Oh gosh the last blog post was made back in July! Sorry for the absence! I wanted to re-do the website and some other things so I kind of abandoned all of this. But right now I'm working on re-doing the site and making it look better so as of publishing this blog post things may look a bit off on the site. Anyway, I'm working on lots of new things! They will all be launching on the 24th of November at the Etsy Made Local Market here in Perth. Click here for more info on the market (hope you can make it!). These embroidered brooches are one of the things I'll be launching...or I guess re-launching as I have made them in the past before but I've added one design to the line up! If you can't make the market I'll be putting all my new items online after the market xx
After making the free printable for my May Newsletter, I thought I'd create a few Mother's Day card printables to put in my shop also. I had a lot of fun making these and I challenged myself to draw something other than a cat (but at the same time, I HAD to include a cat haha!).
Aren't they so cute! They also all come with their own envelope you can print out. I kept it black and white to conserve your colour inks and also it looks really nice printed on coloured paper of your choice. Also, when you buy the cards as a set, you will get the Shiba Inu card from the newsletter including a matching envelope as an extra bonus!
You also don't have to only use them as a Mother's Day card! I think they'd be great for a baby shower, even birthdays or just to say "I love you".
Find them in the shop HERE.
Back in March I did a small paper/zine fair and I had a few people ask me how I did the postcards so I thought I'd make a post to show you my creative process! I got the idea many years ago when I saw someone on the internet digitally putting their drawings over a photograph. It's not a new or original idea, many people have done it before but I think it always looks really fresh and interesting.
My husband is a photographer by night and I had been wanting to collaborate with him for a long time. I had him choose some photos that might be suitable as an interesting background to my illustrations and then I picked the final three.
I have this fantasy of our cat Panko being like a human and wearing cute clothes and going on on little errands so he was the perfect subject for this project! Normally I do a lot of sketches if I don't have an exact idea in my head but this time I could see exactly what I wanted so I did the final illustration from the beginning.
I used to use pencil to draw my sketch, and then ink on top and erase the pencil but I found that unless I used a waterproof drawing ink with a nib the ink would fade from the eraser. Using a nib pen can be a fit fiddely so now instead of a normal lead pencil I use a blue Prismacolor Col-erase pencil. This way when I scan in the illustration, it won't pick up the blue and I don't have to manually erase anything!
When working digitally I use Photoshop or Illustrator. Since this time I wasn't doing vector art I painted my illustrations on Photoshop. I'm not very good at it, I really wish I was! I really like the flat colour style of painting so I don't do a lot of shadows and highlights (if at all) but this time I did add some shadow and highlights (not entirely sure I like it that much though!).
So once I was finished I got it print ready and sent it off to be printed! But silly me, I made a mistake. Because I was doing these postcards in a bit of a rush I didn't do a test print at home to see whether the colours were ok like I'd normally do. So when I got the finished postcards I realised they printed a little bit too dark but it still looks pretty good. I think I'm just being picky!
I'd love to do some more illustrations like this using photographs as the background (because I really hate drawing backgrounds!). I want to see Panko go on many more adventures!