A few days ago I was looking for online photo editors I could use to edit pictures for free. One of the sites I was looking at recommended Blingee? photo editing on Blingee? I found it so funny. I hadn’t been on Blingee since I was 11 and couldn’t believe it still existed. I went to have a look, and it looks exactly the same as it did 8 years ago. I couldn’t resist trying to make something.
This was my first effort. No it isn’t supposed to be Taylor Swift.Colouring this took way too long. I don’t even know why I decided to colour the lips in on blingee because I could have done it in draw plus (I’m not good at planning ahead). A quick warning, Blingee is hard to use. What annoyed me so much is that you can get your colouring perfectly within the lines, draw over the top with thick black smooth lines and then blingee will MAKE it look like crap. It didn’t look like that before I clicked save I promise. I desperately wanted to find a sassy quote or stamp to add. I clicked on loads of those speech bubble things even though I couldn’t read them because I thought they might be funny. They turned out to be Taylor Swift lyrics, which is even better. Even though it looks awful, I really like it. A flashy Blingee gif is supposed to look shit.
This was my second one. I was so angry. That galaxy stuff was only on the skirt when I saved it. But then on the finished image, the galaxy was everywhere BUT the skirt. It still looks cool though. It turned out better than the last one. Overall I’d say that this experiment was a success but it wasn’t worth the 2 hours that it took making them. I feel like a smart person could have made exactly the same thing 100x better in Photoshop. That being said, if I had some free time and some simple line art to colour I’d probably do this again. I also feel super confident drawing with my mouse after a few hours of doing this. I wonder if you could use a graphics tablet?
Have any of you guys ever recently used Blingee again as an adult? If you haven’t I highly recommend you do so. Grab your favourite picture of you with a friend / boyfriend/ girlfriend/ dog and make one. Send it to them on Facebook. I guarantee that they will love it.
Last week I was feeling a bit down in the dumps and decided to treat myself to a professional printer with a high resolution scanner. I bought it so that I could scan my artwork and put it online. Because I spent so much I’ve been experimenting with ways to use it to my advantage when creating illustrations for my course. I used illustrations I had already done, and used Serif Draw Plus (free) and an Ipad app called Drawing Pad (around £3) to create these images and I’m super excited about how they turned out.
Taylor Swift Grammy’s 2015 Copic Markers & Soft Pastel
Taylor Swift Grammy’s 2015 Vector Line Art
Taylor Swift Grammy’s 2015 Inspired Drawing Pad App Illustration
This was my first experiment, using an Illustration I did of Taylor Swift at the Grammy’s in 2015. I scanned and opened it in serif draw plus and traced around it using the pen tool to create a vector line art. I then put the line art onto my Ipad and coloured it in using the Drawing Pad app. This took me about an hour altogether which is great for a first attempt (the second one was a lot quicker). Colouring it in on the app wasn’t easy because you can’t use layers like you can on more serious digital art software. You are also colouring with your finger;not the most accurate drawing tool. With all that it mind I think it produced some great results for an app designed for children. For the colouring I used the chalk tool, this tool is great because light and dark strokes can be layered over eachother smoothly to create shading. I also swiped some diagonal lines through the skirt to make it look more interesting. The roses on the skirt and the bodice are just a brush I dabbed all over the bodice.
Loose Threads, PVA Glue & Sellotape
Vector Line Art
Drawing Pad App Illustration
This is an illustration I did weeks ago during one of my first Illustration sessions. I really liked the simple shape of the design so I decided to recreate this one digitally too. I used the same process but it took me a lot less time because I found a way to use the drawing pad app more effectively. It doesn’t work as well as layering on professional software but I found a way to edit some parts of the drawing without touching others. I tried to work on one part of the design at a time, and each time I finished a section, I saved my work and opened the newly saved image in the app as a background. This meant that I could tidy up one part of the illustration without messing up all of the parts around it. This saved me a lot of time because I didn’t have to meticulously stay inside the lines.
I’m so pleased with how both of these illustrations turned out and I’m excited to see what else I can do with my new scanner & software. This seems like a really easy way to get the most out of my illustrations, because I can create loads of different effects on the same drawing. This technique could also help me when I am designing clothes, I could easily switch up colours and ideas without ruining the original illustration, or spending ages tracing the designs out in pencil.
Here is a colouring exercise that I did in my CAD class in college. I was reluctant to try it but it actually turned out quite well. Photoshop is so expensive that I don’t think I would ever be able to afford it but it’s great that I can use it in college. I’m going to try and use it more while I can for free. I didn’t do the illustration above it was given to me so I would love to try it with my own illustrations. It was a lot faster and easier than colouring with markers. I’m really impressed it turned out so well.