Two cranes today. I love drawing birds – one of my favourite subjects, whether realistic or stylised.

My initial sketches were done with a stylus on my tablet. I then recreated them as vector drawings and blocked out some shading. I now have scalable graphics that will make nice embellishments for an art nouveau styled poster layout.



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  1. Hi. For the ignorant among us (possibly just me) can you explain your process?? I’m a bit lost with ‘vector drawings/brushes’. Loving the end products, but not sure how you’re getting there!


    1. Hi outsideauthority πŸ™‚

      When you’re making digital graphics, the file output can be raster (like a digital photo file) or vector.

      A raster file is made up of a set number of pixels in a fixed arrangement, with information about each one and how closely packed they are. Though you can scale them up a bit, the image can only scale so far before it gets fuzzy and loses clarity – after a certain point, the imaging software basically averages colours etc, so you lose detail.

      A vector file is more like a set of coordinates and angles. The file stores information about how the various bits of the graphic relate to each other. Because of this, it’s really good for graphics that can be scaled without losing quality.

      I use Adobe Illustrator to make vector graphics…it’s great for doing mathematically based tasks like repeat patterns and transformations, as well as creating line and shape-based images.

      The vector brushes I’ve been making let me specify an image which I can apply to a line or shape drawn in Illustrator and define how it repeats. You can create brushes which will look like natural media, or you can create pattern brushes that repeat images along any path you draw – a bit like a patterned paint roller that never runs out of paint πŸ™‚

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