Thursday, August 8, 2013

B+W Study No. 7

©2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano
I really need to start drawing these in the morning, vs at 11 o'clock at night...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

B+W Study No. 1

I'm picking up where I left off a few months ago, with creating every day. But this time, I'm doing things a little differently. 

I'm still creating patterns, but I want to do a more focused study. Perhaps it's the need for focus, or it could just be the beginning of the school year is in the air. Either way, let's try an experiment. Each month I'll focus on one theme. For August I happened to select 'Black and White: A Study'. 

My drawing for 08.01.2013 is a simple one. It's a shape that I've been drawing since before high school. And it hasn't really changed much. Although, this one is a lined example, and is formed into a circle. 
'Til tomorrow, 

Friday, July 26, 2013


Recently, I've been experimenting with a concept called 'mark-making', which has turned into a bit of an art journal. I'm enjoying this process so much - it's the perfect end to a long day of my very detail-oriented day job. Here I just get to be free and not think too much. So cathartic. 

I've found that my fave medium du jour is gouache paint and super heavy drawing paper (much cheaper than watercolor paper). It's similar to acrylic paint, but can be watered down significantly, in order to create a watercolor effect. It's really the best of both worlds.

I strongly encourage you to give it a go!

mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano
mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano 

mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano
mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano 

mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano
mark making 07.25.13 © 2013 Kristen Davis/ studio pano 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 96- Head in the Clouds

It's been super stormy and rainy, with brief periods of sunny. So, today - Clouds.

Thinking this would be cute on a girl's bedding set.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


For me, it's always been important to be creative - and specifically, to draw and doodle and sketch. For the past several years, I've not left home without a sketchbook. You just never know when The Idea Monster (distant relation to The Flying Spaghetti Monster) is going to send an amazing idea through your brain. You just have to be there to catch it.

I'm a big fan of Photoshop, and quickly becoming a cheerleader for Illustrator. But for me, a pen and sheet of paper is the way to go. Some artists begin with a landscape, others begin with an image. For me, I start with an icon, or several icons if there's a theme. Here I drew my 'Camping' pattern. To begin I drew a tent, lantern, kayak and paddle, compass, and a roaring campfire. Sometimes I get 'success' after the first sketch. Other times it takes a few sketches of the same object before I'm satisfied.
Camping Doodles

Each of these 'doodles' is scanned into Photoshop. I break the scan into pieces, cleaning up each icon and saving each as an individual file (in case I want to use it in a later design), and then import each as a layer to Illustrator. And then the magic happens...

I take each icon and add color. When I've got each just right, I move them around my artboard until I've got a placement that seems to work. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to over three hours. What can I say, I'm picky when it comes to my art. : )

Next, I save the file as an .ai and as a .jpg for the web. Then, ta-dah! It's ready for the portfolio or to be posted here.
Let's Go Camping!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Day 95 - Let's Go Camping!

I've been having the strong urge to camping and kayaking... and my social media friends are only increasing this! So, here's my take on the Great Outdoors:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 90 - Geo Tiles

Lots of paths this new art bit could go - trying not to get overwhelmed with the possibilities. Though I know I'd like to screen print a few products - perhaps some tea towels and napkins, scarves and tote bags? We'll see....

Each one of these blocks could be enlarged to be a tea towel or napkin, but I do like the look of the tiles.