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My "Cupid Cats" card was picked for "Design of the Day," yesterday, on Greeting Card Universe. Already selling the minute it was uploaded, there are many relation specific versions of this card. I enjoyed creating this art starting with a tea stained background on watercolor paper then continuing on in watercolor.
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There was someone who posted recently about her steps in the creation process for art licensing. I thought it was an interesting post, because I assumed we all did it the same way. But just like cooking, the basic recipe is there, but all cooks have their own take on it. I'm a big fan of traditional art, but love to enhance it in Photoshop, so I always start out with a traditional hand drawn illustration that starts in my generally whimsical mind. Compared to art created in the time of the dinosaurs where any little change was cause for a totally new illustration, or patching the art, Photoshop opens up the possibilities to so much more, and makes the creation process so much easier, especially when it comes to client changes.
So in light of "the process," I thought I would show how I come to the final art. Below, is my original watercolor for a custom photo card I designed for Christmas. After it was scanned and cleaned ( because I can be a total art pig ), I felt like it needed more, and the style in which I drew it had a very vintage feel. Knowing that "Vintage" anything is a trend right now, I looked through my purchase of "Lil Owls" backgrounds, and found the perfect vintage floral pattern to place over the art. It was just the perfect touch the art needed.
Then the card was made into a PNG file to enable the buyer to add their own photo to the front of the card.
It went straight to my Greeting Card Universe store which made it available immediately. You can visit it there by clicking on the card below. Onto another card.... do you think kids still like to color? I think so, and had that in mind for my next Holiday card.
It's Halloween time ( already ) and thoughts of Pumpkin bears are dancing in my head, along with some candy corn and gnarly looking crows! I've just created some new products on my Tuna Baby store that your little ones may love. The great thing is that many of them are customizable. Check under the store category "What's New" and under "Halloween" for other designs. Click on the pillow below to get to the store. See you there!
Yikes! I did miss a month of posting? Did you notice? Is time really going that fast? In the last month I've finally figured out what you all probably know how to do - layer beautiful backgrounds onto my hand drawn art in PS. Took me long enough, and I was never really sure how it would work with my art, but to my complete happiness, it has added a richness I never thought possible. I personally don't see myself creating vector art anytime soon because I'm so attached to the traditional mediums where there's nothing between my hand and the paper. Every nuance is in a line to me that creates expression, which is integral to what makes my characters come alive. I don't approach my art in a mechanical way; it's totally an image I drag from my heart. I had a really fun time with this image created on ( of all things ) marker bond paper. The paper I would comp all my layouts on in the ad biz days. I used marker, colored pencils, and smeared in a little pastel. I think the mixed media combo yielded a wonderful, deep, colorful illustration. Check it out on my card store ( click on the card ). I've also created a series of relationship specific cards for Halloween of this design which will be appearing on my Greeting Card Universe store later tomorrow. Thanks for popping in!
Just like a food loving messy cook in the kitchen with food splattered everywhere, I'm an art pig with art supplies strewn across my table, especially when I'm working in different mediums. No matter what I do, I just can't keep it organized. I think it would slow down my creative process. But just like cooking, we all approach creativity differently, and that's what makes it so interesting. I've created three pieces of art tonight. If I could keep up this pace, I'd be doing pretty well. As far as my paintings go, that's a different story; those have to percolate ( as my artist friend puts it ). Or "ferment" as another artist I know says. Just glad to know that I'm not the only one that has paintings sitting on easels ( or floors ) forever!
The art I previously posted below is finished, and I'm having a great time making products for my TunaBaby store from it. This is a perfect party invite for your little flower fairy. Completely customizable. I'm onto Holiday art after the piece on my drawing table is completed. Click on the picture to see the full invitation. The backside is a different layout from the front. Thanks so much for popping by!
I absolutely love decorating the shipping box of a painting before it goes to its new owner. I'm just so grateful for the purchase that the package should be announced in a special way. And maybe, just maybe, the shipping company will handle it with special care when they see it. Or maybe they'll dislike the illustration and really throw it around! lol!
I just can't let a plain, huge, white box ship without saying something on it. It's just another canvas to me. This one is on its way to Florida and it's the Amphitrite painting. Click on the box to see the painting framed where it's available as a print from my Redbubble site.
It's not even Easter, yet this is one of my best selling tees right now in my Zazzle store. I guess it could really be worn year round with those adorable lab puppies in the bike baskets with flowers, and that cute little stylized female steering the bike. Available in many colors and styles. Click on the tee for more info.
Most of the time, I draw the face first so I know who is in the painting that helps me to know where to take the finished piece as far as color and look. I was thinking about purple birthday wishes that lead to this visual. Maybe it should have been a purple flower, but a yellow one won out. I always love to see how other artists work. I find it a never ending fascination. I didn't show it here, but I always start out sketching lightly what's in my head in pencil. I very rarely use reference and I don't trace anything, unless it's something that I designed and I want to go onto a light box to change a few things. I still work in a very traditional way, even though I do know how to do many things in Photoshop. I truly love the look of hand drawn art colored with traditional mediums. Here, I'm working in Copic markers along with colored pencils , watercolor and gouache for the background. It still needs to be tweaked and cleaned in PS, but this will give you an idea of where I'm going with it. I've outlined the flower and fairy in pen, so to make it easier for me to separate it from the background allowing for other uses for the art. For art licensing, it gives you the freedom to design variations from the main illustration.
Cuddle up with a sea goddess tonight. My dramatic "Amphitrite" pillow is on Zazzle where you can customize the back with a special message for your favorite goddess. Click on the pillow to see product details.
Laura J. Holman
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