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Giveaway | Photoshop + Lightroom + Coschedule

Giveaway | Photoshop + Lightroom + Coschedule

You guys, I am SO excited to present a new giveaway, partnered with Kate of Clear the Way!

Clear the Way is turning four this month and I’ve teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to celebrate by giving away a one year subscription to Adobe Photography Plan (which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) as well as a year subscription to CoSchedule editorial calendar.

You have from now until midnight of December 3rd to enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget provided. There are no mandatory entries. The contest is open internationally and one winner will be chosen at the end of the two weeks. Make sure you check out all the bloggers co-hosting this giveaway and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Lively Blend | Clear the Way | Ex Vitae | Holly Marie Designs
Honestly, B. | Kyla is Inspired | The Lolly Project | MontgomeryFest
My Life as a Teacup | Of Trees and Hues | Rio the Dreamcatcher
Safaris and Sunsets | Sincerely, Sara | Studio 404
Tara Victoria | Thou Swell | writes like a girl

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November 19, 20141 comment

Illustration Process

Illustration Process

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I thought I’d share something a bit different: my illustration process. I see all of my favorite illustrations doing the same, so I thought, why not?

This particular illustration is part of a much larger commissioned holiday piece, but I wanted to show my basic process for illustration of these ladies, as it’s the same for most of my pieces. I also want to mention, all of my illustrations areĀ vector-based, created in illustrator.

Kyla Is Inspired | Illustration Process

Sketch: Pretty basic. I’ll either draw directly in photoshop (like this), or scan something I drew in pencil.

Line art: This is where I “ink” over my sketch with lines in illustrator. I also clean up any errors I may have had with the sketch.

Flat colors: I block in the basic colors of my drawing. Usually I go through lots of options before settling on something I like. Here, I went with festive warm colors.

Shading! I usually do some basic shading over the whole drawing first. My process is lots of shapes of varying opacity. Once I get the basic shading done, I go over it again with contrasting colors to create depth. This particular illustration has no light source, and it’s going to be small when printed, so I didn’t go crazy with this step as I do with others.

Final effects: Here, I added shading “dots” and sparkles to the girls to make them pop. This step would typically also include creating a background, but since this is part of something larger I skipeed this.

 

I hope this sheds some light into my process! It’s different for everyone, and this is just my way. What are your processes for creating something? I’d love to know!

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November 17, 20145 comments
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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

So the biggest news about today (and what really makes it a ‘happy friday’) is that I got tickets to Pax East 2015! It’s the biggest gaming convention on the east coast, and since I missed out on tickets last year, I was very stressed about it this year. It was a stressful few days figuring out the tickets and hotel, but I’m going! I couldn’t be more excited.

Here’s a couple of things you might find interesting on this friday.

happy friday!
happy friday!

Interstellar by Machiavellicro is an amazing digital painting. I love anything to do with space, and this is one of those pieces that takes you somewhere – it’s stunning work.

This Lion Club of Cintra by cosplayer Valeria aka ShadowNek matches so perfectly with the above illustration that I had to put these together. Beautiful cosplay/costume/photo.

What’s inspiring you this week?

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November 14, 20143 comments

Product & Print | 075

Product & Print | 075

I started this post by saying “happy tuesday!” but is there really anyone jumping for joy that it’s a tuesday out there? I am jumping for joy that I got around to making a new product & print post.

Product & Print

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why I chose what I did today…there is no way I will ever be able to afford this giant 4′ dunny ($4,999.99), but I had to feature it. Can you even imagine this in your house? 4′ of solid, bright red fiberglass in the shape of the iconic dunny. Amazing. What a finale to any dunny collection.

A bit more affordable, however, this this affetto sticker by artist Rose, aka barachan. It’s so darn cute, I want 10 of these to stick on everything I own. I know it’s not technically a print, but oh well.

With this $5,000 dunny I shared today, I have to know, are there any absolutely ridiculous items that you will probably never purchase but think are great?

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November 11, 20146 comments

I Admire | Chrissie Zullo

I Admire | Chrissie Zullo

I have been a big fan of Chrissie Zullo’s work ever since I bought a print from her earlier this year at a con. I was reminded again at how much I adore her style when I saw her at RI Comic Con, so I knew I had to feature her.


Chrissie Zullo
Batgirl | Alice


Chrissie Zullo
Spider Gwen | Ryuko Matoi


Chrissie Zullo
The Little Mermaid | Harley Quinn

Isn’t her style great? I also love artists that somehow just know the interests I have, and always draw things that I know and like – and that’s Chrissy’s work. I’m always excited to see what she draws next. You should check out her sketchbook, too!

Follow Chrissie:
tumblr | facebook | twitter

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