My process

I wanted to post about how I create my cards. These pictures were taken with my Blackberry Curve so PLEASE excuse the quality. I will be getting a better camera soon.

Step 1:
I don’t plan what I draw, it just pops into my head.  The best way that creative ideas flow for me is by eating well, resting and meditating.  It’s difficult to sit down and purposefully churn out ideas.  I try to not really think about it too much.  If my mind is clear and I’m fully concentrating on something then something usually sneaks into my head.  I then record a short hand version of it to a sketchpad:

this is from my head to the page

this is from my head to the page

Step 2:
I draw the final sketch in pencil and then go over it with a Micron Pigma Pen.  I started out with 05 but I’m now partial to the brush pens.

Micron Pigma

Micron Pigma

Step 3:
Here is a drawing I did for a holiday card.  It’s on Bristol paper.

A boy sticking his tongue out to catch some snowflakes.

A boy sticking his tongue out to catch some snowflakes.

Step 4:
I’ll scan the image into photoshop and/or illustrator and play around with the colors and shapes.

digitize...

digitize...

Step 5.
I also check the colors CMYK numbers against the swatches to see how they look.

checking out the colors...

checking out the colors...

This is what I do for now.  It may continue to evolve as time goes on 🙂

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September 18, 2009. Tags: , , . process, studio. Leave a comment.

greetings from designs by natski!

How designs by natski began:

I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and studied Graphic Design.  After a few years of digital design/coding with advertising agencies in New York City I realized I preferred drawing and doodling.

In 2007 my husband and I couldn’t find invitations that we wanted for our wedding.  I decided to design our own invitations and I was hooked!  I began creating cards for different occasions:  babies, birthdays, thank you’s etc.

I decided to launch my own little line of greeting cards and paper goods.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do while I create them.

September 13, 2009. designs by natski. Leave a comment.