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BigJohno
Aug 16, 2007, 08:22 PM
Just wanted to see how people are using Adobe Illustrator.

Cheers



JasonElise1983
Aug 17, 2007, 08:26 AM
here are some of mine:

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/building.jpg
completeley done in illustrator, using reference photos. Was made to look like an artist did pieces of it at a time, and then put it together with tape and push pins on cork board. Final printed size of this was 55" x 26"

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/watch.jpg
Another one done from reference photos. Supposed to illustrate a simple object, i chose my watch.

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/self.jpg
Self Portrait done in complementary colors.

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/EstateSale.jpg
An illustration done for an article in a magazine.

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/cary1.jpg
Another done of the editor for the magazine mentioned above.

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/carryingaload.jpg
done for a different magazine in Texas. Actually if you are an Texas Aggie fan, check out aggielandillustrated.com A friend of mine runs it, so just wanting to help him out.

-JE

andr3s
Aug 17, 2007, 12:03 PM
i made this for a friends mobile skin (90% in illustrator)

barr08
Aug 17, 2007, 12:21 PM
here are some of mine:

*designs*

-JE

How do you do this? Like make drawings from scratch like that. I know thats a broad question, but can you give some tips to a novice?

Like the football player for example. How did you design him?

Those look great!

JasonElise1983
Aug 17, 2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks, i worked really hard on all of those. As far as my way of doing it, If you are talking about how do i "draw" them, i actually start with good old fashion pencil and paper. Then i scan that in, and start building it in Illustrator. I have a wacom tablet, but i only use it for photoshop, and maybe illustrator a couple of times. (EX: the scribbles on the first one). As far as "designing" it, i look through magazines and look at styles and see what i like and what i don't. Inspiration is a great tool for stuff like this. I would never rip-off someone's style for a finished piece, but i do try to replicate things sometimes for practice, just to see how it's done. That is pretty much my way of doing it. I don't know that there is a "good" way to go about it, but i've always started with pencil and paper. It's my best tool.

Thanks again,
-JE

bluetooth
Aug 17, 2007, 02:54 PM
They do look really good. Do you scan and then apply a live trace?

Belly-laughs
Aug 17, 2007, 07:14 PM
BMW 320. Based on a promo-pic. Originally done as a plain b-w line drawing for a client 5 or 6 years ago.

http://www.retromacs.com/stuff/bmw320.jpg

G.Kirby
Aug 18, 2007, 11:13 AM
Here is one of my examples. Hope you like. :)

Luis
Aug 18, 2007, 01:13 PM
here are some of mine:

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/building.jpg
completeley done in illustrator, using reference photos. Was made to look like an artist did pieces of it at a time, and then put it together with tape and push pins on cork board. Final printed size of this was 55" x 26"

-JE

That one is really amazing!:eek:

JasonElise1983
Aug 19, 2007, 10:34 AM
That one is really amazing!:eek:

Thank you! There are some things i would like to fix on it, but i'm really picky. Thanks again



-JE

vicious7
Aug 19, 2007, 12:49 PM
Lotsa great talent here. I'm just a hack compared to any of these examples. :(

JasonElise1983
Aug 19, 2007, 03:02 PM
They do look really good. Do you scan and then apply a live trace?


I'm sorry, i over looked this question. Know, i don't use live trace for anything except....i did live trace the cork board texture...kind of. I live traced a cork board tile, and then duplicated it around to fill up the frame. I think when through and modified each tile so that it wouldn't look like squares.

That is the only thing i've used live trace for other than this flash video www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/rogers-thecure.html

I drew some of it too, like the birds, and the fish. The Flowers, the man sitting and the man walking. I really just used live trace for the complex stuff, and the textural stuff.


-JE

oscuh
Aug 20, 2007, 08:09 AM
http://oscuh.illustratorworld.com/

Here's a sample as well ...

And I don't use LiveTrace for anything .. all done by hand ... gradient mesh, blends, blurs, etc ... Enjoy!

Ish
Aug 20, 2007, 12:20 PM
I think I'll just go shoot myself now.

I've just downloaded Illustrator on a 30 day trial and after one (admittedly short) session I can't do a thing!

When I get a chance to get back to it, I'll see if there are any tutorials.

