Sharon Milne
Sharon Milne aka ChewedKandi is an Illustrator and Author specialising in vector art. She's from Northumberland in the United Kingdom. She's also our Design & Illustration Editor here on Tuts+. You can check out her website portfolio by going to ChewedKandi.net and keep up to date via her Facebook page.
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    Vectoring Short Hair in a Negative Space Illustration in Adobe IllustratorNegative 400
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    Back in 2005, I created a vexel of Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) which took advantage of negative space. Recently, I've been wanting to duplicate this style, however this time in vector. In this tutorial, I'll use a stock image as a reference and create an illustration which uses the same concept, this time in Adobe Illustrator.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Sparkling, Glitter Portrait From Stock in Adobe IllustratorPortrait 400
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    An innocent vector portrait based on a stock image from Photodune became a battleground of sparkles and glitter. As requested, people wanted to see a portrait tutorial which used a lot of glitter! Who was I to not take up such a challenge? In today's tutorial I'm going to show you how to create a sparkling portrait. I'll show you how to create your own skintone palette, render flawless skin, create hair from brushes and of course... add a good handful of glitter, all in Adobe Illustrator. There's no blurs, meshes or raster effects in this tutorial, it's 100% vector and 100% fabulous! So let's get on with it...Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Include a Gradient Within a Brush in Adobe IllustratorPreview400leaf
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    I've never hidden that I'm a vector purist. I like my vector art without raster elements, without blurs, without drop shadows, without Photoshop effects. So when Adobe Illustrator CC was announced, the feature of Image Brushes - brushes which can be made from raster objects (such as PNGs, JPGs etc...), I felt a little let down. The war on raster is being fought on the vector battleground! However, it wasn't until I decided to play with this new feature, I found a very interesting and incredibly useful quirk. Ever wanted to create a custom brush but then you're presented with a pop up saying that you can't do it because... you've got a gradient in there! Ugh. After all those detailed elements you've created, a gradient is getting in the way. You could however replace the gradient with a blend and clipping mask (after the brush, as clipping masks can't be used inside of a brush), but aha... there is another way!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Workshop: Vector Critique #40Workshop40400
    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.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Call for Authors: Get Paid for Writing for Vectortuts+Writeforus 400
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    We're looking for more authors! Do you want to be paid to create content for an established and respected educational network? You could be the person we're looking for to add to our already awesome author team.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Workshop: Vector Critique #39Workshop39400
    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.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    The Seven Vector Sins: Why You're Doing It Wrong!Devilpreview400
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    You've spent hours, possibly days on an illustration. This is the one vector piece you're insanely proud of, but something isn't right. Something isn't sitting well and you've no idea what it is. As long as you know there is something wrong with your illustration, you're half way there to improving it. In this article, I'm going to tell you about the Seven Vector Sins. Sins which you may be guilty of and why you're doing it wrong. More importantly, how to get on the correct path to vector sainthood. I'll give you some examples of epic vector fails, thanks to some of my much older work which I can now look back on and face palm. This article might be that one kick to the butt you need to take your work to the next level, so let's get on with it already!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Workshop: Vector Critique #38Workshop38400
    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.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Workshop: Vector Critique #37Workshop37400
    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.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Maintain a Consistent Style Across a Series of Vector Portraits in IllustratorShar tut preview400
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    When I'm not working on Vectortuts+, the majority of my clients come to me for multiple portraits. It can be a scary prospect, especially if you find keeping the same style difficult, but help is at hand. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to do a series of portraits in a consistent style and give you some tips on how to streamline the process to save you time. So let's get on with it!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Capture Colors With the Adobe Kuler App for the iPhonePreview400kuler
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    I've never hidden the fact I need help with creating palettes when it comes to anything from illustration work to icon design to decorating my home. You can be a skilled sketch artist and designer, but color theory is still something which can be hard to grasp for some. This is why the new Adobe Kuler iPhone app and it's integration with Adobe Illustrator CC has me jumping for joy so much I've needed a new computer chair!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Dramatic Back-Lit Male Portrait in Adobe Illustrator400preview
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    In today's tutorial I'm going to show you how I created a dramatic back-lit portrait from a stock image, using gradients and art brushes. It's a relatively simple effect to achieve as the shading is done by the type of gradients you're going to use. You wouldn't think you'll only use white transparent gradients to achieve this! So enough talking, let's get on with it.Read More…