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I have a few new kid’s birthday party invitations now for sale over on Minted this week! Kids illustration is always a favorite of mine, so this challenge was particularly fun for me.

Mod Conductor Kids Birthday Invitation | Kayla King for Minted.comMod Conductor Kids Birthday Invitation | Kayla King for Minted.com

When I designed “Mod Conductor“, I wanted to create a train invitation for girls. I love that there are companies out there who are trying to get more girls interested STEM fields (have you seen THIS?!), and this invitation and color palette aimed to acknowledge that.  Girls can be into trains AND like pink.  It’s totally cool, didn’t you know? More of my latest collection for Minted after the jump….

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by Kayla on 06/10/2014

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Painted Floral Hello - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com Vintage Ride - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com

I have a couple new personalized stationery designs available over on Minted…just in time for the holidays!  Painted Floral Hello is perfect for the ladies, while Vintage Ride is great for the dude in your life (who’s not afraid of sending a handwritten letter, that is).  Minted is also offering 15% off when you buy 3 or more gifts (stationery, art prints, journals, photo calendars…), but hurry, the code is only available for a limited time!

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by Kayla on 12/09/2013

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I designed a couple of posters last week for a contest held by the San Diego Latino Film Festival.  I love entering these things as it forces me to think outside my comfort zone a bit.  What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 12/04/2013

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50s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com60s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com70s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com80s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com90s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com

Maybe I’ve been watching too many SATC, Friends, and Seinfeld reruns, maybe it’s having watched The Breakfast Club for the first time over the weekend (WHAT?!. I KNOW). Maybe it’s the new project I’m working on, but I had a little fun over the weekend drawing some ladies by decade the last few days. I kept the face shape the same, but changed the hair, shirt, and glasses to reflect the appropriate decade to which each belongs. Can you guess the decade each gal belongs to?

You can see more of my work and plenty of silly characters in my portfolio.

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by Kayla on 08/26/2013

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Zoo Parade by Kayla King
Happy Friday everyone!  Today I wanted to share a new illustration that I did for Minted last week, along with the process behind it.  I often get asked about my drawing process, so this post is a long time coming.  I’ll do my best to break it down, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.  I’m happy to share my secrets (p.s. they’re not at all secret).

So the first thing I always start with is a sketch.  It doesn’t matter if I’m hand inking the drawing (as in this particular piece) or drawing straight into Photoshop or Illustrator, I feel most comfortable with a pencil and paper and feel that it helps me get my ideas out in a way that is much less restrictive than if I draw straight from my crazy brain into the computer.  This piece was designed for Minted.com, for a children’s art challenge.  My goal was to create a piece that was fun and illustrative that kids would enjoy looking at in their room, but could be personalized as a gift for new parents, as well.

I like to start with a small thumbnail sketch (or sketches), trying to think out the initial composition.  You will see here that all I knew at this point was that I wanted some animals and instruments.  I wanted the animals to all come from the same region of the world so it didn’t seem haphazard, so I went with Africa.  I made a list off to the left of my sketch of a bunch of animals that seemed like they might work in this piece. I didn’t end up using all of them, but it’s a good reference to be able to come back to if you get stuck later.  I also made a list of instruments commonly found in a marching band.  I would have loved to have had the lion playing the banjo, but for consistency, I took it out, as banjo’s aren’t found in marching bands.

Next, I laid out rough sketches of the animals in approximate body positions with the instruments I wanted them to be playing.  I also started to think about putting them in band uniforms here.  You’ll see the instruments and uniforms change throughout the process.

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After rough sketching, I like to take a first pass at inking.  I use tracing paper and micron pens for this task.  I used a Micron .005 here.

I wanted to show the evolution of some of the animals here.  I first had an antelope where the zebra was, but I felt like I needed a visually heavier animal here, so I drew a zebra instead.  I felt like the stripes of the zebra lent a better visual weight in that space.
Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

I thought about incorporating a honey badger, but he didn’t have quite the character of meerkat, so he was nixed. Hedgehog swapped out a harmonica for a simplified take on a bugle.  I also started thinking about how to add personalized elements.  Hedgehog got a hat and banner for this purpose.
Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingZoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Once I got all the animals worked out with their approximate personalized elements and locations, I overlayed the entire piece with a fresh sheet of trace paper. I inked the entire piece all together at this point and scanned it into the computer.  A little cleanup in Photoshop using Levels and the eraser tool and it looked pretty good to me.  Time to bring it into Illustrator for color and text.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingIn Illustrator, I began by coloring the band uniforms using the pen tool.  I chose a pink fill color for now.  I also added some vector music notes.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingAs I colored, I made groups of all the same elements: band uniforms, sheet music, banners, cheeks, and birds.  This makes it easy to select everything in one color group later on.  Alternatively, you can click on the element you want to change color and then Select>Same to select everything with the same fill, stroke, or both.  It’s pretty handy.

