Shades of Gray

Jul 7, 2017

In:Drawing

Some days I get caught up inside my head trying to decide just which piece of art I should work on. Thinking about it too much can actually lead to artist's block. But I love ending the day with at least one new creation, even if I only have a few minutes to work on it.

So today I made a quick pattern in Photoshop with just a single motif and whimsical dots. I love how dramatic shades of gray are and how putting a shape on repeat has such visual punch. This worked so well, I'm going to try my best not to overthink the next time I'm running low on time and just...create. ❤

pattern shades of gray

~ Christina

Faces

Jun 30, 2017

In:Design, Drawing

Yesterday I was in the beginning stages of making a "dots and squiggles" themed pattern, when suddenly, as I drew the squiggle at the bottom, I noticed something looking back at me.

It was one of those moments when I didn't know whether to laugh or be creeped out by it. I think I did a little of both. It reminded me of my painting teacher who once said she always looks for faces in her finished artwork, as they can sneak up on you out of nowhere. Point taken.

Thankfully, as I drew more dots and squiggles, moved shapes and added color, the pattern emerged into something quite different though just as lively. It reminds me of confetti that you might find printed on gift wrap.

If I'm being totally honest, there is still a little squiggle in there that reminds me of an ear. But I rotated the shape in such a way that it doesn't catch your attention quite as much. As least, I hope. ;)

~Christina

Halloween Clip Art

This week I took on the unexpected project of putting together a Halloween clip art graphics pack. It was unexpected because inspiration hit from seemingly nowhere, but it was definitely one of those things I've wanted to do for some time.

Let me tell you, I really had fun drawing the illustrations and designing the product images. It challenged me in new ways by doing script hand-lettering and also really trying to communicate, visually, the features available with the graphics pack. Overall, I wanted the Halloween "friends" to be cute and not-to-spooky to use for children. :)

Halloween Clip Art

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~Christina

More than Mortals

Jun 16, 2017

In:Drawing, Faith

Yesterday as I thought about the art I would create for the day, the lyrics from a song kept floating through my mind: "More than mortals, we are royals, we are Yours" (from the North Point InsideOut EP 'Nothing Ordinary').

The idea of us being royalty, princes and princesses, almost sounds too good to be true. But scripture says "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

What a beautiful statement.

We belong.

We are wanted by a loving Father.

We are children of the most high King.

more than mortals

stitches font

Stitches is the second font I've released into the world and in many ways, finishing it was just as satisfying as the first. It didn't take less time as I expected, but it's also more complex than Tailored. It's a mixed-weight display font with thin, dotted lines contrasted against bold, solid strokes. I envision it being used for fabric projects and all things handmade. → Read More

tailored font featured

I had a couple of nice surprises over the Memorial Day weekend. First, I received a notice that my Tailored font was featured on the Creative Market blog. You guys, being on their platform has been one of the best experiences I've had on the web and it's been less than a month since I joined. They have excellent customer service with helpful tips galore on setting up shop and how to be successful there. And the staff has personally reached out to welcome me to the site and offer assistance at any time. It's no wonder they have become the go-to resource for graphic designers. And they give the spotlight to newbies? So good.

Click here to read the full post on the Creative Market blog.

Second, the font sold for the first time! Thank you if you're the one who purchased it. :) It feels so good to know my digital work is already being used and appreciated.

Thank you, Matt Borchert (said staff), for the warm welcome and thank you Creative Market!

~Christina

(Photo credit: Creative Market)

I just completed a fall leaf clip art collection for graphic designers, my second product offering on Creative Market. Each leaf was originally drawn and rendered in charcoal. But when I added color to the charcoal I just didn't like the realistic appearance of it. So I tossed the charcoal but kept the leaf shapes and applied flatter washes of color instead. Simple really does sit better with me these days.

And the fun part about having my first font under my belt? I can use it on my own products, yay! :D

fall leaf clip art

There are 40 leaf images in the collection: 8 different leaf types with 5 color options each. These colorful leaves can be used on numerous design projects like Thanksgiving cards, autumn prints and even fall wedding stationery.

Click here to check it out.

~Christina

Font-making has never been at the top of my to-do list. Actually, it's never made my list at all. I've had zero interest...until recently, that is. I just joined the group of talented designers over at Creative Market and well-made fonts are always in demand. I've even purchased some myself, recently. So when inspiration (shockingly) hit, I rolled with it. → Read More

The Countdown Begins

May 11, 2017

In:Drawing

pattern design

I've set a goal for the number of remaining solid, I-absolutely-love-em pattern designs I want to have in my collection before I take action on them. You guessed it: as of today the magic number is 6.

I've also officially decided that my first printed product, available directly from me, will be a journal for sure. Keeping a gratitude journal has been so helpful to me, I feel like it would be a disservice NOT to offer one in the hope you could benefit from one as well.

If you already keep a journal or are interested in starting one, and would like to have input into the artwork chosen for my first printed journals, be sure to sign up for my email list by clicking here.

~Christina :)

Daily Creativity

May 5, 2017

In:Drawing

This daily creativity habit of "just make one thing" is teaching me. I'm learning what colors I like (and don't like) and which art supplies I like (and don't like). It's showing me which design ideas work well and which ones don't. I'm learning discipline and how to focus. In some ways I feel like I'm finally "growing up". If that's true, it sure took awhile. ;)

Below is one of my most recent patterns and the color palette caught me off guard. I've noticed that I often use green in my designs and frequently pair it with pink. In fact, this design originally had pink in it. But when I couldn't find the right shade of pink, I experimented with colors and found the royal blue to almost pop off the screen at me. It's not the color I had in mind but the only color that seems right now.

I think this pattern really says "me" and is not one I could have created even three months ago. Daily practice has made a difference.

succulent pattern → Read More