From drugs to art: An honest interview with illustrator Fil Dunsky


 

1. Tell us about the time when you were starting out. How was that like? Did you have a specific plan for your career?

I was working as a graphic designer in 2006. I was fortunate enough to work in a small company with a very good boss. He employed me as a designer but he knew I liked to draw and gave me a chance to learn more about it at work place. Even if I had something to design he was always giving me free time to experiment with drawing anything no matter if that was related to the current project or not.

At that point I was sort of searching for myself in a wrong way, and also experimenting with drugs. My drawings looked like this:

 

I keep this artwork that dates to the beginning of my career as a reminder and a storyteller of my artistic and personal development. I also use it to see how much I've grown as an artist. It is still available in my portfolio at Behance. What you'll see in this folder is not something we can call illustrations that you could sell for big money. So, the first piece of advice would be: if you want to become a successful illustrator, don't try to draw like this.

 

 

2. What was the thing or who was the person that helped your career the most? In what way?

Well… I think there were a few people and things combined together that made me successful.

  • Office competition. There was a guy in the office I worked in who, too, had a passion for drawing. He showed me the basic principles which I am still using. He  ignited my passion for drawing with his passion and commitment. He inspired me to learn more. Every morning we would come to work showing each other  illustrations or sketches which we had done at home the previous night before going to bed. This started resembling a silent competition between the two of us. Whenever he'd show me something I thought was great, it made me immediately want to do something cool to show off as a response. That’s how it started.
  • Favorite illustrator. He also introduced me to my favorite illustrator Oksana Grivina. I fell in love with her style right away and I wanted to learn how to do it. I started to research and collect all her work looking through each and every pixel, trying to replicate it. My own style started shaping up while I was copying her.
  • Living example of success. Another great guy and one of my best friends Andrey Gordeev worked full-time in the office on the opposite side of our hometown Khabarovsk. He used his nights to draw amazing illustrations for Moscow magazines. Gradually he started to get amazing overseas orders. By the time he had done few advertising illustrations for American Colgate, his skills and earnings motivated me to continue learning illustration. Working at the office and going to work every day was a routine for me. I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life. Andrey was my role model of a successful freelance illustrator.
  • Personal qualities. Another amazing thing that happened to me was getting introduced to yoga. I was searching for myself in drugs but when I first came to a yoga class, I felt it gave me so much more than drugs even could. I felt it gave me back a peaceful state of mind: my head cleared up from all the thoughts that were bothering me, I felt I always had high energy level and I felt good. It gave me the strength to do something. It made me focus on one thing easily. So I started to do yoga daily and it helped me overcome my addictions and bad habits. I also noticed my bad attitude to other people was transformed, I changed the way I was interacting with family members and it positively impacted all the other aspects of life.

It may sound unreal but it's actually logical. You are the center of everything in your life. What you think and feel, the way you perceive reality... it all influences the way you see the world and how you react to it. If you are at peace with yourself, you will be in harmony with the outside as well. Your attention and how to what you choose to dedicate it can transform your life.

3. We could say you’re a famous artist now. Could you tell us about your struggles to get here? What were the challenges? What were the hardships?

  • I am helpless in drawing. When I was starting, this was my first thought every time I was unable to sell illustrations or make the sketch just the way I imagined it. It is absolutely fine to make mistakes. What you should do is not waste your energy on emotions. It's better to shift your focus and use the same energy to see what you don’t like and how can you improve it.
  • Thinking about the work 24/7. There were lots of projects almost every day. Years of work. Whenever I would walk outside to get a break, I was thinking I have to work. During the lunch time, I was thinking that I am wasting my time, I should work now instead. When I was freelancing under the shadows of a palm trees - I was thinking the same thing again. Whenever and whatever I had been doing I was thinking about work. This was really stressful and it took me 6 years to make life-work balance. Yoga helped in my case.
  • Waiting for an invitation. I never ever offered my illustration services to anybody because it I don't think it works that way. When you are the one that's offering, it means you asking someone to do you a favor. It’s like begging. When your customer comes to you - you have the upper hand. You are in the winning position and you can dictate your own terms and requirements. You can raise the price higher. Because they want you personally to draw it. It’s challenging to behave this way: simply letting go and doing your best creating beautiful things, uploading them to all the social media platforms and just waiting. Once I’ve realized that I took the lead in the situation.
  • Thinking impossible. It was hard to believe that some deadlines are possible to achieve. It was even harder to imagine putting a higher price on my illustrations. But as long as you start thinking about impossible as achievable, you will not get it. Like getting an order for say Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Success is just out of your comfort zone and the line of your sight.

