Drawing Digital Portraits

A client asked me to create a digital portrait of her to use on social media and the website I was creating for her. Years ago I “drew” in Adobe Illustrator using the mouse. I would click for each point and click and drag if I wanted a curve. The limitation with this drawing methodContinue reading “Drawing Digital Portraits”

Silver Bells

Day 22 of the Christmas countdown. Silver bells, silver bells… One of my favorite Christmas songs! I drew the bell in Adobe draw on my iPad. I thought I’d do more digital drawings this month, but instead spent 21 days working in watercolor and ink. Carol is painting along with me. See her beautiful bellsContinue reading “Silver Bells”

With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless

As I sat down at the computer to design a pattern around my elf sketches, I quickly realized the sketches were just the tip of the iceberg. What kind of background did I want? A snowy scene? Or maybe a plaid background? When working with pens, paper, watercolor – basically any tools not on the computerContinue reading “With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless”

Drawing Digitally

With InkTober motivating me, I’ve been focused on my sketchbook this month. But sitting on the couch this afternoon I grabbed my iPad and stylus pen to get back to drawing digitally. The boy pulling his wagon was the last one I did weeks ago. The whole feel of drawing on the iPad is differentContinue reading “Drawing Digitally”

Creating a scene

Now I don’t mean going to a party and ending up with a lampshade on your head! What I mean by “creating a scene” is I’m aspiring to create illustrations that have depth to them. In the past my illustrations and paintings have focused on a single object. I created the scarecrow on my iPadContinue reading “Creating a scene”

Playing around with Adobe Draw

Today at the pool I pulled out my iPad and a stylus pen and drew a tree, followed by people in the pool. I’ve used Adobe Draw twice before and it’s something I want to do more of. Previously my digital illustration was done by pointing and clicking the mouse in Adobe Illustrator on theContinue reading “Playing around with Adobe Draw”

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}

Here is my pattern design for September. As you may have seen, I’ve been drawing and painting feathers all month, so it’s seemed appropriate to turn them into a pattern. I pieced this pattern together from my sketchbook (see below). I wanted this pattern to be much tighter than ones I’ve designed so far thisContinue reading “How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}”

Sandcastles (My May Pattern)

Sandcastles is the theme of my May pattern (I know, I know it’s already June). I’ve been working extra hard on this pattern because I’m entering it in a Spoonflower contest. This week’s theme is sandcastles and it’s so fitting this time of year! With Memorial Day behind us, I can’t help but think of beach days! We are countingContinue reading “Sandcastles (My May Pattern)”

I’ve hired myself :)

A while back I mentioned that I started a marketing/graphic design blog for my business. What I didn’t mention is that I’ve been creating illustrations for most of the posts! I did share one of the illustrations here, in the post Painting Digitally. That illustration set the tone for the style I’ve used for the rest ofContinue reading “I’ve hired myself :)”