Dragonfly Designs

©Angela Porter | Artwyrd

One of my ideas is to create a digital library of designs of things that interest me and that may be useful in my journal making, card making, or just other kinds of art.

For some reason, I decided on dragonflies. So, I sketched out some ideas and then inked the drawings in digitally. I also added details and patterns ot the designs that weren’t present in the sketches. The dragonflies are in my signature entangled style for sure.

I still have a few sketches to work on, and some alternatives of the wing shapes and body designs. I also want to do them as silhouettes. I like silhouettes on coloured backgrounds, like the one I’ve used today.

I used Autodesk Sketchbook Pro to ink in the designs. I also used it to add the background, shadows and typography.

The background is one of my own made using Distress Oxide inks and water. I love that I can recolour the image digitally; the original was in shades of pink and purple, but I thought that blues and greens would suit the dragonflies much more.

I’ve left the dragonflies uncoloured, for now, though adding colour will bring the designs to life and add some dimension to them.

I don’t have a colour printer anymore, just a black and white laser printer. I may consider getting a colour printer in the future, however, as I think being able to print my own digital art would be useful, especially for using in journal making. An inkjet printer would be the most useful; it would allow me to print on many different kinds of paper and lightweight card.

I’m also thinking of putting together digital collections of backgrounds and ephemera and/or digi stamps for sale via my Etsy shop. Let me know if you think that’s a good idea by dropping a comment.

Hello 2019

©Angela Porter 2018
©Angela Porter 2018

Two colourful pictures to mark the changing of the calendars and dairies!

I created both for members of the Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group, and the colour explosion has already started over there! These coloured templates are set to be added to the group at midnight, so in around 40 minutes time as I tippy tap this blog post!

I drew the top one digitally using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Microsoft Surface pen and Microsoft Surface Studio. The bottom one I drew on dot grid paper, then coloured digitally using the same tools.

In both I went for a kind of psychedelic colour scheme – I needed a bit of brightening up today.

However you spend your New Year’s Eve and Day, May I wish you all the very best for each and every day ahead of you.