4. Was it worth it? What would you have done differently?

For sure it was worth it! The only thing I would have done differently would be not taking up a couple of orders that I knew from the start would be a lost cause. I am talking about the ones where the customer didn’t know what they wanted nor why they wrote to me.

5. If you could give an advice to aspiring artists trying to make it, what would that be?

  • Copy-Paste. Don’t be afraid to copy others works while starting out. It doesn’t mean you should put them in your portfolio saying they're yours but do it just as a study. Try to adopt others ideas, color palettes, compositions or way of working and you will see fast improvements. People made lots of research regarding the same thing before you and they've already made lots of mistakes so you don’t have to start from scratch.
  • Fake it until you make it. If you want more people to see your work, don’t write  comments like “Please, go through my portfolio, I’ve just posted a new project…” You'll attract more attention to your projects if you apply logos of big and famous companies. I'm not saying you should lie. You should add a tiny caption explaining how that is a made-up project and you're just dreaming about working with big clients. This really makes sense. People usually DO NOT READ. They will look and think you're already working with those brands. This worked in my case on Behance as I really started to work with famous companies.
  • Practice every day. Draw every single day. Draw everywhere. Draw everything you see and like. And just relax. Enjoy the journey.

You can find Fil on Behance,  Facebook, Instagram

What do you think about Fil's story? Can you identify with it? Does it make sense? Do you have a story you'd like to share for COLOURLOVERS blog?
Tell us about it! We're dying to hear.

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How Does Color Improve Your Mood


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How Does Color Improve Your Mood?

Just like warm weather and sunshine makes you feel good, certain colors can just make you feel better. This is a proven fact and using the right colors in your work can change the way your readers feel about you as well. For example, yellow and orange have always been associated with happiness and blue or green has been known to promote peacefulness. Using certain colors on your website can set the mood for your readers to improve your readability and increase sales. However, you do have to know a little bit about the psychology of color to use it properly.

Color Psychology

Believe it or not, color psychology has been around since the late 17th century when Sir Isaac Newton found that each color has its own wavelength. Others went on to discover that you could blend light to make other colors and that some have a sort of warm aura while others are cool colors. For example, the red spectrum of colors such as orange and yellow, are known to be cool colors and the blue spectrum is made up of warmer colors like green and purple. Let’s look at some of the basic colors and what they mean.

 

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Red

As we all know, red is associated with love and intensity. It is a strong and vibrant hue that usually brings very strong emotions in people. It can be an energetic and powerful color that evokes confidence, self-assuredness, and control. It can also be a fun and passionate color that sets off emotions of romance in some people. Hence, the reason for red roses and hearts on Valentine’s Day.

Orange

The color orange can also be an energetic hue that inspires happiness and makes you feel uplifted. While there are some people who say orange is energetic and happy because it is a blend of red and yellow colors, which makes sense because red is energetic and yellow is a happy color. Bright orange can be an attention getter dark orange may cause a calmer feeling.

Yellow

Sunshine is referred to as yellow and it invokes a brightness to anything it appears in. If you want to create a happy and warm website that grabs attention and does not let go, try using the colors yellow, orange, and red. All three of these colors and the various hues in between can increase the intensity and energy of any page.

Blue

Blue is the color of the sky and has been known as a primarily male color all over the world. It is a color that promotes peace and serenity as well as reliability. It is one of the most often used color in marketing and advertising because it exudes a professional sincerity that gives people a sense of security.

Green

For many, the color green is a symbol of good luck, healthiness, and nature. It is also known as a tranquil shade that promotes a calming effect similar to blue. Because green is a blend of blue (a warm color) and yellow (a cool color), it has the ability to create an atmosphere of both happiness and serenity. It has been used to relieve stress and is a common color for doctor’s offices.

Purple

Since the 15th century, the color purple has been associated with royalty and wealth because it cost more for manufacturers to make the color. However, it is not just known for its high society use. It is also a symbolic color that is used for awards such as the Purple Heart, which is one of the most honorable awards for bravery in the American military.

