Recent Artwork

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Here’s a quick look at my latest creations with Paper by 53.

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This is a drawing of Spectra Vondergeist (a Monster High character). I’m happy with how she came out. See it here on Mix.

 

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I saw this idea on Mix, and I remixed it with a full-page arrow pattern! If you want to draw your own arrows, below is a template you can print.

(You can also remix it here.)

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Finally, I drew this girl with the help of Joanna Andersson’s popular hair tutorial. I absolutely love how this came out. She has a couple more tutorials if you check out her profile on Mix.

If you are interested in custom artwork, please contact me through the requests page (or message me on Creative Market.)

Paper Tips and Tricks #2 — Lettering with Think Kit

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If you visit my profile on Mix, you’ll notice that a lot of my ideas have to do with lettering and typography. Paper’s Think Kit makes drawing letters easier and more precise. I’ve been posting some tutorials on how to draw lowercase sans serif letters with Think Kit.

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If you have Paper by 53, you can remix these and try your hand at creating letters with Think Kit.

Here’s the links:

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Some of these methods should work pretty well in real world drawing too if you work with a circular template and a ruler.

It’s an easy process for most of the alphabet — the difficult letter is definitely S. In this idea on Mix, you can see that it is possible to make an s with Think Kit, but only if it’s big. A small letter s is basically impossible (this is because the diagram tool isn’t able to make perfect circles smaller than a certain size).

The image I featured at the top of this post is an entire sans-serif lowercase alphabet that I created in Paper. You can remix it here. You’ll notice my ‘s’ is a backwards ‘z’ (that’s because making a good-looking s was impossible and also because I thought it looked cool and futuristic).

 

My Other 53 Fonts

“53 Fonts”, as I like to call them, are simply drawings of the alphabet. Using the scissors tool, you can cut out the individual letters and spell words. So, 53 Fonts are lots of fun on Mix but basically pointless outside of it.

Here are a few more fonts that I posted to Mix (these I didn’t make with Think Kit).

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This is my first 53 font. I designed it to serve as a basis for customization. If you trace or draw on the letters in another color, you can change the background to white and my letters will disappear.

 

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This font was super tricky to make, but so worth it. You can write entire paragraphs because it’s small.

 

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Here’s the 53 version of my first commercial font, Stilts! You can try it out, and then buy it as a standard font type here!

That’s all I’ve got for today. Check back soon for another installment to the Paper Tips and Tricks series!

Coolors

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I got excited when I noticed that the App store was featuring a collection called “For Designers.” It showcased 12 drawing apps, 13 design tools, and 12 apps for inspiration. There were definitely a few that I had never heard of or seen before, and that’s where I discovered Coolors.

I’m fascinated with colors and color palettes (as you may have seen with The Palette Project on Mix). I liked (but didn’t love) Adobe Color CC. The app creates color palettes from photos, so there’s a lot of tedious adjusting and stuff like that. It’s slow process and you can’t create any good color palettes if you don’t have any good photos.

Coolors knocks Adobe Color out of the park. It’s so much easier to use, and it’s fun. The only drawback is that it costs $0.99 (while Color is free).

To create a color palette, simply tap generate.

 
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You can adjust the color values if you want, or you can lock a color and generate palettes to match.

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Once you’re satisfied, you can save and share with the click of a button. Coolors is also available as an extension in Illustrator and Photoshop.

You can try out the generator here for free!

Here are some palettes I created:

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This marks the beginning of Colors of the Month! Every month I plan to share 5 new color palettes that I created with Coolors.

*Update* 8/29/15: If you want to use these palettes in Paper by 53, I posted them to Mix!

Urban Girl Clip Art

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I’m excited to announce the newest addition to my Creative Market shop — Urban Girl! This clip art pack includes three different girls, all of which are customizable vectors. I originally drew it in Paper by 53.

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Like what you see? You can request custom artwork here.

Lettering Tips and Tricks #1 — Practicing

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My One Letter 35 Ways. See it here on Mix.

People always say practice makes perfect. All the time. About everything. You’re first instinct (or at least mine) is to roll your eyes. The problem is: they’re right.

