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.
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create and Use Perfect Shapes in CorelDRAWPerfectshapes013
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    In this tutorial you'll get a full introduction to creating and manipulating Perfect Shapes, the pre-made shape tools that are perfect for creating various infographics and other designs. Additionally, I'll introduce you to the Drop Shadow Tool, which not only adds drop shadows to objects, but also allows you complete control over the shadow's shape, range, and intensity.Read More…
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    How to Create and Use Gradients in CorelDRAW010
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    In this tutorial you'll learn how to incorporate various gradient types and styles into an icon design in CorelDRAW. Additionally, you'll become comfortable with the Interactive Gradient Tool, which allows users to manually set angle, distribution, and placement of a gradient within an object. Finally, we'll use Transparency and Merge Mode settings to render objects.Read More…
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    To the Point: Interview With Daniel Alexander002
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    This interview is an absolute pleasure. From drag queens to pop culture icons, Daniel Alexander mixes fashion, gender expression, and comic book illustration in a skillful and utterly fabulous manner. Sit for a spell and read about his influences, inspiration, stories about his present work, and where it's all going. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create an Intertwining Trellis Pattern in Adobe Photoshop00
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    In this tutorial you'll learn how to create an intertwining trellis design from scratch using grid layouts and lining up a narrow, rotated rectangle according to said grid layout. It's a basic, classic pattern that's easy to achieve if you break the shapes down to a simple, repeatable section.Read More…
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    How to Create a Modern Hand Turkey in Adobe Illustrator023
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    In this tutorial we'll take a simple image of a traced hand, palm-side down, and transform it into a beautiful turkey, ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in classic four-feathered style, tacked up on the refrigerator for all to see. With the use of textures, brushes, and symbols, we'll create a design that gives a nod back to its arts and crafts roots.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: An Interview With Ellinoora LainePreview
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    An interview with Finnish artist Ellinoora Laine, aka Dashiana. Dashi works for the mobile games company Rovio Entertainment, and takes us through her experience working for the company that created Angry Birds, Juice Cubes, and more. Get the lowdown on her inspiration, work process, and life as an artist.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Make Your Own Watercolor Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreview
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    Creating custom watercolor brushes is as easy as dripping ink or watercolor paint onto paper. You will have custom, ready-to-paint brushes in no time thanks to this simple tutorial. Download the attached watercolor scans and follow the steps to create your own set of drippy, splashy, and splattered brushes.Read More…
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    How to Use the Text Tool in CorelDRAWCorel text qt 011
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    In this tutorial you'll get a proper introduction to the features of the Text Tool and Text Properties docker through the creation of a label design for food products. Get to know how to alter horizontal type, type and edit on a curved path, and type within various shapes. You'll also get an overview of the various options to further edit text.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Houndstooth Pattern in Both Adobe Illustrator and PhotoshopHounds 012
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    It seems as if it's no easy task to create an interlocking geometric pattern that can be easily set as a pattern within Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. In this tutorial, we'll break down the shapes of a houndstooth pattern so that they fit into a simple, repeating pattern that's easy to create, apply, and edit.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: An Interview With Alex TornbergPreview
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    An interview with Swedish concept artist, Alex Tornberg, who has created conceptual designs and storyboard for companies such as Electronic Arts, Mattel, Funcom and more. We get down to the basics of his inspiration and what got him into entertainment art, as well as what it takes to lead projects within game design and manage a team of artists.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Stay Golden With This Shiny Metallic Text Art Effect in Adobe IllustratorGold 025
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    In this tutorial, you will draw your own script font (or work off an existing one) and render it into a completed shiny, golden design. Create dimension in the design by doubling up on the text's line art, set up thinly stroked paths on one side, and use golden gradients to create gilded lettering fit to print.Read More…
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    Create an Easy Seamless Grunge Texture Pattern in Adobe PhotoshopPreview
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    In this tutorial we'll play with adjustment layers and various effects in order to create a seamless grunge texture in the form of a pattern fill. Combine this tutorial with the previous grunge brush tutorial and you'll have the tools and techniques to create countless grungy creations worthy of a dystopian future themed gallery show. Enjoy!Read More…