Drawing with Inkling for Microstocks (I)

As you may know Inkling is a brand new digital sketch pen by Wacom, that captures all your drawings and sketches and exports them into graphic editting programmes like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

In my recent review on this device I stressed that it is quite uncomfortable when working with vectors, as all lines are overloaded with nodes; which makes Inling not possible to use for microstocking.

Another minus for me as for a CorelDraw user was that Inkling doesn’t export drawings straight to CorelDraw.

Yet, despite these 2 negative points I found out a few great ways of creating images for microstocks with Inkling. The first one I am going to tell you about today came up to my mother and me when collaborating on one project.

So, do a sketch:

Open Sketch Manager and export the file to Illustrator clicking on the orange Ai button:

You can see how imperfect the lines are comparing to those on the sketch, but these too can be used to our advantage to recreate naive hand drawn style.

After you opened it in Illustrator, export it to .eps, and open the .eps file in CorelDraw. It will then automatically have expanded paths with all objects grouped as on the layers, objects thicker than in Illustrator, and this brings a bit of an ink brush stroke effect:

So, with these objects you will be able to do patterns suitable for stocks with a lively hand drawn style, like this one:

Hope this was interesting and useful:)

I will soon tell you about another interesting way to use Inkling for microstocking:)


2 thoughts on “Drawing with Inkling for Microstocks (I)”

  1. Great review! You can reduce the number of nodes with the “Reduce Nodes” function of Corel. I use this software for more than 10 years and just recently I found how cool this option is. Especially if you create grunge effects, halftones and other complicated shapes. Silly me. :D

    1. Thank you, Martin:)
      I tried it, but it still needs waaay to much editing, because if you reduce nodes just like that, the curve changes considerably..
      Although this tool is really cool indeed:)

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