Wordy map

June 30, 2014

I’ve always been a map fan, and done plenty of them in my working life, in fact doing 20  for a sailing book at the moment. I’d seen a similar treatment to this on a map of London and thought it would work well on a UK map. I had a couple of days off so managed to fit this one in for my iStock portfolio.Image


September 4, 2012

I got these accepted at istock today, I quite like these, drawn from a collection of old wooden ampersands I have. I photographed them, then live-traced them in Adobe Illustrator. This is basically a mechanised process whereby the software converts a photo into a vector illustration. The settings ( there are a number of variables concerning the accuracy, and thus the file size, which can be adjusted) were on pretty high, but with a palette of about 30-40 colours, rather than the max of ( I think) 128, which does maker for bigger files.

I know they’re mechanical but the fact they are a vector drawing, can be scaled to any size with no resolution loss, and are drawn, in whatever way, is quite impressive.

Lettering stuff

August 27, 2012

One of the frustrations for artists selling their work at iStock ( and for those who don’t know what that is , here’s a link to my portfolio there…..)


is that, specifically for those submitting vector illustrations, there’s been a blanket ban on images containing text. This has been down to concerns about legal rights to use fonts etc, an argument somewhat diluted by the fact that photographic contributors ( and that includes me) can submit raster illustrations with text and fonts, but not vectors. iStock have finally seen sense and allowed text based vectors, something that has been available at competitor sites for some time, so this opens up a whole new area for vector illustrators.

I’ve had a few accepted already, I’ll try and post a few later, here’s my favourite at the moment, an illustration based on my collection of old wooden type .


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