Helen Dardik

I get a little bored talking about myself sometimes. I’m really not that interesting! But Helen Dardik is!

Ok, so I am just going to blurt this out. I LOVE Helen Dardik! Her illustrations are fun, colourful and always manage to put a smile on my face. I recently brought a print from Helen’s Etsy store. Can you believe she took the time to draw the most delightful illustration with black sharpie all over the envelope! I mean, this artist is one busy lady bit still managed to take the time out to make a boring envelope look pretty. And yes, I will be treasuring that envelope for ever!

Helen is represented by Lilla Rogers and is featured in Blogs and magazines everywhere, most recently the latest copy of Flow where her delightful illustrations are scattered throughout the magazine in the form of stickers and full page prints.

Helen Dardik was born in Russia, spent several years in Siberia and trained at the ORT School of Art and Design in Israel. She now resides in Canada where she has started her own independent design and illustration firm.

You can find Helen’s Etsy store here. Make sure you check our her website and blog too. I’m sure you will be absolutely delighted by her illustrations.

Helen Dardik

Helen Dardik

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a fun pattern, busy with florals and friendly dogs...

Helen Dardik

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Bolt Fabric Pattern Assignment – Make Art that Sells – Part 2

After completing my mini assignment, our full assignment was revealed on Sunday. There was 1 major issue with our full assignment – I had to use my fruit and pyrex artwork to create a pattern but we were limited to a palette of only 8 colours. I found this rather challenging as I LOVE using lots of colour in my artwork.

So I had to go back and redraw all the little icons I was going to use in my pattern. But it worked out well in the end. After playing around with the placement of the fruit on my pattern, I realised that it was a little boring and rather busy and cluttered. I wanted my pattern to tell a story and the eye to be drawn to different pieces within the pattern. That’s when I came up with the idea of drawing some cute little Carmen Miranda’s and using these as larger icons in my pattern.

After drawing my different versions of Carmen Miranda and adding her to the pattern, I kept on thinking to myself, what would Lilla (or another agent) say if they saw this? What would they like and what would they change? I could go on forever changing things and second guessing my choices but in the end I think that part of the process is trusting your own judgement and knowing when to step away and say, ok, I’m done!

So here it is, my finished piece that I submitted. It would be lovely if my piece was picked by Lilla Rodgers to be critiqued as I would love the feedback but there are over 150 artists in my class and only a few pieces get picked each week. But please, feel free to let me know what you think.

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Make Art that Sells – Part 1

make-art-that-sells-lilla-rodgersToday I received my first assignment from Lilla Rodgers ‘Make Art that Sells’ e-course. I was so excited about getting started that I rushed through the instructions, so eager to start doodling some ideas that I had to take a step back, make a cup of tea and re-read the instructions! Our first assignment, or mini-assignment as she calls them (to prepare us for the big-un that is coming) we had to study and draw tropical fruits and Pyrex dishes.

This week it’s all about the Bolt Fabric industry and we will be eventually turning our designs into repeatable patterns that can be printed on fabric. The wonderful thing about this course is the Make Art that Sells Facebook page Lilla has set up for our classroom. Meeting, sharing ideas and drawing inspiration from the amazing artists in my class is just wonderful. It’s so amazing to see how different people approach the same assignment.

Over the next five weeks, I thought it would be fun to blog about my experiences and share my work with you.

Here are my first pieces. Unfortunately I don’t have much tropical fruit on hand and won’t be flying anywhere tropical for a while! So I began by looking up images on Google and doodling lots and lots of sketches on paper. I scanned my doodles into Illustrator and finished them off by vectorising them.

I can’t wait to learn how to put all the pieces together into a pattern.

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Goth Family Clipart Set

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I’m finally back from holiday! I spent an amazing two weeks in Singapore and Malaysia. I took my doodle pad and pencils away with me and got lots of sketches done. For some reason, I always feel so inspired when I am on holidays. I suppose it’s because I’m away from my computer screen, experiencing the world and seeing lots of wonderful new things.

Anyway, I loved this gothic house I sketched and decided to play around with it a bit and see what I could do with it. I bought some Artline pencils and some nice paper, got my husband to make me a lightbox at work and then I traced and changed and traced some more, adding details and lines until I was happy. I decided that it would be cute to add a little family with the house.

I love the jagged, imperfect lines. I think it adds a little whimsy to the whole image.

What do you think?

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To find out more or if you would like to purchase this set, you can find the Goth Family clipart set listing here

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Free Rabbit Clipart

free-rabbit-clipart-header-blog-01I’ve been doing lots of doodling lately in preparation for the e-course I will be starting soon with Lilla Rogers (so excited)! I have been sharing my ‘doodles’ on Facebook and had lots of lovely feedback. I think people find it interesting when they can see the process of my illustrations from sketch to final digital design.