Once I had everything pathed where I wanted color, I added in the personalized text.  I used the type on a path tool for some of the curved text elements.

Now, Minted always wants 2-3 colorways for their artwork, so I went ahead and created some different color groups.  I made sure to group all the color elements together and then simply copied that group twice, right on top of itself.  I turned off the two new groups to focus on the colors for this first colorway.  I knew I liked the fuscia, so that’s where I started.  Here’s a handy tool in Illustrator for quickly looking at different color combinations: in your panels, you’ll find a little tool called “Color Guide”. With your base color selected, click on the color guide.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

This tool gives you a palette of colors based on your selected color. You have shades to the left and tints to the right.  Now, these colors were a little boring for me, so within this Color Guide tool, there is another one located at the bottom of the palette.  It looks like a color wheel and is a tool to edit or apply colors.  Click it.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Within this command, you can look at lots of different color combinations very quickly.  The drop down box at the top shows you different color combinations on the color wheel.

Process-9Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingIf you click on the edit tab within this tool, you can check out all the colors in that color group.  You can view the color wheel three different ways and recolor your art quickly based on the new base color you choose.  For example, I am looking at the color wheel in a segmented view here.  I’ve moved the primary color over to the yellow area and chosen “Tetrad 2″ under the Harmony Rules tab.  When I check the “recolor art” box at the bottom left, BOOM!  Color palette changed.  The possibilities are endless. You can also save interesting color palettes so you can apply them later.

I wanted to share this trick in case some of you hadn’t played with it before.  Not only is is a neat way to see lots of different color combos, it’s a huge time saver.  Bonus.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingThe final three color schemes I came up with are below:

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingNow, all I have to do is turn my text back on and the piece is finished!

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Did you guys like this post? Would you be interested in seeing more process posts? If so (or if not), let me know! Hollar back on Twitter @InklingPaper or in the comments below!

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by Kayla on 07/12/2013

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Cycling Sausage by Kayla King for minted.com | tinyinklings.comGood morning!  I just wanted to pop in and share a little illustration that I did for the latest design challenge over on Minted. This cycling dachshund was inspired by my two sausage dogs, Indy and Fritz.  We caught Fritz dreaming the other day and running and woofing in his sleep.  I can only imagine the things he dreams about, but I like to think that racing to the finish line in doggles on his vintage bicycle is one of them.

If you felt so inclined to cast a vote for my work over on Minted, you can do so here.  Thanks!

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by Kayla on 07/10/2013

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Just wanted to share a pattern I worked on lately.  I’ve been practicing making my illustrations into repeatable patterns and it’s been a lot of fun!  To see more of my illustrations, click here.

Kitchen Essentials by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 06/12/2013

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Fractions Party Decor by Kayla King for Minted
I’ve got a new line of party decor available on Minted! This suite is called Fractions and there are just tons of different elements available to make your next party super special. I had a lot of fun designing this suite, which would be great for a baby shower to a bridal shower, to a little girl’s birthday party. It comes in lots of fun colors, so if you’re planning a party, check it out! Minted also has tons of other really fun designs available here, too.

To see more of my work available on Minted, click here!

Fractions Party Decor by Kayla King for Minted Fractions Party Decor by Kayla King for Minted Fractions Party Decor by Kayla King for Minted Fractions Party Decor by Kayla King for Minted

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by Kayla on 05/16/2013

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Little Spy greeting card by Kayla King for Minted.com | tinyinklings.com

Minted has a new selection of customizable greeting cards and birthday cards available on their site.  What’s so great about it?  Don’t you just love being able to buy one card? Not a set, just one.  And what if you could customize it with the recipient’s name?  Well, I’d feel pretty special if I received a card like that.

Up top, there, is my Little Spy.  She’s on the lookout for a good party, as any tween girl would be.

Minted greeting cards | tinyinklings.com
I thought I’d share some of my other favorites from the site (although there are so many great ones, it was really hard to narrow it down to four). Clockwise from top left:

01. Doodle Words by Althea and Ruth
02. Muted Bouquet by Moglea
03. Beaming by Nocciola Design
04. Constellation by Brie Zacher

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by Kayla on 05/03/2013

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The Neighbors by Kayla King for Minted.com | tinyinklings.comWild Bouquet by Kayla King for Minted.com | tinyinklings.comJust popping in this morning to share that I have two new art prints available on MintedThe Neighbors and Wild Bouquet.  I think Wild Bouquet would make a great framed piece as a gift for Mother’s Day.  Just sayin’.  :)

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by Kayla on 04/29/2013

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