Sob! :(

barr08
Aug 20, 2007, 12:21 PM
So you all draw something by hand first and then like scan it or something? I am confused as to how you guys can make such a detailed image only using a mouse curser.

Belly-laughs
Aug 20, 2007, 07:09 PM
So you all draw something by hand first and then like scan it or something? I am confused as to how you guys can make such a detailed image only using a mouse curser.

Bezier curves, fills… Illustrator is sort of "mechanical" in the way you can adjust and fine-tune your objects with the mouse. I find most ideas come from hand sketches (quicker), whether you scan and trace or not is your choice, although it´s sometimes easier when you have a tracing image, especially if the sketch or photo is complex.

For some quick tutorials check out tutorialized.com (http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorials/Illustrator/Drawing/1).

lartius
Aug 21, 2007, 06:42 PM
Hey! My first MacRumors post!
Here's a drawing of a P-38 I did in Illustrator a while back.
Background and props were done in Photoshop, but everything else is vector.

7on
Aug 21, 2007, 08:03 PM
it seems cars are a popular theme... :p

oscuh
Aug 22, 2007, 07:42 AM
Not just cars .... :cool:

This mostly gradient mesh with some blurs and assorted other transparency effects ...

rbroady
Aug 22, 2007, 06:30 PM
http://a259.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/l_896ea6752d0d5b28d16a4eb40360fa9a.jpg

murdock25
Aug 22, 2007, 11:47 PM
here's an illustration I created for a vegetarian restaurant.

techlover828
Aug 23, 2007, 06:15 PM
I'm 15 and made this for my step-mom's farm.

prs986
Aug 23, 2007, 06:50 PM
I don't consider myself an illustrator, but more of a designer, because I do more logo, layout and design, using other elements to bring the entire piece together. here is some of my work. the first was assignment for my design class. it was to create a granola box, so i took my band's name (timmy kue and the fatherless boys) and made Kue Bars. the second is the logo for a wakeboarding video i'm making for my group of friends. and the third is some work from my actual day job, here at the Pizza Factory corporate office. Hope you guys like!

prs986
Aug 23, 2007, 07:00 PM
http://oscuh.illustratorworld.com/

Here's a sample as well ...

And I don't use LiveTrace for anything .. all done by hand ... gradient mesh, blends, blurs, etc ... Enjoy!

one word..........amazing! if you would of just shown me that....i would of thought it was a photograph!!! wow! I wish i could draw like that Illustrator...but i'm just a little 'ol designer......

camomac
Aug 24, 2007, 12:54 AM
http://oscuh.illustratorworld.com/

WOW! amazing.

i used your image of the flower with the bee for my desktop.
i hope you don't mind.

any good books/video tutorials you could recommend?

thanks

oscuh
Aug 24, 2007, 11:37 AM
You're more than welcome to use them, as long as it's for personal use, like a desktop pattern.

I hate to say it, but I'm wholly self-taught. Aside from a one-day photoshop seminar about 6 years ago, I've never had any training in this area with InDesign, AI, etc. There are lots of great books out there, but mostly it's just trying new things and seeing how far you can push Illustrator and your own skills. Believe me, there's people out there that smoke me any day of the week on photorealism .. I just happen to be good at flowers :)

MorzillA
Aug 24, 2007, 12:26 PM
I've yet to do ANYTHING on Ill.CS on my Mac i have used it on a PC and it has come out ok. I need to do something but have not found the time esp. now that I have just moved. I do have a lot of things that need to be worked on and after seeing some AMAZING SH** here I must take my hat off to all!!
Great work guys!!!

:apple:

tsd
Aug 24, 2007, 06:03 PM
Everything in this section of my portfolio site was done in Illustrator, except for the "Pureheart" thing, which was Photoshop.

http://www.trendsettingonline.com/identity.html

P.S. yes, I know it's shameful for a designer to use iWeb for his own portfolio, but I'm busy using GoLive for other clients to make my own site! Fortunately, most of my clients have never seen iWeb!

prs986
Aug 24, 2007, 06:22 PM
I know it's shameful for a designer to use iWeb for his own portfolio

I find nothing wrong with using iWeb! I'm creating my personal company's site (Infinite Design) using iWeb. The result is very professional. Maybe I find nothing wrong with using iWeb because I don't design web sites.:p

c3str
Aug 24, 2007, 06:52 PM
One question for those that have shown some (very cool) photorealistic work: do any of you use 3D tools such as Maya or Cinema 4D?

