Have you ever wondered how some digital artists are able to create such realistic pen and ink illustrations?
You'd swear their work was created in a wood paneled commercial art office. India ink heavy in the air, piles of paper filled with sketches, and busy artists at sturdy wooden desks using ink brushes, rollerballs and nib pens.
So what's the secret to creating authentic commercial art illustrations?
Here's a hint: inconsistency and human imperfection.
Adobe Illustrator has given us the ability to create precision artwork. The problem is that it cost us the human touch that adds warmth to illustrations.
This can all be boiled down to one key trait. Expression filled ink strokes with varying weights and subtle imperfections.
We've recreated the feel of this era with the VectorHero Pen Pack for Illustrator. Here's how we did it:
The bottom line is we created the pen set that we've always dreamed of.
You see, most Adobe Illustrator brush packs are made by scanning pen strokes, auto tracing them and making them into brushes.
The result is hard to use brushes that give less than stellar results.
Scott Fuller and myself (Dustin Lee) spent over 40 hours compiling material, studying the best examples of commercial illustration work, recreating and refining brushes and then testing them by creating real artwork in the classic style of 1950's illustrations.
The result is a pack of brushes that we love using in our work. We think you'll love them too.
Grab the VectorHero Illustrator Pen Pack now and start getting realistic ink results the easy way!
Here's exactly what you'll get when you purchase this pack.
• 20 Clean Ink brushes (recreated from source material)
• 20 Dirty Ink brushes (created from scanned samples)
• Beautiful 8.5 x 35 inch reference chart (with brushes)
• Instructions included in reference chart
• Versions for CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC
Created from real 1950's source material and real brush and ink pen samples. Work created by Dustin Lee and Scott Fuller. Available exclusively from RetroSupply Co.
If you've ever browsed through an old science textbook you've probably seen stippling.
Stippling was invented by Giulio Campagnola in approximately 1510. By using the same color but different densities and sizes of dots Guilio was able to create the illusion of different shades in illustrations (you can think of stippling as the great-grandfather of halftones).
This set of brushes created by illustrator/Photoshop brush wizard Alex Dukal makes recreating these stippling effects so easy it will seem like magic!
Packs like this could easily go for $50 or more. Even at that price the quality of the effect and time you save would pay for itself in one project. But Alex is letting us offer this pack to you for just $19.
That's right, for less than the price of a large pizza with cheesy sticks you can get what can only be described as the best stippling brushes known to man.
Grab the pack today for just $19!
This set of tools were made with the latest Photoshop CC, a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and an old Wacom Graphire 4 using the default configuration. These brushes have also been tested with PS CS5.5 and CS6. Using another combination? The brushes will probably respond a little bit different, so be sure to take care of that.
Hand lettering and sign painting have experienced a resurgence in the past few years.
Designers that know how to do hand lettering get more jobs and make more money because it's in such high demand.
But learning hand lettering is time-consuming and hard.
Like any skill the best way to excel quickly and make great work is to build on a rock solid foundation.
Luckily, our good friend Jason Carne at Lettering Library has been curating a library of rare vintage lettering books worth over $10,000.
The Lettering Library Mega Bundle is a master class in the art of hand lettering and sign painting. With 117 rare books packed with real life exercises, lettering theory, inspiration, and plenty of diagrams and examples, you'll never need to buy another lettering book again.
When this bundle went on sale earlier this year designers and hand lettering enthusiasts went bananas for it.
Here's just some of the areas that the Lettering Library Mega Bundle tackles:
If you were to try to hunt down and buy these books yourself, you would easily spend over $10,000 (not including all the time it would take to find them)
If you were to purchase the PDF's from Jason any regular day they would cost between $500 and $700. These books are so dense with information it would be worth every penny. You can study and practice from these books the rest of your life.
But for a limited time, Jason gave us the okay to offer you this pack for just $197. That's 72% less than you would pay any other week of the year for the complete collection!
Last time this bundle was offered it was purchased by hundreds of lettering artists in just a few days!
Jason told me he won't be selling it again for this price for a LONG time (maybe never). So this is a no-brainer.
The Lettering Library Mega Bundle is your secret weapon to becoming a hand lettering genius. Grab it now!
Note: In case it isn't 100% obvious this pack won't magically make you a lettering genius. You'll need to put in the work. But each time you practice you'll know you have the absolute best resources available. Plus, you can even brag to your designer friends that you have a digital collection of rare books that are next to impossible to find.
Bonus: Download a FREE lettering book from the pack. Just this one book in the pack includes resources like working with pencils, brushes, speedballs, letter spacing, stylized lettering, calligraphy, and more!
Remember, this is just one of 117 books in the collection. You can own all 117 of them for just $197.
"I bought it within 5 seconds of seeing it (which is faster than I make impulse buys in the chips section of the grocery store). Treat yo self to this invaluable resource OR boyfriends/girlfriends of letterers: buy this for your type-obsessed significant other and win holiday gift giving for life."
"All my design, illustration, type friends... CHECK THIS OUT! Jason Carne has assembled the Avengers of type instruction and cataloging. This is an insane deal and you should check it out! Jason is the real deal."
"Lettering Library is a great source of inspiration for all typography artists and designers."
"Easiest decision I've made all year."
I think this is obvious, but just to be clear, this pack is a collection of 117 PDFs created from Jason's collection of authentic vintage lettering books. You are not buying physical books.
Note: The discounted price is based on the cost of these books if you were to purchase them individually from Lettering Library.
Warning: This pack is deeply discounted. As a result we reserve the right to end the sale and increase the price at anytime. This price is only available as long as it is on this page.
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