My name is Irving Fuentes and I’m a graphic designer from Mexico. I love all Astute Graphics products and I have been using them since the release of the first version of VectorScribe .

I tried Stipplism in the moment it was released and decided to participate in the launch contest for winning the book Vector Basic Training by Von Glitschka because he is one of my favourites Illustrative Designer.

I wasn’t really sure what to create for the competition so a er being experimenting for a little while with this new plug-in and seen some others example artworks posted in this blog, I knew that Stipplism would be very helpful to achieve the kind of shading used in some tattoo artworks.

I used DynamicSketch for my line work and then I used MirrorMe to create the others half's because almost every part of the eagle is symmetrical.


Once I had all the line work I chose some color values to establish base colors and shadows. With the help of the Live Paint Bucket tool I applied the base colors, then I expanded all the artwork and ungrouped it so I could place the base colors in separated layers.


I picked the base color and I used InkScribe to draw my shadow inside of it and did the same process with the other colors. Again I used MirrorMe in areas where my shadows where going to be symmetrical. en I applied a linear gradient with a white to black ll to all my shadows and set the angle and the amount of the ll according to the direction of light I wanted to represent.


Once I had all my shadows in place It was time to use Stipplism . I focused on the “Style option” because I felt that it gives me more options to achieve the e ect that I was looking for .

I began creating a very small ellipse between 3 to 5 px with a black ll and converted it into a graphic symbol. I let it with the default name.

I selected my shadows and went to the Menu Bar and selected E ects>Stipplism>Symbol Stipple. I clicked on “Symbol” then I picked from the list the name of the symbol that I just created and I ticked the “Colorize “ op- tion and picked a color from the color pallet that I set up from the beginning.

I set 600% for “Density”, 2 for “Quality” and 120% for “Overall Scale”. is value can vary depending on how much density of the e ect you want, so you have to play around with values and also use the “Randomize” op- tion and see what you like.


Once I had all my shadows I applied a re graphic style that I already had. I wanted to add some re sparks and I knew that Stipplism would help me to get the e ect I was looking for.


I used the “ellipse tool” to draw the spark, then applied a re graphic style and converted it into a symbol and named it “ respark”. is time what i did is create symbol variants. I made 3 copies of the original spark and I changed the size and the opacity of each one. With the 3 copies selected I selected Object>Create Symbol Vari- ants… and I ticked “Deleted Selected Art Creation” option.


Now on top of the eagle I drew a shape with DynamicSketch and lled with a solid color.

With my shape selected, in the menu bar I picked E ects>Stipplism>Symbol. e in the “Dot Settings” I picked “Symbol” then “ respark” but making sure “Include Variants” option was ticked.

As before, I played around with the settings but this time I also set “Vary Scale” and “Overall Rotation” until I got the result I wanted.

Finally I added a dark background with a burnout texture to really pop it up.

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