer when he was 16 at Clarin Publicidade, that was in 1953. After that he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he joined Maccann Erickon Publicidade working for big names such as Coca-cola. Benicio became really popular in the movies industry in which he design over 300 posters, especially in the 70's. Besides posters Benicio has a series of Pin-ups, pocket-books and other sorts of illustration projects. In his site you can take a better look at his work, even though it's in portugues I'm sure it won't be a problem because the images speak for themselves :) In this post we have selected a few of the Benicio's illustratins, for more information about him and the complete portfolio visit http://www.benicioilustrador.com.br/ Pin-ups Posters About the Author Fernando Falcão is a designer from São Paulo, Brasil. Fernando has been collecting Brazilian movie posters for a quite long time. You can find more information about him at his Personal Website.

Inspiration: Toy Story 3, Concept Art and Fan Art

The guys from Pixar did it again... Toy Story 3 is simply a master piece, even better than the prior ones I would say. The movie already starts with a short film - Day & Night - that take our breath away, but that is just the intro for a whole animated magic world. All the characters - the ones we already knew from the last movies - and the new ones, are great. Perfectly imagined and executed. And the history? Oh, awesome... if you watched the movie you know what I'm talking about. In case you didn't, go to the nearest theater right now. :) Whenever I watch something from Pixar I like to go online and research about it... browse around fan art, concept art and further details I can find about it. This time I found a very interesting site, heyuguys.co.uk, where they had the opportunity to go to San Francisco to meet the people involved in making Toy Story 3... and they got access to some really nice concept arts. So I gathered some of their concept arts and a few fan art to show here to you cause I believe that many of you also like Pixar and their animation world. Take your time... ;) By the way, I wish I had the talent to draw some of the toys from my old days... Concept Art via heyuguys.co.uk Fan Art via deviantART BunnyHeadFullForce cherlye DarkDorArt g0N3Morganna Singabee JereduLevenin kparrish33 Cepillo16 Toy Story 3 Trailer

Stylish Illustrations by Mark Summers

Visiting Behance yesterday, I ran into some illustrations to really caught my attention because of the style used. These remind me of the illustrations of those really old newspapers, from the 1920's. The artist behind these is Mark Summers... and I'm really digging his art. I'm wondering if any of you guys know any other artists that feature different styles like these. For more of his works, you may visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Paper Creations by Chloe Fleury

French designer/illustrator Chloe Fleury, now based in San Francisco, California, creates wonderful things with paper that instantly caught my attention. I especially love her San Francisco posters which represent her favorite neighborhoods and what they mean to her. Makes me want to go back to SF sometime soon. What I really enjoy is creating little worlds, fantastical worlds. Envisioning them, building them, and eventually bringing them to life through stop motion animation. I think it’s magical. Check out more from Chloe at her portfolio site and let me know what you think via twitter!

Lovely Illustrations by Sam Nielson

I love all kinds of illustrations. From jawdropping realistic to delightful cartoonish ones, they all got they charm and I just love to share these with you guys. The work of Sam Nielson is just like that, lovely! These are pretty cool, and I love how these are quite simple. Actually I don't have much to say about these, so if you wanna check more of Sam's work, you may visit his portfolio at DeviantART. I really hope you all enjoy these as much as I do. Cheers! ;)

Amazing Poster Design

When it comes to graphic design, there are few pieces that I really love to do. One of them is posters! I actually don't know why I like it so much, but every time I find some posters pieces in the web I really appreciate it! Ruben Córdoba Schwaneberg makes some amazing posters. I really like the "3D" feel in these, because if you look at these carefully, you'll see some red and blues displaced above the images. I really like it... it makes these pieces pop out! What you think about it? For more of Ruben's work you may visit his portfolio at Behance! I hope you all enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

Powerful Subversive Illustrations by Dave MacDowell

Don't be fooled by the colorful happiness of these this paintings. Many of these are totally subversive, and they totally rock. It's counter-culture illustration at its best. The man behind these is Dave MacDowell, an artist with strong views, and as far as it goes, he wants to tell your canned culture sucks. He's an amazing artist with great pieces of work, subversive or not... but I do love his message. This is something of you kids to think about. A lot of what you see from the tube is pure brainwash material. Turn off your tv and your video game, go read a good book. Seriously. ;) The Breakfast Fight Club And God Created Sugar Miseryland Lord Of The Onion Rings Taxi Rider Another Perfect Day Hendrix In Wonderland Pacino (Impasto) Flying While Intoxicated When Yoko Ate Ringo Bad Motha' Eraserhead Breakfast Hawks The Deer Hunter Duck And Cover The Enchanted Mental Hospital Parents Just Dont Understand Jaws Of Metal Bad Mutha' Wizard! LollyPulp Fiction Burn Hollywood Burn Detail on "One Flew Over The Rainbow" For The Birds Feed The Children Oompacino Return Of The King Lost Tiki Island

