Illustrator Daniel Swartz created 52 illustration every Friday for the past year. He just finished up the last week and has create some great vector illustrations! Moreover, he has collected all his Illustration Fridays pieces into a book. Daniel has been kind enough the provide Vectips with some insights into the project, discount codes for the book, and one book for a lucky Vectips reader.
Why did you do Illustration Friday for a year?
I’ve always been envious of artists who take on self-initiated projects that require very regular output. I love watching their development and admire their dedication.
I reached a point where I felt that if I didn’t do an extended project like this now…it would never happen. It was scary in a weird way, I’d never done anything like this and was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish. Fortunately there were a lot of people that encouraged me throughout the year, and to be honest the positive peer-pressure of making it by Friday was huge incentive not to embarrass myself!
We’re responsible for our own growth. I am always investing in my craft and I reached a point where I felt it was best to start a project like this to take advantage of some recent growth and cement some new ideas I had been playing with…both conceptually and technically.
I think I’m most excited about the development in my color and value sense. I’m really into violet now, and my images are way easier to read – which I think you can see as the series progresses. Because I was turning around a piece every week it allowed me to quickly explore new directions and refine what I learned seven days before. As you go through the book I think you can see definite trends and movement as I figure out what is essentially my style. I also found a lot of ways to slim down my process but doesn’t reveal any shortcuts being taken.
I highly recommend doing a project like this on your own. If you want, you can participate in Illustration Friday at www.illustrationfriday.com. It’s free to be a part of and fantastic to see hundreds of other interpretations of the same word.
So why a book?
I’m in the midst of finishing my MFA in Illustration through the University of Hartford. It’s a great program, but like all schooling – it’s expensive. This is my third and final degree and I’ve racked up a fair amount of loans getting to this point.
I wanted to create a product that people would enjoy and could also help me pay back one of my loans before I graduate this summer. If I sell 1000 of the books I will meet my goal!
Creating a self-initiated project, like this book, allowed me to keep working at what I love (illustration) while also developing a product that hopefully will compensate my time.
If you were magically be turned into any Illustrator tool, what tool would it be and why?
I would probably be the Pathfinder. I love the idea of using different shapes and combining them or cutting them apart, or just keep their intersections…whatever. So many new shapes I never would have come up with can occur with that tool! I really enjoy finding new ways of combining positive,negative, and transparent shapes and Pathfinder (along with the Knife tool) have become my best friends.
What is your favorite Illustrator tip, trick, or technique?
Use the Recolor Artwork Dialogue. It’s fantastic for quickly experimenting with new color schemes. If you are anything like me, you find some colors that work and kinda stick with it…the Recolor Artwork tool helps me get out of my box.
Win A Copy of 52 Sketches, Scribbles & Vector Squiggles by Daniel Swartz
What you will win
- 1 winner will win a copy of 52 Sketches, Scribbles & Vector Squiggles by Daniel Swartz.
How to Win / Rules
- Leave a comment below telling us which piece from the Daniel Swartz Illustration Friday set you like the most.
- Contest begins December 27, 2010 and ends Thursday December 30, 2010. Winners will be announced December 31, 2010
- 1 winner will be chosen at random.
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