Author Archives: erika

What I’ve Been Working On – No. 4

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Filed under Illustrations, Process

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I’m on maternity leave. (I’m crazy if you didn’t already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn’t have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

Zoe is Here!

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Filed under Life

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So I completely overestimated what I would get done in my last trimester. Funny how you can forget about how tired and just “done” you can feel toward the end of pregnancy. Little Zoe is here now, arrived a little earlier than expected (just 2 weeks) but she is healthy and doing great. So so happy to not be waddling any longer! I’m officially on maternity leave and will be working behind the scenes in the meantime.

I miss ya, what are you up to?

Open for Business.

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Filed under Etsy, Prints

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Hi hi! Vacation is over and the shop is now re-opened for 2015. I missed it and I hope you did too. What new prints will be created and added this year? Exciting times!

Have a great one,

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What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Filed under Illustrations, Life, Process

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So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn’t verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don’t accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.

What I’m Working On – No. 2

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Filed under Illustrations, Process, Work in Progress

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The Make Art That Sells class has started and I’m loving it. It’s uncomfortable too, which is a good sign. The first assignment gives you a “mini” so we were told our topic was Edwardian Brooches. We needed to design our own and draw like crazy. Then after the week is up we get the next steps on what our main assignment is. So now we know that our assignment is to make a journal cover, very cool!

I’m in the second week so all the sketches are pretty much done and I’ve started working on the digital side with my stylus, iPad and Inkpad app. Once I’m finished with this stage I’ll sit at my desk computer and work in Illustrator.