Welcome to the Wordy Girl Blog!

Welcome all!  

My name is Melissa Escobar and yes, I’m a wordy girl.  I tend to be flowery with sentences, detailed with details and I love learning new words!  Being succinct can be a challenge for me so my blog title is me laughing at my tendency towards wordiness.  I’m well aware of it and I remind myself that not everyone needs to know all the technical details of how I do my work.  Or wait, perhaps they do…

I’ve always had the idea of doing a blog but I wasn’t sure where to start.  I enjoy writing on blog topics and then one day an idea struck.  My husband is always mentioning to me that people really don’t know what vector can do. A friend of mine mentioned something similar along those lines. Aha!  What a cool idea that was; a blog or some sort of social media posts all with that theme or along those lines.

But wait I hear people asking, what exactly is vector art?  Is it the same as a JPEG or PNG? To explain, we have two different kinds of graphics.  Please note, I’m explaining this for everyone.  Any digital artists who read this will know lots of what I’m explaining in these blogs.

Raster Graphics:  These can be JPEG, PNG, TIF, GIF and BMP

  • Raster graphics are made of pixels

    • Images like photographs and work done in Photoshop, Procreate and other programs are raster images

    • Will get fuzzier as you scale the image

Vector Graphics:  These can be SVG, EPS, PDF, AI

  • Vector graphics are composed of a series of paths, i.e. lines or shapes with points that connect them

  • Adobe Illustrator is used for this

  • Remains crisp as you scale up or down due to the paths

I work primarily in Adobe Illustrator when doing my illustration work.  See the images below for examples of this blog post. I’ll be explaining more in future blog posts about my process and how it all works.  To close this inaugural post, I’d like to share some photos of my work space.  Let’s just pretend it always looks this clean… Until next time, this is Melissa Escobar The Wordy Girl signing off.

On the left is a vector image zoomed in from an illustration I did. On the right is a raster image from a photograph I took. You can see the smooth lines as opposed to the pixels.

On the left is a vector image zoomed in from an illustration I did. On the right is a raster image from a photograph I took. You can see the smooth lines as opposed to the pixels.

My trusty drawing table. I sketch in pencil but will soon be exploring the word of digital sketching on my iPad.

My trusty drawing table. I sketch in pencil but will soon be exploring the word of digital sketching on my iPad.

I’m such a notebook person. I have notebooks for everything! Different topics go in different ones. And yes, I am that person who coordinates tabs to the notebook colors. I find it very fun. I also have my special pens featured here with my highlighter. Those are essential for me. I have to have the right pens to write with while I work.

I’m such a notebook person. I have notebooks for everything! Different topics go in different ones. And yes, I am that person who coordinates tabs to the notebook colors. I find it very fun. I also have my special pens featured here with my highlighter. Those are essential for me. I have to have the right pens to write with while I work.