Monday, 21 May 2012

Cute Smiley Beaver!

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).

It 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!)


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cute, (but all those TEETH)! WOW, that's really great for a first time with illustrator, which I find SO DIFFICULT!

We will be having another round of Moleskine exchange soon if you are interested.

Unknown said...

Thank you! I would love to! where do I sign up?

Unknown said...

yes, Illustrator has a massive learning curve! but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty fun! I didn't believe it at first. lol