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
    Create Sticker-like Music Icons in Adobe Illustrator020
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    Update the look of your desktop icon set with these new sticker-like music icons you can design in IllustratorRead More…
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    What's the Deal With Pixel Art?Preview2
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    A breakdown of what pixel art is, its history, and common uses in and out of the gaming industry.Read More…
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    Kandi Runner: Create a Pixel Art Sprite from Scratch023
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    Based on the character we've previously worked on, learn how to make your own pixel art sprite for a game.Read More…
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    To the Point: An Interview with Carol RossettiPreview
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    Learn more about Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti work and art that depicts women with little celebrations of identity.Read More…
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    Design a Vector Themed Cereal Box in Adobe IllustratorPreview
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    The most important meal of the day is Adobe Illustrator. I'm pretty sure breakfast comes second. As such, we're going to combine the two and pay homage to the cereal boxes of our childhood with this cartoony box design.Read More…
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    Create a Diskette and Walkman with New Live Shapes in Adobe IllustratorCassette
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    One of the many updated features Adobe unveiled with Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 was the inclusion of Live Shapes. Like Live Corners before them, Live Shapes brings greater control over closed path objects, speeding up workflow. Put your memory to the test with this simple shapes tutorial making use of this fantastic new feature.Read More…
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    To The Point: An Interview With Shane SmithPreview
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    An inside look at illustrator Shane Smith's life and work, detailing his years working for greeting card companies with licensed characters, what it takes to lead design on your own characters, and more.Read More…
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    Comparing the Logo Creation Process Between Adobe Photoshop and IllustratorPre3
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    So often we break down logotypes and graphic design projects solely in Adobe Illustrator. Today's tutorial produces one project in both Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, highlighting the process of design while using similar methods in each program.Read More…
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    Create a Chalkboard Effect with the New Pen Tool in IllustratorPreview
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    On June 18th, Adobe rolled out some updated features for their latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC 2014. Included in the update was an improved Pen Tool. Check out the quick tip below showing how to manipulate the new Pen Tool in order to create an easy chalk-like design.Read More…
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    Create a Series of Breakfast Pixel Art Icons in Adobe Photoshop020
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    Start your day off great with some breakfast themed pixel art! Drawn in Adobe Photoshop, these sweet creations serve as desktop icons, avatars, or game icons. Learn the basics of shape creation, anti-aliasing, and choosing colors.Read More…
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    10 Steps to a Quick Set of Emoticons in Adobe PhotoshopPreview
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    Emotes, emojis, smiley faces; whatever you call them they're ubiquitous within blogs, text messages, and chat programs. Being on such a small scale makes this a job for some cute pixel art, which is easily accomplished in Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
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    Create an Easy Field of Flowers Pattern Design in Adobe Illustrator018
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    Create a simple, shape-driven floral pattern with Adobe Illustrator. Use polygons to make each of the pattern's elements, distort them with vector effects, and use the Pattern Options panel in order to bring your design together.Read More…