Category: Illustration

Aug 20

Christoph Niemann: How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 20/08/2017

In this 99U talk, illustrator Christoph Niemann shares his three biggest fears: the fear of not being good enough, the fear that our work will be irrelevant, and the fear of running out of ideas. Each of these cripple our process in different ways, but as Niemann explains (complete with hilarious illustrations), there are solutions we can apply to each.

Nov 11

Decorative Stitch Brushes

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 11/11/2016

For a client project, i created decorative borders in Illustrator. When this project was done, i decided to create a new collection of these decorative brushes for use on any vector element.
The brushes are made for vector border work, they have a shiny and decorative look and feel. The brushes are great to use for strokes in elements in illustrations.

Sep 14

Tutorial: How to Make Seamless Pattern Repeats in Adobe Illustrator

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 14/09/2016

Ever wondered how to create seamless patterns in Illustrator? This short video gives you short instructions on how to accomplish this. Video is by TheVectorLab

Sep 08

Drawing a map in Illustrator

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 08/09/2016

I'm currently in the drawing process of a map in Illustrator. In fact, it's a series of maps. The maps need to be in good print quality and also available online in a pdf. I searched for a good solution to cover both needs. Obviously, you go to Google Maps and take a screenshot of your map and location but this results in poor quality as the screenshot has a low resolution. I found some work arounds - i tried "my maps on Google" but the quality for print is not what i was looking for, it was poor quality and poor adjustment options.
So i decided to draw them myself in Adobe Illustrator with the Google Map as a template layer as a starting point.
I found some good, short video tutorials on how to create roads, rivers and labels in your maps:

May 25

Understanding vector graphics

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 25/05/2016

Short and comprehensive tutorial on vector graphics versus bitmap

May 18

The new Instagram logo

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 18/05/2016

Designer Tobias van Schneider gives his thoughts after many people ventilated their opinion on Twitter on the new icon and Instagram design refinements.
This is a quick video about this. Sums up my idea about it.

Apr 28

Bister Brushes

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 28/04/2016

I was experimenting with scanned drawings in Illustrator, and this resulted in a new collection brushes I created.
These can be used to add some bister borders to illustrations.

The brushes are made for vector border work, they have a bister, brown ink look. The brushes are great to use for strokes in elements in illustrations. This is a set Bister Brushes and all illustrations come with the brushes applied.

Jul 01

Creating Illustrations with Illustrator Draw

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 01/07/2015

With the new version of Adobe Creative Cloud, it is now possible to create vector designs on the iPad or the iPhone with Adobe Illustrator Draw.
You can connect with your content and upload your vectors to the community.
Let’s watch this video on how to start using Illustrator Draw

Mar 30

18 Scatter Brushes

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 30/03/2015

I was experimenting with scanned scribbles in Illustrator, and this resulted in a new collection brushes, this time these are scatter brushes.
These can be used to add some texture in a flat background, like a sky or a sea.

The brushes are made for illustration work, they have a pencil, handmade feeling. The brushes are great to use for strokes in elements in illustrations. In the set are 18 vector Scatter Brushes and 5 illustrations in PNG with the brushes applied.

Feb 10

Handdrawn Ink Brushes

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 10/02/2015

For some time now, I have been working on brushes to give a handdrawn pencil effect on vector drawn illustrations. I have created a bunch of brushes in Illustrator. In case you are looking for a handdrawn, ink brush, check out the brushes i created.

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