Free Vector Series: Shields

February 26, 2008


These are some pretty great shields that are from a pack that I will be releasing soon. Enjoy!

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These are some little hairy insects that are fun to use on certain pieces to really bring out the grunge. Enjoy!

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pdf Calendar: March

February 24, 2008


Here is the first installment of our monthly free .pdf calendars. I hope to be able to showcase various artists from various walks of life. Also, if you are a designer and would like to be featured and have your work be downloaded by thousands of people, then send me a email or leave me a comment and I will contact you with details. Enjoy!

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So I have spent all day trying to get back on track after I had to do a complete OSX re-install so I had to work with Marianne here at WordPress to get back on and it was great dealing with her. So thanks to her I am back in action. Well, I promised a calendar today and because of my mishap with my laptop, I will not be doing that today, but I will give something else. I have threw together a quick skull for you guys to play with. It is a real basic starting point and I would be interested to see what you guys do with it. Enjoy!

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I have had numerous requests to show people how I make hair and how they can use it. The process to make the hair isn’t really hard so that’s good, but it is time consuming in the implementation. So follow this easy tutorial and soon you will be making hair like me.

1. Open Illustrator/Freehand and grab the pen tool.

2. Then make the fill none and the stroke black. ( The stroke size can vary)

3. Then make a black line about a couple of inches long.


4. Then go to Object>Path>Outline Stroke.

5. Then add an anchor point to one end of the stroke.


6. Then grab one end and stretch it out maybe another inch or two just so you have a good taper.


7. Then select the stroke with the newly created taper and copy it on front of the selection. ( ctrl+C and then ctrl+F OR apple+C and then apple+F )

8. Then go to Transform>Reflect>Vertical.

9. Then click ok.

10. Then take your newly transformed piece and nudge it until the stroke starts to look tapered on both ends and looks somewhat even.


11. Then select both pieces and put them together by using the Pathfinder Tool. Go to Window>Pathfinder Then while having the entire piece selected, click Add Shape to Area Icon. ( On an apple platform it helps to have the option key held down while doing this.)


12. Now select the entire stroke once more and open your Brushes Palette. ( Window>Brushes or F5)


13. Then click on drop down menu icon on the right and select New Brush


14. Then select New Art Brush


15. Then use the default direction but change the Method to Tints. (This is important if you want to change the color of your stroke.)


16. Then click ok.

17. Now your stroke is a brush and is in your brush palette.

18. You can use it by making a bunch of strands of hair in multiple thicknesses in a ball or a block and then going along the edge of your design or wherever you would like to add hair. It does help to Expand the Appearance of the stroke so your hair stroke stays together.


19. I hope this helps and that you made it this far! I would love to see what kind of things you guys can create using some of my free vectors and this tutorial! Perhaps I will have a contest and giveaway some swag!

If there are any questions just send me a comment and I will gladly answer them for you.

I have had a lot of interest as to how I do certain things, such as hair, scan, live trace, and pen tool. So, I am amassing several tutorials and I will start a new tutorials series that I will generate initially but then it will be user driven. Meaning that just like the requests for vectors that I get, I would also get requests for certain tutorials. So please start thinking of any questions that need answered pertaining to graphic or web design and I will try my best to answer them on the blog in a timely manner.


Snowboard Mocks

February 5, 2008


So I was a little bored tonight and decided to mock up some snowboards. Since Burton is my favorite board manufacturer, I decided to experiment with their logo and make 4 new boards to go with the logos. I highly encourage any of you up-and-comers to do things like this, because you never know who is taking a look at your portfolio at any given moment. Sometimes, larger clients will get a better idea as to what you can do when they see a brand that they recognize on your piece, plus it gives you the ability to experiment with logos, placement, and the branding of your piece. *But never tell a client that you did work for that specific client when you did not.* That type of stuff always comes back to get ya.


As I promised, I have whipped together some free winter sports vectors. These are some favorites of mine, as it is fun to make a really cool piece using the vector and some raster or 3D art backgrounds. So abuse them, and enjoy them. And don’t forget to comment and let me know what you would like to see me make soon. Enjoy!

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