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.
  • Design & Illustration
    Dress-up Doll Challenge Showcase65
    Earlier this year we asked Tuts+ readers to take the challenge of dressing up a doll base body created in our tutorial "How to Draw a Doll Base Body for a Dress-Up Game in Illustrator" with the techniques learned in "How to Draw Hair and Clothes for a Virtual Dress-Up Doll in Illustrator". It's been over a month and the time has come to showcase your designs.Read More…
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    How to Use the New Pencil Tool in Adobe IllustratorPlant 400
    Quite recently Adobe Illustrator CC's Pencil Tool (N) has been updated, refreshed, and changed to be more precise and rival the ease of creating complex shapes with that of the Pen Tool (P). Let's take this fresh tool for a spin with a fun, stylized plant design.Read More…
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    How to Create a Line-Based Cityscape With the Rectangle Tool in IllustratorCity022
    I really enjoy challenges of creating an image without using other drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator CC. In the case of this tutorial, we'll construct every little building in our comic-inspired cityscape with the Rectangle Tool (M). The Blend Tool (W), Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M), Pathfinder panel, and those swanky new Live Corners play second banana to our rectangles, transforming simple boxes into a metropolis.Read More…
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    How to Create a Brightly Colored Beetle with Simple Shapes in IllustratorBug400
    When you're fresh to Adobe Illustrator, the task of creating characters and designs within the program entirely can be quite daunting. Join me for fun with rounded rectangles, ellipses, and gradients in creating a neon-colored beetle perfect to kick off a whole set of insects used as icons, print designs, and more.Read More…
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    The A to Z of Adobe IllustratorPre400
    The Adobe Illustrator toolbar is jam-packed with useful tools you may have used a million times or that may be entirely unfamiliar to you. Add to that the numerous panels and effects, and this program can create most any type of artwork. This A–Z list breaks down every tool in the Illustrator toolbar, with a link to a quick tip here on Tuts+ or a description of what each tool can do.Read More…
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    How to Create a Neon, Stylized, 60's Inspired Portrait in IllustratorPreview1
    Turn out the lights and turn on the black light where neon shapes pop from fuzzy posters and the psychedelic fashion scene of the 1960's is alive once more. Join me in Adobe Illustrator, where we'll use the Gradient Tool, Pucker & Bloat Effects, and manipulate shapes to indicate a fuller composition within our picture plane. It'll be bright, fun, and down right retro.Read More…
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    Vector Community Challenge: Dress Up Doll4001
    Come along and join the fun in the first of 2014's Tuts+ Vector Community Challenges! It's a jaunt through the world of fashion where, as Heidi Klum says, "You're either in, or you're out!" So get on in and put your toolbar to the test in designing hair, clothes, and more.Read More…
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    How to Draw Hair and Clothes for a Virtual Dress-Up Doll in Illustrator400
    This has always been my favorite part of playing with dolls: dressing them up! If you're playing along with the Community Challenge, this is where the base body comes in handy. Join me in Adobe Illustrator where we'll draw hair and clothes with the Blob Brush Tool, make a Clipping Mask, use the Blend Tool, and apply various Blending Modes to objects within our vector work to create better transitions between elements.Read More…
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    How to Draw a Doll Base Body for a Dress-Up Game in IllustratorPre400
    I grew up playing with paper dolls. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but with Adobe Illustrator, creating digital paper dolls can be a fun and easy project due to the program's customizable nature, and a jumping off point for making drag and drop Flash games. Follow along as I break down doll-like anatomy in creating a base body for a dress-up community challenge.Read More…
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    How to Vector Three Wise Teddy Bears Without the Pen Tool in IllustratorTedsie final400
    Join me in Adobe Illustrator CC where we'll take on the classic concept of the "Three Wise Monkeys" with a teddy bear character design entirely from basic shapes and without using the Pen Tool (P). We'll manipulate shapes with various effects, build complex designs from simple shapes, and use masks to edit shapes without losing the main illustration.Read More…
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    How to Create a Paper Quill Holiday Greeting in Adobe IllustratorQuilled 400
    There's something so elegant about holiday greeting cards with their gilded script fonts, glittery snowmen, and often paper craft designs. One such craft that I long for the time and patience to practice is that of paper quilling (or paper filigree). Not only does the art form allow for intricately designed curves, spirals, and loops, the look of the final product, like most sculpture, can change with the way the piece is lit. Follow along for a tutorial on bringing this art form to your desktop via Adobe Illustrator CC, where we'll play with fonts, brush styles, and faking some studio lighting for a seasonal greeting. Read More…
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    How to Create a Mario, Pixeled Holiday Ornament in Adobe IllustratorPixel ornament 400
    All aboard the nostalgia train as we play with Adobe Illustrator's Rectangular Grid Tool and the Live Paint Bucket (K) to quickly make some scalable pixel art, inspired by Nintendo's best known plumber, Mario.Read More…