Tag Archives: Resources – Illustration

Wacom Inutos Pro + Adobe Illustrator Guide

This is my new toy!!  Wacom Intuos Pro!
wacom intuos pro

I had been debating whether to get a drawing tablet or not, because with the amount of art work I have to do for my books, using a mouse is just a tad too daunting on both my wrist and fingers.

After searching for a while, I have decided on the medium size Wacom Inutos Pro. I got it at Best Buy as an open item.  So it’s not brand new, but who cares!  It’s a bit dusty when I opened it.  But it still works! Now I have to learn how to use this thing properly…

This is a picture of the actual device, Hello Beautiful!
wacom intuos pro

 

I’ve started using Adobe Illustrator, and I found this set of youtube video very useful.  It is called the Complete Beginners Guide to Adobe Illustrator by TastyTuts.  There are four videos in total.  And there are worksheets for you to download so you can practice.  I LOVE this set of videos!  I hope you will find them useful too!

Joanna Penn’s How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley

Recently, I had been trying to self-publish my coloring book (journal).  I had been working on the illustrations for the past 2.5 months.  Today, I found Joanna Penn’s How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley podcast.  I am super excited, because it seems like colouring books are still going strong.  So I still have a chance!

Podcast Highlights: How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley

Joanna Penn: How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley

 

In this podcast by Joanna Penn, she interviewed Meg Cowley who’d self-published a few coloring books.  I will highlight some of the key points I got from the interview.

1 – Be as productive as you can and put out your work as quickly as possible.

2 – Illustrations in adult coloring books are different from children’s coloring books.  Work mainly in black and white, and don’t give preconceptions about what your audience should do or how they should colour.

3 – Pick a theme for your book.

4 – Include a variety of complexity, some can be more complex, some less.

5 – Be careful about copyrights, i.e. what kind of rights you are giving away when working with external party

6 – Meg Cowley uses a Wacom Intuos 4 (need to look more into this thing! I don’t like drawing with my mouse)

7 – add colour to your cover to catch people’s eyes

8 – research similar products to decide on the format and the pricing of your book

9 – when illustrating, think about how your colourist is going to colour the pages

10 – have welcome page to build relationship with the audience, and make them feel that you care about their enjoyment of the product

11 – use keywords to get you noticed on amazon

12 – no ebook version, but possible pdf copy, so they can print

13 – one advantage of self-publishing is the speed you can put your books out onto the market

14 – can also produce different products in addition to books to diversify income – e.g diary, notebook

My thoughts:

Wow! What a podcast!  It is jam packed with information, and it definitely gave me a big encouraging push!  I always like to hear what other people are doing, and how they are going about doing this.  It is always so inspiring to see how other people are making it, which makes me want to become better.  If you are also interested in creating your own coloring books, listen to the podcast or read the transcript!  I love you Joanna Penn! Thank you Meg Cowley!

 

 

Inkscape Tutorial Videos

I am working on some colouring pages, but I can’t install Adobe Creative Cloud on my 2009 iMac.  It’s because it’s an old computer, and I didn’t upgrade it to the latest OS.  So I’m kind of sad.  Anyway, I searched online for the next best thing and found Inkscape.  I am able to install it, but I don’t really know how to use the tools properly.  Through youtube, I found two Inkscape tutorials.

Inkscape Tutorials

The first Inkscape tutorial video is by Jason Welsh.  I like how he demonstrated the use of the free-hand tool.

 

The second video is by Steve Farnsworth, and he teaches the bezier tool.

I needed quite a bit of time to get use to the bezier tool.  But once I got the hang of it, I am able to freely outline what I need to create my own drawings.  If you have Inkscape and want to learn more about these two tools, check out the videos!