New article on iStock: 2016 Trends Report

We’re excited to show you some of the major illustrative styles and techniques that are trending, as well as identify styles that we anticipate taking off throughout 2016.

The last few years, illustrations have been featured everywhere from major ad campaigns to smartphone apps. It seems you can’t open a magazine, shop online, or watch a commercial without seeing illustrations featured front and centre.

We couldn’t be happier: Illustrations can bring a unique stamp to a design that you can’t achieve with a photograph. This report isn’t intended to tell you what to draw. We already have many resources here in the Contributor Community, from our bi-weekly Creative Briefs to our ‘Files We Need!’ forum. Instead, this is an overview to show you what styles, techniques, and historical styles are trending for 2016. Click here to read the full article!



New Advertising Industry Board Game on Kickstarter

I love boardgames, the Advertising industry, and Kickstarter so this is right up my alley 😀 One of my amazing illustration inspectors and good friends on iStock, David Goh, has a really fun Kickstarter project in the works: The Award Winning Game.

“The Award Winning Game plunges you into the hellish underbelly of the advertising industry… where clients have horns, deadlines are always an hour away and showing a little cleavage wins you accounts.

From humble beginnings, you and your friends will run your own ad agencies, working (and sabotaging) your way up to hiring the world’s most pretentious creatives, and winning accounts from famous brands… only to throw them away for the shot at winning awards.

Because, y’know, who needs clients when you’ve got prestige?”

I can’t wait to try it out!

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Free Stock Master Illustration Script

Our friends over at Mai Tools have released an awesome new script for microstock illustrators: Free Stock Master Illustrator Script.

If you don’t know how to prepare your vector file for microstocks use the best tool Free Stock Master. It is a script for Adobe Illustrator which works very simply. And it is absolutely free besides. This script can automatically prepare vector files for microstocks. It scans a vector file and fixes mistakes such as open paths, ghost shapes, bitmap, active brushes, symbols, effects, text etc.

Excellent tutorial on perspective drawing

This is one of the clearest explanations I’ve ever seen for drawing with perspective! If you’ve ever struggled with perspective (and really… Who hasn’t?), definitely give this a read!

Everyone struggles with perspective because 1. it’s not well or widely taught and 2. artists tend to see linear perspective as a set of rules rather than a set of tools.

Linear perspective is a TOOL we use to create and depict SPACE. That’s it. That’s all it is. Your goal is not to draw in ‘accurate linear perspective.’ Stay away from the ruler and precision for as long as you can. Your goal is to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Perspective is just a tool to help you construct and correct that space.

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5 reasons why designers should give microstock a shot

Over the years, I’ve read countless articles and posts encouraging designers to try their hand at selling RF stock on microstock sites. I’ve found most are pretty basic and don’t dig into some of the hurdles a new contributor might face, especially nowadays, where the market is so different than when iStock first started. So I was thrilled to read this excellent article by iStock contributor DavidGoh. It covers many of the pros and cons to getting into microstock now that the market has matured, and offers some fantastic tips for anyone looking to get started. Click here to read ‘5 reasons why designers should give microstock a shot’!

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Moleskine’s Smart Notebook looks pretty awesome!

This looks pretty darn cool! Moleskine has a new app out that allows you to photograph your sketches and turn them into editable vector SVG files. I can’t wait to try this out! Check out this video review from TechCrunch:

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11 Drawings That Altered History

This is a pretty interesting little gallery! “The Power of Illustration: 11 Drawings That Altered History“.

“Illustration is the people’s art,” says Lawrence Zeegen, dean of the London College of Communication’s School of Design. It’s with this in mind that he’s written Fifty Years of Illustration, a book looking at the dawn of contemporary illustration and the most memorable images produced since then. Featuring over 225 artists, the tome explores just how much of an impact illustrators have had, and why their work continues to resonate.

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Five ways in which illustration is used in effective communication

Check out this excellent article by John O’Reilly on!

The surge in popularity in illustration began in the mid 1990s, taking people to magical places. We explore some of the benchmark moments and look at the most popular ways illustration is used for effective communication

Affinity Designer: Professional graphic design software for Mac

I just heard about this this morning and I can’t WAIT to give it a test drive!

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionise how you work.

Check out this amazing preview video:

And here’s a quick review from PixelArts:

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How Cubic Bezier Points Work

Ever wondered exactly how the Bézier curves in Adobe Illustrator actually work? Check out this fascinating video explanation from Peter Nowell. So cool!

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