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The "Illustrated" Advent Christmas Challenge

Well it"s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, if only in my head. My imagination is full of snowflakes and twinkle lights all aglow. Walks in the winter snow and skiing through the woods. Eggnog lattes. Unfortunately, out my window  the rain is pouring down and the weather quite balmy. Not so good when you live in a ski town. Christmas Advent Series - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I am thankful for Faye Browns creation of this years #adventchallenge2014. A month-long challenge of  christmas prompts to illustrate, photograph, sketch and be inspired by. I have been enjoying every minute and have to admit it has helped me get in the spirit of the Christmas season. I have included a few of my favourites to date. I will admit I am already a wee bit behind, but that's ok with me now ( I had to talk myself down the first day I missed, but now I realize it really is all Ok:) Christmas, Illustration, vintage ornaments I like to use these challenges to try new things. Maybe a new combination of colors or some different hand drawn textures. Anything that gets me excited to jump in and get immersed. Christmas, Illustration, ornaments I have found this challenge to be a good exercise for practicing my hand lettering and characters, yes....those things with eyes. Why is it always so much easier to just draw a flower? I will be tweaking all of these  designs in the New Year and making them ready for art licensing gigs, but for now it feels good to get some new ideas down on paper. I can play around with them later and add the on trend colours and style. Christmas, Illustration. polar bear,   There are loads of gorgeous designs over on Instagram under #adventhallenge2014. As Faye says herself, popping by the challenge daily is like opening up your very own advent calendar. I have been enjoying all the colour and interesting interpretations of Christmas. Christmas, Illustration, christmas sweaters There is still  time to join in if interested. There is no pressure to create everyday, but if you have some time and need a little christmas inspiration then this is an easy place to start. Get a head start on your Christmas designs for 2016! All info on Instagram under #adventchallenge2014 Below are links to a few of the designers creating their own  advent calendars, either as part of the challenge or own their own accord. Groovity Genine Delahaye Flora Waycott Dawn Machell The Print Tree Tracey English Sally Payne Mondaland Lindsay Buck Rebecca Stoner Happy Holidays to all!
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Inspired by print & pattern - geometrics

Have you heard the latest, greatest news? Marie Perkins of the infamous Print & Pattern blog is publishing yet another book to add to her ever-growing, wonderful ,collection of print & pattern books! This one is all about geometrics! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Time to get out your pens and paint! Lots of time left to get working and submit. Due date is September 7th, 2013. "We will be using the term 'geometrics' loosely with all kinds of abstract shapes, motifs and patterns (and not just those using exact mathematical style geometry) being included. " I am not sure if these are considered geometrics, but once I started it was hard to stop! I like to think of it as the zen of doodling. julie hamilton designs  {artistically afflicted blog} I have started a few patterns because that's how I like to work, but thinking I may submit some collage art as well. "We are looking for patterns, illustrations and prints that use circles, squares, triangles, chevrons, stripes, dots and dashes, polygons, facets, and all other kinds of imaginative shapes" I am liking "imaginative shapes"..snowflakes? julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Not really sure if these are considered "geometrics". I may have to get a second and third opinion before I submit.What do you think? I did enjoy the process and I can see adapting these towards Christmas. No work is ever wasted! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} A little more on the geometric side of things... julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} How about some paper collage turned pattern? Lots of opportunity to play around with ideas for this one! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I really like the idea of pulling these out again and re-working them. They have always been one of my favorites because they remind me so much of the paper collage work I love to do. I think these have some directional issues, but once worked out would fit quite nicely into the category. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I am sure you also have some old geometric prints or pattern that could be renewed! Need some Inspiration? Try these Pinterest boards http://pinterest.com/darnitalhoward/geometric-patterns/ http://pinterest.com/sarah_bagshaw/surface-pattern-circles/ http://pinterest.com/sarah_bagshaw/surface-pattern-lines/ http://pinterest.com/juliehdesigns/inspiration-line,mark,texture For more information on all of the Print & Pattern books , have a look at the Print & Pattern bookstore on Amazon.  Be very, very careful - it is highly addictive. Lots of visual eye candy! Don't forget to visit her blog too for daily doses of inspiration! Well, the summer is quickly coming to a close here in Whistler. The days are definitely getting shorter and the blankets and fireplace have come out for patio entertaining. I am a bit sad, but also a little excited. I like to treat Sept 1st as my second chance. A chance to re-assess my direction for 2013. A chance to accomplish all the goals I set out to achieve at the beginning of the year. I am happy to say that I think things are running along tikkity-boo! See you next week!
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What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do! I am creatively curious! I love to see the process of how one's mind works from start to finish. artistically afflicted, julie hamilton designs Rosie Martinez-Dekker is a Mexican designer based in The Netherlands.Rosie graduated in graphic and textile design in the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City .After working several years as textile designer, art director and in the business side of textiles and apparel she decided, with her husband, to form Believe Creative studio in 2011. Believe Creative Studio creates prints & patterns focused on design for baby, children and teens products. Rosie style is whimsical, colorful, playful and fun.She creates both digitally and hand painted.
Today, Rosie will be sharing with us the creative process behind the development of her logo and website. Ta-da! Here she is! artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What inspires you to create? 
My inspiration comes from my everyday life, what I am feeling what I am doing, what is happening around me. For instance the illustration of the cats below was created a night that my cat, named Prunilla, was meowing in the studio,she wanted to go out for a night walk.So I added a little bit of my own imagination  and a new design was born.
I also like to find inspiration in pinterest, magazines and design blogs in general. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What medium do you like to create in?
I love to create in watercolor and gouache, I love to design directly in paper and play with water and colors.
Just a year ago I started also designing in Illustrator, and use the drawing tablet (Wacom) for the free sketchy style that I love so much. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
Do you keep an art journal? How do you keep track of all of your ideas and inspiration?
I have a sketchbook but I have to confess that I am not very disciplined in sketching every time I create a pattern. I am a right in the moment kind of girl, so if I need inspiration I look for it in the moment and if necessary I sketch something right before starting creating. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
Do you work on just one design from start to finish or do you have a number of different designs on the go?
I  only go for one design, I do not do trials and colors ways, sometimes I just play with the background color, and that makes my design process easy and fast. [caption id="attachment_4579" align="aligncenter" width="560"]artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs Color Moodboard for creation of logo and website[/caption]
Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own personal inspiration?
I prefer my personal inspiration and my own briefs and mood boards. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What time of the day are you most creative?
After 2pm. Is weird, but I do not manage starting early, I normally start my day sporting, walking my dogs, doing stuff, then after I had a nice lunch is when I feel more inspired and ready to create! {artistically afflicted blog} julie hamilton designs
Thank you Rosie! Your branding totally suits you. It was interesting to see how it came about. Please be sure to have a look at Rosie's Look Book. The link is below. It's very impressive. You will be very inspired to make your very own Look bBook.I want her to make one for me!
Links website: www.believe-cs.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believecstudio
twitter: @BelieveCstudio blog: http://believecreativestudio.blogspot.nl
linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosamartinezdekker I will be back again on Thursday with another What does your creative process look like? blogpost featuring Femi Ford!
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A gift from Petra Kern Designs