No matter what colors you choose for your website, make sure they are pleasing to the eye and blend well together. Some colors just do not look good together. Have others take a look at your color palette before you publish your final product.

 

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5 Premium Web Tools & Services That Will Help You A Lot


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Startups, entrepreneurs and company owners are spending a lot of time to grow their businesses. It’s not an easy task, the competition is strong and efficiency is something you wake up and go to sleep with. Luckily, there are premium solutions that can help you achieve awesome results.

After a couple of months of research, we are ready to share with you this showcase of 5 premium web tools and services that will help you cut costs, deliver on time and get new customers. You will find a logo and brand design service, two solutions for better-converting visitors into customers, a highly respected supplier of Premium Bootstrap themes, templates, and UI Kits. The 5th tool is Themify Ultra Theme, it is a powerful WordPress theme packed with everything you can think for.

Please share the article with your friends and leave your comments below.

 

 

 

When you first use Tailor Brands, it’s easy to miss out on all the amazing processes going on behind the scenes as the platform creates a logo for you. The company’s full-service branding suite delivers unique results and graphics that look professional, at a fraction of the cost. It starts with a few simple questions designed to help the company’s advanced AI match your preferences with its vast library of designs, color combinations, texts, and logotypes. Once it has uncovered a good match, Tailor Brands’ logo maker delivers a final product that becomes the basic building block of your branding.

The company’s full-service suite includes several other complementary tools like fully branded business materials. These include branded letterheads, presentation templates, business cards, and full EPS files to create branded swag and gifts for clients and visitors. Moreover, Tailor Brands produces a brand book for your company, making it easy to manage your strategy and ensure your logo and brand always shine through in the best possible light.

To get started on the social media front, the company provides a practical toolkit to boost your efforts. This begins with a weekly planner for posting that comes with ready-to-upload ads, posts, and covers that can be fine-tuned as needed. For flexibility, you can add your own posts or manage the planner as you see fit. Tailor Brands also includes a Facebook ad creator to help you gain exposure if you’re using a paid traffic strategy.

If you’re looking to get online quickly and have a polished, but simple presence, you can also use the company’s landing page maker, which presents you via a one-page introduction for potential clients and users to visit alongside a way get in touch with you.

For a $2.99 basic monthly subscription and a $10.99 monthly full-service branding suite, Tailor Brands offers you beautiful designs and branding at a fraction of the cost of a professional designer.

Price: Starting from $2.99 / month.

 

  1. Convertful

 

Convertul is highly appreciated, including by the marketing guru Neil Patel, for quickly converting visitors into leads and customers. It works with all website and eCommerce platforms, but also with all major email marketing software. In short, it works for anyone.

They are offering 50+ responsive and beautifully designed templates, a powerful drag and drop builder with whom you can easily add, move, and delete each form’s element, such as text, images, buttons, videos, follow buttons, page sharing controls, and countdown timers.

Convertful is packed with a lot of useful features like A/B testing, real-time analytics, dynamic data capture and much more. You should check their website for more info.

Sign-up for free and convert „cold” site visitors into leads.

Price: $29 / Year

 

 

 

 

Creative Tim is a highly appreciated place for web designers and developers where they can find Admin themes, Dashboards, UI Kits, Landing Pages, Free and premium templates and much more, everything based on Bootstrap 4, Vuejs, React and Angular. All their products have a great quality and were made with huge attention to details. Save time by having everything at your disposal and have a quicker and easier web development process.

It is already used by more than 300,000 happy people and numbers quickly increase. Their freebies are under the MIT license and they are offering 3 bundles with lots of things included. The Big Bundle has everything Creative Tim is offering and costs $249 for the personal license, the price being 80% reduced.

Browse Creative Tim and pick what you need.

Price: Depending on the product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon is one of the best-invented things, it helps us a lot to quickly sale and buy items. LandingCube is used to create highly engaging and converting Amazon landing pages that can be fully customized with branding, product images, descriptions, videos from YouTube, Vimeo and all major providers, FAQ, 5-star reviews and much more.

LandingCube gives you the option to capture emails in exchange for coupon codes. Once you capture someone’s email, you can market to her in the future. The possibilities are nearly endless: create your own product launch list, drive sales or stay in touch with customers using a weekly newsletter.

