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Contest ends July 1st, 2016.
You know how in Illustrator it's a total pain to shade your work or add textures?
Especially when you need to get in tight corners. It always ends up being an elaborate process. I know when I do it I feel like I'm trying to be the MacGyver or Illustrator to make it work.
This pack totally solves this problem (and solves it well).
This pack was made by Von Glitschka (author of Vector Basic Training, most-viewed instructor on Lynda.com, professional illustrator for clients like SXSW, Adobe, Nike, Planters, Wendy's, Dungeon & Dragons, and tons more).
Von spends 50+ hours a week illustrating (and a lot of that times is in Illustrator). Being the smart designer that he is, that means that he's invented time-saving tools for himself.
And The Awesome Organic Vector Brush Essentials Bundle includes three of these tools (and so many extras your head is going to spin).
These are hands down my favorite brushes in the pack. You get 15 shading pattern brushes. These brushes give you that rich textured shading look.
But the best part is that they're only textured on one side! That means you can easily use them on edges of shapes and not have to deal with trying to mask the texture on the other side.
This alone is going to save you a lot of time, trouble and frustration. Imagine no longer having to use clipping masks to hide the textures in your illustration.
Another huge challenge of keeping your work in Illustrator is adding a subtle distressed texture to your work. You can overlay textures (this actually works pretty well). But sometimes you need more control.
For example, what if you want to add texture to your work but you need it to be less intense around your typography to keep it readable?
The Organic Shader Scatter Brush Set makes it easy to solve the problem. Just choose from one of the 15 scatter brushes and paint the textures on exactly where you want them.
One of the beautiful things about Illustrator is that it gives you crisp scalable graphics. But sometimes your line work can look too crisp and clean.
For example, look at the tribal illustration in the before and after image. It looks pretty good with clean crisp lines. But being that it's a tribal design it would make sense that the lines aren't so sharp and crisp.
Choose one of the 15 organic linework brushes and your work instantly takes on a more rugged, illustrated style.
Plus, since each of these packs includes 15 brushes you can try out all sorts of different variations. It's literally as easy as flipping through channels on tv.
Studies have shown that when people physically do things they learn better. That's why we've provided Ai files of the artwork. By giving you access to professional illustration work you can "look under the hood" and quickly understand how stuff works.
You'll be amazed at the kind of tricks you'll pick up in minutes (not hours) of look through these files.
By the way, these aren't simple illustrations. We're talking about full blown complex illustrations with shading, textures, gradients, blending modes, and more.
Want to learn step-by-step how a pro uses these kind of brushes. Than you're going to love these 3 tutorials from Von.
In each tutorial Von shows you the EXACT way he uses these brushes in his work. I think you'll be amazed by what you can learn from the tutorials.
What makes these tutorials so great? Well, first of all you're learning from an illustrator that produces world-class illustration work for some of the biggest companies in the world. But more important you're learning from someone who is a fantastic teacher.
The key to mastering any skill is understanding how to adjust and adapt techniques to fit your needs.
The same goes for adding textures to your work. If you don't know all the ways you can use the resources you're working with one hand tied behind your back.
Knowing EXACTLY how to use textures whether you're in Illustrator or Photoshop is a major key to working fast and creatively.
That's why we partnered with Von Glitschka to offer you The Awesomely Organic Texture Bus.
This huge pack of textures and brushes lets you give your illustrations high-quality textures with 100% control of how you use them (whether you're working in Photoshop or Illustrator).
Plus, Von's included everything you need to UNDERSTAND all the ways you can use these tools including two in-depth videos, one professional final Illustrator file, and one professional final Photoshop file.
The Awesomely Organic Texture Bus allows you to:
If you want to learn how to use textures in your illustrations, this is one of the best resources out there.
Grab it now for just $29 and become a texture ninja today!
P.S. Don't forget. The first 25 buyers get Von's best-selling book Crumble, Crackle, Burn in PDF format (including 70+ textures). This book retails for $35 new so it alone makes the pack a great deal!
Attention: This set of vector elements was mouse made by award winning design, author and teacher Von Glitshka. What does that mean? It means you're not going to find a more precise set of vector art work anywhere.
I'm a huge fan of mid-century design.
A few months ago I uncovered a whole new sub-niche of mid-century design I had never seen... European pocket calendars. Mainly Scandanavian ones.
Here's a Pinterest board I put together with some examples of authentic ones.
So when vector rock star Von Glitschka shares this set of vector artwork with me, I was stoked! Why? Because they're perfect for recreating this kind of art.
Just check out some of the example art I included.
Now, of course, you can use this artwork for contemporary design or any other style you choose. That's the beauty of this kind of craftsman made, simple, geometric design.
But you should at least try making one of these calendar books because it is a lot of fun!
Grab this set and here's exactly what you'll get:
What kind of license do these include?
You can read the whole nitty gritty here. But the bottom line is you can use it in commercial or personal projects to a reasonable degree. Doing a simple run of 50 t-shirts with the art? No problem. A designer from Target who wants to put it on 50,000 t-shirts? Sorry dude, that's going to cost more than $15.
Who is this Von Glitschka dude you keep talking about?
If the design world was Star Wars, Von would be Luke Skywalker. This guy has worked with clients like Disney and Nike, written the best book in the world on using the pen tool, created some of the most popular tutorials on Lynda, and is the nicest dude you'll ever meet.
Let's put it this way. He's so good Adobe actually includes his art as example files IN Adobe products to show designers what you can do with Illustrator.
Most stuff on RetroSupply is made by Dustin, why is this from someone different?
Pretty simple. I'm not a master of everything. I know when I'm out gunned and I want to bring you guys the best design goods I possibly can. So when I have the opportunity to bring you products from crazy talented designers, well, I'm going to!