Christi du Toit // Graphic Art

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South African postage stamp illustrations.

Christi du Toit // Graphic Art

Some helpful advice to all Wacom users! 

After doing some research I realised that I wasn’t the only one noticing how quickly the Wacom Intuos 4 eats away your pen nibs. Simply put, this sucks, considering those little pieces of plastic come at quite a steep price.

Is there a way to save some bucks by making your nibs last for ages? Yes. 

Is there a way to control your digital linework even more in the process? Double yup. 

This tip isn’t limited to Intuos 4 users, and can dramatically change your experience with doing digital inking/painting. 

I read through a million forums and watched a million videos on the topic - even considered making my own nibs from trimmer wire (worst idea). Loads of people seem to be complaining about the Intuos 4’s rough working surface, which could easily be compared to working with a pencil on a piece of sandpaper. 

The easiest, quickest, and most cost efficient way is to just take a piece of paper (I prefer thicker watercolour paper), and cover your tablets working surface with it. Cut it down to size, and tape it down with some masking tape.

This gives you a softer, more wear-friendly canvas to give your nibs a break. At the same time this gives you the feeling of working with a pen/pencil on paper, as opposed to plastic on plastic, giving you loads more control with your strokes, and simultaniously extending your nib life substantially. 

Hope this helped you guys as much as it did me.

Happy arting!

Christi du Toit. 

Christi du Toit // Graphic Art

Digital Illustration Timelapse // Christi du Toit

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Illustration speed process video of one of my pieces. 

Cover artwork for Gladstone’s Debut EP. // Christi du Toit

Those of you who keep up to date with the periodic crap that I post on Twitter may have seen that I’ve been practicing doing things a little differently to what I’m used to, to both speed up my work flow, and teach myself a different way of approaching illustrations. 

Been messing around with drawing straight into Photoshop with my Wacom tablet, as opposed to working with pen on paper, and then scanning in the images.

Any comments or any other feedback is welcome.

Christi. 

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So, Between 10&5 is hosting a Loeries party, and they’re asking a few of the illustrators and designers featured on their website in the past while to create visuals for food boxes that they are going to give away with any purchase of food at the party. This is my one. Quite simple, but I wanted to try something different. Besides, it’ll be fairly small, and I don’t have enough time to work on something more detailed at the moment.
Uploaded the blank mock-up for the food box they sent in the brief so that you can try to get a better idea of how it will look. I’ll be posting photos as soon as I can. :)

Christi. x 

Piece I did for my feature on an awesome illustration website called The Shape Factory. The whole illustration is based on a square with a diamond shape centered inside it.

The feature went up today, check it out here: www.theshapefactory.com

Further Progress. 

Nearing completion. 

Was a bit skeptical as to where the colour scheme was going when i started, but I actually think it’s coming along nicely. :)