Thursday, October 15, 2009

How I do what I do

"Fresh Picked" ...My newest design.

So, after even more people asking how I create my illustrations, I thought now would be a good time to go over what I do again.

I start with a blank screen in my art program, which is Corel Painter. I usually have something in mind of what I want to start with, and I create my first layer. Then I start doodling, drawing, painting etc.

My pen I use to create with took me some time to get used to, but it's so much fun and I really love painting with it. I can mix colors, shade, use different mediums like oil paints, acrylic paints, charcoal, and even crayon! It's a digital canvas right on my computer. It's amazing how technology can allow a person to paint on the computer like you would a real canvas.

Interesting huh? It took me a very long time to figure out all of the ins and outs of this program, and how to effectively use my tablet and pen (it's called a wacom tablet). Now that I know how, It doesn't take me long to whip things up. I enjoy it so much and it's a great outlet for me. I want to share my faith with others through my artwork, and hope that I will. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to keep asking ;).


Anonymous said...

hi what type of wacom tablet is it? my sister is trying to start graphic designing and I would love to give it to her as a gift.... btw I love your desigins!

Hannah Stevenson said...

I love your designs too! I just purchased a wacom intous4 last night and I feel like a fish out of water right now! But I'm excited to learn. I'm wondering where you get your custom fabric designs printed?

Thanks in advance. So glad I found you.

Emily said...

Hi Hannah! I'm so sorry I didn't reply yet. I thought I did...maybe I put it in the wrong post...good grief, I don't know! Ok, I upload my designs to and that is where I get it printed. You will find that it is very addicting! Have fun, and if you have more questions don't hesitate to ask. :)

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

That is interesting - I've been wondering how graphic artists create shapes - glad to know it is with a pen. Where do you get your items printed - the fabric and the prints (paper)?

Love your art.

Emily said...

Hi Trish! Yes, I create all of my artwork, graphics, everything myself, with my pen, drawing everything by hand. I print my fabric at The prints are done at a local prof. printer downtown here, and they are fabulous and do a great job. They do giclee printing which is really the best form for artists and artwork. :)