Growing up in Hawaii I never really felt a career in art was possible. This is my first locally published book and very near and dear to my heart. I am thankful for each and every project that comes my way but this book was the first that I've actually seen in stores so it's extra exciting!Read More
Remember these guys? Well, they have a few new friends joining the treasure hunt.
I've finally fleshed out all the elements in Adobe Illustrator (CS6) and have moved everything into Photoshop. I really enjoy working in Photoshop because it's closer to working traditionally.Read More
Ok, sorry, technically it's Thursday but this is still a WIP post. I had been asked by my agent to create a new piece for my portfolio and the deadline was tight. I had a few other sketches for development but I felt that this scene was something I could complete in a couple days.Read More
I spent a couple days working intensely on this mermaid illustration. I'm trying to slowly add more to my childrens' publishing portfolio.
I started out with a few sketches and chose a composition I like. I'll probably tackle one or more of the sketches in the near future to sort of build a story around these characters.Read More
I was inspired by the cool treats I featured in my Net Picks this week so I decided to do a few of my own. I've had these really roughly sketched out a while ago. My daughter loves her ice cream and I had her in mind when fleshing these out.
I wanted to give these a letterpress/stamped/printed look. First I drew out the flat shapes in Illustrator. Then I used Photoshop to give them the teture that makes them look like they were printed or stamped. It's really fun tweaking these, adding layers.
If you are interested in getting the same effect, you can purchase the tools:
InkPad by Vintage Design Co. - via Creative Market - Cherry, Cones, Swirl ice cream, chocolate topping
Texture Press by Vintage Design Co. - via Creative Market - Polka dots pattern, cones, ice creams
Super Grain by RetroSupply Co. - via Creative Market - Ice creams
All of these have pretty similar controls but the effects are all slightly different. It's nice being able to get a variety of effects. I'll soon be starting a new series of posts called "Tools of the trade" where I'll share tools, fonts, actions that I have and use and show what you can create with them.
©: please note that the written comments and opinions are my own and not paid or solicited. I may receive compensation if you buy the products listed but I've personally purchased all tools featured.