If so what makes you decide on Illustrator vs. a 3D tool? Most obvious answer, function of course, but if it's work that you're doing for yourself then what pushes the decision in either direction?

Good stuff.

G.Kirby
Aug 24, 2007, 08:10 PM
One question for those that have shown some (very cool) photorealistic work: do any of you use 3D tools such as Maya or Cinema 4D?

If so what makes you decide on Illustrator vs. a 3D tool? Most obvious answer, function of course, but if it's work that you're doing for yourself then what pushes the decision in either direction?

Good stuff.


Personally I prefer Illustrator because my background is in technical illustration and not 3D design. It is fair to say that Illustrator and QuarkXPress have made me the most money in my freelance. Most of my illustrations are diagrammatic, not too impressive to Joe Public but pure gold to service engineers. :D

I also use to use IsoDraw which is ideal for technical illustration. However, there is no OSX version that I can find and I know that it is expensive to buy.

Cleopatra
Aug 25, 2007, 06:15 AM
These are some of my vector art, most of them are made in Adobe Illustrator CS2, and some of them are made i Adobe Photoshop CS2.

http://www.look.no/anita

murdock25
Aug 25, 2007, 06:21 PM
I like your illustrations Cleopatra

bluetooth
Aug 25, 2007, 06:47 PM
http://oscuh.illustratorworld.com/

Here's a sample as well ...

And I don't use LiveTrace for anything .. all done by hand ... gradient mesh, blends, blurs, etc ... Enjoy!

Wow! Great job...can I ask a ballpark of how many hours it would take you to do something like this?

oscuh
Aug 27, 2007, 03:39 PM
Wow! Great job...can I ask a ballpark of how many hours it would take you to do something like this?

I can pop off a flower in few hours, depending on complexity ...

The Volkswagen? 20+ hours ... and even then, I should have spent more time on the interior ... but I was tired of working on it :D

Merser
Aug 30, 2007, 10:22 AM
http://oscuh.illustratorworld.com/

Here's a sample as well ...

And I don't use LiveTrace for anything .. all done by hand ... gradient mesh, blends, blurs, etc ... Enjoy!

Absolutely amazing!!

Cleopatra
Sep 6, 2007, 08:05 AM
I like your illustrations Cleopatra

Thanks a lot murdock25, this is something I do in my spear time, but I hope to be more advanced with times. :o

ybetts
Oct 27, 2008, 06:40 PM
Not just cars .... :cool:

This mostly gradient mesh with some blurs and assorted other transparency effects ...

How long did that take you to complete? I am in awe! I've just completed an Illustrator course and know how to use all the tools, but seriously can't picture myself creating something so incredible!

jv-iphone
Oct 28, 2008, 10:01 AM
Tribute to Heath Ledger:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v302/yankswn23/Artwork/My_Tribute_to_Heath_as_the_Joker.jpg

Jeter:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v302/yankswn23/Artwork/Jeter-Roto-lg2.jpg

Yankee Chopper (1st work done in Illustrator for a class)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v302/yankswn23/Kolazhit/Project9_2.jpg

wongulous
Oct 28, 2008, 02:44 PM
Wow, I just spent like 10 minutes reading this thread and realizing, hey, this all looks so familiar.. before I realized somebody had brought up an old thread I probably read over a year ago. LOL.

Not that it's a bad thing, as it is a good thread..

polar-blair
Oct 28, 2008, 04:21 PM
Wow these images have really inspired me and made me realise the full potential of the program. Im getting bored of doing stupid patterns at college, Cant wait for my own copy to arrive this weekend so I can do something better than boxes!

chaosbunny
Oct 29, 2008, 07:48 AM
Wanted to participate. :) – click to enlarge.

