Yes, I realize this bunny bears no mask. I drew him on a whim with my mouse as I was showing a friend about masking layers in Photoshop and how it can help her with a project she’s working on. Starting out, I said, “I’m going to draw something really lame now.” But as we worked on the colors, his little crooked self kind of grew on me. Anyway, thought I would share.
Masks are excellent shortcuts for coloring lined art. Make a separate layer for each color and brush it in. (Don’t forget to label them appropriately and group as well if you have a lot of elements on the same file.) Then magic wand the line art area on the line art layer. Switch to the color layer, click the mask icon and viola! Your colored splotch is now trimmed up.
I’ve been working my way through the Merlin series (2008-2012, BBC) on Netflix and a particular image of Merlin caught my eye. Since I’ve been wanting to practice my vector art skills, I tried making a bit of fan art after a long evening of working on logos and flyers for clients. It was a fun experiment, and I rather like the way it turned out.
I could probably do a bit more to it, but when the time is 3 AM and one has to get up at 6:30 AM, then one must call it quits when the image is good enough to stop. After all, like many artists, I could fiddle all day with a project and never be satisfied.
BendyRulers.ttf is on DaFont!
Bendy Rulers was created by hand using my iPad, a stylus, and the Notability app along with a PDF template from MyScriptTemplate.com.
One of my dear friends (and my Inkaholics assistant editor!) has a love-hate relationship with Colorado. The last time she visited, we ended up at Public Health to get her a tetanus shot. The time before that, I drove her down a mountain to go to the Emergency Room. She halfway jokes that she has an allergy to my state. Thus was born the inspiration for this:
I feel quite honored and loved that she keeps returning despite her misadventures…
My dear friend Legolas and I got together to do creative stuff, and she worked on a chalk drawing to submit to a t-shirt contest. Awesome!
While judging an artshow for a homeschool group, I spotted this entry in the art gallery, created by one of my Inkaholics writers!
Drawing by my almost-9-year old daughter, done on the white board during a volunteer meeting at church.
His sister made a shield of faith (look it up in Ephesians) at Sunday school, so he had to make one too.
The other day, a dear friend of mine posted this enchanting image of her daughter (above) running through the woods. The moment I saw it, I knew some Photoshop magic needed to be worked into it as a surprise for my friend and her daughter.
The image below is the result of my impulses. It is a collage of sorts, pieced together with images from the internet, and enhanced with some special lighting effects to give it a little sparkle.
I posted this on my friend’s Facebook wall this morning. She loved it. :o)