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.
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Digital Doodled Snowflake in Adobe IllustratorSnowflake 400
    Much of my childhood included hours spent cutting out odd shapes from folded pieces of paper and unfolding them to reveal the weirdest snowflakes I could imagine. Join me in Adobe Illustrator for a fun twist on this classic craft project.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Ice Skates in a Softly Drawn Vector Style in IllustratorSkates400
    It's pretty much winter in the northern hemisphere and the winter Olympics are right around the corner. As such, I've got figure skating on my mind with soft lines, sweet pastels, and scalable graphics. Open up Adobe Illustrator and join me in using Bristle Brushes, the Appearance panel, and some Effects to build figure skates from the ground up and creating perfect line art from overlapping shapes.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Cell Phone Apple CozyApple cozy final 400
    It's all too often that phones are dropped, screens cracked, and warranties run out. So what do you do? Make a cute phone cozy and keep your all-important baby safe and sound, of course! Grab some pieces of acrylic felt and get ready to sew this cutie up faster than you can say "an apple a day keeps the (phone) doctor away".Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Kandi Runner: Create a Ready-to-Animate Vector Game SpriteSprite400
    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
    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…