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02 February 2007, 09:43 PM
I need some tips on how to make vector art for borders or just to ornament my pics..

I would also like any other tips on how to embellish my illustrations/designs with shapes (textured shapes, simple drawings, nice patterns etc) and how to form these contours...

I am talking about art like:
I wanna make art like him, and incorporate that into my art
Also, look at these two examples..:
T-shirt design and background: (
Everything except for the dancer and peacock here: (

So, just look at these three links. That's the kind of art I am talking about. I know what I wan't to make, but I need some help on how to make linearts and vector art. I already use Apophysis to make abstract shapes, but sometimes it does'nt work with my ideas.

02 February 2007, 06:51 PM
Not really sure what you mean by ornaments. I like the art you are linking. It looks like these details your are aiming for aren't vector at all.

I would say they are more textures and techniques for Corel Painter or good custom brushes in Photoshop. I will leave it up to others to fill in the suggestions. My 2 cents: It would help to have a Wacom and/or a library of surface texture photographs that can be built and layered up as grit on your 'ornaments'. Carry a camera in your car most days - you never know when nature will present itself with something usable.

Sorry if this wasn't too helpful

02 February 2007, 07:23 PM
Yes, I know not all of those examples are vector artwork, but Jason Cook's art is made of vectors. Those other examples were examples of textured shapes (and what looks like a fractal design on the t-shirt in Orishas).

EDIT: Also, I wan't to add some more.. How do I draw vector silhouettes of, for example, trees?

02 February 2007, 09:35 PM
well if you're doing it in vector, work with gradients and remove the outlines of the shapes. That will give you more a brushed look and less of a marker look.

In all honesy there isn't much difficulty to the illustrations in the first link. He uses circles, triangles, and varies the colors/sizes/width/orientation. It's gonna be a matter of time and effort.

02 February 2007, 08:37 PM
Well, OK.. But, I here's another artist who's closer to the style I want to achieve:
I am talkin about the shapes she uses, and the textured border on pic nr. 15 (I've seen a tutorial where she shows how she made the rest of this piece, but it doesnt say how she made the border. So, I need some tips on how to make border's like that).

02 February 2007, 07:38 PM
Well... This is a rather complicated question. Professional work with vector graphics has a lot of aspects, the most importrant of them are:
- What software do you use
- Special techniques which will help you achieve the desired result
So, first of all - software. Today the strongest vector graphics programm (at least - in my opinion) is Adobe Illustrator with its latest version - Adobe Illustrator CS 2. It is rather comprehensive and has a lot of artistic options allowing different effects, painting imitations and pattern/texture work. It also supports Wacom tablets, so I recommend you to use this software.

Second - technique. Basically Illustrator offers a lot of options and it entirely depends on your style what to use. But anyways, I will explain every option in a few words, if you've got any further questions - just ask:
- Custom brushes: with simple vector shapes you can create a shape, imitating a brush or a pen, then apply this shape as a Brush. Later you just select the Brush tool and choose your custom brush from the drop-down menu
- Gradient mesh: you can create a form with a pen too, then make smooth color transitions within it. If you want to achieve realistic 3D-like images, Istrongly advice to master this tool. You create a shape, with Mesh Tool create the key points, then select each key point with a Select Point tool (white arrow) and give a color to each key point, so the color is blended smoothly from point to point.
- Pattern fill: you create an ornament with any tool of your choise, then drag it to the Color palette. This enables you to fill any object with created ornament. Also you can create pattern brushes.
Of course, there is a freakin' bunch of options, effects and techniques, but first it is necessary to master the tool - Illustrator - and it's basic options.
Well, currently that's it. I hope it will help. Good Luck

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