Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Affinity Designer and Inkscape have over taken Adobe Illustrator

Impressive acting by Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut in 'Breaking Bad'. I am in the process of creating a realistic vector portrait of Banks in Affinity Designer after which an other portrait of Banks will be made in recently revamped Inkscape to see what the differences may be. Both programs seriously challenge Adobe Illustrator and many would say they have already passed the former king of the graphical world. Designer's and Inkscapes development advances faster most likely because Illustrator's devs struggle with legacy code that makes it bloated and forces them to invent work arounds which makes it even more bloated and as a result slower, requiring more clicks of the users to get things done.

Vector portrait of Jonathan Banks

Vector portrait of Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut in 'Breaking Bad'

Above is a screenshot of the 8th stage of the creation of the vector portrait of Mike Ehrentraut in Affinity Designer. It is a work in progress at this point ((May 7 2020). So far I have been working 4 or 5 hours at it. The principle is the same as in my airbrush days - determine the average colour of an area and later add the darker and lighter parts and finally the details. Only difference is that Designer offers me countless undo levels and a history function that allows to go back to a certain point and from there design into a different direction, which was not possible in the old airbrush days. I will post all stages in my portfolio blog once the portrait has advanced to a reasonable stage. Stay tuned.

Hasta luego online virtual folks.

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