Thursday evening saw the 3rd Shutterstock Community Hampshire workshop, and we were once again hosted by A-Space Arts at their Sorting Office venue in Eastleigh.
The free workshop was a broad introduction to Illustration and Vector Art for stock,and was aimed at both beginners and established illustrators alike.
Subjects covered included:
- The difference between Illustrations and Vectors
- Submitting for the first time
- The benefits of a diverse portfolio
- Equipment & software
- Illustrating the traditional way
- Transforming drawings and paintings into vector files
- Using photographs as source material
- Getting started with digital illustrations
- Building a library of reusable material
- Uploading process
- Property and model releases
- Popular trends and themes
We were a small group, with most attendees now being established contributors to Shutterstock, albeit mainly submitting as photographers.
With such a vast subject, it was difficult to cover all relevant points in one session, and with plenty of discussion and questions along the way, the evening passed very quickly. There was a lot of information to digest, so these articles from the Shutterstock Blog may well help as a refresher.
Adobe Illustrator is the ideal program for creating vector graphics, and you want to give it a go, you can download a 30 day free trial from the Adobe website.
For those of you who don’t have ongoing access to Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics program that can be downloaded for all platforms from their website:
The site also includes extensive usage instructions, manuals and tutorials. Not much these days comes free, so with a free workshop and free software, as well as the opportunity to get paid for your efforts, there really is nothing stopping you from giving it a go!
I hope that everyone left feeling they were now equipped to produce their first illustrative work, and that the transition from photographer to illustrator is easier than one might think.
As always, any questions can be raised here, or by email or the Facebook Group page. For anyone who wants to join the group, please do so here: Shutterstock Community Hampshire
If you are interested in becoming a contributor to Shutterstock, you can sign up here: