Mary Winkler
Illustrator / Ypsilanti, MI
The work of Mary Winkler (aka Acrylicana) is vivid and whimsical. It's often child-like in theme, depicting sweets, fanciful creatures and rainbows as well as exploring the world of fashion and garment in illustrated form. Done in a variety of media, including digital, acrylic, watercolour and ink, Mary's work is pop art, graphic and, for lack of a better word, sparkly. Her work is painted on canvas, a variety of papers or printed by way of giclee ink jet or silk screen (usually onto fabric for pouches/bags). Mary studied Illustration at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
Courses
  • Design & Illustration

    Mastering Sketch Design in Illustrator

    2.2 hours
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, April RoundPreview
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  • Design & Illustration
    So You Want to Be an Animator?Preview
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    Get the behind-the-scenes lowdown on art careers within the animation industry from professionals with the industry itself. We'll go through what it takes to learn the trade, what it takes to get a job in-house, what sort of roles artists may take on within a studio, and what kinds of projects they may be a part of within a production. From Disney to Nickelodeon and assorted studios in between, this is your guide to animation careers.Read More…
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    To the Point: An Interview With Chad SellPreview
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    This month's interview is with the extraordinarily talented illustrator Chad Sell. Delight in his depictions of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, web comics like Manta-Man and his autobiographical Vreeland, and assorted projects like Dragopolis. Get the lowdown on Chad's inspirations, process, experiences, and more. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Kawaii Soda Shop Pattern in Adobe IllustratorSoda000b
    192 shares
    In this tutorial we'll create a set of truly adorable soda shop inspired food icons from scratch and assemble them into a dynamic all-over print, ready for use as a desktop background or within printed media. We'll build objects from basic shapes like ellipses, rounded rectangles, and triangles, and add a little face on each one to finish it off. Open up Adobe Illustrator CC and let's get started!Read More…
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    How to Create a Surreal Poster Design in CorelDRAWCorel surreal 041
    218 shares
    In this tutorial we'll create a wild, surreal poster design. Combine simple shapes with fountain fills, drop shadows turned into outer glows, the blend tool, custom pattern fills, various blending modes, and other drawing tools to form a funky, fresh design fit for a black light poster. This tutorial encourages you to combine all of your ideas into one cohesive design.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Say "Hey Spring!" With This Colorful Vector Text Design in Adobe IllustratorLetters011
    579 shares
    Welcome spring, or just holler at the season that you may or may not be experiencing, with this colorful text design. In this tutorial we'll use rectangles to create a blocky, spring-themed typographic design. Live Corners join in on the fun to make those lovely rounded curves. Open up Adobe Illustrator CC and let's get creating!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Limited Color Vintage Poster Design in Adobe IllustratorVintage 036
    239 shares
    In this tutorial we'll take freshly drawn line art, modify it in Adobe Photoshop, use the Image Trace panel in Adobe Illustrator, and create our own halftone patterns. Creating a vintage poster design that's usually screen printed is easy! Additionally, we'll break down what it will take to get your design screen-print ready if you choose to take the extra step. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create an Art Nouveau-Inspired Robot Design in CorelDRAWUntitled 1
    139 shares
    In this tutorial we'll manipulate basic shapes into an Art-Nouveau-inspired composition featuring my favorite robot friend, Bitty Love Bot. Learn how to create compound shapes with the Shaping docker, manipulate fountain fills, convert an outline to an object, and effectively use PowerClips to aid your design. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Custom Brushes to Render Fur in Adobe PhotoshopBrush023
    326 shares
    In this tutorial we'll create a small set of custom brushes from scratch and learn how to render animal fur with them. We'll focus on rendering a fox tail in grayscale, using custom brushes and the Smudge Tool to create both soft and coarse fur, and use Blending Modes to add color and warmth to the rendered piece. Read More…
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    So You Want to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer?Kea2
    488 shares
    Design and Illustration careers are as varied as the artists that inhabit them. Today we’ll explore the world of freelance graphic designers. As in previous articles in this series, I sought out several freelance graphic designers from around the globe to share their experiences with me. Happily, they obliged, and we discussed their training, daily tasks, sourcing clients, various media they work in, self-promotion, and more.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: Interview With Ioana ȘopovPreview
    338 shares
    Interview with Romania-based illustrator Ioana Șopov. Share in her experience as an artist, her impressive body of work, her freelance work for global clients, and her future plans as an illustrator. Ioana has a wonderfully diverse portfolio and history of projects, and it's my pleasure to share her artwork and words of wisdom with you all today.Read More…
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