If any of you guys are over on Ravelry (it's a knit and crochet site), you may be aware they're having a design contest for a new bag they hope to sell in their shop. I thought to myself, "Well, you want to do more with your art, don't you? What do you have to lose? Go for it!"
Problem was, I'm pretty much strictly a traditional media artist, and the design needed to be in vector art format for screenprinting. However, after researching that it's actually quite simple to turn hand-drawn art into vector art, I started brainstorming!
I started with sketches in my sketchbook, trying to nail down a simple picture that fit the theme of a Ravelry celebration, and that could also be reproduced in only three colors. With that limitation, I wasn't able to go with the big one with the sheep and alpaca. When I asked my friends, they liked the little one in the middle, and one friend suggested he hold a dog-shaped balloon animal. I took that idea and ran with it.
I did a quick thumbnail sketch of that concept; having the balloon tethered by a ball of yarn keeps with the fiber arts theme of Ravelry itself. Bob, by the way, is their Boston Terrier mascot.
I then scanned the thumbnail into the computer and printed out several small copies so I could play with colors. Upon popular vote by my friends, it was decided that black, white, and pink would be the color scheme to go with.
I then drew the image on 11"x14" bristol and inked it with Sakura Micron pens. This is the image after it's been inked. There's some whiteout in places where the lines were too thick to my liking. After I inked it, my boyfriend scanned it into the computer in black and white.
And here's the finished vector art! After we scanned the hand-drawn image, I simply opened it with Adobe Illustrator and used their Live Trace feature to turn it into vector art. I dropped in the colors and that was all there was to it!
I'm really proud of it, designwise. I think it's simple and cute, and even if it doesn't win, I'm glad I drew him up anyway. I was really disappointed because voting was supposed to start today (I submitted it to them last week, so it's been nine long days of waiting to see my competition); unfortunately, they got so many submissions that they're still going through them all and I don't know when the voting will start. I'd love any feedback you have to improve my design skills in the future, and hey, if you happen to be a Ravelry member, I sure wouldn't complain if you send a vote my way!
But do let me hear your comments and criticisms, as I'm aspiring to get better with my art every day.