Sign-up for a free 14-day trial and check all the features they are offering. Having more sales is easy and it will greatly help you on the long run, as you will drive external traffic (Facebook, blogs, Pinterest etc), separate from what Amazon is pointing to you.

Price: Starts from $19 / month.

 

  1. Themify Ultra Theme

 

 

Ultra Theme is a powerful WordPress theme packed with tons of features and the latest technologies. Ultra now comes with design skins and pre-made demo sites! The skin not only transforms the site's design appearance but can also help you to set up a real sample site within minutes. With just a single click, you can import the demo setup that includes the theme settings, content, menus, widgets, etc., exactly like our theme demos. This is a time saver for creating client sites.

Price: $49 – Standard license.

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How To Start Photo Editing Business


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Often freelance photo editors want to become independent and earn more. They are thinking about starting their own photo editing small business providing photography editing services. At first glance, this scheme may seem to be adventurous, but you should have different professions to run your own business successfully.

  1. Be a businessman

If you open your own business, you should forget about freelancing things. Become professional in providing image editing services. Being a good retoucher is not enough. Become the businessman, make managerial and business analysis, attend professional courses and lectures. You should know how to be a leader and work in team. Raise your communication skills – be very polite and stress-resistant.

  1. Be an engineer

The guarantee of excellent work in the sphere of online photo editing services gives an excellent quality of equipment. You should provide your photo editing team with professional tablets and calibrated monitors. Besides, you need 24-hour Internet access to contact your customers at a convenient time for them or to send the orders. Do not deny the importance of the softwares for photo editing, always buy only the licensed versions.  

  1. Be a bookkeeper

Determining the price list for your services is one of the most problematic things for any image editing company. You should have a bookkeeper’s skills. If you set a too high price, this will immediately scare away a large number of customers. If you set the low price, your business won’t bring income, because you need to pay taxes and bills. There are two types of payment – by the hour and by the photo. Some companies charge a fee depending on the complexity of the work, for example, the company FixThePhoto  divides the services and pricing by levels of photo editing service for photographers.

  1. Be a marketer

It is extremely essential to attract a number of customers who need online photo editing service to make the business profitable. Find the portrait of your potential client and become useful for him/her. When you start your own business, get ready to look for the clients by yourself.

Marketing campaign helps a lot. Make sure that you have a great website with all the necessary information about your image editing company. It is crucial to create a user-friendly site in minimalist tones in order to focus the potential client on the services and your portfolio, as Weedit.photos  company does. Do not be lazy to create accounts on social networks and advertise your services. Be prepared to create the banners that will convince the customers to order your services. Use apps to create advertisements quickly.

Online work is good, but do not forget about offline business development. Organize photography exhibitions, free lessons and lectures. Become interesting for people and design your photography brand.

  1. Be an artist

If you are a retoucher – you have a good taste. People don’t judge a book by its cover, do they? Of course they do. Make your portfolio amazing. Add many before and after photo examples with different types of photo editing services on your website. Besides, the website should look attractive and stylish. Web

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Top 10 Online Logo Makers


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A logo is not only the visual identity of a company rather reflects the essence of your company and helps you in building brand recognition. Thus, you need an impressive logo to inspire trust, credibility, and influence your target audience.

Though to design a professional logo requires design expertise, prior experience and in-depth knowledge of logo making but these days online tools have taken over the market. These tools have simplified the process of logo creation and has become go-to-option of all the users.

So, if you also think you have a creative bent of mind and passion for designing then these tools make a good option to get started with the logo designing process. Here we present top 10 online logo makers that you must know about.

 

 

  1. Designhill

Designhill’s Logo Generator is one of the best option to create your own customized logo that too free of cost. The tool comes with a user-friendly interface and offers many options in terms of images, fonts, colors, and texts. In just three simple steps, you can get a brand new logo for your business. Can logo making get easier than this?

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  1. Logoaster

Logoaster is the one of the finest logo generator tool that helps you in creating a logo within few minutes. You don’t need any technical knowledge, the tool is beginner-friendly, extremely easy to use. It offers you to browse through a wide collection of logos that are customizable in terms of color, business type, name, and more. All designs made in logaster is delivered in both the format such as raster (Jpeg, PNG) and also vector (PDF, SVG).

