Mary Winkler
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 Adobe IllustratorRain022
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    Let your dreams out of their brain-cage and create a surreal vintage-inspired poster design. Muted tones, overlay pattern, and building objects and designs with simple shapes. Put it all together for a creative concept sure to be at home on your dorm wall.Read More…
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    How to Create an Abstract Low-Poly Pattern in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator022
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    Creating low-poly patterns and design can be a long, and tiring process. Thankfully, there's a script from Igor Borisenko's Somestuff.ru that makes the entire process easy and fun. With his script, a brief jaunt into Adobe Illustrator with the resulting file, and Adobe Photoshop, where we'll compile the pattern, we'll have an abstract, low-poly pattern in no time flat!Read More…
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    35 Fantastic Pattern Tutorials on Tuts+Preview
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    Over the years we've published dozens of pattern-related tutorials here on Tuts+. With Pattern Week coming to a close, we've rounded up 35 tutorials for your browsing and learning pleasure. Enjoy!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Bright Geometric Circle Pattern in Adobe IllustratorPreview
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    Overlapping circles are an easy pattern to create; especially in Adobe Illustrator CC with its Pattern Options panel. Pick out your favorite color scheme and get your Ellipse Tool ready to go.Read More…
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    Create a Sweet Honeycomb Pattern in Adobe IllustratorPore
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    A sweet springtime twist on the hexagon pattern using Adobe Illustrator CC's Pattern Options panel and rendering honeycombs with gradients an basic shapes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Retro Phone Illustration in Adobe IllustratorPreview2
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    In this tutorial you'll get a teaser for the video course Mastering Sketch Design in Illustrator. Sketch out a retro object, refine the line art, and render it with layered gradient shapes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    The A to Z of Adobe PhotoshopPreview
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    Adobe Photoshop CC (and versions before it) is filled with tools, panels, and effects meant to give users as much control as possible over their illustrations, photo editing, designs, and more. Whether you're a Photoshop ace, in need of brushing up on the latest updates, or the program is completely new to you, this list will serve as a helpful resource, breaking down the toolbar, panels, and many of the effects found within the program. Below you'll find links to quick tutorials around the site that show the tool or effect in action as well as descriptions to help you become acquainted (or serve as a reminder) with it.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: An Interview with Sergey KandakovPreview
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    Sergey Kandakov takes us behind the scenes into his creative process, workflow, and discusses what it takes to run a business as a designer in today's competitive industry. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Two Colorful Children's Book Illustrations in IllustratorPreview2
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    Doodle up a cute design for a kids' book and render it with Gradient Meshes, Blends, little sparkles, and various Blending Modes. Layered shapes pump this design and its counterpart up from being as simplistic as the initial sketch. Once you're done with this tutorial, check out its counterpart by Grace Fussell' on designing the layout of a children's book in Adobe InDesign.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Design a Gem Swapping Mobile Game UI in IllustratorGempreview
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    Let the crystal crush begin! Fire up Adobe Illustrator and design a gem-swapping mobile game interface from scratch featuring gems, jewels, and crystals. We'll utilize Clipping Masks, render faceted jewelry, and play with Blending Modes to amp up this sparkling game design.Read More…
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    How to Create a Blended Hexagonal Print Design in Adobe IllustratorHex 277
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    Geometric print designs have been quite the trend as of late. Using the Blend Tool (W), the Appearance panel in Adobe Illustrator, and a trendy color palette we'll create a hexagonal design of our own, ready for the printers.Read More…
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    How to Make, Use, and Manipulate a Bristle Brush in Adobe IllustratorPre11
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    The Bristle Brush in Adobe Illustrator mimics the look and feel of paintbrushes. From acrylic to watercolor to oil, the style of the brush can be customized to a high degree and allows the user to create paint-like vector pieces. Let's take its options for a spin to get everything you can from this brush type.Read More…