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
    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    How to Make, Use, and Manipulate a Calligraphic Brush in Adobe IllustratorPre1
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    The Calligraphic brush in Adobe Illustrator mimics the look and feel of a calligraphy pen nib. Let's take its options for a spin to get everything you can from this brush type.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Dress-up Doll Challenge Showcase65
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…