From Idea to Art Print

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After sharing some of my sketches on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about how I take them from a sketch to a high resolution print. I have two secrets: Adobe Illustrator and Sharpie. Yep you read that right. For prints that involve fine lines and little details (and even patterns for branding designs) I use the Sharpie pens that I picked up at Walgreens to draw it out. It leaves a clean black line with NO bleeding, which is crucial for having a crisp design! It’s no huge secret on how to make those sketches digital, and graphics designers all have different preferences as to which tools they use. Here’s an overview of my personal print making process!

Sketch out guidelines and design ideas using a light lead pencil. 

Sketching with Sharpie Pens

Use your Sharpie pen and add in the delicate details. Take your time here! Sometimes it helps me to stop mid word and stretch out my hand if I’m getting shaky.

Sketching with Sharpie Pens

Sketching with Sharpie Pens

Sketching with Sharpie Pens

After sketching out the design, I’ll use Photoshop and Illustrator to clean up the design and make it high resolution for printing!

And voila! The finished product!

But First, Coffee

 

Happy sketching!

XOXO,
WHITNEY BLAKE

Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Last week my blog bestie wrote a post listing a whole bunch of random things about herself. It was awesome, insightful, and totally cracked me up! I decided a post like that could be really fun to do because I hardly get super personal here on the blog… so here we go! A big ole list of things you probably didn’t know about me!

About Whit

  • I’m downright obsessed with Christmas. I pretty much turn into Elf from November 1st to January 1st.
  • In high school I failed pre-calculus and had to go to summer school… and then in college I got an A+ in Business Calculus. Go figure.
  • While in summer school I learned nothing about math, but I did learn all of the lyrics to The Carter III (which came out that summer) #youngmoolahbaybee
  • I cry when I see ambulances and firetrucks drive past with their lights on.
  • I’ve known my boyfriend since I was in middle school.
  • I have a golden doodle named Lucy and she is a PRINCESS.
  • I graduated with University Honors for completing my research and thesis in Marketing (social media engagement – it was really cool stuff!)
  • Beyoncé is my spirit animal #independantwoman #flawless (y’all already knew that one though)
  • I drive a Wolfsburg Edition VW Jetta and his name is Mad Kind Ludwig, also known as Lu, because I adore Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • I’ve run two half marathons.
  • I was the Science Fair winner four years in a row.
  • I have my black belt in Tae Kwon Do – HIYA!
  • I can break real wooden boards with my foot/hand and I won a national championship in sparring (the fighting).
  • I LOVE LOVE.
  • I want to hire someone local to help with my business (mainly packaging orders) but I feel so awful that I don’t make enough to pay them well. So instead I pile the work on myself
  • I was a lifeguard every summer for 7 years. And I did actually save some lives.
  • When the newest Beyoncé album came out, my best friend came over and we made popcorn, turned out the lights, and watched the entire visual album REALLY LOUD on the ‘big screen’
  • My favorite TV shows are Once Upon A Time (!!!!), New Girl, and Gossip Girl
  • I would rather be Blair than Serena
  • Junior year of college, my roommate and I watched Tangled probably 20 times. It was our go-to when things got really stressful
  • I’m a Harry Potter freak and have read the entire series 4 times through, and my favorite books more than that.
  • I was that girl dressed up at the midnight premier of the Harry Potter books and movies, and read the books AS SOON as they came out.
  • I have a soft spot for fresh flowers, and gardenias are my favorite.
  • In college, I was a part of the Cameron Executive Network (our mentoring program) and my mentor was the former President of HGTV and the Food Network. And Martha Stewart helped pick out her wedding dress. She’s the most inspiring woman I have ever met.
  • I was the President of the UNCW Student Ambassadors.
  • I pump myself up on bad days by listening to the Flawless Remix #LaterHaters (whatever works, right?)
  • My favorite musicians are Bey (duh), Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, and Mumford & Sons.
  • I love writing letters, and David and I wrote to each other during the two and a half years we were long distance.
  • I LOVE being my own boss.
  • When I laugh hard my eyes water so much it looks like I’m crying.
  • I believe that hard work and positive thoughts can make anything happen.

So there you go, a whole list of random things about me!! Now that I’ve spilled, it’s your turn! What’s something we all don’t know about you?

XOXO,
WHITNEYBLAKE