Jan 4, 2011

Vector Basic Training


Vector Basic Training Book.

I want to apologize for the delay in my new blog being launched. It's been designed for well over a month but unfortunately the developer I'm using has dropped the ball so it'll be a while longer, but will launch within January.

In the meantime as a way to say "Thank you." to those who read my blog. I'm going to do a FREE giveaway of my newest book called "Vector Basic Training." (VBT) I'm already doing another FREE book giveaway on the VBT Facebook page and this one is specifically for my blog readers, but don't let that stop you from participating in both if you wish.

I won't bother posting all the details about the book here, you can read about that on my web site. All you have to do to be included in this drawing for a FREE copy of the book is to comment on this post. I'll than draw three winners this coming Friday and will list them at the bottom of this post.

B Level Acting Skills.

When I came up with the idea for the video intros I didn't think the publisher would take me seriously. But they did, and we had a lot of fun with them as you'll see below in this promotional plug for the book. You can view another video posted on my web site here.

So what are you waiting for maggot!? Post a comment now!



Winners of the FREE VBT Book Giveaway!

My oldest daughter Savannah drew names out of a hat and the following three people were chosen.

- Jeff (No Last Name) This Jeff.
- David Sizemore
- Ronda Couch

Each of you have 24hrs to claim your FREE copy by emailing your snail mail to info@vonster.com.

FYI: I'll be doing a workshop at the HOW Conference in Chicago this summer on "Vector Basic Training" so if you're planning on going I'll be demonstrating the methods I cover in the book.

Thanks everyone.

107 comments:

RoK said...

Damn... that sounds great. Thanks Mister Von Glitschka.

Kevin Spear said...

I'm looking forward to the new launch and getting a hold of your book. I like the way you combine practical, drawing skills with vector know-how. Keep up the good work, Von!

Rick said...

This is me posting a comment. Err... Thanks.

Paulo said...

I’m in!

Paulo said...

I’m in!

.\\att said...

The book looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway offer!

Chris Davis said...

Count me in! Love the quality of your work and the tutorials.

Iñigo said...

It looks really nice! Thank you very much ;)

dotnetchic said...

awesome! thank you for sharing such a great resource

Juggo said...

Can't wait for the new blog and would love a copy of that book, thanks as always Von!

Cannon said...

My vector skills could use some help.

Ben said...

Love the idea of this book!

Steve said...

I want in on this action!

Angela said...

I hope I win! I was just about to order this, but I'll hold off while keeping my fingers crossed.

nwds said...

The tutelage of Glitschka for free? That's awesome! This is the WAY to work in vector. Von Glitschka changed my life!

mudmaven said...

Basic Training - just what I need! ~chris

Ryan said...

I would love a copy of Vector basic Training, that is one area of my design I am always trying to sharpen. Sweet Giveaway, Thanks!

Eye Say Design said...

Sweet offer! I hope I win yer book Von :)

Alberto said...

Hey, I want one copy!

Not only you inspire us with your work, you also share your methods. Always a pleasure to read what you write.

Thanks, Von!!

Lena said...

Dear Von Glitschka,

I have enjoyed reading your blog and been inspired by your work. Thank you!

Lena Hunter

sizemore said...

This maggot's ready to read your book!

Looking forward to the new site.

gbvaughan said...

Love reading your site! Thanks!

Reuben Cardenas said...

been following your blog for a while and love your work....I'm only a beginner designer here doing "simple" logo work but i think your book is a great tool to learn from and i will help "whip me into design shape!"

twoeightnine said...

I'd kill for this. KILL.

Gregg said...

I am super excited to see and read this book from cover to cover to learn new techniques that will help me in my daily workflow. Thanks for writing what I'm sure will be an amazing read Von!

Giraffe said...

I loved the textures in Crumble Crackle Burn. Hope to get this one.

Thanks.

Jeremey said...

That promotional plug ROCKS! Looks like a fantastic book - sign me up!

eledhwen said...

Let's go for a chance. I feel lucky today.
And thank you very much :)

Nick said...

I've learned a lot from illustrationclass.com and this blog. I look forward to seeing what is in the new book!

Angie said...

Like Nick, above, I've learned quite a bit from this site and IllustrationClass.com.

I rarely win anything, but here's hoping. :)

Billy said...

Count me in!

Carol said...

Thank you for offering this! I am planning on buying the book if I don't win ;-)

nddesigner said...

Sounds great. If this is anything close to the content/design of your last books, it will be wonderful!

Vonster said...

