4,002 sales on Graphic River and counting. I didn’t want to let the mile stone pass without a shout out. Here also is a sneak peak at my new set of rope letters numbers and symbols that’s in the works. Ready made so you don’t have to do the Adobe Illustrator part, you can just place a few transparent png files for the letters you need and zip. Off you go. Of course it works seamlessly with my number one best selling vector rope brush for Adobe Illustrator.
Selling 4,000 items on GraphicRiver has been great. Now if I could just figure out how to sell my next 4,000 items waaaaay faster! I’ve actually been fooling around with GR for 5 years off and on. Wow, has it really been that long? For everybody who has bought one of my items, thank you for contributing to that 4,ooo! I take great pride in my work. Check out all my fun brushes and styles for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Here>
A new cartoon for Real Normal Diet
I love working on these! This one is totally based on a true story! So, what is your favorite fruit? I had some really good grapes today.
I’m going to celebrate early because I know that I have sold some of this item on Etsy and Fotolia as well, but I’m inching toward 500 sales of my “Detailed Rope Brush with Ready Made Assets”(long name) set on Graphic River. Yeeeeeeaaaaaah!
Would that all my items did so well! Right now she’s sitting at 490 purchases. To help encourage people to send me over the top I’m knocking a buck off the price till I get there!
It’s been getting great review as well (25 so far, 4.6 average)! I really enjoy reading reviews where someone takes the time to say why, like this one…
I’m pleased to be working with a singing superhero called the Harmony Avenger, helping him develop his logo and costume. His mission is to right wrongs with comic songs. Here is his new logo and some costume concepts! We will be helping him with a website soon. His debut song ‘It’s the happiest place on earth!’ (available this summer!)
If you need an avenger who fight wrongs with song and you’re brave enough to ask, in the end we may not win but I bet we’ll have some laughs – Harmony Avenger
You can reach the Harmony Avenger by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the form below!
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A new comic for RealNormalDiet.com about the perils of food with ‘bounce’.
I’m really excited about how this one came out! I like the A4 format, but it did make me crop a bit off the bottom when I put it on Instagram. Comics are so fun to work on.I’m considering re-theming my whole site with more of an illustrated/comic vibe.
What’s your all time favorite comic? Mine is Garfield. I used to always read the Sunday comics section and if anyone walked by I’d say, “I’m just reading the BUSINESS section.” But since we don’t buy the paper, I don’t get Sunday funnies anymore.
I had my own short lived comic strip in the school paper in junior college called ‘For the Birds’. The school mascot was a cardinal so my main character was a cardinal going to a bird college. All the campus was made out of bird houses. In one strip I had birds going to a biology class with a worm dissected. One bird leans over to another bird and whispers, “Biology lab makes me hungry.” :^)
In the world of Graphic Arts there are two super powers. Raster Graphics and Vector Graphics. These are two different ways of creating a graphic on your computer. Read to the end to see who wins round 1!
RASTER is the native format of Adobe Photoshop. Raster graphics are made up of small squares called pixels. The more pixels you have, the more detail you have. Older video games looked blockier than newer ones do because systems today can handle more pixels. The old super mario game is a great example of pixel (Raster) graphics.
VECTOR is the native format of Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics are based on math. If you have taken advanced science or math classes, then you have probably worked with graphing vectors before, think graphing calculator. Vector graphics can take these mathematical shapes and create lines and filled shapes. The best part is that you don’t have to understand the underlying math to use the program. Since vector graphics are math based you can scale them up without loosing quality.
So which one is better? That’s like asking wether it’s better to eat with a fork or a spoon. They both have their strengths. I am an Adobe products guy so for me both of these programs are essential to doing modern graphic arts. You will find that these two guys, Blocky Raster and Victor Vector work really good together and what you really want is to have them both in your corner to tag team against the real opponent your challenging projects. Used together the provide a perfect one two punch and can TKO most any task.
Try ’em FREE. The best part is you can try them out for free by downloading a trial from Adobe (click here to go to the downloads page). In the past these programs cost hundreds of dollars each, a typical package with a few of them ran you about a thousand dollars, and that was with the student discount. Then in a few years the software would start to get dated and you’d want to spring another grand to get the new version. The entry bar is now so low that anyone wanting to try it out can get in the game without shelling out a thousand bucks. You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks per month or illustrator for $20 per month. With that you get all the new versions as soon as they come out. It is so much cheaper than it was when I jumped in. The really cool thing is that you can get everything for $50 bucks a month. (even less with discounts like student) What’s everything? all Adobe products: thats illustrator, photoshop, after effects, Indesign, premier, animate, dreamweaver. 20+ in all. The best & industry standard.
Older Adobe. I’m still running CS5 which was the next to last version before creative cloud came out at home. It still works great, so if you are reluctant to have a monthly plan you could consider picking up a used hard copy of CS6 on Amazon (click here to see what’s available). That was the last version that you can just buy outright and own. You will just have to be ok with not having all the newest features. I wish my version had the new pattern builder tool in illustrator and the added style features in Photoshop that I enjoy at work.
Raster Vs Vector. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. If you are already using one and not the other, i’d encourage you to start cross training. If you don’t use either yet, I’d start with Photoshop. It is a little more friendly to beginners. So round one I will have to give to Blocky!