Tag Archives: Resources

Adobe Illustrator WOW! Advanced Vector Techniques Book CS6/CC Edition

The CS6/Creative Cloud version of the superb Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book with advanced vector art techniques is now available. Along with my earlier technique contribution to the Illustrator WOW! CS6 edition last year, this updated edition has some more tips … Continue reading

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Illustrator WOW! CS6 Tutorial Book — Now With More Coghill!

Just a quick news item: the Adobe Illustrator CS6 version of the superb Illustrator WOW! tutorial book series for Adobe Illustrator will feature a lesson by yours truly. I was approached by the author, Sharon Steuer, to contribute an advanced technique to … Continue reading

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Raster and Vector Graphics — An Overview

I recently needed to explain to a client the basic differences between Raster and Vector graphics, and came across this handy Raster and Vector Graphics overview at Mike’s Sketchpad. While the explanation there is a nice summary, I would recommend any … Continue reading

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Wacom: Bamboo Dock

Wacom has a new online service and free companion software tool download called  Bamboo Dock. The apps available so far are basic — a drawing/doodling app, a map you can draw on and a handwriting recognition app. The others I … Continue reading

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Tips For Freelance Illustrators: Nate Williams

I stumbled across this very informative tips for freelance illustrators blog post by illustrator Nate Williams. He gives a nice overview of the process he uses not only on the business side of things, but also on the creative side.

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The Animator’s Survival Kit

This Animator’s Survival Kit DVD set from Oscar-winning animator Richard Willams looks like a great resource for those animators out there. Personally, I do not have the patience for animation, but it’s fascinating to me. This DVD set is a companion … Continue reading

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Adobe Illustrator plugin Phantasm CS Studio Offers Duotones,Vector Halftones, Filters, Live Effects Color Adjustment & More

Adobe Illustrator plugin Phantasm CS offers in-line embedded image editing, color checking and separations, duotones and vector halftones, filters and live effects color adjustment. Looks like a pretty great plugin for Illustrator users who do a lot of bitmap image placing. Personally … Continue reading

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Automated Online Estimated Tax Payments For Freelancers & Self-Employed

Just a quick tip for the freelancing and self-employed — that pain you feel paying all your taxes at once because you’re too lazy or forgetful to dole out your quarterly tax payments to Uncle Sam? It’s over. If you’re … Continue reading

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Color Blindness Software Tools for Artists

Just stumbled across these handy Mac OS X software applications to help designers and artists simulate the effects of color blindness on-screen: Sim Daltonism and Color Oracle. Sim Daltonism works as a floating palette which converts an area under your … Continue reading

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Illustrator CS3 Tip: Create A Color Group From Selected Artwork

A great quick tip, from the excellent design blog BittBox, to create a color group of all the colors in an Illustrator document: Select all the art in your document, go to the Swatches fly-out menu and choose “New color … Continue reading

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Cartoon Art & Halftones Tutorial: From Inkjet Printer to Photocopier

A cartoon illustration & design project for a friend’s party required the resulting art to be suitable for reproduction on a photocopy machine. After some trial, error, Google search, trial, error, Google search, trial, error I discovered the magic combo … Continue reading

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Digital Coloring Tutorials by MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond

If you aren’t familiar with cartoonist Tom Richmond, make yourself familiar. This guy’s work is absolutely amazing. Very much in the style of Mort Drucker from MAD Magazine — only taken to the extreme. Not only is his cartooning & … Continue reading

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Color Theory Resources

Primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, analagous, brightness, hue, value, saturation, tints, shades… do these words mean anything to you? They should. A post by cartoonist Matt Glover points out ColorFAQ – very basic web guide to color theory. It got me … Continue reading

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Pencil Grades: An Overview

I touched on the awesomeness of using multiple pencil grades in a previous post on essential cartoonist tools before, but there’s a great overview specifically on pencil grades by cartoonist Matt Glover. There’s some decent additional pencil grade classification information … Continue reading

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The Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State University

Who knew that Ohio State University has a Cartoon Research Library? Who knew anybody had a Cartoon Research Library? A quick search to test the database, I searched for “Mort Drucker, magazine cartoon, MAD Magazine” (by selecting from the pre-existing … Continue reading

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