About VBT: If you visit the link to my primary website it explains what the book is about. In essence it takes you through a systematic creative process so you can build precision vector graphics.

My previous two books are what I'd call resource books, VBT isn't a resource book it's a process book. But I have another book due out in May that is a new resource book called "Flourish.Banner.Frame" and that will be filled with over 600+ ornaments, borders, frames etc. More on that later in the year though.

Jonathan said...

The book looks great - can't wait for the new blog, always inspiring.

Darcy Hinrichs said...

This is definitely a book that is on my wishlist. I am really looking forward to digging into it as well as the "Flourish.Banner.Frame" book in May. I really enjoy these books and not just because you're a friend but because they are really good...very resourceful! I'd recommend to anyone in the design/illustration industry!

Vonster said...

Darcy,

You're such a suck up! LOL Just kidding.

Thanks I appreciate that. Wish HOW Books marketing department would do a better job, but I digress.

I'm doing a session at the next HOW Conference based on "Vector Basic Training." So that'll be fun. A workshop actually, not a session.

L-Fo said...

Barely recognized you without the goatee. Book looks awesome.

Kristal said...

Saw your presentation at 2010 Phoenix Design Week, loved it — the laughs and the logical sense you made.
I'm entering a comment for a chance to win your book. Thanks! :)

tomaxxi said...

WOW, this is awesome! Count me in! Book looks really cool! Thanks! Greetings from Serbia!

suzanne said...

Any help to improve illustration skills is so desired. And a book by you, even better.

Mike said...

Congrats on the release Von! Been waiting for such a book for a long time, and was excited about your decision to do it since it was announced.

Mike said...

Congrats on the release Von! I've been waiting for such a book for a long time, and have been excited about this project since you announced it.

shannon carroll said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for putting your insight up for sale. ;) Enjoyed the promo video too!

HomespunReality said...

The book looks really good.

Nate Eaton said...

I'd give you at least a B+ for your acting skills. I'm a little bit afraid of you now.

I've enjoyed your humor, sarcasm, and challenges to work harder at drawing and less at faking it with a computer.
Thanks for the inspiration. Please stop yelling at me.

Nick Dominguez said...

R. Lee Ermey has nothing on you.

Logos Guide said...

It's looks amazing Von, and Must have for any designer's library

Thanks

Vonster said...

Nate,

My daughters would agree with you! They saw this and said "You look weird. Never shave your goatee again." LOL

Paul said...

Would love to win your book. But if I don't I'll probably buy it.

Chris Diggs said...

As a longtime follower, admittedly, have taken some of your processes to adapt to myself, I can't wait to get my hands on this book. One of the main things I'm looking for is perfecting the method of rounding my lines. Great work Von

Bryan said...

I'm a big fan of your work, and your books have been a great resource. I was happy to give you some twitter feedback on the some of this new one as well. Count me in on the drawing.

p said...

This sounds great! Sign me up :)

m4nticore said...

Nice! I never win anything, but ... never say never ;-)

Robb said...

Looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Thanks for making the effort to share your process!

Chad said...

Would love to win a copy and add it to my design arsenal!

ksavage said...

I'm a suck up. Good looking book, Von!

lucia said...

This book must be MINE!
I want it! XD

moverlow said...

Von,

Again, sharing your talent unselfishly . . .

Thank you from all of us in the graphics community.

Mark

diaz.creative said...

Best giveaway I've seen in a year :) -- hope I win, I'm really looking forward to learning more of Von's illustration techniques. Recently went through that "Mickey Rat" tutorial on illustrationclass.com and loved it! Thanks Von!!

T said...

Looking forward to the launch of the new website and picking up the book at some point!

Good stuff!

Mr. Sme said...

Man I am so excited! The book looks amazing and the techniques are exactly what I need to bump my vectors to the next level. And as a side note: I still miss Freehand a little.

Brian said...

Vonster,
I thoroughly enjoy your art. It has inspired me to use my hand drawn art in my designs more.
Thank you.
Brian

jroz said...

I will have to put this on my birthday list!

gmaxson said...

Nice work. I could benefit from some ol' fashioned Basic Training. Now drop AND GIVE ME 20, pin-head!!

judahbass said...

Comment!

But seriously, I'm ready to focus on illustration. Teach me, Obiwan.

Robgl322 said...

I would love a book. I use many of your methods in my own work: http://www.robertlanedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/frame-sketching.jpg

DerekDeanEdgar@gmail.com said...

