I’m back drawing on pictures!
To participate, just post a picture of your child on my fanpage’s timeline. Every Wednesday I’m going to pick the one the inspires me the most, draw some cute drawings on it and post it on Thursday.
Are you in?
These two beautiful little girls are the joy of the Baianos living in Canada (who I had the pleasure of getting to know a few months ago). Elena is sensitive, a bit shy and very creative. Sophia is the youngest, very curious, playful and loves some action. They both love ice skating and that’s how their mom asked me to portray them: having fun together on ice.
This is the digitized sketch on Photoshop.
This is Sophia – who shows a sparkling look in every picture her mom sent me.
And this is Elena, a very, very sweet girl.
Besides them, I have also illustrated the twins Maria Alice and Raul. Their mom is Maria Paula, a very funny client, who sent me hilarious emails during the illustration process. She told me that Raul is smily and funny and Maria Alice is shy and sweet, but kind of bossy. Both of them love to talk and are absolutely obsessed with Mickey Mouse. That’s why you I have added some Mickey details to their outfit.
Livi and Maria Paula, thanks for trusting me to portray your adorable children!
I’ve been busy packing orders lately (thank you!!), since so many people are taking advantage of my latest promotion: buy 3 art prints and get 1 for free. The family collection has been one of the favourites.
(Note that if you want to add your child’s name to any print, just send me a message with your purchase!)
This promotion ends sometime in March and is going on on my Etsy Shop.
To my great surprise and disappointment, I have seen a growing number of blogs and fanpages using images of artists or photographers to illustrate their posts, but instead of giving credit to the creators, they give credit to Google, Pinterest, Flickr or Facebook.
People, that’s the same as quoting the passage from a book but give credit to the library! Stop doing that!
Besides being illegal (hello copyright!), it’s is so lame! Google hasn’t created any of those images itself, it just found them for you. Be mindful and considerate to the creators and always link with love.
Check the source
First, click the image and check if it takes you to the name or company who created it. If it has been posted on a blog (or Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr) without credits, shame on them, but proceed doing a quick search.
Do a quick search on Google Images
1. Click the image with the right button of the mouse and open it in another tab or window. In the example below, I googled “illustration of girl flying a kite”. One of my illustrations came up and in this case it had both my name and link to my shop (very easy to credit correctly), but if the image you want to use doesn’t, just copy its URL – pointed out by the red rectangle in the image below.
3. Paste the image’s URL and click Search by Image. If you have the image in your computer, just upload it to Google.
Done! By doing this Google will show you a list of every place the image has been posted over the internet and one of them is certainly the creator’s website or has their name. With a little bit of patience you will find it.
If not, please, don’t use the image. Just pick another one you can find the link to. And link it with love.
Artists and photographers out there will be very grateful!
Since my scanner has broken I’ve been taking crappy pictures of my sketches with my cellphone, so I can redraw the lines on Photoshop. They look fine for me (please, don’t judge me), but when I have to send a sketch out to a client, there is no chance I can send them like that, so I clean them up first to make the background white and make them look a little more professional. That’s the least I can do, right?
This is part of the Manual for Crappy Artists, with the steps of how to clean up the crappy photos of your sketches on Photoshop.
Open up the crappy photo with the sketch you want to clean.
Duplicate the image in the layers box. With the new layer selected, go to Image < adjustments < desaturate.
Duplicate this desaturated image, select the top layer and invert the image. To do this go to Image > adjustments > invert.
With the inverted layer still selected, choose “Colour Dodge” from the layers drop down menu. This will make the image turn white.
Now you need to apply a guassian blur to your layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur. Move the slider to find what level suits your image.
Merge the layers to tidy up the image. You can use the Dodge and Burn tools, or simply the eraser.
It doesn’t look so bad, does it? Now you’re all set to draw and put some colours to it! If you know a different way ‘uncrap’ your photos, please share with me on the comments. I’d love to learn more tricks!
This illustration belongs to the Number Series and is available to purchase here. Thanks!
A friend of mine just reminded me of a very cool app called CamScanner that scan your sketches with an iPhone. This is the result bellow!
Do you believe in astrology?
I personally don’t, but I admit that I have loads of fun reading the characteristics and personality of each sign sometimes. Even though it’s not very scientific, zodiac has always fascinated a lot of people, right?
That’s why I wanted to create a drawing of each zodiacal sign, but making a cute interpretation of their symbols. I started with Scorpio (my sign), followed by Sagittarius and Capricorn – each one done in its correspondent period. So in October I’ll have 12 cute zodiac illustrations for children.
It will be only girls in the drawings and I can easily personalize the hair colours and add the name of your little girl to the print.
The first three were:
Scorpio – with the little girl’s braid mimicking the scorpio’s tail
Sagittarius – with Centaurus being replaced by a little archer on a rocking horse
Capricorn – with the goat replaced by a stuffed goat wearing mermaid tail
So Aquarius is coming next! Stay tuned!
Helena is just over 1 year and a half, is very easy-going, happy and loves dancing. She loves animals, books and is super fan of Sullivan, the main character in Monsters, Inc.
Her mom asked me to create a light hearted and colourful illustration, avoiding the so cliche pink for girls. To give it a sensation of lightness I ended up hanging many of the things she likes the most around her, while she dances. Her mom loved it!
Ana, it was a huge pleasure to draw your beautiful daughter! Thanks!
Hi, my name is Luciana, mother of Nicolas and Lily, my two inspirations. I love creating illustrations that capture the innocence and sweetness of childhood. I hope my artwork can inspire people and open the children's mind to a world of imagination and fantasy. I currently live in the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada. Thanks for your visit! Read more →
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