Articles by Eric Basir

1,001!

In the summer of 2010, I never imagined I'd have a portfolio of over 1,000 illustrations on Dreamstime. It's been an amazing journey as a part-time illustrator. My advice to anyone starting out at Dreamstime is to find your own style and be unashamed to create what you want. My other advice is to tell a story whenever possible.My full-time job is photo retoucher and owner for Photo Grafix. One of my clients is a big Dreamstime contributor known as Creatista.Working on over 5,000 images of... continue reading

Mad Man

This image started out as a doodle of a humanoid science fiction character: Thick black eyes, strange folds in the skin, etc. Trying to think "like a buyer" I had a suspicion that it might sell better if it was more human- and business-related.So I erased some parts and added others—especially his suit and tie! I then started to morph him into an angry "boss man" character inspired by the many prototypes in cartoons, comics and sitcoms I watched over the years.I added some uncut hairs on... continue reading

Blah! Blah! Blah!

This topic has been on my mind for a long time. Maybe you too.It never ceases to amaze me how so many people don't realize that the microphone on their phones is so sensitive that they could whisper in the midst of roaring jet engines or clanking trains, and the other party will hear them clearly.While sitting in my children's Karate class I started sketching an obnoxious man blabbing on his phone. I tried to keep his expression passionless, as if he was having an unemotional conversion. That... continue reading

First Sale

I'm very grateful to the first person to purchase one of my illustrations through Dreamstime.This particular image was inspired by the poisoning of the oceans through our demands for fossil fuels. I am so passionate about this subject that I sold my car a few years ago. My family and I rely on bikes, public transit and feet.Like most of my illustrations, it started as a sketch, inked, scanned and traced in Illustrator. From there I colored it in. The drilling platform was added from scratch... continue reading

Inspiration from something not so nice

My children came down with some nasty fevers this weekend. Not sure why. But I got the inspiration to sketch this one based on my daughter's misery! I hate to take advantage of them, but this one I could not resist! continue reading

Stock Rank-Won't Push My Luck!

Wowzah! I just got a 9 out of 10 in Stock Rank. I usually play it 2 or 3 times a day. But I think I'll quit while I got it good today! continue reading

Experimenting

I noticed some of the best selling illustrations have customizable labels or banners on them. I'm so new to stock illustration. So I tried taking a boring fly and make him a bit more marketable. Maybe it's good for comic relief. I'll keep dreaming and working on ideas that someone wants to buy! continue reading

Just Joined

Glad to be on board. Hoping this journey leads to lots of happy customers that find my images useful. continue reading

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