The effect of practice has been really evident for me in terms of hand lettering. I’m relatively new to the art — I first attempted about a year ago. When I look back on that early work, I think to myself, “Man, this is awful.” Here’s the thing: all those ugly attempts got me to where I am today. I’ve gained popularity on Mix from my digital hand lettering, but only because of all the practice. If I never practiced or faced the ugliness, my lettering would stay ugly. That’s how it is with everything — If you’re never bad, you can never get good. So start trying!

Here are some ways you can practice:

  1. Start small. Try experimenting by writing your name in different styles. If you’re taking notes or making a grocery list, have some fun with it and try lettering. That’s how I started.
  2. Get inspired. Pinterest is full of lettering examples and tutorials if you start looking. I have a Pinterest board for Lettering myself.
  3. Mess around. One of the most popular lettering exercises is One Letter 100 Ways. I will admit that I’ve never done the full exercise. One hundred is a lot, and it sounds overwhelming and discouraging, not to mention excessive. There are some people who totally believe in it (check out this article and this) but I can’t say that I’m one of them. So, I posted my own template to Mix — One Letter 35 Ways. It’s a much more realistic goal. Of course,  if you’d rather do the 100, here’s a printable template for that.
  4. Explore fonts. Fonts are another great source of inspiration. Times New Roman, for example, is a perfect reference if you are trying to draw serif letters. (My favorite part of using fonts for this kind of thing is that you can type up the exact word or phrase you want in your computer and see how it looks. If you are imitating another artist’s style and they have a different word than you, it can be trickier.) Here’s a printable template by me that you can use to sharpen up your lettering skills. Hand Lettering Practice Click this link for the PDF: Hand Lettering Practice.          The fonts I featured are Sweet Pinapple, Sweet Pea, Stilts Balanced, Sacramento, Matias, Always Here, Harman, and Besom 2.

That’s it for my first post on Lettering Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned, and share your tips in the comments below!

Drawing and “Styles”

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Every illustrator tends to have a style. Some people try to develop their own unique look, while others work hard to copy the styles of others.

In my opinion, I think the best styles are the ones that are different and completely original. If you are trying to decide on an “official style” (if you know what I mean), stop right now. Try drawing without any other influence, and see what you can come up with yourself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to play with styles and it’s great to be inspired by other artists. I’m just saying, if you’re new to drawing, don’t get too focused on it. This wiki-how article wasn’t too detailed, but I agreed with a lot of it, so you might want to check it out.

Here’s a list of a few great artists with totally original styles:

1. Jeffrey Fulvimari

2. Cameron Stewart

3. Johanna Basford

4. Ënnji Illustration

5. Flora Chang

6. Mike Rohde

7. Eva Lotta Lamm

8. Mary Kate McDevitt

These are just a few. There are so many styles out there and so much inspiration. (Pinterest and Mix by 53 are two places chock full of it — not to mention Behance and Deviant Art.) Start drawing and start practicing and eventually, you’ll develop your own style.

Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

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Here’s what’s up with this month’s choices:

Socicon — I’m usually not interested in dingbat fonts, but Socicon is a collection of social media icons which makes it really useful. And it’s free, so I just think it’s the kind of thing everyone should have. (In the example above, the icons are from Socicon but the word is in Helvetica Neue Condensed.)

Ailerons — I found this font recently and I don’t know, I just think it’s really cool. It has the vintage airplane feel, but at the same time, it looks futuristic. It’s great for titles, and the numbers are really cool too.

Sacramento — It’s already pretty popular, but I couldn’t resist featuring it this month! It’s my favorite script font. I want my real life cursive to look like that. I love how curvy and loopy each letter is, and how the capitals are big.

Besom 2 — Watercolor and brush lettering are trending, and that means that designers want to take advantage of that and charge for their brush fonts. Besom 2 is the best free one I’ve found.

Basic Title Font — The font is pretty simple, but I like it! I’m a fan of simple sanserif fonts, and I recently found this one to add to my collection.

That’s it for this month. What fonts are you using right now? Share in the comments below!