Michelle Wooderson asked in yesterday’s post if I design all of the stamp images myself on my computer, and the answer is yes! I just installed Adobe Illustrator into my PC this past fall and have been *attempting* to teach myself how to use it ever since! I have the major important functions down, but still have a lot to learn.
It is fascinating to me to construct images from basic shapes and simple lines. For example, the grasshopper in Green Thumb took many hours of "play". I started with his head, which was a circle that I stretched and pulled until it became the shape that I wanted. Then I worked on the body, which was created with a slightly altered oval. Than I added his "belly" outline & neck piece by drawing in the shapes by hand using my Wacom Tablet & pen. Then the leg. Oh my goodness! I think I invested about 4 or 5 hours into his leg over the course of two days! It took several attempts and "do-overs" to get it just the way I had envisioned. It took about 40 tries to get his antennae just right too! The finishing tough was his little eye which was just a simple circle, and thank goodness, that was a piece of cake!
Each image has much thought put into it, and I hope it shows! I only create things that I myself would use. Or even better, images that I have always wanted but have never existed!
On a side note, the countdown for our April 15th Papertrey release starts tomorrow, right here! So be sure to stop by to see some fun projects created with the new set!