I did this commission recently. It's my first ever full size, full colour vector illustration! And yes, that means the first time I made a full piece of artwork in Illustrator! Well, it wasn't meant to be so. It's just that I was commissioned to make a billboard featuring some cute animal with a wide, exaggerated smile (client runs a dental clinic), and when I was told the size spec...well, I was stumped! I can't possibly paint it in Photoshop because if I paint it in actual size, it'd just crash my comp and I can't really have them blow it up either because it's just going to look icky and pixellated. I counseled Stephen and he said to use vector because that's the only graphics format that can be scaled up without any lossiness. I was like, oh but are you MAD!?? I have never done anything like this before. I mean, sure I've fooled around in AI quite a lot but at that point all I've only ever made lineart (which I'd later colour in Photoshop).
was rather difficult! I whined to Stephen a lot and it was a lot of trial and error. I learned a lot
from this picture. I supposed turned out well in the end because the
client was happy enough with me to give me repeat commission :D
(my goodness, I really ought to update my blog a lot more often!)