 

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  1. GraphicSpring

Graphic Spring is yet another free logo creator that lets you design your own custom logo just in a matter of minutes.All you need to do is, enter name of your business, tagline and you can browse through library of vector-format icons to choose from. You can also edit the colors, graphics, fonts, and get the final logo completely free.

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  1. Ucraft

  Ucraft is another great option to design logos without the need of any professional designers. It offers over 200 icons, collection of different shapes, texts, to create a customized logo. Tool presents users with a blank canvas and offers drag-and-drop functionality that enable them to find what exactly they are looking for. Explore it today to get a new logo for your business.

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  1. Logo Garden

Logo Garden is another great choice for creating catchy and customized logos for your business. With this free online logo maker you can browse through library of available icons and create a customized logo. Whether you are looking for an inspiration for your logo design or want to create a completely new logo for your company, this tool makes a great option.

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  1. LogoGenie

If you are looking for a free logo making websites then let your search end here. It is one of the best free online logo maker websites that lets you create attractive logos without much effort. Users can make logos in three easy steps such as category selection, inserting the desired text & tagline and lastly downloading your custom logo. Thus, you new logo is ready in three simple steps.

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  1. Logo Foundry

Do you want to design your logo straight from your iphone or ipad? If yes, then logo foundry is your best bet. This tool makes a good option for both professional designers as well as users with no design expertise. The tool offers an impressive library of more than 3000 icons and symbols to choose from along with some excellent advanced text options. Besides, if you are looking for some more inspiration, they have a community of designers for the same.

Besides, this online logo maker tool have been featured in Forbes and Targets both for its brilliant features and easy to use.

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  1. Canva

Canva is one of the finest tool to create attractive logo without any design expertise. The tool maintains over 100 free templates and an impressive library of other icons, images, shapes, and fonts to design a stunning logo of your choice. It offers an intuitive drag and drop functionality that is quite simple to use. Best part is you can download high-resolution logos in PDF, PNG, and JPG format without any additional costs.

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  1. DesignMantic

      This online tool guides your logo making process in simple four steps. Firstly, you need to select logo type among three options such as symbol, lettermark, and abstract.Secondly, you need to make a choice in font types among sans serif, serif and script. Third, you need to select color pallette and the last step is to select name and industry. After this you will be presented with many logo options, you can pick the one for further editing and your final logo is ready to impress your audience.

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  1.  Online Logo Maker

Online logo maker is another easy-to-use tool and has a similar interface to graphic spring’s logo generator. Tool offers tons of templates to choose from, also has a great no. of pre-designed symbols, font variety to help you come up with your desired logo design. Besides, it allow users to have unlimited downloads, giving users freedom to tweak their logo anytime they want.

This logo maker offers both a free as well as premium service. If you are looking for high resolution downloads than premium package is a better option.

 

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Meet the New COLOURlovers Overlays Pack on Pixlr!

Meet the New COLOURlovers Overlays Pack on Pixlr!


They're here! Meet the latest design pack on Pixlr web and mobile apps - The COLOURlovers Expansion Pack!

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These design ideas were the result of our awesome, COLOURlovers + Pixlr #PixlrPop Contest held at the end of May. The result was eight (8) winning entries that went to inspiration for what is referred to as, Expansion Pack Overlays on Pixlr web, desktop and mobile apps. Overlay packs generally feature unique artwork set to varied styled effects similar to those in design programs (i.e. Photoshop). This means that some of the artwork is set to modes such as: Lighten, Multiply, Soft Light, Hard Light and so on. This changes their interaction with the artwork you use.

Here is a quick example how you can use the COLOURlovers Overlays Expansion Pack with a clean portrait to create a trendy double exposure artwork. I used this beautiful black and white portrait (via Pinterest search, "Portraits") for the example images.

I highly recommend fiddling around with a clean black and white portrait when designing double exposure and/or overlay types.

"Loulouflor" by Anonymuse

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"Pointed Response" by Wondercake

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"SPRING2013" by SUNNY21327

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"The Exchange" by praxicalidocious

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"Zebra" by addabarrios

"Underthedeepbluesea" by Kalindy

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"Orange Loves you px" by bhsav

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"Historic Arrest" by Huege

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As you can see these turned out pretty neat! Each style has a specific personality that really creates some terrific effects. Check it out for yourself!

