Last call! One day left to save 50% off the digital shop! Today seems like a good day to save some money right? ;)
The Wildflower Overlay set is new- so jump on over and take a peek!
In other news, I'm printing posters today (for my etsy shop) and getting a really good stocked up supply for quicker shipping through the holidays!
I love printing days!
Code: WILDFLOWER EXP: 10/3
I received an e-mail request for a Halloween themed set that would work for pets... what a fun set to work on. :) Anyhow, that is next on the list!
However, I also have something really exciting that I have been working on behind the scenes. Hope to share more on that SOON! I tend to immerse myself in these "big undertakings" to the point that I get burned out. I'm making myself take a break because I have found it is just needed sometimes. :) The problem I have found with taking a break, is that when I come back to the project I want to completely revamp it... and I'm only talking a week long break- TOPS! Kind of frustrating you know? :)
Jump on over to the listing for a few more photos not shown here! Hope you are having a great week. :)
I finished this new illustrated set yesterday. Gone Fishing is geared a little more towards boys, but girls enjoy fishing too.. so this set really works for either! :)
I think I need to creat a video tutorial showing how easy it is to use the illustrations with your photos / photographs. It has been a really long time since I've done a video tutorial!! :)
Good morning! I am really excited to introduce to you my new Illustrated Storyboards! This a relatively long post about the process of developing this product. :)
How the idea came about:
I had this idea originally back when we still lived in Prosser, but after really thinking about it, I began to worry about putting my illustrations out there for others to use. I worried that they wouldn't be used in the way intended, and I talked myself out of the idea. Well months had gone by, we moved, life went on. But one day last summer I was talking with Shannon Sewell and we decided to collaborate together on a shoot for Matilda Jane's new clothing line, paint by numbers.
Shannon gave me a theme, we brainstormed ideas, she did the shoot and then I drew a small collection of illustrations for her to work into her photos.
It was a lot of fun working on the illustrations with Shannon. This sparked my interest again, and I decided that sharing my work with other photographers was just too rewarding of an opportunity to pass up. So, I began working on creating a few different sets that I could sell in my digital shop. It was so much work, and at times I was just really overwhelmed with how much I had to do to get these illustrations ready for purchase.
The slow process of developing a product:
I made lists after lists, I played around with the style of art, I decided on a color pallette to keep each illustrated element consistent. I got in touch with many of the same photographers that were so instrumental in helping me develop my Eye Candy Overlays a few years back.
They offered their opinions, and gave me valuable feedback. I think the hardest decision was deciding which photos I would use to represent the illustrations. I didn't have enough confidence in my own photography skills, and I didn't even own a white backdrop, much less studio lights. But, I wanted to have a little more control over the photos and didn't want to bother another photographer when I needed photos for a new product. :) So, I mustered up some confidence... bought my first set of lights and a white backdrop from amazon. The whole set-up cost me about a $100.00. Completely doable as an investment on a new product. My next step was rounding up my little models.
Journey was more than willing to model for me... Trinity on the other hand was a little more difficult. She had her own opinions on what she thought should be wearing for the photos. In the end I won her over, and was able to get quite a few poses out of her.
I found that it was much easier to get them really excited about having their picture taken if they seen what was really going to happen with the photos. Showing a peek at the illustrations was like switching them into pretend mode. They offered up their own poses based on ideas they had in their head, and they were much more cooperative when I made them feel like their ideas were creative. :) I didn't even intend on using all of their suggestions, but they didn't need to know that. ;) Because of this discovery the posing guide was designed:
The posing guide is basically a pdf you can print at home from your own printer, or you may have it professionally printed. I purchased a clear frosted flexible binder that I use to store all the poses for each set. The pdf file has the poses that are used with the included storyboard templates. The guide uses my own photos so you have something to use in the very beginning. There is also an included psd layered file that will allow you to drop in your own photos and features a place to add your logo. This gives you the opportunity to completely customize the guide to reflect your own brand and unique style.
When designing each set, I tried to keep the illustrations suuuper easy to use and work into a variety of poses. You are not limited to the included storyboards, you don't even need to use them. I've found that people enjoy playing with them in more of a free style way. Creating their own unique works of art, and I absolutely LOVE that... it is one of my favorite things about these illustrations. Seeing how other photographers interpret them is so fun!
The above graphic shows the illustrated elements I used to create one of the example storyboards. Super easy. I don't think I even needed to do any masking for this example. I just made sure to build some depth by layering the elements just so! :)
When creating these I had originally intended on them being a way of offering unique mini sessions without creating elaborate themed backdrops, requiring a truck load of props. I know some of you really enjoy dreaming those themed sessions up, but sometimes you just want a quick solution to make some extra money... I see these filling that void, regardless of weather or season. These illustrated themes, are meaningful works of art. My husband is always complaining that I have too much art hanging in our home and not enough family pictures... I am really guilty of this, and I think these might be the happy middle ground!
If you are a digital scrapbooker, you can even use the illustrations in your layouts.
Up until last Friday, I only had pictures of my daughters, so my themes were focused more towards the little ladies in your life. I was able to grab my niece and nephew though, and bribed them to work for a rootbeer float. :) Now I have more pictures to work with, and I have a "Gone Fishing" theme in progress, with a super hero set following next!
It feels so amazing to have these finished and available for purchase. At times it has really been hard trying to maintain new products in both my digital shop, as well as my etsy shop. It often seems as though I am trying to juggle too many tasks related to both, but I really do love both shops equally... and I can't possibly choose just one!! :)
I hope you enjoyed reading about the process of these illustrations. There was so much hard work, and hours spent on this that I was so incredibly nervous to hit publish on the listings!! I have a giveaway live on facebook right now. So jump over and leave a comment for your chance to win any of the two sets! I will be working extra hard to promote these illustrations over the course of the next month, so I hope you find them popping up as you browse your favorite blogs!! :)
Oh- and the Illustrated Storyboards are marked down to $49.00 for the rest of this week as part of the new release pricing! You can save 20.00 on each set if you purchase during this sale. :)
Yep!! Today is the last day to save 50% on this new set!! :) Jump on over and use code: SAVINGS
Journey had her kindergarten promotion today, and I have pictures to edit as a result. :)
Good morning everyone! I realized that I still needed to drop in here on my blog and let you guys know that I am having a 50% Off sale in my digital shop. If you haven't grabbed the new Mothers Day Overlay set, you should! I promise you will find so many uses for the set.
Jump over to Digital Eye Candy and use code BESTMOM to save 50% Off your total order. :) Happy Friday!!!! So excited for the weekend, Jaydon is renting an auger and digging holes for my garden fence. The impossible is actually going to get done. ;)
I designed a Mother's Day overlay set, and listed it in the shop this morning! It is already marked down 50% as part of the new Release special sale pricing.
My very first Mother's Day Overlay set. These work really well for themed Spring sessions if planned into the shoot. You can also create your very own card templates as another add on offer for your clients during their ordering session.