Anyone who spends a long time at the computer will know the ache of holding your mouse for hours. As a blogger and a designer I have been know to spend up to eight hours straight sat at my computer. I know this is bad for my eyes and my wrist. Which is why I’ve swapped to a wireless Mouse. Continue reading “Penclic wireless Mouse giveaway”
In the lull between Christmas and New year is the time I most often find myself planning. With the warmer temperatures it has almost begun to look like Spring outside and I have even spotted the odd bulb poking up through the ground. I’m not sure that this warmer weather will last but I love the hope of Spring. With these thoughts in mind I designed this months FREE desktop wallpaper. Frosty leaves frozen to the ground yet still we see the first few glimpses of Spring. Continue reading “January desktop wallpaper FREE download”
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I have worked on and off on my illustration work over the years and it’s something that has built up to offer me a little extra income whilst I’ve been taking a career break. I love the feeling I get when I sell something on Redbubble or someone buys my fabric on Spoonflower. It’s a nice feeling to know someone out there has made something with my design on. Recently my illustration work has taken off and I got signed to Allied Artists illustration agency.
Black illustration pens.
Like shoes, I have a bit of a problem with collecting when it comes to black pens. I am always on the lookout for the perfect black pen that can deliver it all. For me, there is nothing better than inking over the messy pencil sketches with smooth black lines. These are currently my favourites.
Sharpie Fine Tip Pen
uni-ball Air Blister Pen
Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pen
Uni-ball Eye UB-157 Rollerball Pen Fine
UNI-BALL PIN DRAWING PEN FINELINER ULTRA FINE LINE MARKER 0.1mm
Dual Brush Pen – Black
I recently rediscovered my love of watercolours, I love the fluid nature of them and the unexpected results they can bring. But it was only very recently that my whole watercolour painting experienced changed. After watching some great videos on watercolour painting for surface pattern design I bought some Artist Water Paintbrush for Watercolors which you fill with water, so no more muddy coloured water pot and I’ve tried out some Liquid Watercolors which I love for the intensity they bring to my paintings.
This is my new favourite tool. The Penclic is great for illustrators that spend alot of time on the computer. I often find that I get a cramp in my hand from holding the mouse and often find I can’t get the control I need when designing on the computer with my mouse. This is used like a pen so it gives me more control and a more comfortable hand after a couple of hours recolouring designs. It’s a great bridge before I can save up enough to buy myself a Wacom
Finally this has been my most expensive illustation tool but by far the best investment. I love the pattern making functions which are great for my work in surface pattern and textile design. If you can’t afford Adobe illustrator I would recommend inkscape for great vector work and gimp for making patterns both of which are free!
Do you have any illustration tools that you can’t do without?
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Hubby and I are in the very early stages of setting up a new business. We both want to work for ourselves eventually and have been looking for a while to find something that we could do together. So this is when we decided to start Vintage Lens.
New business Logo design.
I tried to incorporate everything that was included in our new venture. So you can see our vintage caravan pictured in the lens of our camera with pretty bunting. I also wanted to keep the palette in soft greens, creams and pinks.
I designed it on Illustrator from a very quick sketch we did on Sunday morning on the back of a cereal packet. Scanning it in, cleaning it up and colouring in with the vintage colour palette we had chosen.
What do you think? I hope to tell you more about our new project over the next few months.
This post is an entry into the #MyCustomSign www.smartsign.com blogger challenge
You will probably know that I love Spoonflower. It’s the perfect website to find almost any fabric design you could desire. It also allows you to design and print your own fabric. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.
Spoonflower also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part. Unfortunately, I just haven’t found the time recently but I wanted to join in the watercolour challenges. I’ve already missed a couple, but I’ve entered this weeks Fruits challenge.
‘Sometimes we like to get our recommended 2 to 3 servings of fruit in the form of a surface design. Nothing says spring and summer fun like a whimsical watercolor fruit pattern!’
Here is my entry for the competition.
What do you think? Does it say Summer to you? It does to me! I’d love a beach throw or a bikini in this print.
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens on the 11th May.
Do you know Spoonflower? It’s a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.
They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn’t normally draw.
The latest competition was a design based on Hexagons
The brief was: From honeycombs to water crystals and basalt columns, examples of hexagons are all around us in nature. Create an original design inspired by this beautifully symmetrical 6 sided polygon
I continued with my Japanese wood cut style and created Hexagons with the appearance of slices of wood. I am in love with the cool colour scheme and think this print would look great on bedding.
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Last chance to vote for me as the competition closes today
There is no way that you can stop people from copying your style from your photos but you can limit them from directly nicking your images. You can watermark your pictures, but if you are just taking quick pics of sketches and works in progress you might not have time to edit your photos. I think I now have a solution.
|Sticker Printing by stickershop.co.uk|
I have had printed stickers with my logo on made that I can attach to my sketchbook page as a quick watermark. Making it much harder for people to pinch my images and crop them, trading them off as their own. You don’t even have to stick them down on the page. I have one on a piece of card that I just slot in the flat lay photo and hey presto a copyrighted image.
Label Printing by stickershop.co.uk
So is it better to share?
Yes, I do think it is. Inevitably their will always be someone trying to pinch
your work, but you have to take this risk if you want people to appreciate your work. I love sharing my work in progress and sketchbook shots and get such great feedback from other artists. I wouldn’t want to miss out on this.
Are you on Instagram? I’d love to see your sketchbooks and works in progress.
Do you have any great tips on how to protect your design work online? Please share them below.
I have been working on passive income generation for some time now. I had a whole bank of digital and sketchbook work to draw from, so I thought I would trying selling via some of the most popular print on demand sites. Here are my top ten tips for getting your work seen and bought! On Redbubble.
1. Fill in all your info
2. Link all your social media
3. Embed the portfolio code in your blog.
4. Join redbubble groups.
6. Join the facebook group
7. Make use of the Share it buttons.
8. Join in redbubble create competitions.
9. Spread the love, got other artists you love?
10. Finally, add new designs regularly.
Good luck on your Redbubble sales! I hope this short guide helps.
Do you have any top tips?
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So nice to have my fabric featured by WovenMonkey today. As they correctly pointed out it’s only a month till Easter and how cute would this fabric be making Easter baskets or lining bonnets. Stop by and check out my great range of fabrics. Woven Monkey print in the UK have a range of 5 great fabrics and aim to have your fabric printed, fixed, cut, packed and despatched within 7-10 working days. How fab is that!
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These are the designs in pink, the choice of colour really changes the mood of the design and this is something I will play with more in future work.
I picked two of my favourites to share but the designs are featured on many different items.
Here they are on a t-shirt and tote bag.