Ze Weekly Nuggetsketch

My first attempt with a new program - Livebrush.

Livebrush is interesting for a couple of reasons, not least among them that it seems to present a more intuitive and fluid way to work with vector brushwork than Illustrator.

Takes a bit of getting used to, though, because what dictates the width/strength of the lines isn't pressure, but speed. The faster I move my brush, the fatter the lines I get.

That being said, I am a total nub at this, so it's entirely possible that there's a way to adjust so that the lines respond to pressure, and not speed.

The program itself seems pretty nice in terms of responsiveness, and the kinds of lines that are generated. Especially nice is that for just US$10, I'll have the option to export the entire thing as vector shapes.

I'll probably play with this some more on my upcoming holiday.

I also find it interesting how adapting to / learning this new tool has resulted in something quite far (I think) from my usual linework... Omm!

Billboard Web Design: How to Win Your Audience’s Attention - Smashing Magazine

Cool-stuff in Billboard Web Design: How to Win Your Audiences Attention

Woohoo!

Our shiny new corporate site, for which I did 80% of the design/conceptualisation, all of the illustration, and all of the copywriting, was featured on Smashing Magazine!

(80% of the design because I extensively reworked someone else's original 'base' design.)

ART BACKWASH: Switching from FreeHand to Illustrator

I've noticed a few nick-names former FreeHand users have given Illustrator since switching and all prove to be accurate ironically enough. Here are some I've heard. (Feel free to share more in your comments below)

- Frustrator
- Castrator
- ill-luckstrator
- #$@!strator

See a trend developing?

Yes, the nugget is one of those who still mourns her beloved Freehand. :(

And yes, I use Illustrator these days. Because I'm forced to.

Ze Weekly Nuggetsketch

Having been horribly, horribly lazy about sketching for the last month, I am attempting to get back into the habit.

Back when I was a wee, crispy nugget, I used to read a whole lot of comics. One of the graphic novels I really liked was Elektra: The Lost Years, by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz is still one of my favourite artists.

And so to get back on the sketching wagon, as it were, here's Elektra.

Nugvis - and more, illustrations galore!

Some illustrations I did for my workplace's new website, all vector work, done in Illustrator. I'm not all that good at cute, it's very hard for me, and takes me way longer than someone with Natural Kyoot tendencies would, but nonetheless, I'm very pleased with how these odd blobbies and co. turned out.

I've also included a couple of the 'sketch versions' of stuff, in case somehow, somewhere, someone is curious. ;)