Look what I received in my mailbox! Petra Kern, artistically afflicted blog Thank you so much Petra Kern! I was fortunate to win this beautiful, handmade journal on Petra's blog  just a few weeks ago. I have been excited, patiently waiting for its arrive all the way from Slovenia. Petra Kern designs, artistically afflicted blog Who doesn't love a notebook? The perfect place to record thoughts, jot down a favorite recipe or doodle a beautiful motif for a future pattern. I am very impressed with the quality and I admit to setting a high standard for my notebooks. The paper is smooth with a good weight.Perfect for use with black ink, my tool of preference. Petra Kern journal, artistically afflicted blog I really enjoy looking at all of Petra's design work. Her work is hand drawn with ink, watercolor  and acrylic paint. She leans towards florals that are feminine and intricate. I love her attention to detail. Petra Kern, artistically afflicted blog Petra Kern, artisticallyafflicted blog I admire her use of color. She has a wonderful way of combining colors that just make me feel happy! Petra has a lovely portfolio on her website. Pop over for some more beautiful examples of her work. Make sure to check out her mixed media paintings too. Petra Kern, artistically afflicted blog Petra Kern, artistically afflicted blog I am very happy to have met Petra through The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course. Since graduating she has started her own creative business and is actively pursuing her dreams as a full time surface pattern designer. She is an inspiration. To find out more Petra, please drop by her website and facebook page. To purchase your own lovely journal, please drop by her etsy store. Petra Kern Designs Petra Kern Design ~ Etsy  Petra Kern Designs ~ Facebook I cant believe it is March already! Enjoy every minute.
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Inspired by...pattern making tutorials

My paper, paint, pen and pattern addiction continues.I am feeling very satisfied with my progress of combining all medium into the world of pattern. As I like to say~ pattern making is a bit like putting together all the pieces of a puzzle. Slightly addictive and very satisfying. I am already looking forward to spring and its just barely winter. I made the above piece into a brick repeat pattern, but I am thinking it may be better as a simple placement print. I think I will make a collection of patterns around it using the motifs involved in it. . I am slowly trying to build up a portfolio of work and this piece will be for children. Did anyone else out there get a little carried away with Cyber Monday shopping? I didn't know online shopping could be so stressful.There were so many fantastic discounts. I felt very lucky to get a sweet deal on a series of Laura Coyles Illustrator and pattern making classes. If you are interested in online, digital classes, you must have a look at reneepearson.com ~ digital training for artists. They have a large selection of self- paced and instructor led online classes. Jessica Sprague is another online digital training site dedicated to artists, photographers and scrapbookers. I have taken a number of her Photoshop and tablet and have always been very happy. The beauty of these online courses is that you have access forever. Anytime you get a little stuck, all the info you need is right at your fingertips, saved in your classroom. If you are looking for a smorgasboard of free online tutorials for Illustrator and Photoshop dedicated to artists then you will be very interested in my Pinterest board dedicated to just that. I am quite pleased with all of the links I have collected so far. Have a look at my Print & Pattern Tutorial board here. Feel free to follow me if interested as I will continue adding to this. Looove Pinterest. It's Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leah's blog for more info on Art Everyday. I have had a very fun and productive month participating in Art Everyday month. I will be sad to see it end.
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