Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spooky Clip Art and Free Candy!

Just in time, the Halloween Pilly Pack is complete and available for download!  As usual, this new pack will be 50% off for a limited time.  The sale goes through Halloween, so click here to get the discount before it's gone!

To celebrate my favorite holiday, I've also decided to give out candy!  Download your deliciously free Pilly Present here, but don't eat it all at once!

The Halloween Pilly Pack contains 26 spooky images:
• Frankenstein's monster
• a cheerful ghost
• a musing mummy
• a wistful witch
• a batty bat (I've had the song from Sesame Street stuck in my head ever since I drew that one!)
• a clever kitty (2 versions, one with a glittery hat!)
• a jolly Jack-O-Lantern
• colorful candies (10 Halloween-y colors!)
• and transparent line art for each image (8 total!)
The Candy FREEBIE contains 7 tasty pieces:
• 6 colorful candies (cream, blueberry, chocolate, lemon, cherry, and bubblegum!)
• 1 transparent line art image

Enjoy your clip art and have a happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yay Fonts!

Coming soon eventually: Fonts!

I am beyond excited to learn how to create fonts.  I finally earned enough from my clip art to justify purchasing font creation software, which is something I've wanted to do for several months.  Today I created the first rough draft of a font from my handwriting.  So far it only has the alphabet and a few punctuation marks, but it turned out much better than I thought it would!  I was sure it would clearly look like a first attempt.  I think I've discovered a new hobby!  Now I just need to study up on how to tweak a few things, and I'll be able to start working on fonts to put in my shop.  The most exciting part: now I can actually type on my product thumbnails, rather than placing images of each handwritten letter by hand!  (Yes, using an installed font would have been much less tedious, but it was so fun to see my handwriting on the screen!)

In the meantime, I'm still drawing away for my Halloween clip art pack.  Here's a happy Jack-o-Lantern to brighten your day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This is Halloween!

I absolutely love Halloween!  I have been swamped with homework and studying for exams, but I just couldn't let this month go by without creating an appropriately themed clipart pack!  As someone with a late October birthday, I always felt like the nearby holiday was an extension of my own celebration.  Nearly every single birthday party I had as a kid was costumed and full of witches, spiders, and creepy things.  Though I'm too old to go trick-or-treating, and don't yet have kids of my own to take around (in exchange for a modest candy-fee), I do enjoy answering the door and greeting all the cute little monsters begging for sweets.  

I still remember my 3rd or 4th Halloween, being carried around asking for candy, dressed as a parrot with green dye in my hair.  I have never been the typical trick-or-treat-then-binge-till-I'm-sick kind of a person.  Even as a kid I would eat a few candies at a time, and frequently have to empty a few pieces out of my bag every year from the previous haul.  I love candy, and I like it to last!

Not only do I love Halloween candy, but I just can't get enough of the cute decorations!  (I hate the creepy stuff.)  If I could, I would decorate with adorable pumpkins and grinning monsters all year long.  And, speaking of pumpkins, have you ever made a pie from a fresh one?!  There are no words...

There is so much to enjoy about this fun holiday, and so many great ideas and opportunities for creativity!  I can't wait until I finish school and someday have kids of my own to dress up as little mummies and Frankenstein's monsters.  I hope I'm able to help them love the holiday as much as I do!