The Wait is over! This is Dirty: From Sketch to Vector Illustration Video Tutorial is Here!

From Sketch to Vector Illustration Video Tutorial

The wait is finally over.

The long awaited, highly anticipated video tutorial by Cleveland brand design services guru & Go Media President William Beachy, is finally here. Based on his wildly popular blog post, From Sketch to Vector Illustration, “This is Dirty: From Sketch to Vector Illustration Video Tutorial,” is an intimate look into Bill’s design process.

{Whoops! Somehow missed the popular “From Sketch to Vector Illustration post? Check it out here.}

“This is Dirty,” is a compilation of all Bill has learned over twenty years as an illustrator, designer and entrepreneur.

I want it now.

You’ll spend an intimate 1 hour, 11 minutes with Bill, pouring over an illustration he has created specifically for this tutorial. Bill gives you a raw, rare look into his process from start to finish. Giving away all of his secrets, tips, tricks and talents, Bill shares the resources you’ll need to follow along and includes the following recommendations/information:

Supplies
The Staedler Mars mechanical pencil and sharpener
Eraser of choice
The pros and cons of hard vs. soft lead
Preferred paper type

Drawing (Pencil Sketch)
Getting into the right head-space
Getting your arm loose
Why starting with rough sketches is so important
Getting started
Having proper expectations of yourself
Being flexible while drawing
Drawing using basic geometrical shapes
Drawing the human face
Developing a series of cheats to draw
Shading – how much black vs. white
Using reference materials

Scanning
Equipment specifications
Scanning specifications

(Vector) Inking
Equipment and software specifications
Dell(PC) vs. Apple
Mouse vs. Wacom
Nodes and bezier lines
Setting up your layers
Setting up gradients and picking colors
Inking options
Creating shapes in Illustrator
Cross hatching

Coloring
Photoshop vs. Illustrator
Setting up your layers
Process strategy
Highlights and secondary light source
Adding Shadows
Adding a texture

What you receive with the download:

  • Extended Tutorial (MP4 Video)
  • Blue Concrete Square texture (jpeg)
  • This is Dirty Illustration (pencil art)
  • This is Dirty Illustration Version 1 (jpeg)
  • This is Dirty Illustration Version 2 (jpeg)
  • This is Dirty Illustration – Final (AI File)

Yes. Let’s do this!

We can’t wait to see what you create! Share your work with us over at our Flickr Pool Showcase.

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Introducing vector set 23: oh the horror!

Boo!

Ladies and gentlemen, the long awaited successor to vector pack 22 is out! And we do have something very new to share. Set 22 was Steve Knerem’s take on a lot of elements of the 1950s and 1960s: cars, pin-ups, rock ‘n’ roll, greasers, etc. It was done in his signature, detailed, illustrative style (you can see much more about set 22 in this Zine post, and you can buy it on the Arsenal).

Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Pin up Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Pinstripe Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Vintage hot-rod Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Biker Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Tattoo Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - 8-ball Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 22 - Greaser skull

We teamed up with Steve again for this new release. But this time, we wanted to bring something a bit different. You see, one color vector elements are great and all, but what if we could provide elements that are as detailed if not more, and in color? Well, we did it!

Meet set 23: 7 packs of horror-themed awesomeness!

This new set is comprised of of the usual 7 packs, plus one. Steve focused on an horror theme, with big nods to the zombie and mummy culture. The “plus one pack” is for an experimental pack of vector brushes. They are as follows:

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Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

The zombies and mummies vector pack

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These are 8 highly detailed and scary zombies, mummies, and other un-dead things. We’ve also added the scrolls and the skull of the sexy zombie as a separate element.

The witches and wolves vector pack

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These 8 witches and (were) wolves will make your designs howl (I apologize in advance to the bad pun police). The vectors are constructed in such a manner that makes isolating some of the elements possible, like these scrolls and circle patterns.

The weapons vector pack

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Now, there are obvious classics in that anti-zombies weapon pack. The chainsaw and the cross-bow are just a must have in case of an invasion (don’t forget the explosive or incendiary arrows). But for people that would like to be creative, the bear trap, the (probably acid-filled) water gun, and the banjo should expand the horizons quite nicely. And I bet that Brad Pitt wouldn’t have said no to the shotgun in World War Z.

The tombstones vector pack

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What’s a horror movie without a cemetery scene? Drop a couple of these tombstones in the background of your scene, and the mood is set. Also, these are made in a way that should allow the more adventurous of you to extract some of that marble grain for other uses. Just saying.

The survival kit vector pack

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There you have it! The ultimate package to survive the Zombipocalypse.  The compass to plan your route in the wasteland, the everlasting fast food fries and industrial pastries to last until you can replenish the rations, the lighter to start a fire of get your molotov cocktails going (see above), the multi-tool knife, the gourd to hold water or high proof booze for when the hand sanitizer runs out (we don’t want these wounds to get infected), and the backpack to hold it all. And the noose for when everything is lost.

The animals, reptiles, and skeletons vector pack

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Now, we can love animals and still be freaked out by some of them. And what would a witch be without a black cat? And bats. Bats are important in the event of a vampire showing up, even if just for ambiance purposes.

The textures vector pack

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These textures will be perfect to add some grime to your backgrounds. Or to anything, really. I don’t know about you, but snake skin, while beautiful, gives me the creeps. And I don’t want to know to what creature that fur belongs to.

The brushes vector pack

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Now, this is much more experimental for us. Steve wanted to take a stab at vector brushes. Apply these to paths, and you quickly get lines of hair, scratches, stitches, blood drops, and more.

All of these vectors are fully layered elements, which means that you can change colors to adapt them to you own project at will. There are also elements here and there you can extract for other uses. I mentioned a marble texture before, but there are many more: scrolls, banners, small skull, crack texture, etc.

The genesis of the pack

This one was a long time in the making. Because we haven’t done color vectors too much before, we wanted to get it right. Let me show you some of the progression.

Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 23 - Animals, reptiles, and skeletons

Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 23 - Animals, reptiles, and skeletons

Go Media's Arsenal - Vector set 23 - Animals, reptiles, and skeletons

See how the level of details evolved over the past couple of months to get from pencil sketch to the final piece? And a similar process happened for all of these! See a couple more sketches and progress images below:

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And where can you find it?

On the Arsenal, of course!

Last thoughts

It’s Halloween in less than two weeks! An horror-themed tutorial seems in order, don’t you think? More information soon…

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In the meantime, get the set!