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Hi everyone new to computer drawing any advice?

   Love You Bear   Hi everyone , I'm new to computer drawing but am learning a little each day. I wish I could do with a computer what I can with a pencil but it's taking awhile to teach myself.

I love cartooning and wonder if there is any advice from the veterans out there on how to get more views and possibly some sales.

Do you think it's possible to make any serious money at this if I get better at it and learn what the customer wants?

Does anyone here actually make any money?

It would be something to shoot for even to get a small income from my drawings.

Anyway, nice to meet everyone, advice and critiques are welcome.....Thanks
Edited: 01/10/2014, 07:43:43 AM
Welcome Ltldragn.
Looks like you are off to a good start with your illustrations. Just keep uploading and getting more of your illustrations in your portfolio. Look at DT's main page and see what is selling...that should give you some ideas to try. Also look at other contributors, and see how they are doing...Look at advertising in magazines, web pages, newspapers, etc... What are they using for illustrations..
A Wacom tablet will allow you to draw with the detail of a pencil. Takes some getting use to, but very realistic after you get the hang of it.
Lots of information on the internet for learning more technics.
It takes a lot of hard work and lots of determination to make any money on stock sites. This is not a get rich quick job. You have competition. You will want to pull your hair out. You will get discouraged. You will learn a lot. Good luck!
I use Inkscape, Corel Painter and Clip Studio Paint for my illustratio...
Posted: 01/10/2014, 08:48:45 AM
Thanks Debs
I know it's going to be a long time to make any income off stock sites but learning the market and the tricks of the trade will be as rewarding and fun along the way to try to improve my art.

Thanks for the tips...Kevin
Posted: 01/10/2014, 09:11:35 AM
You can start by scanning your pencil drawings.

If you are trying to make vectors to sell, you'll have to trace your scans. If you just want to sell jpg illustrations, all you'll have to do is clean up your artwork.

Try not to rely on gimmicks such as emboss or bevel effects.

Also, don't add text. Unless it is an essential part of the design, leave it out so the buyer can put whatever they want in there.

Nikon D70, standard lens
Posted: 01/10/2014, 10:02:08 AM
Thanks for the advice, it's the tracing part and cleaning up and coloring them that I'm working on improving. I have to learn more about computer graphics and how toos in the drawing programs I use to improve. How do I load a vector would that be a svg file? I'm a total novice, sorry for my ignorance. any help is appreciated.....Kev
Posted: 01/10/2014, 11:07:12 AM
People can most definitely make money by creating vector illustrations. I would recommend that you try to make your subject matter more general. I see several illustrations on Dreamstime that are interesting, but are also very limited in how they can be used. As a result, they do not sell well.

I would recommend searching online for tutorials. Working through these tutorials will help you to learn new techniques and might even give you ideas for your next illustration.
Nikon D40, Nikon SB400, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5
Posted: 01/15/2014, 09:36:08 AM
Yes I agree , thank you for the insight. I think more general and useful is the way to go for stock.
Posted: 01/15/2014, 19:21:52 PM
Posted: 02/06/2014, 07:27:27 AM
Hi guys! I'm also new to this whole microstock thing, but I really want to pick it up and learn to do it properly. Would you have any advice for me?

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Edited: 07/05/2014, 17:42:17 PM