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  1. 1. Go to Pixlr Express
  2. 2. Load your own image, or go find an easy portrait to work with, the one I used is at this link. (hint: right click + "open image in a new tab" works great to not grab the page link, instead you just want the link to the image itself.
  3. 3. You'll see the little COLOURlovers icon and you can start editing!
  4. *Big Tip: Add an effect then erase sections with the History Brush, then go back and add more overlay effects....

Would you like a video tutorial? Let me know!

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Zentangle Series: Botanical Pattern Design Tips & Tricks

Zentangle Series: Botanical Pattern Design Tips & Tricks


The illustrative world of Botany is so intriguing. Aside from the scientific points, you can learn so much in color use, shape and form and line work. It gets you to pay attention to the fine details of design rather than just the overall idea of say, a flower.

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Today I've got a video that follows a botanical design from start to finish. In this video I showcase how you can utilize blending, shading, outlining and a few tricks altogether.

Here are my finished pattern template and primary shape used to make this video:

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Here are a number of shading and blending elements you can develop using multiple squeezed shapes mashed together and saved as a Custom Shape to re-use:

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Would you find it valuable for me to make an entire video on making shading and blending elements such as these? The more complex shape, Shade - Hatching (above), is a series  of squeezed dew-drop shape (found under the Sky Shapes category), then I used a stretched and modified crescent shape (same category) to round out the base.

You can create any number of shading and blending custom shapes. I find it useful to create ones with longer lines, shorter lines, longer in width, curved bases (curved bases help streamline elements for floral designs). Having them on hand really cuts down on time when you want to be artistic and not spend all your time making the shading pieces at the same time.

Get Inspiration from Anatomic Botanical Illustration

While you can peruse the shapes and patterns all over COLOURlovers.com, that's good for practice but copying work for practice will not allow you to create your own sense of style and imagination. Instead, after giving a little practice a go... knowing where to look for ideas is key.

Anatomic Illustration is really quite interesting because it generally pieces off organic matter such as flowers, plants, insects, etc. and definitively shows nice line and color work enough for you to turn those art pieces in to a Seamless Lite pattern design in your own reflection.

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Source: Botany Diagram Artwork | Flower Artwork #2

Pinterest Boards to utilize as resources for inspirational imagery:

I would take some time to peruse through these links and just practice drawing and saving shapes and build up your library. Don't put pressure on yourself for making some fancy pattern, literally just spend an hour making 5+ types of vines and leaves. Then work on petals and flowers.... and so on. Once you do a ton of drawing practice, move in to putting some of those elements in to a pattern design. Remember, a good pattern does not have to have a thousand different elements. A good pattern consists of:

  • * Start with a main element of interest (or create vines and work on the seamless connections - this falls under the "stripes" type of patterns).
  • * Connect it with some type of line-work such as vines or decorated lines (add bubbles, triangles, etc along the line like dew-drops on a vine).
  • * Use the Diagonal Axis rather than limiting yourself to the Artboard "boxy" Square

Great Examples of Seamless Lite Botanical Shapes for Inspiration:

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See many more great flower designs! I basically set the search results on CL to "flower" under the dropdown, Shapes option.

 

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Come Digitally Zentangle Using Seamless Lite

Come Digitally Zentangle Using Seamless Lite


Zentangle has been trending for some years now and many people choose to "tangle" for meditation and relaxation, just as most COLOURlovers utilize the palette and pattern tools on the site as a way of relaxing and meditating.

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What I see a lot on COLOURlovers.com is that many people shy far away from using Seamless Lite after dabbling for a few, deeming it way too difficult to master. Mostly, and this is just my opinion, but well mostly because they compare themselves to the crazy-good pattern designs by veteran citizens of COLOURlovers.

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Let me remind you... take a big breath and a big step back. Let's start over...

Here's the news people... yes, yes these kind-hearted artists are totally talented. But did it just happen that they opened up Seamless Lite and were Michelangelo in a day? No, of course not! So you'd be silly to think,"I'm Presto Perfect!" after 5-minutes or even 5-hours fiddling with Seamless Lite.

Seamless is actually pretty easy to use, once you learn the ropes (if you are new here and need an in-depth intro to Seamless, see a video here on our YouTube Channel). Drawing shapes and putting together repeat-patterns is totally an aspect of digital Zentangle without the complications of learning (or purchasing) design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Seamless is simple and to the point, not to mention it comes with an entire supportive and artistic community you can share your work with.

