I’ve used a lot of really great (and not so great) design-related products over the years, and this page exists to bring attention to the products that I depend on – and love – the most. Some of you might also be looking for good airline illustration and livery design resources, so I’d like to kick this off with a resource that I created just for you:
ShopNorebbo – the place to download high-res versions of my airliner templates
Chances are pretty good that you found my website looking for high-quality side view airliner illustrations. I take a lot of pride in the work that I do, so I really hope you are enjoying my lower-resolution free templates! But did you know that I sell high-resolution versions of each and every one of these illustrations in PSD and vector format on my online store? These high-quality premium templates are fully editable and are perfect for livery designers and airline industry professionals alike who need accurate illustrations for their projects. Check ’em out!
My core set of design and productivity tools
These four products are the ones I’ve been depending on for years, and each one of them has helped me tremendously. They have been integral part of building my business, and I depend on them each and every day to help me grow my business.
Once upon a time, I had a self-hosted website that I used to sell my stock illustrations. The template I used was PhotoStore by ktools.net (RIP), and it was the core of my business for many years. It worked great, but since it was self-hosted, it required a lot of my time to maintain and fix when things broke – which wasn’t fun. Today, I am using Shopify and life couldn’t be better. Shopify is a fully-managed online shopping cart and payment processing system that allows me to sell my stock illustrations without having to worry about building and maintaining the website myself. For a small monthly fee, they give me a fully maintained online store and all I have to do is simply upload my illustrations. They take care of everything else, right down to collecting payments and emailing my customers the products they purchase.
FormZ by AutoDesSys
99% of the 3d illustrations you see on my blog were created in FormZ. Although I have extensive experience in more mainstream 3d tools such as Maya and 3ds Max, FormZ is still my go-to program for 3d rendering for one simple reason: simplicity. Other tools such as Maya can be horribly complex for simple 3d renderings, but FormZ’s modeling and rendering tools are set up perfectly for the kind of work that I do. It’s a very lightweight program with the power to create beautiful renderings in a fraction of the time that it would take me in Maya or 3ds Max.
Wacom Intous 5 drawing tablet
My career as a designer took a huge turn for the better after purchasing my first Wacom tablet in early 2006. To be honest, I didn’t even like it at first because it was so hard to get used to. But I powered through the learning curve and I would be completely lost without my current Intuous 5 – especially when it comes to creating airliner art and car illustrations. There’s no way I could do either of those things without the precision and control I can achieve by using a drawing tablet, and the customizable buttons on the Intuous speed up my workflow by allowing me to eliminate the keyboard completely as I’m drawing (which is a huge plus).
It was at Dreamstime where I launched the Norebbo brand back in 2006, and I had the most success selling my 3d illustrations there than anywhere else. I found their management and support team to be the most fair of all the major online stock photo agencies, and for that reason alone, it’s the only place where I buy stock photos today. It’s also the only place I can confidently recommend to other artists and photographers who are looking to sell their own work.