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Tuesdays with Pariah: Easy Realistic Painting in Adobe Illustrator with Gradient Mesh

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

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Vector, everyone knows, is resolution independent—drawings can be enlarged or reduced to infinity without loss of quality. The problem is, getting smooth, realistic color transitions in vector isn’t easy… Or is it?

Realism and photo-realism in Illustrator is actually quite easy to create when you know the secret—gradient mesh.

Start to finish I showed you how to achieve realism in Adobe Illustrator—any version from CS1 through CS5—and why and when gradient mesh drawing is better than Photoshop painting. We also looked at numerous gorgeous examples of gradient mesh artwork from artists all around the world. (Examples here, here, and here; note: some examples contain artistic representations of nudity.)

Series Description

My career—my passion—is entirely focused on doing anything I can to Empower, Inform, Connect Creative Professionals™. I’m extremely lucky that I’m able to make a living doing that through writing books and articles and appearing at conferences and in videos and webinars. I love doing all that, but in all of those activities there’s one thing missing—discourse. In all those media it’s me doing the talking and everyone else the listening, reading, or watching. Out of all the different types of work and projects I do for the creative professional community, the most interactive is my training and consulting, but even that is limited to certain companies and groups, in certain places. I want to have a conversation with any designer who has the time to sit down for an hour and talk, no matter where he or she happens to be at the moment.

So, inspired by my friend Mordy Golding’s Fridays with Mordy weekly webinar, I’ve started Tuesdays with Pariah, a Designers’ Discourse.

In these weekly free web connect sessions I’ll be sometimes instructing in software like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, or something else, and at other times talking about the business of design, such as intellectual property rights for creatives, helping non-Web designers get online, tax considerations for freelancers, and anything else that you bring up. Throughout the presentation and after, Tuesdays with Pariah are a conversation where I hope to learn as much from you as you learn from me. Think of it as a bunch of creative folk getting together over virtual coffee and talking, teaching each other something new, or debating different sides of an issue designers face.