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 a Surreal Poster Design in CorelDRAWCorel surreal 041
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    So You Want to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer?Kea2
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    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
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    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Set of Fun Chat Stickers in Adobe IllustratorStickers 039
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    In this intermediate tutorial we'll create a character from scratch in Adobe Illustrator and then make a small set of sticker designs, ready for chat, mobile, and blog use. We'll go through the process of keeping the design consistent, creating various facial expressions, and simplifying components of the design for use throughout a set of icons.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: Interview With Rod HuntPreview
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    Interview with London-based illustrator Rod Hunt. Read on to get a dose of his intricate artwork, and learn about his experiences as an artist and as chairman of PR for ICON—The Illustration Conference. Plus, you can answer the question on everyone's mind, "Where's Stig?" through his work for the BBC's Top Gear. Let's get to the point!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    So You Want to Be a Freelance Illustrator?Hanna3
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    This post gives you a guide to freelance illustration as a career. We’ll discuss freelance illustrators' training, daily tasks, how they source clients, the media they work in, self-promotion and motivation, and more. Freelancers need to manage their time, money, and client base wisely in order to keep things running. They are often their own boss and take on multiple roles in order to keep things moving throughout their career. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: Interview With Monika Zagrobelna Dragon2
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    In this installment of our interview series, I had the distinct pleasure of asking one of our own Tuts+ instructors, Monika Zagrobelna, questions about her artwork, process, and experiences as an artist and instructor. You may recognize her work from the numerous animal drawing tutorials here on Tuts+. I hope you enjoy getting to know the woman behind those fantastic tutorials and exploring more of her portfolio.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, February RoundPreview
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    Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Tuts+ community! Every day visitors like you take the time to not only read our tutorials but also try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this round of results and join in for the next roundup!Read More…