illustration

I could get lost on Behance.  There’s so much crazy talent over there that it makes me both incredibly inspired and a bit envious all at the same time.  So instead of hoarding away all of the gorgeous art, design, and illustrations I see every week, I’d like to share them with you in the hopes that you, too, will be as inspired as I am.  Sorry in advance about the art envy.

For this first week, I’d like to share the work of illustrator Lisk Feng.  Lisk is originally from China, but is now living in Maryland and is pursuing her MFA in illustration at MICA.  She has published several books in China and I can only hope that she publishes here in the States so I can get my hot little hands on her work.

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Check out more of Lisk’s work on her website or over on Behance.

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by Kayla on 06/12/2014

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Spring Patterns by Kayla King | tinyinklings.comHappy Monday, friends!  While I had big plans to sow seeds in my garden over the weekend, I didn’t get to do it since it pretty much rained non-stop for three days.  That didn’t keep me from staring out the windows, garden planning, and being taunted by my stone fruit trees, which are just beginning to bloom.  C’mon Spring!

On Sunday, as John went off to work, I decided to spend the morning working on some patterns.  Remember this mood board I made for the Skillshare class I was taking (which I never finished, whoops)?  I kept looking back at it and decided to use it as my starting point.  I was really feeling that peach in the center, so the peach juice and leaves came from that.  The stripes were washi-inspired, and the burst was derived from that image on the bottom-right (although I like to think that’s what Spring does to us.  She sneaks up all cloaked in dark rain clouds and sadness and then bursts forth, all “Holla!  I’m here!”).

Spring Patterns by Kayla King | tinyinklings.comI thought it would be fun to offer up these patterns as a little freebie for you guys.  Print one and use it to make gift tags!  Print a bunch and use them to wrap a gift or make a journal cover!  You guys are creative, use your imagination! :) If you make anything super fun with them, tag me in a pic on Instagram (@tinyinklings).  I’d love to see!

CLICK HERE to download Spring Patterns

CLICK HERE to download Spring Patterns Gift Tags

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by Kayla on 03/03/2014

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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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Do The Twist - Moodboard by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com
I’m working on a really fun project right now doing graphic design and illustration for a local business in San Luis Obispo. The end product will be an A-frame sidewalk board used for advertising in a very visible part of the downtown area. I’m really excited about this one. The client wanted something 60′s inspired with lots of color and texture. This is the mood board I put together for the project. Can’t wait to share more!

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by Kayla on 08/27/2013

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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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There’s always that person, no matter where you go, no matter where you work, that makes you just want to rip your hair out. I’ve been struggling with a person like this at my day job for a while now and I think I finally need to say something. Any advice on how to deal with a difficult person at work (specifically one whose position is quite above mine)?

My apologies for a rainy Monday (emotionally speaking). It’s not always rainbows and unicorns over here, but I’m hoping some of you can relate. And here’s a cute sheep drawing to make up for the downer post.

Illustration from my Cargo

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by Kayla on 07/29/2013

tagged as , in ART,MY LIFE

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.
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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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Coconut Vanilla Lime Pops | tinyinklings.comI have to admit, we are such babies here on the Central Coast of California when it comes to actual weather.  If it drops below 50, people go crazy with the scarves and hats.  If it starts to rain, stay off the highway.  Seriously, people do not know how to drive in the rain.  And, perhaps, worst of all, when temperatures “soar” above 85, everyone starts to complain about the heat.  The trick is having a secret stash of tricks to beat the heat.  Mine include a fan, a sprinkler and bathing suit in the back yard, going to the beach, and ice pops.  Lots of ice pops.

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You guys know me, though.  I can’t just go out and buy popsicles.  Not only are the store bought ones often (not always), loaded with refined sugar and other unpronounceable ingredients, but it’s so easy to make your own, you’ll wonder why you never did.  This time around, I dug through my pantry and found a can of coconut milk, a jar of honey, and a jar of vanilla bean paste (graciously sent to me by the folks over at Singing Dog Vanilla).  I had two limes left from a party the previous weekend.  Perfect.  All these ingredients were just begging to be put together, so I obliged.  The result is a creamy, limey ice pop with a hint of vanilla.  Perfect for days when hot means 80°.  I know.  Wusses.

Coconut Vanilla Lime Pops | tinyinklings.comCoconut Vanilla Lime Pops by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com

Coconut Vanilla Lime Pops
makes 4 ice pops

Ingredients

1 can full-fat coconut milk (organic if you can find it)
juice of 1/2 a large lime
zest of 2 limes
1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste*
1 tsp. organic honey**

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Pour mixture into ice pop mold and Freeze until solid.  Enjoy on a hot day!

*If you can’t find vanilla bean paste, substitute 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste for 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and pod discarded.  Increase honey to 2 tsp.

**Make it vegan and swap the honey for agave nectar!

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by Kayla on 07/08/2013

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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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