illustration

Open-source bitmap-to-vector converter

Open-source bitmap-to-vector converter

For those of you who don’t have Illustrator CS2 (or an ancient copy of Adobe Streamline), Cathi Stevenson points out that there’s an open-source program that will convert your bitmaps to vector art: Inkscape. It’s available for Linux, Windows 2000/2003/XP, and OS X (with X11 installed—this is on the Tiger disk somewhere). I could have […]

Baby's First Commissioned Illustration

After all my whining and demanding of assistance, I’m sure you’ll be relieved to know that I finally commissioned my first illustration, and it is now online, live, in brilliant RGB: on the home page (with cramped hed and dek type by me) in the article (as Aaron intended it; the article it illustrates is […]

An illustration project unfolds

An illustration project unfolds

Art director–turned–illustrator Penelope Dullaghan, whose name I previously knew only from Illustration Friday, has a series of five posts up at Sessions.edu’s Notes on Design blog about The Unfolding of an Illustration Project. So the way it starts is usually with your assignment. And you get this little sensation in the back of your brain […]

Excuse me—which way is the art at?

And speaking of directing art, tell me your trade secrets! Where do you go to find free or nonspendy photographs? How do you get ideas for photographs to illustrate stories that are, let’s say, totally and completely nonvisual? Are there tricks you use when you’re wholly uninspired? How do you find that photo that you […]