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Monday, August 29, 2016

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.

I realize many of you
may be using Adobe Illustrator
to turn your images into vector art.

But if you're a beginner,
this tutorial is for you! 
We're going to stick with the basics today.

I love to sketch! 
Whether realistically or in a stylized contour-drawing manner, its so much fun.

"Vectorizing" your drawings 
--which means they can be resized 
from tiny to huge without losing quality--
means you can use them for posters, 
greeting cards, fabric, or any number of 
projects that appeal to Makers.

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Celebrate Every Good Thing



It is truly amazing what a difference
an attitude of 
celebration and gratitude
can make in your life.

I didn't realize just how throughly
I have cultivated that habit.
That is, until I saw reactions
to an event that made it clear
I've apparently "rewired" my own circuits,
which consequently brings
an deep measure of joy into my life.

The reactions jarred me into a compassionate desire to share what I've learned. Because they showed me in stark terms how we humans can push away positive things because they seem "too small."

Imagine a river of  potential joy going unnoticed because the raindrop that feeds it seems inconsequential. 

Might you be pushing away joy
along with a more fulfilling life that is already 
right under your nose, waiting for you to notice?

Here are some possible tip-off phrases:


Friday, August 19, 2016

Global Talent Search Recognition!

Good News!

I'm thrilled to be one of just 83 artists 
recognized
out of the nearly 1,000 artists
submitting work to the 
Global Talent Search
hosted by top art agency Lilla Rogers Studio!

Christina Mann Designs: teacup art for licensing is recognized by top art agency Lilla Rogers Studio

my art is available for licensing


My work was among the 33 in the
Honorable Mention category,
and I am indeed honored!

50 artists made it to the
semi-finalist round, so I will
be keeping an eye on their amazing
submissions. 

In the meantime, I will remain
happily busy working on this
theme for licensing. 
I've got some sassy women
who will make your tea time a real hoot!

Good luck artists!
You can read the entire list of 
recognized artists HERE.

Thank You, Lilla Rogers Studio!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lift Your Pinky Darling ... tea cup design

Christina Mann Designs:  Lift Your Pinky tea cup design for licensing

I had a BLAST developing concepts
and completing artwork
for teacup, saucer and napkin designs
for a theoretical pastry shop.

The assignment is part of the Global Talent Search

Christina Mann Designs: illustration and designs for licensing

My process started with exploring
various types of tea cups.
I tend to like anything vintage...

Christina Mann Designs:  lettering and designs for licensing

I then played around with lettering.
I had painted
dessert elements in the days
leading up to the assignment.

Christina Mann Designs:  Lift Your Pinky tea cup design for licensing

I decided to go
with a classic shape
but then get a little saucy and quirky with it.
Playful, Sweet and Saucy all at the same time!

I've got a ton of ideas 
for a whole line, and am happily 
drawing and painting up my ideas.