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Vectortuts+ is all about helping people turbo charge their skills, and today we have another special community post that will help our readers take their images to the next level. The best thing is, you can be part of it too! Find out more at the jump.

How to Participate:

  • This workshop contributor has offered a piece of work that they would like help with, please keep this in mind when you share your thoughts. The images are not perfect, but they can be with the right advice and some friendly encouragement. (Vectortuts+ reserves the right to delete any rude comments)
  • If you're better with pictures (let's face it, most of us are) feel free to take a screenshot of the image using Little Snapper, Skitch or a similar program and paste a link to the annotated image in the comments section with an explanation of the tweaks.

If you want to take part in the next Vectortuts+ Workshop:

Add your work to our facebook photo gallery or submit it via the Tuts+ Workshop form, with a description about the piece and the help/advice you're looking for. We will chose one to be published on our site as part of the next Vectortuts+ Workshop, if you're not chosen straight away - don't worry - your work will be chosen for a future session.

Designer: Samantha Casey


" Model: Washburn M108SWK Mandolin
This piece is the hardest piece I have ever done. I used techniques I had not tried before, including clipping masks and transparencies. I tried to make it as realistic as possible. I vectorized a wood grain for the base and head, and used transparency to make them blend a little bit better with the rest of it. I used a transparent gradient overlay to get the color of the base, so it would be brighter in the inside and gradiant outward to dark. The biggest issues for me were: the strings and the weathering around the sound holes. Any good critiquing on the transparency, weathering (I used an art brush and tried to feather it a little bit), and on the general realism of it would be great! "


What are your thoughts on the work above? Critiquing work helps the artist see new possibilities, and it also helps you learn to evaluate art, which will help you take that same analysis and apply it to your own work. Participate in the comments below with your opinions on how to improve the work above.

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