Yay! We’re hosting an illustrator meetup in Germany this summer. Click here to read more!
I’m doing a serious happy dance tonight: Check out my latest post on iStock!
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.
Questions or comments? Please visit the Raster Illustration Discussion Thread. Thanks!
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:
For my last daily illustration, I expanded on the neon sign concept with these:
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!
Today I drew some neon ‘Cocktail Lounge’ signs. I didn’t use any gradients: I did experiment a little with glows and blurs but didn’t like how bloated the file size got.
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.
Today I went back to the random noun generator and ended up with ‘Panda’. So I created a super simple panda icon. I also managed to squeeze in some infographics.