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Remember, Zentangle is a personal art form. It does not have to be perfect. While you can achieve a more precise line-work by using this digital method of Seamless Lite, Zentangle is traditionally a hand-drawn technique, so take that in to consideration before you go all OCD on connecting points, center points and alignment.

Let's get started with making a shape, something short and easy... then I will be going over using a grid to help you get a sense of space, alignment and design direction with your templates.... then we will continue to work on shapes and more.

Create a "Wishbomb" Shape:

Making and Using Custom Grids for Design Layout:

I find that making your own base layer grid and then saving it as a shape to re-use can greatly help line things up a bit more precise.

Note: After making the next two video's, I felt that making a video specifically for Grids would be a good idea. The next video semi-introduces making a grid as well.

Make a Grid to Create a Consistent Geometric Pattern (then delete the grid):

Re-Use the Grid in a Circle Zentangle Pattern:

I want to show you how to now reuse the grid shape you should have created if you'd followed the last video (above) and to develop a new pattern form with the grid as a guide.

Examples & Inspiration: Grid-Based Designs:

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Now let's Create A Vine:

Never used Seamless Lite Before? Get up to speed!

Just a reminder, if you have no idea what I am doing in some of these area's of using Seamless Lite, you can watch the video introduction on this at your leisure HERE. This covers a complete anatomy of the web application itself and is a more in-depth tutorial with voice-over (not a high-speed musical).

Let's Tangle Next Week! We'll be covering Outlining, Shading and Adding Detail...

If you absolutely cannot wait until next week, I will be working on and uploading these video's over the weekend to our COLOURlovers YouTube Channel, join me there to get a jumpstart!

  • *Advanced Grids for More Technical Layouts
  • * Add Design Elements to Your Basic Grid Designs
  • *Make Simple Look Complex
  • *Outlining Tricks
  • *Shading Tricks 

 

Is there something you are wanting me to cover, but haven't seen it yet? Please comment to put in a request. I'm more than happy to accommodate.

 

**Copy + Paste the Badge below if you have a design you want to know how to make, be realistic. ;)


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Inside out by DisneyPixar: Emotional Hues of COLOURlovers [ infographic ] + Mini Challenge!

Inside out by DisneyPixar: Emotional Hues of COLOURlovers [ infographic ] + Mini Challenge!


Disney•Pixar has outdone themselves (again) in their latest colorfully animated movie, Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (who also produced UP and Monster’s Inc.) and coming to the big screen on June 19th! The basis of the storyline develops a genuine visual of feelings portrayed in five specific colors that correlate in to emotions.

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Who's excited?! I know I am!

In leu of this extremely colorful production being explicitly about color in connection with feelings, we felt it appropriate to dig in to the collections COLOURlovers have in color.

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Image Palette Sources:

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Much of the community here on COLOURlovers relate their communication of feelings in to colors both as a single color name or in palettes that speak either by the palette name itself and/or a message within the colors used to create the palette. Palettes can be defined of anything regarding 2 to 5 colors grouped together.

Meet the Emotions!

For your entertainment, I love these video clips put together putting the actor-voices to the animated characters.

Disgust:

Fear:

Anger:

Sadness:

Joy:

Learn Basics: How to Create a Color Palette From an Image using PHOTOCOPA

I threw together an under 2-minute quick-guide video to the theme music of Inside Out.

Here's Your Color Challenge! Post YOUR Emotional Colors:

What's your color coordinated emotional palette and why?


 Jump in to the COLOURlovers Emotional Colors!

///////// JOY

Happy_YellowJoysign_of_joyJoy_JoyPure_JoyA_Little_JoyBursting_JoyJoy_and_HappynessjoyWild_JoyJoyJoy_*

///////// ANGER
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///////// FEAR

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///////// SADNESS

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///////// DISGUST

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COLOURlovers + PIXLR #PixlrPop Contest Winners Announced!

COLOURlovers + PIXLR #PixlrPop Contest Winners Announced!


Today's the day! Announcing the eight (8) winners of the #PixlrPop Contest plus the top five (5) most faved designs by the community. The judging panel consisted of the Pixlr Design Team and the COLOURlovers staff members (aka myself, Molly and Colin).

