I Heart Unicorns Tee — New to the RedBubble Shop!

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The latest addition to my RedBubble shop is this cute tee, just for unicorn lovers! It was hand lettered and illustrated by me, using the app Paper by FiftyThree.

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More t-shirts and products on the way! Stay tuned! Follow @rayoflightdsign on Twitter for updates.

Ray of Light Design Has an All New Shop

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If you weren’t already aware, I have a shop on Creative Market, where I sell things like fonts and clip art. But I am excited to announce that I now have a second, completely different shop on RedBubble!

My RedBubble shop is where I am selling physical items (such as t-shirts, stationery, mugs, etc.) designed by me!

Introducing my first product — these cool notebooks!

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Hardcover Journal — comes with either ruled, graph, or blank paper

Spiral Bound — either ruled or graph paper

I can’t wait to get one for myself!

Stay tuned — more is coming soon! 

Recent Artwork: Making the Most Out of Paper 3.0

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The Paper 3.0 Update may include some missteps, but even with the unpleasant changes, I still believe that it’s the best digital drawing app out there. Point being, it’s going to take a lot to stop me from using Paper.

The update’s biggest flaw is the way they rebuilt Mix.  Technically, the Mix service is not even called “Mix” anymore, but I don’t know what else to call it.  It’s not as fun as it used to be, but fortunately, there are still ways to remix and post ideas like before. While I’m extremely disappointed with their handling of of Mix, some new features in the update have opened up a whole new world of possibility. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Fashion Design

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Making use of the new photo import feature, I posted this cool template where you can design your own t-shirt. See it here on Mix.

 

Tutorials

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I posted a tutorial on how to make a banner using Think Kit (I guess you could follow these steps in real life too, if you have a pencil, an eraser, and a straight edge.)

 

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Photo import lets you share your real life drawings on Mix, and after sharing this one, another Mixer wanted to know how I drew the hair. I was inspired by Joanna Andersson’s tutorials, but here you can see what I did.

 

Coloring

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As a huge fan of Johanna Basford’s artwork, I placed a photo of a page from her book The Secret Garden into a new idea and traced/colored it with Paper’s tools. I then deleted the photo and was left with this. If you want to color it, it is here on Mix. One of my favorite Mixers, Robin B., kindly provided a lightened version of the image, which is easier to trace over.

 

Collaborating

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Here is a remix by me of fellow mixer Letrait’s idea.

 

Exclusive Palettes

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Font Talk

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Missing Mix

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I still miss the old Mix, and so I decided to post a “Bring Back Mix Petition.” With over 200 remixes, I’m pretty sure a lot of creators are feeling the same way I do.

 

1K Remixes!

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Before the update was released, I was actually very busy. In celebration of 1K remixes, I posted a free request form as a gift to my followers. I was a little afraid at first, because I’ve witnessed other Mixers get overwhelmed in the past. I received a lot more requests than I anticipated, but I also got around to fulfilling a lot more than I expected too, and actually had fun with it. What you see in this gif (above) is just a sampling — you can take a look at my profile and see the sixty names I hand lettered. Free requests are now closed, but if you want me to hand letter your name, commissions are always open! Check out the requests page.

 

Sketchnoting on Mix

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Finally, I just wanted to spread the word that mixer Mauro  Toselli is creating a Sketchnote Workshop in Mix! Of course it’s free, and it sounds like a great idea. If you don’t know what Sketchnoting is or if you do and you’re a fan, you might want to join in! The ideas for the Workshop will be posted starting Monday, September 21. Stay tuned! In the future I plan on posting an article all about Sketchnotes.

If you have an iPad, give Paper a shot! It’s free!

The New Paper

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A little while back, I posted a full review of Paper by 53, which has been my favorite drawing app for years.

Recently, 53 released Version 3 of Paper, and the app has undergone drastic changes, so it’s due for an all new review.

First of all, Paper used to be an iPad-only app. The update makes it compatible with both iPhone and iPad, which is great. I prefer to use Paper on iPad because of the bigger screen, obviously, but it’s definitely nice to have it on your iPhone if you ever need to jot something down or sketch something quick.

Fifty Three added some new features. The original tools and Think Kit are all still there, but now the toolbar has three little tabs. The first tab is an all new text feature, which I love. You can make checklists, take notes, add captions to your drawings, and easily talk to other artists. You can swipe to change the style from regular, title, subtitle, checklist bullet, and regular bullet. You can also double-tap a section of text to change the style to italic, bold, underline, or strikethrough.

The second tab is photo upload. Like other users of the app, I have mixed feelings about this feature. There are some benefits:  you can annotate and spotlight parts of an image, add your drawings to photos, etc. The problem with photo upload is that it could potentially add a lot of spam to Mix, and it blurs the line between what people drew in Paper and what they just uploaded. (In case you were wondering, the third tab is the old tools.)

That brings me to Mix. Mix has been around for a little over a year now, and it has always been fun and easy to use. If you don’t know what Mix is, this is the summary I wrote in my previous Paper review:

“In September 2014, 53 added a new service called Mix that works within the Paper app. It has over 1 million creators as of March 2015. You can sign up and share your creations made in Paper, as well as see what other artists are making and follow them. Not only that, but you can “remix” their work. You can draw on it and add to it, color it, change it, whatever you want.”

53 has completely changed how Mix works, including getting rid of the name! What used to be the Mix section is simply “People You Follow.” They removed some of the best features it had (such as the popular replay button) and it is considerably more difficult to navigate. 53 doesn’t seem to be featuring art from the community anymore, which is really unfortunate. That was one of my favorite parts of being on Mix. Despite having over one million creators, Mix really did feel like a community. It doesn’t feel like that anymore. The changes were unnecessary and disappointing. (My profile is still there though! I am now Ray of Light on Paper instead Ray of Light on Mix.)

The notebook interface has been replaced with “spaces.” These spaces are like folders, where, if you click on them, you see all of your ideas laid out. It’s kind of like a collage or a mood board, and if you watch their new intro video you will get the idea.

As far as changes to the drawing mode, they modified the way the rewind and zoom features work, which I am not too happy about. There are a few other kinks too right now, but I’m sure the little bugs will be gone in future updates.

I still love Paper. I used to love everything about it, and now I love almost everything. I’m unhappy about the demise of Mix, but otherwise, I’m okay with the update. It’s going to take some getting used to, but in the long run, I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of the new features.