Topic #115: Cabin Fever
Awesome. I love me a good underbite.
Ken, open that file back up and add reflections on the cattails...then I'll tell you how much I like this one.
Ahh, trying new things. Well done. I like it.I prefer non-uniform outlines that vary in thickness. My guess is that Bryan gets the cool non-uniform outlines by making shapes underneath shapes so you can manipulate the under-layer shape to change the outline thickness. I could be wrong. I predict he will solve this mystery for us.
I think he said in a previous grilling that he outlines the bits he wants to have a bit more character. Maestro? I can't open this file, is that just me?
I love the simplicity of it, Ken... that's a great expression of blankness too. Very nice frog, sir.
Yes, I agree, nice simplicity and blank expression :D Way to try some new software and techniques, Ken ;) I also like how the future king has different sized eyeballs.
Great job Ken! I love that you tried something new with Illustrator. Very nice. You did a great job with the reflections and water ripples. It's the little details that really make the difference. Nice little cartoon! This is what's great about Toon Club, it gives us the opportunity and forum to try new ideas and techniques without the pressure of being commissioned for something etc. Again, nice job Ken!As far as Illustrator goes, I just turn my "Suck" setting all the way down and my "Rock" setting all the way up! Everything magically "rocks" after that.Obviously joking, it took me lots of years to become quick and efficient in Illustrator. I was helping Joe with this last week, you just "outline" the stroke, and it makes the stroke a shape. Then you can further manipulate it, thick and thin. This can take some time to get it where you want it- when you haven't messed with vectors or the pen tool much. Just ask Joe. But I don't always do this. Sometimes I use a caligraphic brush for the stroke that will vary the thickness. I try lots of things. You can read the manual, or learn the hard way like me, and just do project after project learning little by little along the way. You should see my first couple of Illustrator projects, they look like total crap compared to the great stuff that Ken has done here!
The simpler, the better I think...but as you know, you made it look it simple which means this wasn't easy or was it? Either way, I likey. Tommy like wingy.
Ah, you've added the reflections to the cattails. Now it's perfect. I love his eyebrows. I think the circles on his skin are cool, because it says texture while remaining simple. Nice.
Ah, I get what you mean by "outlining" the stroke, Bryan. You end up with two lines outlining the shape instead of just one, so you can use the outside line to manipulate the size of the outline. Excellent technique.
Love it Ken. way to squash the reflections.
My version of Illustrator only came with a "Suck" button, I had to pay the $169.99 to upgrade to a "Mediocre" button-- dang, I got ripped off. Thanks for your comments guys. And thanks Bryan for your advice. I'll play around in illustrator some more, see what I come up with. No plagiarism. I'll stick to my style. What's my style?
Ken, great entry! Even in illustrator, you have kept your personal style intact. Nicely done, sir.
Seriously though, where is the rock button? Illustrator and I have had a couple brawls and so far Illustrator has left me all bloody nosed.Very nicely done Ken. I especially like how his reflection is warped :) I also like how happy and proud he looks regarding his crown.
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