Pop Art Vector

Step 1: Pop Art Vector 
To start out our pop art vector tutorial, we will start from a line drawing of the face in close up. This line drawing could be with simple strokes, nothing too complicated.

Next, we’ll create the shadows with objects filled with solid black. Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw the objects and try to give volume and movement to the illustration. Take a special look at how we drew the hair strokes and the shadow under the chin.

Step 2 
Choose the colors you’d like to use in your pop art vector illustrations. I chose the typical colors used in pop art illustrations to make a more obvious effect, but you can choose the colors that better represent your photo (if you made the drawing from a photo) or illustration.

Step 3 
Next, we’ll create the swatches for the dots background of the objects.

We need the grid guideline to make the dots swatch for every color. Reveal the grid by going to View > Show Grid. Make sure you have “Snap to Grid” enable. Go to View > Snap Grid to check if it’s enabled. If it has a check mark next to it, it’s enabled. If it doesn’t, click to enable.

Draw two circles with the Ellipse Tool (L). Hold the Shift key while drawing the ellipse to constrain the proportions and create the circle. The space between the circles would determine the predominant color in the swatch. The closer the circles are, the more predominant the circle’s color would be the background color. Also, the more space the dots have, the more noticeable they would be to the human eye. In this tutorial, I’d like them to be pretty noticeable.

Step 4 
Now duplicate the two circles and rotate them 90 degrees using the Rotate Tool (R). Click and hold the Shift key to rotate in increments of 45 degrees. Next, draw a square with the Rectangle Tool (M) where each side goes through the circles’ center point.

Step 5 
Duplicate four times each set of square + dots, one for each color that our illustration has. Now fill each set of circles with the colors of our illustration. Finally, fill the square with white. Now we are ready to create the swatches from this elements! Select the first square with the circles inside and go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name your swatch if you’d like, and click OK to create the swatch. Repeat the process for the other colors. You’ll see the new swatches available in the Swatches Panel.

Step 6 
Replace the colors of the objects in our illustration with the new swatches. Select each object and click on the corresponding swatch in the Swatch Panel. Definitely starting to look like a pop art vector!

If you are unhappy with the way any of the swatches look as patterns in your illustration, you can play with the background color to create other tones.

Step 7 
Now we are going to take care of the strokes used to give expression to the face. This is single strokes with no fill. There are some for the nose profile, cheeks, forehead, etc. Open the brushes panel (Window > Brushes) and click on the top right icon to reveal its menu. Select Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_Ink.

A new panel will appear. Now select one of the strokes and click on the bottom brush named “Tapered Stroke” in the panel we just opened. Do the same with the rest of the strokes. I applied the brush to all of my elements in the illustration to have the edges between them perfectly aligned.

Step 8 
If the brush for the expression lines is too wide or too thin (depends on the size of your illustration), you can adjust the brush width. Go to the brush panel where you’ll find the brush you use for the expression lines. When you select a brush in any of the brush library panels, it’s added automatically to the main Brush Panel. Double click on the brush and in the Width slider, move the arrow to the left to make the stroke thinner or to the right to make them wider. Click OK when you’re finished.


Exploring Careers in the Arts

Perhaps you are trying to figure out what kind of career is best for you in the future, or maybe you even are looking for a career change in your life. If so, one very fun and stimulating field to consider is the arts. A career in the arts can be very exciting and there are many different career choices to consider within the field. If you find yourself enjoying and excelling in artistic pursuits such as painting, drawing, or even photography, then it may be time to explore what this career field can offer you. Before you make a career decision, it is usually a great idea to take a closer look at the field you are considering, so make sure that you fully explore what a career in the arts has to offer you. Exciting Careers (painter, illustrator, photography, animation, art historian, art director)

Within the field of the arts, there are many different careers that you can consider, depending on where your interests and abilities lie. If you are interested in this field and you enjoy history, you may want to consider a career as an art historian. This is a great career for those who love the arts but are not interested in actually producing the artwork themselves. Art historians have many different options available, including teaching and research.

Another great career in this field is an illustrator. Whether you enjoy drawing comic characters, or more serious and advanced illustrations, there are great careers available in this field. Illustrating comic books or children’s books is a great choice, and for those who prefer the more serious side, illustrating text books and medical books is a very lucrative option as well.

Some people who enjoy expressing themselves on canvass may find that a job as a painter is a great idea for them. Whether you display your art in galleries, paint by commission, or teach painting at a local college, this is a great career choice. Some other careers in the art industry include working in animation, photography, and as an art director.

Preparing for the Arts

The type of preparation that you will need for a career in the arts is highly dependent on which specific career you decide to pursue. As a general rule, most careers in the arts will require that you have a bachelors degree if you want to be successful. While some art careers such as woodworking, glass working, and quilting do not require such a degree, it is usually not as easy to fully support yourself in art without a degree. If you intend to teach in the art field, then you will not only need a bachelor’s degree, but you will also need your teaching certificate. For those interesting in fine arts such as painting or drawing, there are various art schools that basically have a studio environment that will offer instruction and the opportunity to develop your skills.

Money Matters

Most people want to know what the money making potential is before they enter a specific field. In the arts industry, the salary you make will depend on your specific job and the company that you are working for as well. Art directors are some of the higher paid workers in this field, and they generally earn between $40,000 and $100,000 per year, depending on company and their experience. On the low end of the spectrum, craft artists such as glass workers and wood workers usually make between $20,000-$30,000 each year. Fine artists such as painters, illustrators, and sculptors usually can expect to make between $25,000 and $40,000 a year. Many people involved in the arts are self-employed, in fact better than 50% are self-employed. Those who are self-employed can have varying salaries depending on their specific field, and their success as an artist.

Excellent Employers

While many artists are self-employed, there are others who work for established companies as well. While self employment has many advantages, working for a company often provides a better salary and great benefits. Some of the best companies to work for in the United States include Walt Disney, Personal Preference Inc., and the New Museum for Contemporary Art. There are great companies available in Canada as well, which include Canada Council for the Arts, the Emily Carr Institute of Art, and Organic Inc. These are just a few of the great employers in the arts, so be sure to explore your options, and look for companies that offer excellent benefits and a great salary.