danekhy
Nov 30, 2009, 12:44 PM
Here's one I did a couple of years ago. It was my first attempt at vector portrait in illustrator.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/3458831973_078ebb150c_b.jpg

danekhy
Nov 30, 2009, 12:47 PM
Here's a couple more just for fun.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3525/3884721621_d9900446fc_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3496/3929568784_b3d5fa63b2_o.png
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3939001198_d2304a8818_o.png
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2456/4092336499_4bbbdef882_o.png

idesign245
Dec 10, 2009, 01:54 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3598/3387386781_ef75359a18.jpg

rgarjr
Dec 10, 2009, 03:23 PM
Do u guys start out with a reference image and go from there, or create out of nothing but imagination?

powers74
Dec 12, 2009, 09:12 AM
One question for those that have shown some (very cool) photorealistic work: do any of you use 3D tools such as Maya or Cinema 4D?

If so what makes you decide on Illustrator vs. a 3D tool? Most obvious answer, function of course, but if it's work that you're doing for yourself then what pushes the decision in either direction?

Good stuff.

For me doing a photorealistic car only makes sense to do in 3D anymore. I mean, the difference in the amount of time you're going to put into illustrator vs. a 3D package (I use Blender (www.blender.org)) is going to be negligible. Unless you're just a maniac in illustrator, or if it doesn't need to be mad realistic, or if it's just a couple bits of a car like a dashboard or seat, or if you just like the look of an Illustrator rendering, which, I do. But if you think there's a possibility you'll ever use the thing again, but with a different color, different light, different angle, 3D is a no-brainer.

I just found this thread, so I need to post the Porsche 356 interior I did.

powers74
Dec 12, 2009, 12:05 PM
This is a few years old and I never really finished it

Btw, oscuh, that Beetle is amazing.

zlinuk
Dec 14, 2009, 09:58 AM
There is some serious talent around these parts. I'm so graphically challenged that I can't even think in colour.

rgarjr
Dec 14, 2009, 04:07 PM
Adobe Illustrator is just a massive program to conquer just like its cousin Photoshop.

camomac
Dec 15, 2009, 01:48 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3598/3387386781_ef75359a18.jpg

ha ha, the old white stag sportswear sign in old town portland...
just down the street from my house.

did you use to live in portland?

combustible
Dec 15, 2009, 06:39 AM
i'm thinking of trying to break into the illustration game. i've just started spending serious time on my pictures, and i made me a blog. so far, i've used illustrator almost exclusively.
check it out, any pointers would be appreciated.

http://curtmakespictures.blogspot.com/

207264

powers74
Dec 15, 2009, 07:22 PM
i'm thinking of trying to break into the illustration game. i've just started spending serious time on my pictures, and i made me a blog. so far, i've used illustrator almost exclusively.
check it out, any pointers would be appreciated.

http://curtmakespictures.blogspot.com/



getcho stuff on coroflot (http://www.coroflot.com).

idesign245
Dec 16, 2009, 02:11 PM
ha ha, the old white stag sportswear sign in old town portland...
just down the street from my house.

did you use to live in portland?

No, I just love pdx, I would love to move there when I'm done school, just need a green card :)

anim8or
Dec 20, 2009, 04:03 AM
i'm thinking of trying to break into the illustration game. i've just started spending serious time on my pictures, and i made me a blog. so far, i've used illustrator almost exclusively.
check it out, any pointers would be appreciated.

http://curtmakespictures.blogspot.com/

207264

Your work is amazing...... green eyed monster is rearing his head!!!

Keep it up, i see no fault in your work.

The charactures are spot on and well composed images. Nice simple vector work too.

TuffLuffJimmy
Dec 20, 2009, 04:13 AM
ha ha, the old white stag sportswear sign in old town portland...
just down the street from my house.

did you use to live in portland?

I'm gunna miss that sign if/when they end up changing it.

A.list.face
Dec 24, 2009, 01:49 PM
A couple of Lambos I did earlier this year.

rgarjr
Dec 25, 2009, 06:37 PM
Did you use a reference image to these Lambos in AI? How does one go in starting to draw this, do you place the raster image and and start tracing with the pen tool?

A.list.face
Dec 26, 2009, 12:34 PM
Did you use a reference image to these Lambos in AI? How does one go in starting to draw this, do you place the raster image and and start tracing with the pen tool?

