Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I <3 The Calligraphy Brush In Illustrator

I've really taken a liking to inking in Illustrator (only about half a year ago I hated said program so much!) Knowledge is power!

Fixing up a new computer, one must surround themselves with familiar decor. My current aim window bg:

And for a cow:


Tom Moon said...

Kali, I know that you took a class from Ellis in college, but what is your relationship with John Kricfalusi? Is he a former teacher, friend, your uncle? Or just an artist you admire a lot?

Mr Goodson said...

I dig the linework. I think I've got an install of illustrator around here somewhere.
Is it as simple as making a line with a pen? Or do you have to monkey with the handles to get what you want?

Davis Chino said...

The George is looking nice. Is it maybe just a little stiffer than your hand-drawn stuff, though? I ask only because your hand-drawn work is so very fine.

I can never decide if it's worth investing the time necessary to develop a computer technique that convincingly apes the warmth of the hand-made--or if that time is better spent on improving my actual draftmanship and just getting a good scanner.

As it is, I do a little of both. And both need heaps more improvement.

A quandary indeed!

Kali Fontecchio said...

"what is your relationship with John Kricfalusi?"

Close friend, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

"Is it as simple as making a line with a pen?"

Ya Ellis, once you make a custom calligraphy brush pen with pressure turned on, it's pretty easy!

Hi Davis- ya it was my first ink out of like 20, so I was a bit rusty at first, but then I got more relaxed etc. The original drawing though was drawn by John here.

I agree with you about the coldness of computer drawings- but definitely for animation- it's a lifesaver in terms of time, drawing straight onto the screen.

My internet was "accidentally" turned off the last two or so days! Time Warner, grrrr......