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
    Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by YouUntitled 1
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    In this beginner tutorial, you'll learn techniques for creating forever scalable pixel art in Adobe Illustrator. With the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and the Live Paint Bucket Tool, we'll create simple, cute little pixel art icons, and then I'll show you how to bust them out of the grid, creating lossless icons, pixel art patterns, and more.Read More…
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    Create a Dimensional Raindrop Desktop Wallpaper Illustration in Adobe Illustrator011
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    In this tutorial we'll use simple shapes and create cut-outs and gradients to generate depth and dimension within a widescreen-friendly desktop wallpaper. Drop Shadows and offset objects join our gray and white gradients to finish this design off in spectacular style. Use the techniques in this tutorial to create a whole set of cut-out wallpaper designs, and don't forget to share them with us in the comment section.Read More…
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    So You Want to Be an In-House Graphic Designer? Lauren 2
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    Design and illustration jobs vary widely across disciplines. Today, we’re going to take a look at what the role of an in-house graphic designer entails. I sought out and questioned a sampling of designers who work in advertising, manufacturing, graphic design agencies and more, to see what their daily work life consists of, how they got the job, and what sort of work they produce. Read More…
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    How to Use the Extrude Tool in CorelDRAW013
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    In this tutorial, we'll get to know the Extrude Tool and manipulate shapes in a 3-D format. We'll learn how to apply gradients to each section, use the tool's features, and use the Interactive Fill Tool and the Drop Shadow Tool in conjunction with the Extrude Tool in order to create rendered designs with a sense of depth. Read More…
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    How to Create Hand-Drawn Frames in Adobe Illustrator011
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    In this tutorial you'll use the Blob Brush Tool to create small portions of designs that are copied, pasted, and rotated to form complete, ornate frames. By combining connecting elements with flourishes, basic shapes, vine and floral elements and more, you'll have vector pieces ready for all of your elegant design needs.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    To the Point: Interview With Shane KoehlerPreview
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    Everyone is in for such a treat today as I interview Shane Koehler, nature illustrator extraordinaire. His work, mostly watercolor-based, explores nature's inspirational beauty and strength, inviting viewers to experience his view of the world around us. Read on to learn all about the self-taught painter and his environmental messages through his artwork.Read More…
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    In this tutorial you'll create various desk and office icons and compile them into a quick and easy seamless pattern using the Pattern Options panel. Using combinations of basic shapes (circles, rectangles, and triangles), you'll create objects often found within a digital artist's workspace, ready for use as a pattern, illustration, or infographics.Read More…
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    To the Point: Interview With Nataliya Dolotko01
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    This is a bit of a special interview. Nataliya Dolotko is a Ukranian artist currently living in Germany, creating microstock graphics and tutorials for us here at Tuts+. Read on to learn about what got her into design, her experiences as an artist working for Tuts+, Shutterstock and Fotolia, and where she plans to go with her designs.Read More…
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    In this tutorial you'll create a fun, three-dimensional to-do list or organizer application icon, ready for desktop or market use. Combine radial gradients, blends, a sense of lighting, and the tiniest bit of perspective for a simple but eye catching icon. This tutorial uses Adobe Illustrator CC 2014, though many of the techniques are applicable to other versions of the program.Read More…
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    Create Custom Brushes in CorelDRAW With the Artistic Media ToolBrush 012
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    Custom brushes are a breeze with CorelDRAW's Artistic Media Tool. In this tutorial you'll get a proper introduction to creating two types of media within the program, brushes and object sprayers. You'll see a cute and sweet way of implementing them, and learn how to edit and manipulate default and custom brushes for your use.Read More…
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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…