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Absolutely fantastic entries! Great work everyone! The flow of commentary throughout the contest days coming from the Pixlr Design Team was exciting to see. They expressed how amazed they were with the talent we have here at COLOURlovers. I felt a glow of pride knowing we have this secret gold mine of talented people in our community.

I can't wait to showcase the final design inspirations near the end of June (coming up!) used within Pixlr Express!

Okay, okay I know you guys are chomping at the bit to see the winners! With each winner the judging panel as a whole put together some commentary on the aspects of each design.

Winner of Tuesday, Day #1:  "Loulouflor" by Anonymuse

"The soft colors, texture in the shapes and the windmill collectively make an eye-catching inspiration."

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Winner of Wednesday, Day #2:  "Pointed Response" by Wondercake

"Fantastic shade of orange. The trendy arrow pattern inspires a hand drawn aesthetic - leaves many options to take from the shapes"

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Winner of Thursday, Day #3:  "SPRING2013" by SUNNY21327

"Inspirational for light leaks and bokeh effects. Loving all the color choices with the layering."

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*Spring2013*

Winner of Friday, Day #4:  "The Exchange" by praxicalidocious

"This one strikes very lush with spring or summer coloring. Loving the texture with interesting layering. Inspiration leads to a beautiful field of flowers."

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Winner of Saturday, Day #5:  "Zebra" by addabarrios

"A subtle background coloring makes fantastic overlays. Combined with the non-traditional zebra pattern this inspires an intriguing piece."

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Winner of Sunday, Day #6:  "Underthedeepbluesea" by Kalindy

"This one gives us a subtle explosion of interest the longer we stare at it. We really love the rich depth of texture and pattern in this monochromatic scene."

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Winner of Monday, Day #7:  "Orange Loves you px" by bhsav

"This spicy pattern oozes with vibrant lava hues and terrific movement in the basic but intriguing tribal pattern play. Totally inspiring to see what we can do with it!"

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Winner of Tuesday, Day #8:  "Historic Arrest" by Heuge

"An excellent spin on stripes giving off a soft, feathery feeling. The pleasant mix of hues bleed together in to a lovely muted visual. All of which might work nicely in an overlay."

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As you can see from the LOVES on each of these, none were selected by popularity (CL community vote). The judges took each day of submissions individually and considered many character traits of each piece as a whole to consider toward the design aspects of Pixlr Express. We will be showcasing the final pieces near the end of June (2015) when the COLOURlovers Expansion Pack becomes available to everyone using Pixlr! Exciting!

Top Five Loved Submissions: Sponsorship Winners!

As promised, we wanted to add a little fun kick to those who just can't help but produce tantalizing designs that makes everyones mouse-fingers want to go click-click-click on that LOVE button! So popular vote or not, that's what these are for.... being popular. The LOVE-COUNT displayed is only for the duration of the contest timeline, as some have changed since Tuesday. 

53 LOVES:  "Leaf Monsters" by praxicalidocious

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28 LOVES:  "Frida" by GabsGiggles

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27 LOVES:  "Soda Pop" by ArrayOfLilly

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23 LOVES:  "I Dreamed A Dream" by sherrydee846

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21 LOVES:  "chase the blues away" by twister

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That's it! I hope you all enjoyed the experience of this contest and can take positive things away even if you did not win. Trust me, there were a lot of difficult decisions in choosing!

Personally, I feel that contests push me to a different level of motivation in my own skills which contributes to how I view where I am in my skill much longer after a contest is held. I notice area's where I could probably work harder or think directionally different and garner some personal advice from the designs that did win. We quite literally could have chosen over a thousand designs we loved, but in the case of contest critique, it comes down to a hard line. 

Claiming Your Prize!

Grab Bag Winners: You will be receiving either a Love Note and/or an email (whatever email is associated with your COLOURlovers member account). In this message you will get links to all the Grab Bag Items we had pictured and linked here in the contest post. Messages will go out today at some point, you will be given a certain time period to make your choice (feel free to reference the original contest page to start shopping early!). Colin will be handling prize notification and placing your order/choice.

Sponsorship Winners: Today we will activate the new or upgraded Sponsorship to your COLOURlovers Member Account. If you already have a paid sponsorship active, we will simply add an additional year to your current expiration date.

Have a great day!

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