The Adventures of Cindy Li
Geek Social in Brighton
April 15 , 2008
Once upon a time
I asked on the Girl Geek Brighton Dinner website if they were going to have an event while I was visiting Matt in England. Niqui and Rosie invited me to speak instead, last friday. They mentioned it was more about geeks meeting up not segregated by gender so the event was renamed “geek social”. It reminded me of the Refresh DC meet ups. Thank you it was great fun!
I got to speak about illustrations and how I went about incorporating illustration into a project. The problem with using photographs for people sitting behind a computer is that we’ve seen it sooo many times. Thanks to stock photography companies we’re sick of them. Using illustration as in Joyent’s (Illustrator: Paige Pooler) website is a great twist and so this sparked a discussion about how to use illustration in a project.
Questions about illustrators, and illustrations
My talk was about how illustration was being used and the questions that came up were:
- QUESTION: How to find illustrators? ANSWER: Find websites that have interviews of illustrators, example Veerle’s Art Elsewhere section is one good example. I know they contact many more illustrators than they get responses from. Is it that the world is just doing so well (so man projects going on) that no one feels it necessary to answer back from possible client requests or that spam filters are that good? ;)
- QUESTION: What is my process for illustrating?
ANSWER: It depends on what it is. For the most part, the ma.gnolia logos I’ve been illustrating lately I have been researching the topic/concept. I surround myself with the idea example: Crocus flower and then sketch on paper then onto the computer.
I was asked to pull up examples of my work. So I dug up the fish in a fish bowl for Thmbnl.com. To create the fish on the right, I scanned in what I had sketched out on the left and brought it into illustrator and did a vector trace. Half the time it’s just knowing what the terminology is to look up if you get stuck and need the tutorial for help.
QUESTION: How do you create illustrations if you can’t draw?
ANSWER: How did you learn code/web design/even to read? You looked at examples and did tutorials. You might even have gotten a tutor. Even if you can’t draw the way you want to it takes practice. Just like everything if you want it bad enough and work hard you can achieve it. It just depends on what you are willing to give up to get it. Sometimes it is just easier to find someone else and pay them, that works too. I like to draw. ;)