Facing one of my artistic fears...

Detail of jumper.

For a long time I've generally avoided making artwork depicting people or characters, because basically it terrifies me. I have this deep seated fear that I am just not one of those artists that can draw people or make faces. Soooo...I have a potential children's book project on the horizon that would require me to create sweet beautiful characters and I know it is time to get to work on pushing myself past this hangup. While I was taking one of my MATS classes last year, a fellow classmate, Ohn Mar Win, posted work she had made in a Skillshare class and she mentioned how much she got out of it. I had made a note of it at the time, and I started working through the class this week. It is called Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork with Matt Kaufenberg (a Minnesota illustrator!). It is awesome! So far I have learned how to collect inspiration, make a rough character sketch in Photoshop, refine it, build the basic shapes in Illustrator, and then bring the shapes into Photoshop again where you create clipping masks and begin to render and add layers of texture and detail (the fun part!). Of course, as well as using Photoshop brushes, I'm using a bunch of my homemade scanned textures and collage bits. The buttons on her jumper are the button I made recently, but recolored and resized to fit, and her knee socks are one of my collages shrunk down! How much fun is that?!  Here is what I have so far. You'll notice I still need to tackle the face!

Refined photoshop sketch...I'm not going to share my first versions!

Shapes built Illustrator and saved to layers.

Starting to render shading, texture, detail in Photoshop

Collect Joyful Moments Every Day

I was digging through my digital files looking for something, and found a scan of the sweet tree papercut that I did quite a while back. I decided to rework and develop it into a more narrative design using my new paper collages (I am kind of obsessed with them now!) I think it would be a very sweet greeting card or print to hang somewhere you need that little reminder to be mindful. I know I sure need this reminder on a daily basis, especially when dealing with 4 year old tantrums on the way to school : )

New fabrics on Spoonflower!

Floral Flight and Graphic Flower Fabric Swatches!

Lovebirds Fabric Swatches in two colorways.

I've finally gotten around to uploading some of my favorite patterns to Spoonflower and getting my shop up and running! It was SO much fun to open the mail and receive my first test swatches. Seeing the designs really printed on fabric is fun and I can't wait to order some yardage and get out my sewing machine. All Spoonflower fabrics are printed to order and you can choose from a bunch of different fabric types for different uses. I got my samples printed on their Kona cotton. Also, you can order patterns as wallpaper and wrapping paper, too! If you order any, let you me know what you do with them! I'd love to see pictures of your projects.  Happy Sewing!