Posts Tagged ‘sketchbook’

Best New Thing in My World: Adobe Illustrator

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The summer and fall of 2014 were obviously not spent writing in my blog (sorry I will try to do better this year). Instead they were spent thinking and learning. I spent a lot of my time thinking about what I want to do with all that I know and came up with how much I still needed to learn. Funny that.

From all that thinking I came up with two things in particular that I wanted to do. First, I wanted to rebrand my web business and change it up a bit and the second was to work on a web comic.

Both needed websites and artwork. More precisely, vectorized digital artwork.

So how does a drawing in my sketchbook become a vectorized logo? Adobe Illustrator.

Three Loud Crows sketchbook M-J Kelley_2015

Sketchbook drawing of web services logo for Three Loud Crows

So I drew my new logo for my web services business Three Loud Crows in my sketchbook. Then I scanned the image into Adobe Photoshop, changed the colour mode to grayscale and cleaned it up. Enter, Adobe Illustrator … I placed the logo onto new artboard, image traced it, and painted it.

Final logo for Three Loud Crows web services business – M-J Kelley (digital artwork 2014)

Final logo for Three Loud Crows web services business – M-J Kelley (digital artwork 2014)

Et voilà! Vectorized digital artwork. It’s a big piece that fits nicely into the puzzle of what I’ll be working on this year.

Sketchbook Drawing: Precious Egg

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Precious Egg (graphite) by M-J Kelley 2013

Precious Egg (graphite) by M-J Kelley 2013

…from my sketchbook.

Boxes Boxes … But Where Did I Put That?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I think I take it back. In my last posting I casually said (obviously without thinking) that I find moving exciting. Really I meant “exhausting”. I am certain that I posted that comment prior to packing up my studio. Yup, I sure did. I cannot tell you how long it took me to pack up my precious scraps of paper. Each painting was gently wrapped and carefully slipped into an appropriately sized box and labeled accordingly. And this went on and on until all was boxed.

And about my new studio that I mentioned in my last posting – well it’s not winterized. It’s not that this major issue slipped my attention; it’s just that I like to see potential instead of problem. And so here I am with a non-useful sub-zero studio. Fortunately, there’s a warm 2nd bedroom where I have crammed all of my art boxes.

And though I have tons of art materials, I have to say nothing is more useful or comforting than a sketchbook and pencil which I smartly packed in my knapsack for easy finding.