I absolutely adore the lack of gradients here, they tend to ruin most comic art for me as they always make the linework look tacked on. How would you tackle things like grime and gore on someone's skin and clothes?
Thanks. Below are some tips I wish I had known before using Illustrator (mind you, that was almost 8 years ago):
- Be sure to watch tutorials and read vector forums, they'll teach you how to use AI much faster than the AI User Manual ever could. The manual is good for learning more advanced tools. - Some people miss out on a lot of shortcuts and neat effects because they don't learn all of the tools available in AI. Be sure to learn as many of the commonly used tools as possible before jumping into an elaborate piece, you'll save yourself a lot of time and frustration. - Master the pen tool before you master the pencil tool. A lot of people end up making really sloppy work because they never take the time to master the pen tool. - Unlike drawing and painting programs, AI is more about precision and planing. Trial and error are a given because corrections are easy to make in AI. I find it's easier to approach vectors as "composing shapes" rather than drawing.