Hey Von,

I really enjoyed your presentation at one of our local AIGA events this past year in Boise. Thanks for all the fantastic work, inspiration, and great support you are for the design community. Sign me up anytime there is Vonster merch up for grabs and keep fighting the good fight!

Jennifer said...

Sir, yes sir!

briceshepherd said...

I have a good handle on drawing vector illustrations but I'm always looking to learn new techniques.

parkecreative said...

Reposted from the HOWie FB group:

♥ your process and will keep on keepin' on.

One thing I'm glad you mentioned is that skill does not diminish over time.

My one question is - are you using consistency like repetition? I've been driving repetition into newbs, but if it means the same thing as consistency to you, then it's all good.

dose said...

This is my pen tool. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My pen tool is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My pen tool, without me, is useless. Without my pen tool, I am useless.

Grafik Detail said...

awesome video von!

Vonster said...

Parkecreative,

Repetition and consistency are two different things IMO. You can have repetition but if the work isn't consistently well crafted and appropriate than it's just repetition of marginal output.

Consistency is to keep your systematic creative process consistent which increases quality over time and improves the craft of your work through continual applied skill.

parkecreative said...

We are on the same page, just using a different mix of lingo.

Your aggressive approach to systematic creative processes is inspiring Von, I will pass it on!

rlivings said...

looks like a great book

Dave P. said...

I love your other books, and this will be a great companion to them. Thanks for all you do!

sweetunclelou said...

Can't wait to check out this book! Looks like a great read! Love your work, keep on blowing us away with your incredible talent!!

Brandon said...

Count me in! thanks,

Brandon said...

Cool, count me in. Thanks,

Nathan said...

It's great to get a resource that mixes the theory of transforming hand drawings to vector illustrations with practical, step-by-step instruction. Also great to learn some tricks and tips that would take many years to pick up if you learned Illustrator on our own!

A. Paul Myers said...

I am looking forward to diving into this book. Too often we settle for stock illustrations to cut corners. This year it's time to learn to do it myself from scratch!

Lou Simeone said...

Count me in. I'd like to have a copy.

Tender said...

Like everyone else here - I've been waiting for the launch of the new blog with a lot of excitement and have been checking at least once a week for any new posts. Imagine the thrill when I see the new post! Can't wait for the launch - and getting your book. Your posts have been a tremendous help to me. Thanks for all your work in making your blog top notch!

g.wippich said...

Let's see who will be the lucky ones. I'd like to have a copy, too. Thanks, Mr Von Glitschka!

UNDD said...

Love the process-oriented stuff!

UNDD said...

Your process-oriented stuff is what I've always loved!

Stéphane said...

Hello,
La France a besoin d'un exemplaire !
France need a copy of your book, please.

Gontrand said...

Thanks again Von for your contribution to excellency in vector design & illustration.

Gontrand said...

Thanks again Von for your contribution to excellency in vector design & illustration !

Outsane said...

Awesome. Count me in!

Creative Crafter UK said...

As a regular reader of your blog, I'm looking forward to the new launch Von.

Also this book sounds great - please put my name in the draw.

Thanks for sharing all your news, hints and tips. I find it so interesting.

PS. Still loving Drip. Dot. Swirl. as mentioned on my blog not so long ago!

Ana Pereira said...

I would like to have on of your books.
I am teaching young students in Portuguese school.

Chris Martin said...

Looks like an awesome and inspirational book!

Jason Alejandro said...

That looks awesome, count me in Sgt.

Jason said...

The first of your tutorials I checked out introduced me to XTream Path, and it totally changed my game. I'd love to check out the book (and will buy it even if I don't happen to win a copy.) Congrats!

greg matusic said...

Not sure which I want more - the book or that hat. How about both?

April Sadowski said...

Curves are my Achilles so this looks like a great resource.

Brad said...

YES! I am all about some fresh knowledge. You rock Von!

victorduwon said...

This is awesome. Count me in.

C.Tyson said...

Yes, Puh-leez.

simon said...

please count me in, i would love to win a copy of your book.

slambigrams said...

Oh, it looks like i missed something. I thought this blog is dead :( Is there a new blog comin?

Vonster said...

New blog coming. Original developer flaked out on me so I'm trying another. If anyone knows a dependable word press developer with a good attention to detail please refer them to me.

Simcat said...

I have been eying off your book for a while and have it on my wish list.

Simcat said...

Your new book is top of my wishlist :)

Vonster said...

You can view the book in better detail and get more information etc. here: http://www.vonsterbooks.com