Basically. That is what I do. The hard part is using screens, blurs, and gradients to shape it. Here is the outline of the Diablo. I used color burns to help shade it instead of dark blurs with the opacity turned way down. This way changing the car's color is easy.

sweigner
Oct 24, 2010, 09:17 PM
Here is a couple of mine.

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3041/shaunwhite.jpg

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5110/chefgordonramsayart.jpg

Ray Manorak
Oct 25, 2010, 03:25 AM
http://www.bluntindustries.com/brainiac.jpg
http://www.bluntindustries.com/ep2.jpg
http://www.bluntindustries.com/allcards.jpg
http://www.bluntindustries.com/flash.jpg
http://www.bluntindustries.com/tvsms.jpg

NXTMIKE
Oct 26, 2010, 05:11 PM
Here's a sample as well ...

And I don't use LiveTrace for anything .. all done by hand ... gradient mesh, blends, blurs, etc ... Enjoy!

....and how long did that take you?

chaosbunny
Oct 27, 2010, 02:25 AM
Some more:

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/VektorRobot800x600.jpg

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/Schiller.jpg

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/Stadt-1024x768.jpg

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/KAK_dt_1024x768.jpg

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/collage4_2560x1600.jpg

http://www.nbfactory.cc/cms/data/upfiles/Figuren.jpg

BornToMac
Oct 30, 2010, 01:15 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3598/3387386781_ef75359a18.jpg

Love this. Just got back from Portland.. Wanted to take a picture of that sign at night but it wasn't lit.

jegaggin
Mar 1, 2011, 03:27 AM
I think i suck compared to you guys this took me 4 hours to do -_- tell me what you think about it http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss145/jegaggin/done.jpg

dazzer21
Mar 9, 2011, 11:53 AM
here are some of mine:

http://www.ualr.edu/jrrogers/illustration/images/building.jpg
completeley done in illustrator, using reference photos. Was made to look like an artist did pieces of it at a time, and then put it together with tape and push pins on cork board. Final printed size of this was 55" x 26"

-JE

How long did THAT take to do?

jbyun04
Mar 10, 2011, 03:30 AM
This was my midterm for Illustrator last year when I was still in school. I just decided to swan dive into gradient mesh, never finished it though.

http://byuncreative.com/images/mesh/gmesh.jpg

CW Jones
Mar 13, 2011, 08:42 AM
I really dont know how you guy and gals do cars and make them look reflective like that.... I would honestly LOVE to know that haha

This is the first real thing I created in illy. I use to just cop out and use live trace, but after spending about 3 hours working on this I was pretty happy with how it came out.

It was for an olympic poster for my info design class.

BBrandDesign
Apr 11, 2011, 04:22 AM
I don't consider myself an illustrator, but more of a designer, because I do more logo, layout and design, using other elements to bring the entire piece together. here is some of my work. the first was assignment for my design class. it was to create a granola box, so i took my band's name (timmy kue and the fatherless boys) and made Kue Bars. the second is the logo for a wakeboarding video i'm making for my group of friends. and the third is some work from my actual day job, here at the Pizza Factory corporate office. Hope you guys like!

Off course I liked it and appreciate you for it. Really your work is amazing. I liked Pizza Factory Corporate Office so much. It looks so pretty and testy. Thanks for nice sharing.

graphicsward
Apr 29, 2011, 06:01 AM
some really cool stuff everyone, heres some promos i did for my upcoming web comic.

AppleDroid
May 2, 2011, 01:42 AM
Some serious talent here, nice to see it! Here is one that I did quickly for a friend of mine.

http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles2/104894/projects/266731/1048941247763491.jpg

AppleDroid
May 2, 2011, 01:46 AM
Not gunna lie, that is pretty incredible.

This was my midterm for Illustrator last year when I was still in school. I just decided to swan dive into gradient mesh, never finished it though.

Image (http://byuncreative.com/images/mesh/gmesh.jpg)

oscuh
May 10, 2011, 10:02 AM
I love how this thread keeps popping back up! Some really nice work... has me inspired to do some more... in the meantime, here are a few more of my pieces...

http://www.illustratorworld.com/users/o/os/oscuh/a735.jpg

http://www.illustratorworld.com/users/o/os/oscuh/a1227.jpg

http://www.illustratorworld.com/users/o/os/oscuh/a522.jpg