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Creating Vector Art for Tattoos or Iconography

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There's an awesome game called Hive. I've been slowly introducing everyone here at Instructables HQ to the game, but I only have one set and it's only a two player game. Slow going! And nobody else can play if someone already is. This is not a good recipe for cooking up a meme.

So what's an Instructioneer to do? Make a bunch of new sets, obviously!

Here's what you'll need to follow along with this Instructable:
  1. Sketchbook Pro, Sketchbook, or a piece of paper and a pencil. I am a company man, sad as it is, and I chose Sketchbook Pro. It was an easy choice because I got it for free. It's worth the price, though.
  2. Adobe Illustrator or comparable vector artwork software. Inkscape is free, open-source software
OK, so the first step will be making some art. Don't worry, anyone can art.

We're going to make it easy!

Step 1: Create the Base Sketch

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We're going to create a tribal style ladybug for this Instructable.

First, fire up your copy of Sketchbook Pro or your pencil and paper.

Take the size you want the final bug to be and divide that in half vertically. I mean that literally: draw a vertical line right down the middle of where the bug will be. If you're using Sketchbook Pro, hit the "Symmetry Y" button. That will automatically draw the line for you. It will also mirror everything you draw on the other side of the line.

Here's the big secret to this entire Instructable: we're only going to draw half. We'll let the magic of computers make the rest!

Once you have a nice line going down the page you've also overcome any psychological resistance to working with the blank page in front of you.

It can be paralyzing to sit and stare at a blank page before beginning a work of art. The most effective strategy I've found for overcoming this mental inertia is to immediately fuck the page all up. Crinkle it, rip it, cut it, burn it, put an ugly line right in the middle, do something to make a mark on the page. That way whatever you end up creating is better than your initial mistake. No more inertia!

Our vertical line takes care of this nicely.

Next, we can start sketching out what our bug will look like.

Since we're drawing a ladybug I started out by looking at some pictures of ladybugs on Google image search. I noticed immediately that they are insects. Specifically, that means they have six legs and 3 body sections. They have antenna, and the body has the obvious distinctive black spots on a red shell.

With those notes in mind, begin sketching. Remember that you only have to draw one side! The other side will be taken care of by Sketchbook Pro, or later in our vector artwork program.

As I sketch I try to inject as much tiny detail as possible, since I don't have to worry about making the other side perfect. Don't worry about the quality of this sketch or whether or not it even looks like a ladybug.

Don't worry about anything.
 
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Absolutely great tutorial, but it take a time to learn work in adobe illustrator. For those who are less patience is easier to use online raster to vector service like vectorizeimages(dot)com

Amazing!! I personally saw the final result and it has better quality than a lot of board games you find in a store. Good one!!!