I was recently introduced to a fantastic new script called the Magic Eraser. It automatically cuts and deletes vector objects outside of your artboard! I had my friend Andrea Hill give it a test drive, here’s what she had to say:
The Magic Eraser plug-in for Illustrator is a handy tool for removing objects that exist beyond the artboard in your illustration. I found it very helpful in reducing the number of shapes that I have in my EPS files quickly, rather than having to delete them manually, therefore saving a significant amount of time. I use a lot of auto-traced grunge textures in my illustrations, and the script is especially helpful in deleting the many extra shapes the auto-trace creates quickly and easily. In addition, I have found that the size of the file can increase significantly when using textures, and by deleting the unnecessary shapes it helps to reduce the file size considerably as well. The plug-in works quickly, and overall it is a good time-saver.
Check out this gorgeous video, made by two of my fellow iStockers, bonesmear (from iStockAudio) and olytron (iStockVideo). Not only is Jeff a wicked musician but he also did all of the illustrations, while Olivier put it all together and animated the characters. Love it!
We’re happy to announce an upcoming project that’s very long overdue.
In the near future, we will be moving our existing JPEG illustrations from under their current categorization as ‘Photos’ to ‘Illustrations’. This includes any artwork that isn’t vector-based: Drawings, paintings, collages, digital paintings, and so on.
This has been a much-requested feature for a very long time and we’re thrilled that it will soon be coming to iStock.
We know there will be a lot of questions so we’ve prepared an initial FAQ. We will have more information once this project launches so please stay tuned.
I’d always wanted to tackle vintage line art, particularly lifestyle and fashion themes. After a lot of tinkering and experimenting I’ve finally come up with a style I’m fairly happy with. To start, I’ve created a series of generic people in various careers:
I’ve also been playing around with halftone fill patterns. I’ve tried various default swatches and the popular method of shading in Photoshop, then halftoning and autotracing the results but I wanted a slightly cleaner look. In the end I created my own moire pattern. It still needs a little work but I do prefer it to the usual halftone dot fills:
I’m definitely glad my month-long Daily Illustration project is over. I’ve learned that I’m not the kind of illustrator who can sit down every single day to work, especially on weeknights after coming home from my full time job!
I much prefer to work in spurts by putting aside an afternoon on the weekend to churn out vectors. To give you an idea, there were 31 days in October, but by the end of the month I have uploaded a total of nearly 400 files (admittedly, there are a lot of similar files in that total). I’d sit down for one afternoon and be able to easily knock out 30 files, but trying to draw just one after a long 10 hour work day was really a struggle.
I definitely won’t commit to daily uploads in the future, but, I will try to post more of my work as I finish it!
I chose another food item from the random noun generator. Oddly enough, I got ‘quince’ twice before ‘okra’ popped up – ‘Quince’ was the word two days ago. I’m thinking the noun randomizer isn’t quite as random as it claims…
I love drawing food for some reason, so when my trusty noun generator spit out ‘Quince’ today I was pretty happy. I had to research this one since I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quince at the local grocery store.