Thanks!! I have some editing I need to do as the lines were cut a little too fine!! Overall I am very pleased
Thank you!! Some of the projects are taking longer than I had anticipated but I am happy overall. It’s been a nice extension from my pen and ink drawings
Well, i think the first attempt is amazing. I really love your work!
Yeah it’s very different to go from the screen to the GF. What looks like it will be fine sometimes isn’t. I have been using illustrator since 88. It is my favorite program.
Now I know who to ask if I have questions have been using illustrator for about a year… but didn’t become a serious relationships until the last month I love it too at times. Reducing points for me is the biggest struggle and a lot has to be done manually with my work.
Very creative - nice work. The small details really make the epic interesting to see.
Yeah those damn anchor points are a PITA. Have you tried the simplify tool? when working with many curved lines you can have a lot of anchors. The simplify tool works pretty well but can be a bit of trial and error. Like anything, you get out what you put in, so I don’t mind spending a few hours working on an image to get the perfect fit between my art and what the GF will handle. The best thing I learned was the fewer points on curves the better and they actually come out smoother. I mean for a circle you only have 4 anchors so we can definitely bring down the amount of anchors. Please let me know if you need any help at all.
I have been drawing my work on my iPad Pro with adobe draw and then exporting into illustrator. I find my details can’t be captured by image trace. Even with tweaking the levels I think I have found the details limit. My bear and salmon piece drawn in adobe draw and imported into illustrator was 450,000 points to start… then I used the smooth tool… line by line to smooth out… I also had a lot of black in the original so I had to really lessen the black to get a decent result. The salmon pictured above was also drawn in adobe but much easier to fix!!
I know it will take longer but if you import the drawing on one layer then lock it and create a layer above you can just trace with the pencil tool and fix the points as you go. Remember to make the entire drawing a compound path before saving as an svg or GF will put the different shapes on different cut layers in the gui.
In Illustrator, use the Simplify tool instead of the smoothing tool - it will be a lot quicker.
Object > Path > Simplify. You can adjust how much you want to simplify the paths, but even 98% or 99% is going to knock out a ton of points and it doesn’t lose much detail.
Yeah i realized I typed smooth when I meant simplify. LOL I need more coffee! I have corrected my post.
Been there done that! (Like already this morning.)
If I didn’t spend so many hours at night designing and reading posts on this forum, I think I might be awake. LOL
Simplify works …sometimes… other times it really jacks it up!! I have been using the tool… it does help with an initial clean up for sure!!
I love the Pacific Northwest art style!
Beautiful work. And now I’m feeling terribly homesick…
Oh man! So sorry. Where are you from?
Great blend of design elements! Nice work!
Grew up in Anchorage and Chugiak (when it was a distant village, not a suburb!).