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How to know what sells for you

I thought we'd switch it up a bit and talk about the business side of art.  I've invested countless sleepless nights trying to decide what direction to take my art in, but the truth is when I sit down to design I really am inspired more by my imagination than by a certain aesthetic.  I… Continue reading How to know what sells for you

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Hiking Frog – now I’m getting somewhere!

Yes, I'm still on my creature adventure, and this time I think I really see some improvement.  I started with a nice photo of a lightning struck tree and looked around the image for a place to situate my creature.  I decided this looks like a place where a little frog might pause in his… Continue reading Hiking Frog – now I’m getting somewhere!

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My first creature!

I completed my first creature and I'm not mad at the result - but the point was/is to improve my skills - so I can't expect my first attempt to be completely brilliant because I'm working on new subject matter, and actually MULTIPLE new areas are involved in this process. Not only am I doing… Continue reading My first creature!

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My new obsession – forest creatures

Inspired by my new art class - Aaron Blaise's Hidden Creatures of the Forest - I have become obsessed with creating little creatures and putting them into forest environments I photographed.  It's bad...like wakes me up at 4:00 a.m. bad.  Like gave me an art-related arm injury bad.  No kidding, I had to sleep with… Continue reading My new obsession – forest creatures

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My Summer Art Class

Every summer I try to take an art class that is different from what I do every day as a pattern designer.  Recently, I've been looking a lot at illustration, and I have a few illustrators whose work I adore - but I am so not an illustrator.  I am a painter - and I… Continue reading My Summer Art Class

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Cleaning up my “orphan” print files

I like to design in collections - it brings cohesion to my portfolio and allows me to fully explore a concept or technique before I move on to a new project.  Collections give me multiple options for my customers and allows me the freedom to experiment with colors and layouts without reinventing the wheel. But… Continue reading Cleaning up my “orphan” print files

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How to create an Instagram Puzzle

I'm stupidly excited that I managed to create my first Instagram puzzle.  I've seen the accounts that use these and I think they're so cool - but I thought it would be super hard to do it, so I just let it slide until tonight.  I saw someone posting that they'd sell you the templates… Continue reading How to create an Instagram Puzzle

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What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…

Depending on what I'm doing, sometimes I like to keep my layers separated by color.  When working in Corel Painter, I love being able to select just one color and add a highlight or shadow to that part of the picture without having to worry that I'm disturbing the entire image.  Below is an example… Continue reading What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…