So for today, I thought I'd show where I got the inspiration for these pretty pups. A while back, I took a work trip to Hong Kong and I really wanted to get my wife something authentic. Rather than something tourist-y, or some super expensive European or American brand thingy, I had a local team member take me off the beaten path and boy did we score! I found this shirt below and I had to have it (for her). I love it because every once in a while when out there you'll see an awesome translation into English that is adorable, and in this case, it makes absolutely no sense - "Stealing Guileful Cheeseburger." Maybe that's the brand, but this served as the inspiration for the Happy Run Tentative Donut, Mega Meat Bountiful Joy, and Boastful Fun Cheese Hustle tee collection. (My wife hates the shirt, while it's my favorite thing she owns. On the back there's 3 felt kitty head appliques that say, "Where's my fish?" AWESOME RIGHT?!!!) Hope you enjoyed!
First SMCS post!! The first tip is a very simple one, but I'm not sure if a lot of people know about it. It's a brush I create to get sweet, illustrative line weights. It's a go-to I use constantly like in the High 5ive shirt.
And when I say "simple" it's almost a little embarrassing just how simple. Ready? The first order of biz is create a circle. Quick note - If you're working in RGB, make sure it's 0, 0, 0 Black for it's color. In CMYK, 0, 0, 0, 100. Here is the size of the circle in comparison to my artwork. (Yes, I still use CS5. I REFUSE to update!!!) Now drag it into the BRUSHES palette.
You're literally almost done (See? I said simple). Make it into an art brush. This will take the object (the circle in this case) and stretch it along the entire path.
Now, final step - go to the bottom and select TINTS from the colorization method. This will allow you to color the stroke to any color you wish. If you have a CMYK Black (0, 0, 0, 100) in an RGB working file, this will cause your colors to be lighter than desired, so make sure you fix that.
Now you have a sweet, sweet brush to help with your illustration details. This isn't an all-encompassing brush - it's mainly for adding finishing details, but it's very effective and easy. Using the brush tool, play around for a while and see what you can create!
Hope you enjoyed it! Hit me up with any comments or questions. Is there something that you see in my work that you'd like to know how it was done? Stay tuned for more!
Carpe your flipping awesomeness!
Hello Friends! I have learned so much from watch and sharing with those I follow on social media. So many super talented creatures!! I want to give back in my own little way via tips, tricks, inspiration, etc. Thus the Saturday Morning Creative Society is born. Stay tuned folks! Don't change that channel!
Having a quick, one-week sale to kick-off our launch.Read More
Hey there friends! After years of dreaming, and months of sweat, the shop is live! Who knows what will be happening here, but I hope to engage with friends of the brand, show you behind-the-scenes, ask for your opinion (and help), and so on. The goal is to eventually grow this into a more legit and fully realized lifestyle brand, but for now, this is how we humbly begin.
After years of designing for some of the largest retailers and well-known brands, it was time I prioritized one of my passions and kick-start this dream. I've, in the past, sold quite a bit of tees and prints through Threadless and Society6 and felt there was a community of folks who really dug what was in my head, and I'm super thankful and blessed. So I hope you/they continue to enjoy what comes out of my cranium.
I'd appreciate any support, whether dropping a line (email, on Twitter, Dribbble, etc.), liking a post, buying a tee, or even something as small as telling a friend. All is good and all is appreciated. If you're a personal friend, please don't purchase a tee or print as a means of support unless you actually love the design - I want you, or anybody for that matter, to genuinely enjoy it vs out of obligation. I'd rather you take that money and donate it to a worthy charity.
Here we go!!! Thanks and enjoy!
Carpe the Saturdiem!