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Vector Dragon by kookybat Vector Dragon by kookybat
A project for my Illustrator 2 class. Yay! This one took me FOREVERRRR!! Because people seem to be interested in my vector illustrations, here's some progress pics:


I started with a sketch in Photoshop, inked it with the pen tool in Illustrator, then changed my strokes to ink brushes. The background is a texture from Illustrator.

July 2011: 10,000 views and 350 favorites!! Thanks everyone! :D
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Katastract Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like your technique and that you are honest about how you did it :) so you basically just do a sketch, ink it and then vectorize it in illustrator. is there a feature in illustrator where you can literally just turn a sketch into a vector? this artwork is great by the way, it has real energy and dynamism :)
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kookybat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hey there! sorry for the late reply and thank you for the sweet comment :)
You can turn raster images into vector ones using the live trace function in Illustrator. It lets you mess with how many colors there will be and a few other parameters. However for this one I did the inking in Illustrator and applied a style to the lines afterwards. here's a livetraced one I did: kookybat.deviantart.com/art/Ne…
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
very fine work!  :thumbsup:
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Love-Art-Type Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Artist
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love dragons :)
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:iconjuampa13:
juampa13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Just great
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:iconachenetkogdada:
achenetkogdada Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that's awesome )
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Eitvys200 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello this is =Eitvys200 with great news. Your work was featured in #5-Stars-Artists journal project 5-Stars-Artists feature

Stay perfect,
:icon5-stars-artists:
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wauran88 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great detail works. . .really like it

anyway, please visit [link]
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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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GethConsensus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Such detail! I really need to practice with Illustrator more. :-) Very nice.
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EpicureanPiranha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
This is beautiful!
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kookybat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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:iconikro2009:
Ikro2009 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
High complex!
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:iconflelir:
Flelir Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Beautiful clarity
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:iconmattman-loftus:
MattMan-Loftus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Cool!
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:iconnicolaas-g:
Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning work, love the exquisite detail
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is simply amazing! all of those scales! and I can understand that this took forever to draw =O
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shadow-assassin1945 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
what does the kanji say?
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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It says "summer dragon". I was studying Mandarin at the time.
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:iconpeach-butt:
Peach-Butt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WONG!!!!! :iconrainbowheartplz:
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I can imagine it took you forever.

I mean....ILLUSTRATOR? HOLY **** 8V


It looks AMAZING for illustrator ;u;
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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! I think it was definitely my longest Illustrator project. :3
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rayanna1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
I love it its so detailed
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:iconarinnka:
Arinnka Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
this looks nice! I love the details!
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:iconmeb85:
meb85 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   General Artist
Beautiful !
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful vector dragon drawing
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chibiakemi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student
What do you mean by, "then changed my strokes to ink brushes"?
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kookybat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If you look at the WIP [link] you can see at first they were just regular lines. Then in Illustrator they have different effects you can use on the lines, and I used a few out of the "ink brush" set to make my regular strokes look like brushes. :)
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chibiakemi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student
Ah I see. I usually use the pen tool and then give it a pressured stroke in photoshop but you can't move the pen points around like in Illustrator (or at least not that I know of). I'll have to try this.
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kookybat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
surprisingly I can't figure out the pen tool in Photoshop. xD
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shapeshifter29 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Awesome!
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:iconnwo311:
NWO311 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Excellent detail! I think it was worth the work.
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:iconmygrinboy:
mygrinboy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
nice. very nice.
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warlock1291 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a great masterpiece :O
i love the strokes
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:iconnevma:
Nevma Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
Great work.
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Yookie1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice! It looks like ink work, which makes it feel authentic.
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:iconexxy-exvee:
exxy-exvee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Nice job! :D
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mikamoo2u2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awesomeness!! so detailed
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:iconnoisebeast:
noisebeast Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Awesomeness, love all the scales....
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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh your creatures have cool scales too! xD
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:iconnoisebeast:
noisebeast Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Scales are the man.... Cx
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willkelly90 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OMG it looks awesome! The scales look just epic! It looks like a real scroll :O I would like to have one of those paintings on my wall :)
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kookybat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely recommend printing it out for your wall! xD
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willkelly90 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:iconfuckyeahplz: lol hahaha
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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice
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:iconsunbender:
sunbender Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
cool
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:iconkaapioesikko:
KaapioEsikko Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
He-he-heck YOU'RE GOOD:)

Awesome work with the scales:D
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kookybat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks you're too kind! xD
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HaseoSkeith8 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Awesome! :nod:
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AYSAMO Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
you should find a better paper texture to use for the background, because that illustration is awesome.
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