Sometimes the simplest images are also the most meaningful. Queensland, Australia-based Alan Benge, a Shutterstock contributor since 2009, creates vector illustrations that convey a sense of place. His images of cities, streets and countrysides are popular with customers, probably for travel-related uses.
Benge has always enjoyed cartoons and illustrations. “I like drawing my own original cartoons because they can make an eye-catching addition to a designers page, and can convey a theme or a message in a different way to a photo,” he says. Benge works by doing pencil sketches, scanning them into his computer, and tracing them in CorelDraw with a trackpad on his laptop. “Friends ask me why I don’t use a graphics tablet, but my experiences with a tablet have not been memorable,” he says.
One of Benge’s favorite images is a drawing of the London Embankment at dawn (seen above). He was inspired to make this illustration while on a trip to London, where he went jogging each morning. Benge says, “On one occasion, the early morning sun was shining through an avenue of trees near Waterloo Bridge. The long shadows and dramatic lighting caught my attention – I stopped jogging and said ‘Wow!’ – and I tried later to reproduce this marvelous scene in my digital illustration. It seems to have worked because this image is one of my best sellers.”
You can see more of Benge’s illustrations below, and browse his portfolio on Shutterstock.
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