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
    Kandi Runner: Create a Ready-to-Animate Vector Game SpriteSprite400
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    There are few projects more fun than drawing out video game character concepts. The colors, the clothing, and the overall design have few limitations for the concept artist. We'll be drawing a vector character ready for animating in Adobe Illustrator and more in this three part tutorial with the After Effects and Game Development teams on Tuts+. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Cute Adipose From Doctor Who in Adobe IllustratorAdipose pre400
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    With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who there's no better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fan art. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a sweet little Adipose (one of those fat monsters from series four) with basic shapes. Kick it up a notch and head over to the craft section of Tuts+, to render this little cutie in plush form, with Amanda Tepie.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Felt Applique Christmas Stocking400px stocking final6a
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    'Tis the season for felt socks with cute designs to hang around homes, offices, and classrooms. What better way to give a small gift or decorate your space than to break out the needles and thread and stitch up a (very festive) storm?Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Dark Fairy Tale Character in Adobe IllustrationFt400
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    Classic fairy tales, like those collected by the Brothers Grimm or written by Charles Peraullt and Hans Christian Andersen are excellent sources for concept art. In this tutorial, we'll be focusing on Beauty and the Beast, a piece originally written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and popularized by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. Each version of the story, adapted by numerous authors into a variety of media, has its own additions and subtractions to the original story. Concept art like this gives the artist creative freedom to work with an established character and add their own spin to the tale. Fire up Adobe Illustrator and get ready to design a dark and fantastically detailed design.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Candy Striped Text Treatment with Colorful Candy AccentsCandygirl 400
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    Candy-striped rope-like lettering has such a nostalgia factor for me; remnants of board games and food packaging of my youth. With two techniques for this candy coated text treatment, I'll guide you through with Adobe Illustrator CC and make this technique a breeze to learn when modifying your favorite font or hand drawn lettering of your own.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Make a Quick Kawaii Candy Corn Pattern for HalloweenPreview 400
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    'Tis the season for candy, ghouls, and goblins. We're just tackling the candy bit today with a cute candy corn pattern made using the Pen Tool, Blob Brush Tool, and Pattern Options. So get ready for toothache with this sickeningly sweet, kawaii Halloween tutorial!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Cute Toilet Paper Roll Crochet Toy400px tp roll
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    Of all the things you can crochet, why not hook up some cute little stuffed toys? Like this friendly little toilet paper softie filled with hugs, love, and polyfill? Grab some yarn, felt, your favorite hook (I prefer an H for projects like these), and let's get crafting! Look for the full crochet pattern write-up, sans commentary (and sewing), in the conclusion.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Colorful, 1940s-Inspired Witch in Adobe IllustratorLittlewitch400
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    Pick up your broom, we're going for a ride! Join me in Adobe Illustrator to create a bright and colorful little witch flying high above a city with the Pen Tool, Blob Brush Tool, Gradient Tool, and Shape Builder Tool. The magic's in the making when you combine well-used tools to create something fresh for the season.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Gender and Orientation Symbols With Basic Shapes in IllustratorSymbolspreview400
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    As an illustrator you may find you have to create many graphics for articles, graphic interfaces, or info graphics where data regarding gender or sexual orientation is used. Often they're well-known designs, symbols, or ideas that you can render with basic shapes, gradients, and a liberal use of masking objects. Join me as we create three common sets of such designs. This tutorial has been created to coincide with Blog Action Day 2013 (theme: Human Rights) and Spirit Day.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Vibrant Sugar Skull Felt Mask for HalloweenFinal2 400
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    Every year on November 1 and 2, families in Mexico and around the world adorn altars with sugar skulls, candles, and other ornate decorations to welcome back their deceased loved ones. This bright and colorful felt sugar skull mask is a great way to dress up for Halloween or celebrate Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Retro 3D View Master Illustration in Adobe IllustratorDesign and illustration
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    Long before hand-held game systems had a 3D feature on them, the only exposure to a third dimension for Rainbow Brite or the Care Bears was through the View®-Master. While the little picture wheels and their binocular-like counterpart seem utterly archaic these days, they inspired worlds of wonder in my youth, as well as this illustration. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Quick, Psychedelic Mushrooms With the Blob Brush ToolPreview 4001
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    Turn on your black lights, fire up your lava lamps, and break out the fuzzy posters because these vibrant mushrooms are glowing! It's time to play with some blur effects and the Blob Brush Tool (Shift -B) to get these fantastic fungi dancing on your artboard in Adobe Illustrator.Read More…