Rob Shields New Work and Last Chance Case Study

Rob Shields is a freelance illustrator currently located in Philadelphia, USA. He specializes in makin images for the music, fashion, design, spots and lifestyle industries. He has done work for clients such as Computer Arts Magazine, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Digital Arts Magazine, Beautiful Decay and many others. For more information about Rob's work visit his website at http://www.robshields.net/ Old Blood Drop it Doe Eyes Leave Yourself Behind Its My Own Cheating Heart Victory image based on a photograph from NY fashion photographer Kristiina Wilson Last Last Chance Case Study

Magical Illustrations by Bram Lee

Bram Lee is an illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When I first saw his illustrations I fell in love with the style. The smoothness and power of each piece is just magical. Pay attention to the details and the use of light, it's incredible. Great inspiration from these magical illustrations. Enjoy! For more from Bram Lee visit http://www.behance.net/BramLeech Papu Papu Storm Warriors Comics Art Challenge Entries for [ Storm Warriors ] Comics Art Challenge organized by Columbia Pictures Malaysia and The One Academy, Malaysia in conjunction with the release of the movie Storm Warriors. The second painting, Thunder, Han Tian Lei was chosen by the creator of this best-selling Hong Kong comic series, Mr. Ma Wing Shing as the 1st runner-up for this contest. Batman Family Fan art of the Dark Knight Family Batman has always be my all time favorite superhero. Although Batman is just a fictional character to most people, his determination and courage inspired me very much. Whimsical Bringing Back Your Childhood Memories Our childhood are probably the most beautiful memories of our lives and they should always be kept in our hearts. And I hope that my paintings will bring you travel back to the time where everything around you is magical.

Design Inspiration by Designchapel - Robert Lindström

We have been huge fans of Designchapel since the early 2000, the first time we saw one of his artworks was on the cover of a Computer Arts magazine and we were blown away. I believe we have posted about him, however checking out the Designchapel site we saw some really cool designs that we didn't know about and we decided to share that with you guys. For more information visit the Designchapel website at http://designchapel.com/ Designchapel is the portfolio of Robert Lindström, Interactive Art Director and Co-Founder of North Kingdom. Raised in the north part of Sweden but now living in Stockholm. Work in Progress - Wallpaper for the NK Kitchen FWA 10th Anniversary Wallpaper North Kingdom Showreel (2009) North Kingdom Showreel 2009 from Designchapel on Vimeo. Adidas Teamgeist (2009) The Omega Code (2009) Designchapel II (2009) Black Nun Bold Royal Nun The Coke Zero Game Misc

Stylish Illustrations by Bruno Fujii

Bruno Fujii is a graphic designer and illustrator from São Paulo, Brazil and he was one of our first featured artists here on Abduzeedo. He also in 2007 gave away a series of prints of his beautiful 2007 calendar which was super popular. Now Bruno has just updated his website and portfolio and because of that he deserves another post featuring his new work. For more information about Bruno Fujii check out his website at http://soycontra.com/ Some Works

Stunning Illustrations by Enkel Dika

Friday is here and I couldn't think about a better thing to post today than my favorite subject: illustration! Some time ago I've found this amazing artist, Enkel Dika, who makes awesome art. Enkel has come with some of the best T-shirt arts I've seen in a while... these are some truly groovy, psychadelic pieces, and I bet most of you will love it as much as I did. He's done work for Threadless and has won some awards there, so I recommend you to check his portfolio for even more of his stunning illustrations. Cheers! ;) Pop Culture vs. Art Rise up Unleashed Imagination Renaissance Rocks Why So Serious?! Skydiver Flow of Wisdom Mr. T(iger) Ma Chérie Maison Autumn Breeze Camouflage Extraordinary Observer Melting skyline Honey Moon DBH 10K God of the Ocean This Sh*t is Bananas Swinging Away long journey

Inspiring Posters by Mariano Garcia Cruz

Mariano García Cruz is an art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria but current based in Barcelona, Spain. His work is full of colors and with a style mixing vector illustrations with drawings, like we see on the PingPongShop Poster. You can find out more about Mariano at his website at (http://www.marianogarciacruz.com/) or over at his Behance profile (http://www.behance.net/marianogarciacruz). Both sites are full of great and inspiring work, it's definitely worth checking it out Poster PingPongShop LPseexpresa Pumuky Kahja This illustration was made for a collective expo where photographer Maria Laura Benavente invited a series of illustrators to work with a series of her photos. I made a tribute to 90s hip hop music. The girl wears Notorious BIG bandana, the jacket from Nas, The Chains of Beastie Boys, a smith & wessum gun, the timberlands and a little doggy, the lolipop is the sweet touch ! Ml&co La bici te lleva por el buen camino d[x]i :: Fast Food Thank You Rodriguez