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
    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…
  • Design & Illustration
    What Exactly is this Japanese Trend Known as "Kawaii" All About?Party400
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    Giant eyes, rounded shapes, and simplistic features are hallmarks of one of the cutest forms of art. It's known as "kawaii", coming from the Japanese word for cute, and has been adopted into a subculture that can be found worldwide. Scalable graphics lend themselves perfectly to the style being graphic and bold. Think of Hello Kitty, San-X, and other companies that create those adorable little memo pads or a billion other products to fill up your house. But what makes a piece of art kawaii? And how does the culture of kawaii play into the pieces of art you might create to fit within the genre?Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Beautiful Set of Zodiac Portraits in Illustrator - Part TwoPreview 400
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    Welcome back for part two of the kawaii zodiac set! In this tutorial, we'll focus on some of the techniques already gone over in the first part, complete the next six designs, and add a cute little background to each astrological sign. Get your Pen Tool ready because we're diving right in!Read More…
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    How to Create a Beautiful Set of Zodiac Portraits in Illustrator - Part OnePreview 400
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    There isn't a project more fun in my opinion than creating a cohesive set of designs. This enjoyment doubles when it's something an audience can relate to; enter the signs of the zodiac. Regardless of your thoughts about the validity of astrology, the symbolism and graphic interpretations of zodiac signs are a fun topic for an illustrator to handle. I'll be firing up Adobe Illustrator and building cute hair designs for little girl faces in a zodiac theme. In this tutorial, we'll be looking at creating the face and the stylings for the signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo and Leo.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Kawaii Toast Phone Cozy400px preview
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    Now that the weather's cooling down in the northern hemisphere, it's a good time to keep things toasty. What better way than with this cute toast phone cozy? Designed to be easily altered to your phone model (or camera or MP3 player), and made from acrylic felt and cotton, this little cutie will brighten up your backpack, purse, or slide into your pocket.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Rainbow Vomiting, Kawaii Unicorn in Adobe IllustratorUnivorm preview 400
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    It's the age old question: where do rainbows come from? Sure, you could answer with science, or you can open up Adobe Illustrator, grab your Pen Tool (P), expand some strokes into objects, and get with your gradients to reveal the truth: unicorns puke them out with sparkles and love. Add in the look of a sewn appliqué design, and we've got a stew of cuteness going.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Super Kawaii Collage in Adobe IllustratorPreview 4001
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    Let's get super kawaii! There's little cuter than objects with faces (perhaps baskets of kittens and puppies take the cake). As such, a collage or pattern of squishy, colorful objects with adorable little faces will likely break your cute meter. Follow along as we build each object from the ground up (no sketches necessary) and compile them into a rounded-star shape.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Draw a Simple, Super Kawaii Pineapple in Adobe IllustratorPineapple400
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    Bring on the cute, bring on the funk! This tutorial highlights how easy it is to create a cute little pineapple with some basic shapes and simple gradients in Adobe Illustrator. Once you've made your little cutie, push it further with more details and stand back and admire your happy new friend.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Draw and Vector a Kawaii Vampire Chibi in IllustratorPreview400
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    Let's get cute! In this tutorial you'll learn how to build a chibi character from scratch using the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M), Pen Tool (P), transparent gradients, and more in Adobe Illustrator! The idea of a chibi character is to diminish the overall form, making it cute, big-eyed, and pretty simplistic. Let's get to it!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Holy Vector Tutorial! Create a Retro Batman Logo in Adobe Illustrator!Preview batman 400
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    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create the iconic Batman logo using simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator. With the Ellipse Tool (L), the Shape Builder Tool (Shift + M), and an understanding of positive and negative shapes you'll be ready with your own bat signal in no time flat.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Draw a Sweet Cherry Chocolate Cake Slice in Adobe IllustratorMarycakepreview400
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    Today I'm going to show you how to create a quick, cute, "no-bake" cherry chocolate cake in Adobe Illustrator with a heavy emphasis on the Pen Tool (P) and transparent gradients. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to make such a delight from scratch.Read More…
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    Create a Colorful, Funky Robot With Gradients in Adobe IllustratorMary robot preview400
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    In this tutorial, I'm going to be starting with a sketch which I'll then build up to be a colorful robot friend. I'll then frame piece in Adobe Illustrator using the Pen Tool, Clipping Masks, and transparent Gradients. So let's get on with it!Read More…