Design 67 – unfinished

Late night Christmas shopping today so I ran out of time. Here’s a start of some watercolor mushrooms… definitely a work in progress. More tomorrow!

Design 66 / 365

Back from my respite. Today I started with actual watercolor, then brought into illustrator and vectorized. The overall effect on the acorns was pretty cool. 

That’s all from me today. Bedtime! See it on Redbubble

2018 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! With all the shenanigans happening in the political world it was nice to just spend my time and energy on creating fun illustrations and patterns.

Some achievements

  • I learned surface pattern design techniques – including how to create a seamless repeating pattern.
  • Two of my designs were handpicked among thousands to be included in WeaveUp’s partnership with Joann’s Fabrics.
  • Two of my designs were featured on the RedBubble homepage
  • I made more sales than ever before!

Sales

I sold print on demand products in 12 different countries and 29 different states in the USA! Most of my sales were Redbubble products, although I did sell a few Amazon Merch tees, TeePublic tees, and a handful of Society6 products.

Here are some of the products that sold:

Looking ahead to 2019

I have a lot of plans and goals for next year. My top goals are:

  • Continue my 365 Days of Design – I’m allowing myself to continue this challenge in non-consecutive days due to a business trip followed by a terrible cold that I’m still recovering from.
  • Launch a Digital Downloads Etsy shop where I sell various items available for digital download, including digital papers, planners, clipart, and more.
  • Create and publish more tutorials.
  • Create a pattern portfolio, develop a collection.
  • Work toward licensing a pattern collection.

… and more!

All in all it’s been a really exciting year for me. One thing I’ve learned is when I put the hard work in, things really do happen. I’m pumped to keep the momentum going.

— Davida

Business trip hiatus

I’m about to embark on a business trip to Australia tomorrow morning. Today has been madness getting prepped. 

I’ve made the executive decision that I will not be trying to produce a final product every single day — it’s just asking too much of myself. 

I will still draw, illustrate, and otherwise create. I will also still do 365 days of creations, but they won’t be in a row. 

See you in a little over a week!

Design 63 / 365 Days of Design

My new theme sprint is: plants! I started off with a repeating pattern of an orange tree. I’ll be able to quickly repurpose the pattern to do a lemon tree, and probably a pear tree.

I’m finding it quite simple to create these repeat patterns now, even when they are somewhat complex.

This particular orange tree pattern would likely suit best as a tablecloth. See it on Redbubble.