A few days back I created a sketch of a Rabbit and Bird and shared it on my Facebook page. I played around with it for a whole day in Illustrator and came up with three different digital designs. I couldn’t decide which one I liked best so I left it up to a vote.

I have tallied up the results today and here they are:

1) 29 votes
2) 4 votes
3) 24 votes

Thank you to all who voted. It’s wonderful to get some insight on my work and find out what people like.

As promised, I am offering the winning design as a free download. But I was a little conflicted since Rabbit 1 and 3 were so close on the tally. So I have decided to offer both of them to you for free, Yippee!

Each Rabbit is saved as a high resolution png file with a transparent background.

You can download your Free Rabbit Clipart here

Please note that my Free Rabbit clipart is for personal use only. If you would like a commercial use license, please contact me to arrange.

Enjoy!

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Big School Girl

Let’s just say that I don’t cope with heat well. Give me a 35 degree day, no problems. Hell, I’ll even take a 38 degree day quite happily, as long as I am next to a large water supply i.e pool, beach or river and have a tub of sunscreen on hand, I’m happy. But anything over 40 and I’m a blubbering, sweaty, moaning mess and I have been a blubbering, sweaty, moaning mess twice this week! I shouldn’t complain though. Some of my customers on the other side of the world have told me that they are snowed in! I can’t even imagine what that would be like.

Despite the weather, my little girl started her first day at school yesterday. I couldn’t help but tear up a little when she tried on her uniform and although it was two sizes too big for her, it was just so darn cute. When we walked her into her new classroom, she took a seat, turned around and said with a big smile on her face “You can go now” and I knew that she was going to be just fine. Walking back to the car, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad that my baby was growing up.

 

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Despite the heat and my emotional mummy state over my big school girl, it was work as usual. Here are some new clip art sets I have been working on this week. I know a few of you are still waiting patiently for my photoshop tutorial. It’s coming, I promise! I tend to over do tutorials so I am trying to trim it back a little before it becomes a novel! Well, that’s it from me this week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. X

 

 

That’s what little Boys are made of…

What are little boys made of?

 

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Kim Wallace Ceramics

Beautiful Ceramics from Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace Ceramics
My family and I ventured back to Portarlington this weekend to celebrate Australia day weekend. My Fiancé decided to take his old Ford XC out for a drive (Mad Max style!). The poor thing has been locked up in the garage for 6 months collecting dust. But 10 minutes into the drive, we decided it was not so fun on a 36 degree day with out any air conditioning! Man, oh man, was it hot! But we made it to Portarlington in once piece and I managed to slink away for a little shopping trip too. Bonus!

I discovered some beautiful ceramics for sale in a store in Geelong and instantly feel in love with them. When I found out they were from Kim Wallace Ceramics, I raced home and looked her up on the internet to see what else she had in their range.

Kim Wallace lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia and works from her studio there. She was born and raised in the Netherlands but has been calling Australia home since 2000. She has a background in Graphic Design but left her job as a senior designer to start her own business making ceramics and never looked back since. Kim often collaborates with other artist to create unique designs for her beautiful range of plates, cups, bowls and christmas decorations.

 

Vintage Lace Collection – Elodie medium platter in dusty pink

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Vintage Lace Collection – Elodie medium platter in sage green

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Ebb Tide Collection – Pebble Plate with hand carved pattern

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Ebb Tide Collection – Pebble Plate aqua with hand carved pattern

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Aves Collection – Porcelain bowl shallow with Cheeky Scrub Wren

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Aves Collection – Porcelain beaker with Perching Scrub Wren

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Be sure to check our her website at www.kwceramics.com.au to find more treasures in her beautiful collections.

New Clip Art Sets

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I haven’t managed to get as much done this week due to the long weekend but I managed to finish some requests for Camo Babies and Cowboy Babies! I have also received lots of requests for Seamless digital papers so I have started with two sets. Each of these sets contain 9 separate 12 inch x 12 inch papers plus a tile set of 12. There will be lots more seamless digital paper and pattern sets to come so stay tuned.

 

Camo Babies Clip Art Set

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Cowboy Babies Clip Art Set

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Roxy Seamless Digital Paper Set

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Abbey Seamless Digital Paper Set

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New Blog Posts

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I have had a lovely customer of mine ask me how to add more ‘space’ around some clip art images she had purchased from me. So I wrote a little tutorial for her and shared it on my blog. I have also written a tutorial on how to change colors quickly and easily in Illustrator. This technique is something that I use very often to test out different color schemes on my digital paper and clip art sets.

Illustrator Artboard Tutorial

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How to change colors in Illustrator the quick and easy way

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What’s to come?

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I am currently working on a new tutorial on how to change the colors of graphics in Photoshop so will hopefully get that posted over the next few days. I am also putting together lots of fun ideas for my Wedding – Yep, that’s right, I finally got a diamond ring! So now I am in a wedding planning frenzy! I found some exciting things at the local Portarlington markets this weekend so I have some great Handmade Wedding ideas I am going to try out and share with you all.

