Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Art Post: "The Letter" Four Panel Strip

Here's another older piece that I created in pen and ink. Aena has written an embarrassing love letter to Suko (the young man), and Zalanda sees this as the perfect opportunity to mock her for it (and share it with Suko!). Please click on the image to see a larger version.

Media: pen and ink
Paper: Borden and Riley #234 Paris bleedproof paper for pens
Dimensions: varying panel sizes, on two sheets of 11" x 14" paper)
Vintage: late 2002
Digital: minor cleanup in Photoshop

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Tutorial: Creating Comics with Illustrator

My tutorial for creating comic pages with Adobe Illustrator is available in PDF format here (948 KB). The tutorial is geared toward the novice user, but more experienced users may find some interesting techniques as well.

Please let me know if you have any questions about items not answered in the tutorial.

Edit: The location of the PDF has changed. Please only link to this post when promoting this tutorial. Direct links to the PDF are not permitted.

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Sunday, 20 July 2008

Art Post: Single Panel Cartoon


This is an older piece that I created in ink and wash (the water from the washes caused the paper to ripple). Aena is looking at real estate advertised in the newspaper classifieds. She's happened upon poor D. Fish here, who is quite desperate to sell.

Media: ink and wash
Paper: Borden and Riley #234 Paris bleedproof paper for pens
Dimensions: 9" x 12" (on 11" x 14" paper)
Vintage: late 2002
Digital: minor cleanup in Photoshop

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Monday, 14 July 2008

Tip: Making Reader-Enabled PDFs

Here's a simple tip for allowing people with Adobe Reader to be able to save form data in a PDF form or comment directly on a PDF.
  1. Open your PDF (e.g. file.pdf) in Acrobat Professional 8.
  2. Select "enable usage rights in Adobe Reader" from the "Advanced" menu.
  3. Save the Reader-enabled copy with a new file name or you will overwrite your original PDF. (e.g. file-re.pdf)
There you go, now you have a Reader-enabled PDF.

This works great for forms you want to be submitted via e-mail or proofs you want your clients to comment on directly. Suggest Reader-enabled forms to your clients who are environmentally conscious, as electronic forms save paper.

Alternatively, if you are a client working with a graphic designer and you'd like to be able to save and e-mail PDF forms or comment on PDFs, ask your graphic designer for a Reader enabled PDF.

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Sunday, 13 July 2008

Green Corner: Page Seven

Green Corner has been updated.

Published page seven available here.

I'm still working on the tutorial, but I will let you know when it's finished.

Enjoy the page!

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Hi! My name is Emily.

Welcome to my art blog. I am an independent graphic designer and illustrator from the Toronto area. I create print and web solutions for a variety of businesses and individuals with a personal touch and conscientious approach.

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