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How to Make a Waffle in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make a Waffle in Adobe Illustrator

I had a busy few days so I thought I would post a quick tutorial today and teach you how to make a waffle. I chose a waffle because it is a good lesson in using simple shading to create depth so if you are […]

How to Weave a Ribbon Through Letters in Adobe Illustrator

How to Weave a Ribbon Through Letters in Adobe Illustrator

  I’ve seen a lot of cool artwork lately where the artist makes it look like something is weaving in and out of an object. It gives a lot of dimension to the drawing with minimal effort so I thought I would show you how […]

Surface Pattern Design: Q and A

Surface Pattern Design: Q and A

When I thought about getting into surface pattern design I had a ton of questions. Do I need to be good at drawing? Can I learn from the internet or would I benefit from formal schooling? All of these questions were circling in my head […]

Adobe Illustrator 101: Using Illustrator Shapes to Create Objects

Adobe Illustrator 101: Using Illustrator Shapes to Create Objects

Most basic artwork made in Adobe Illustrator uses shapes. Take this Abacus for example:     The circular balls were made using the ellipse tool. Each side of the abacus as well as the poles the balls are on use the rectangle tool. Even the shadows on […]

Showcasing your Artwork: How to make a Polaroid Garland

Showcasing your Artwork: How to make a Polaroid Garland

I am always looking for new ways to show off my patterns and designs so when I started to get into Polaroids I thought I could make my own Polaroids to feature my designs. To make this tutorial as easy as possible I have included two […]

How to Make a Coffee Cup in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make a Coffee Cup in Adobe Illustrator

For this week’s blog post I wanted to teach you how to actually make something, in this case, a coffee cup. This tutorial requires some knowledge of basic Adobe Illustrator functions, however, I have provided links to relevant articles that explain certain Illustrator tools in depth […]

Daily/Weekly Blog Checklist

Daily/Weekly Blog Checklist

For those of you that don’t know, this is actually my second blog. I had my first blog for almost 2 years and with minimal effort put into that blog, my blog traffic reflected that. This time around I am going all out. I post […]

3 Days of Instagram Ads: The Results

3 Days of Instagram Ads: The Results

I wanted to drive more traffic to my blog/Instagram because let’s face it, I’m impatient so I decided to create an Instagram Ad. It was supposed to run for 4 days at 5 dollars a day but sometimes things don’t go as planned and my […]

How to Create 3D Block Letters in Illustrator

How to Create 3D Block Letters in Illustrator

If you’ve ever tried to make block letters by hand it can be quite difficult to get the proportions right on each letter. Lucky for us Illustrator has a 3D effect tool that makes it easy to create 3D block letters without all of the […]