Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On with the linework!

Got approval and moved on to creating the linework in Illustrator. Some of you will notice the scissors.

11 comments:

rogue evolent said...

Looking Good Miguel!!!
I had missed the fact that Pedro's tail is "holding" the wet sponge :) LOL love it!
best,
r/e

Mike Adair said...

Thanks, r/e! Yeah, a prehensile tail sure comes in "handy". I'm thinking of giving one to Pee Wee.

Millertoons said...

Do you use the pen tool to make the lines, by expanding the line, and using the white arrow to make the thick and thin lines?

Mike Adair said...

Hey Jonathan,

Yeah, I use the pen tool in Illustrator but only to plot the point. I hardly ever pull them as I go. I use the tool that looks like an angle to pull the anchors around and get the shape. I use the white arrow tool for fine tuning.
Also, I was just introduced to this third party plug-in:
http://www.cvalley.com/products/xtreampath/

Looks really cool for Illustrator folks. It's around $140 but people swear by it.

In a good way.

Millertoons said...

I still have no clue how you make your thick and thin lines:). I work in illustrator CS3, and the tools from the link you wrote, I've never even seen them:). I am working in the stone age. If I ever need to make a black thin/thick line for an illustration, I use pen-ink, scan and streamline the scan. I still use a mouse to draw my characters in Illustrator. I tried with a Wacom, but I found it to be too weird. I certainly give new meaning to "old school". I've never actually seen a Cintiq, and I still draw on paper first, and use it as a template in Illustrator. Maybe it's time for a refresher course:)...But, the colored version of Pedro looks great! Where can I see these illustrations or Pew Wee comics?

Mike Adair said...

Hey Jonathan,
I, too, was a pen and ink guy for many years. I would ink over my sketch on velum and then scan my black line work into Photoshop. I did a lot of vector line work at work and wondered if it would save me a little time doing the Pee Wee linework in Illustrator. As far as time goes it's likely a wash but it does allow me a lot of latitude for correcting mistakes and quickly blocking in color in Photoshop. There's definitely a little trade-off in quality of line if you make the shift but I've found that my vector line mimics pretty close what my brush and ink could achieve.
It would be difficult to explain here how I work but maybe I'll do a little tutorial/video at some time if you'd like to know. It's not that complicated, just time consuming.
Making the shift to Illustrator for the line work worked for me. There are still plenty of great illustrators (such as yourself) who do it old school and it looks great!

Zeb said...

Interesting dialogue between you two, Mike and Jonathan. I have been doing my final art for years now in vector using Xara Designer Pro 7. I really like it. I also use a Cintiq 12WX and it works very well. Before that I had an Intuos2. Either one is far better than a mouse. Xara does the same thing as the plugin you mention, Mike. And Xara also has pressure sensitivity as well. You should try the demo. BTW, I am a BIG fan of both your work!

Mike Adair said...

Hey Zeb! Thanks for adding that!

Yes, Zeb knows of which he speaks! He is an excellent illustrator and animator. He's also got some great tutorials on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/Zebtoonz#p/u/19/U17gPcT9RnA) to prove it.

Just got a glance at your Prince illustration! Whoa! Nice man!

Still licking my chops over those Cintiqs. Gotta get me one!

Mike Adair said...

Also...
I don't know how it happened but I somehow never added Zeb to my links! It's now there - sorry Zeb!

Zeb said...

Thanks for the plug and the link, Mike! I am honored! I wasn't sure my post made it on this thread as I goofed and forgot to click on email follow-up comments. Your work is an inspiration to me! Yeah, you totally gotta get a Cintiq, at least the small one. Now they have a new big one, the 24HD I think they call it. You deserve it, dude!

Mike Adair said...

I know! I'm like Pavloff's dog around them. The Wacom folks don't like that.