Derby #97: BBQ
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Ant

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striker138


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It's only 1 ant, but where there is one there are others. The picnic could go really bad, really fast.

This is a 2nd entry this week. Hope you like it. I tried a few different new things for me on this one. Tips, suggestions and comments are always welcomed.... votes too.

Check out my Atomic BBQ entry too!!


me2you


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The colors in this one are much easier on the eyes and the background is a nice touch.

I think that one thing that wooters really like to see is details. So - where this is a design that is likable and could do well, would probably do better with more detail instead of just perfect lines and solid colors. Take yesterday's shirt for example (the dancing salsa), it had that sketchy style to it - also check THIS style out. I sure wish I could make a design like that!

*sigh* I'll say it again, "someday..."

striker138


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me2you wrote:The colors in this one are much easier on the eyes and the background is a nice touch.

I think that one thing that wooters really like to see is details. So - where this is a design that is likable and could do well, would probably do better with more detail instead of just perfect lines and solid colors. Take yesterday's shirt for example (the dancing salsa), it had that sketchy style to it - also check THIS style out. I sure wish I could make a design like that!

*sigh* I'll say it again, "someday..."


I was talking to a friend of mine about the derby, and said I should try to do a Draxx-esque design, with all the distressing and layering if I ever wanted to get any votes. I am still learning how to do all that stuff, but try to incorporate a little bit more into my designs every week. I am slowly getting good enough at the basics that design that took all day to make initially (and looked bad) now only takes a few hours (and look much better).

I think next week I will do something that is completely over the top for me, and just go all out using everything I have learned since I started doing the derby several months ago.


Radscoolian


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do you draw your stuff on paper and then scan it in? If you don't, you should. When you build an image on illustrator without scanning it in first it tends to have that illustrator look.

striker138


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Radscoolian wrote:do you draw your stuff on paper and then scan it in? If you don't, you should. When you build an image on illustrator without scanning it in first it tends to have that illustrator look.


I do draw the key parts, but don't have the ability to scan them in. So I usually end up using the brush/pencil tool to recreate what I had drawn. I have a tablet that gives a much more realistic hand drawn feel, but I don't use it much. Maybe I should.


Radscoolian


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striker138 wrote:I do draw the key parts, but don't have the ability to scan them in. So I usually end up using the brush/pencil tool to recreate what I had drawn. I have a tablet that gives a much more realistic hand drawn feel, but I don't use it much. Maybe I should.



You really should. I don't have a graphics tablet myself, so hand draw and hand ink, scan it in and then add color. Illustrator is tough to use (I can't use it very well) especially if you don't have anything to work off of. If you have a digital camera, you can draw it out with pencil the old fashioned way, take a picture of your drawing, and then "trace" it in illustrator.
It is really important to draw it out first, because if you don't your illustration will end up generic and computery.


That being said, keep working at it! Dude, Illustrator is tough, and competing on woot is tough. You're going against people from all around the world, and it is real easy to get discouraged. But if you like doing it, keep trying. It will definitely make you a better artist.

striker138


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Radscoolian wrote:You really should. I don't have a graphics tablet myself, so hand draw and hand ink, scan it in and then add color. Illustrator is tough to use (I can't use it very well) especially if you don't have anything to work off of. If you have a digital camera, you can draw it out with pencil the old fashioned way, take a picture of your drawing, and then "trace" it in illustrator.
It is really important to draw it out first, because if you don't your illustration will end up generic and computery.


That being said, keep working at it! Dude, Illustrator is tough, and competing on woot is tough. You're going against people from all around the world, and it is real easy to get discouraged. But if you like doing it, keep trying. It will definitely make you a better artist.


I think I will do that next week. I have heard it is best to sketch into PS with the pad and then transfer that over to Illustrator, but I have never actually tried to do it that way. I will give it a shot tonight and see how the lines turn out.


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