Well, that’s it from me tonight. Until next time X

 

 

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Free Bird Clipart

Free Bird Clipart

Note: If you want to skip my rambling and get to the good stuff – the free bird clipart that is – scroll to the bottom of this post. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.

Today’s shopping trip and complete credit card burner!

I know I’m in trouble when I get a text from my friend Alex Butta asking me to join her for a shopping trip. Alex is an interior designer extraordinaire and very passionate about all things decorating. As she jumps into the front seat of my car and pulls out her little notepad with a list of shop names she’s scribbled down for the days adventure, I can’t help but feel that my credit card is going to take a serious beating.

Our first stop is at the Matt Blatt warehouse in Richmond. I’m pretty excited because I just love the Matt Blatt website and only now discovered that they have a Warehouse! What!! We visited 6 stores but my favourite stop was a little store on Swan St called Nelson Brown. Owner Leigh Kitching and her husband Simon Kitching display and sell their beautiful artworks in store and also stock some fantastic gifts and homewares, including my favourite cushions from Lumiere Art + Co. I just loved the Australian Native Birds theme throughout the store.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this quirky little store, visit the Nelson Brown website.

I’m feeling totally inspired after our little shopping trip. I’ve got some great clip art sets in mind that I will be working on next week so stay tuned.

This weeks new Clip Art Sets

And here’s a wrap up of this weeks new clip art sets. You can click on each image to view or purchase the clip art.

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Free Bird Clipart

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And now for the good stuff. I am giving away 1 Bird from my Flower Birds clipart set. I chose the Pink one because she’s my favourite. This Pink Bird is saved at 12 inches in width as a high resolution png file with a transparent background. You may use this bird for personal and commercial use but please read and abide by my terms of use.

You can download my Free Bird clipart by clicking on the link directly below. Enjoy :)

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I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Until next time.

Lamai X

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogging for Creatives

I had an interesting conversation with a customer on Facebook yesterday. She has just started her own blog and we briefly chatted about how challenging starting a blog was. Although she had worked at an advertising company, she said that she found it easier to express herself through her artwork than it was through the written word.

I can totally sympathise with her. I have spent so long expressing myself through my artwork that it has almost become a habit for me to hide behind it. It’s a funny thing that I spent my earlier years trying to be like other artists, copying their styles and techniques. But it wasn’t until I finally came out of my shell and discovered that I had my own artistic voice that people started to respond to my work.

So, being true to myself and having confidence in my own artistic voice has been the best lesson I have learnt.

I believe that the same may be the case when it comes to blogging. Although I follow lots of wonderful blogs, I steer away from being another ‘them’. I truly believe that people will respond better if I just ‘be me’! So it is my aim to write about things that I am truly passionate about and reflect my personality. I find it so much easier to write when you want to share something you are so excited about that you are ready to burst! That’s when my fingers start clicking away on the keyboard at a hundred miles an hour!

As mentioned on my Facebook page, I have read a fair few blogging books but I wanted to recommend a book called ‘Blogging for Creatives’ by Robin Houghton. Robin covers a wide range of subjects like:

  • Blogging Tools and Technology
  • Creating eye catching blogs
  • Creating great content
  • Promoting your blog

I have read this book from cover to cover but keep it handy as it is a great book to refer back to when you need help or are stuck on something.

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Anyway, enough of my rambling! I finished a new clip art set today called Sock Monkeys. Why Sock Monkeys? Well, I have seen an abundance of sock monkeys at all the homeware stores I have been visiting lately. They have been around for a while but are obviously back in vogue. I have been trying to find one for my son’s room but am still searching for that perfect sock monkey!

My Sock Monkeys clip art set comes with 8 separate Sock Monkeys in different colour schemes, each saved as a high resolution png file with a transparent background. Click here to view my Sock Monkey clip art set.

Until next time. X

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Eclectica

Pakington Street in Geelong is one of my favourite places to shop. And although it reached 35 degrees today, we braved the heat and ventured out for a little shopping trip. I’m glad I did because I discovered a cute and colourful store by the name of Eclectica. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the most cheerful welcome from store owner Amanda and her mother Patsy.

Eclectica is a homeware and gifts store and Amanda’s bubbly, energetic and quirky style has been expressed in every corner of her bursting store. It was full of so many goodies, my eyes didn’t know where to start looking!

Amanda joked about her store being cluttered but I absolutely loved it. It felt as if I were on a treasure hunt. I just adore the mix of colours and textures and of course an abundance of handmade goodies.

Eclectica can be found at:
148 Packington Street
West Geelong

Or follow Amanda on her instagram account ECLECTICA or Facebook page

Thank you Amanda for letting me photograph your beautiful store. I will be returning soon to purchase more goodies.

 

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