I made some stuff for print-on demand sites like RedBubble recently. I started with some short term goals I wrote on paper... iPad paper.
I started with a watercolor illustration I made a few years ago. I love space, sci-fi, and Mars seems like a popular enough subject that I might make sales to randos xD
Soon I was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do next, so I got inspiration and education from YouTube videos. I made a list and prioritized it.
I exported my Adobe Illustrator Draw vector file from the iPad to a PSD in Photoshop. It was converted into a smart object so I could scale it.
Then I added textures using Kyle’s Brushes and my own custom textures I made with the Adobe Create app from photos taken during a hike through Griffith Park and the Old LA Zoo.
I added embellishments and played with different fonts and layouts for designs using Photoshop. Illustrator is above my pay grade, lol, so PS works fine for me in this situation.
Here are some of the designs I came up with and some copy I wrote for each design. It was fun to come up with a little story for each one!
So with one 3 year old illustration I was able to turn that into 5 separate designs to go on 30-plus products to be sold.
Speaking of which, if you want to support me, you can by clicking on this link and buy yourself a T-shirt or something.
There is more to come.
I have embarked on a new project that has come about from this March of Robots event, I guess you would call it. It's similar to Inktober, which I participated in last year during the month of October. You're supposed to draw 30 robots for each day of the month of March and then post them on social media with the hashtag #marchofrobots.
I realized very quickly that I would not be drawing 30 robots in 30 days so I changed the project to benefit me more. I figured having a few polished and colored robots as compared to 30 half-done, very hurried drawings or sketches would be better.
I think I'll probably have 10 or make that less than 10 finished illustrations by the end of this. With the current political climate right now there's just so much material so I decided to make robots of many of the politicians in the running for president of the United States.
Here is one of the first ones I did, Ben Carson. I started with Jeb Bush and got him just before he dropped out and same thing with Ben Carson. So far I'm learning a lot and definitely my digital workflow is improving and I think that equates to my style improving, too. It's nice to be able to fall back on a “style” rather than to think, should I do this in Watercolor, Oil, Digital, or Whatever?
I hope you enjoy it!
If you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments below. Is there someone you wish didn’t drop out? Is there someone you just hate? Or are you a passive observer at this point (that’s ME!)
Click on the picture below to see the video on YouTube or watch the embedded video which is on the website (also below).
The 8 minute drawing challenge. Draw the same thing 6 times. First you have 4:00, then 2:00, 1:00, :30, :15, and :05. Watch me draw like a kindergartner!
It's a bit out of focus, sorry, I'll try better next time!
Click the image below to see the video via the YouTube website.
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