Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

This week I continued to pour through the patterns and illustrations from my 100 Days project, and found there is still gold to be mined. These little Christmas houses were originally in pattern form, but I've separated them into individual files so they can be used on Christmas cards and prints. They have painted textures and hand drawn details.

Each image is in PNG format, so designers can use any background color they choose.

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I didn't expect to be immersed in patterns again, but I'm having so much fun recoloring existing ones. I began to see this modern tree pattern as one that would be great for Christmas and New Year designs. So I gave it new life with three bright color palettes for the holidays. The bundle contains vectors and seamless tiles, so they can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Yes, it feels good to release the patterns I've been holding onto for far too long. I just added this vintage floral pattern to my Creative Market shop, in three eye-catching color combinations. Use it for branding, home decor, stationery...the applications are limitless.

Click the image to add these patterns to your design toolbox.😊

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This week I created the Wetlands Pattern collection, with designs that came from the 100 Days of Pillows project. I used three of the patterns as-is. Two needed only color changes to make them cohesive with the group.

It's my favorite collection yet, with swans, cattails, feathers and snails. The pink and green color palette is soft and punchy.

I envision the designs on stationery, packaging, and in nurseries. But the fun part is knowing they'll also be used on projects I haven't thought of.

Designers - these seamless patterns can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop. You can get the collection from my Creative Market shop here:

https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2891548-Wetlands-Seamless-Pattern-Collection

Have fun!

~Christina

I added this seasonal, pumpkin patch illustration to my Creative Market shop. It's almost that time of year!

Graphic designers -- use the illustration as-is, or rearrange the graphics as you wish.

Click here for details: https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2881251-Pumpkin-Patch-Illustration

I often say Atlanta when people ask where I live. It's mostly true. I live in a northern suburb and assume most people have heard of Atlanta. But the actual city I live in is Cumming, GA. It's a fast-growing town with a strong mix of rural spaces and modern conveniences.

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This week I've been diving deeper into graphic design and trying new techniques in Photoshop, like using clips of photography in the text of this quote. I've found that while graphic design doesn't necessarily involve drawing (though it certainly can), working with photography, text and colors alone still feels very creative!

I even incorporated my own personal photo into this graphic. While designers often use stock photography for client projects, I love the idea of pulling from my own bank of personal images, too.

I'm excited to see where this is headed. Thanks for joining me! ❤

~Christina

I finally dedicated time to adding a few new digital products to my Creative Market shop! There are 2 new pattern collections available, one called Fresh Tropical and the other Forest Floor.
 

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Also, I illustrated a colorful set of crayons that can be used in designs for teachers and school children alike.
 

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I plan to give more attention to my Creative Market shop in the future, so let me know if there's something specific you'd like me to draw.

Happy designing!

~Christina


Last week I completed my first creative personal project 100 Days of Pillows, where for 100 weekdays I committed to making a new design that could be printed on a throw pillow. It was one of the most difficult and satisfying projects I've completed in my art journey. I learned so much from it, things that I think may benefit you, too. So, here are the top 5 lessons I learned during the process. → Read More

I can't believe I'm saying this but the 100 Days of Pillows project is COMPLETE!!! Tomorrow will be 6 months to the day since I drew the very first one. The project would have been finished earlier had I not taken a break for Christmas and weekends, but it was the sustainable pace I needed. With that said, I'm tired lol! But it's a good tired. :)

Soon I'll write that post I promised about lessons learned through finishing this project. But for now, here's a quick recap of each of the last designs.

Ferns that picked up on the tropical theme in Days 89-90.

Day 91 - Ferns - blog

Same with these hibiscus flowers. I liked the fresh green I paired with them. And this definitely confirmed that gold is the new black. :)

Day 92 - Hibiscus - blog

Hummingbirds...because it's that time of year again.

Day 93 - Hummingbirds - blog

More birds, but this time flamingos. Since I hadn't drawn one before, it was interesting to study their features and remind myself why they stand on one leg (hint: it's easier for them that way!).

Day 94 - Flamingos - blog

We spent a long weekend in Nashville, our first time visiting the city. I came home incredibly inspired to make art. Nashville is electrified with creative energy in both musical and visual arts.

Day 95 - Guitars - blog

Latte hearts, inspired by a delicious "Always Fall Somewhere" latte in said city.

Day 96 - Latte Hearts - blog

This design was dedicated to little twin princesses in my life undergoing hand surgery and my aunt, recovering from burns on her hands she received on the job as a firefighter. Having hands to use is such a gift, if you think about it.

Day 97 - Hands & Hearts - blog

Another Nashville inspired design. I discovered Hatch Show Print there, a letterpress shop famous for designing show prints for all the greats who have performed in Nashville (and beyond). They use carved wooden (and also metal) blocks to impress their designs on paper.

Day 98 - Block Letters Home - blog

Pansies for the first day of spring.

Day 99 - Pansies - blog

And FINALLY, Day 100! I was feeling so grateful to God for helping me complete this project that I wanted to make the last one in honor of Him. Yes, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son. For me. For you. ❤

Day 100 - For God So Loved the World - blog

~Christina