For this week’s downloadable art for your phone, tablet, or computer I wanted to switch things up and give you guys artwork that’s more expressionistic, more fluid… and way less pattern-driven. Sometimes while I’m watching trashy TV (ahem, The Bachelorette), I grab my trusty sketchbook and just paint whatever comes to mind. I’ve never been good at painting anything true-to-life. Instead, my favorite thing to do is just do what comes naturally and see what I can make with it when the paint dries. I wanted this artwork to feel like miniature abstract paintings for your tech, with a bit of a color study thrown in for fun!
Today’s downloadable art comes from one my suuuper old sketchbooks. I have a habit of keeping lots of inexpensive sketchbooks on hand in which I am always doodling (this is my favorite sketchbook). It’s actually more like an exercise in mark making. I never actually draw anything as I want it to look. Instead, I am able to envision the pieces that I need, then I draw or paint them. From there, I prefer to scan my drawings into Photoshop and manipulate them that way. This wave-inspired artwork was created that way!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there’s a new Drake album… and, confession time, I can’t get enough! The album was on loop basically all weekend long. It’s on Spotify, so be sure to give it a listen. Maybe that’s why today’s downloadable wallpapers feel so funky-fresh? I wanted the artwork to feel summery in color with a palette that I am always drawn to: juicy, rich, saturated tones of aqua and magenta, with with faded complementary hues. The artwork is a bit bohemian + geometric, but still in my painterly hand. I love when my art feels slightly unfinished and imperfect — I’m not one to make sure the lines are straight. I kept it loose and full of movement for this one!
Geez, it’s been WAY too long since I last shared some of my free downloadable art with you guys! Sorry ’bout that. Home ownsership seems to have zapped my creativity a bit because it’s so dang stressful. This week though… I’m trying to make sure to set aside time to draw and paint, something that helps to keep me feeling grounded. It’s been warm, too, so I’m creating my art outside which feels like the absolute best part of my day.
You guys, it’s the second Drawn + Downloadable post and I’m seriously so excited to share another with you. I was blown away by the response to the first one and couldn’t wait to share more. I’d originally planned to do this as a monthly series, but I’m thinking it’s gonna happen more frequently…
Today’s art was just a quick little doodle I did in my sketchbook actually a few years ago. I was in a bit of a geometric, linear phase, but still really bold and graphic. Can you believe I drew each of these medallions with a sharpie? I added in a wash of color to the background to make it feel a bit softer and to work in a few of my favorite colors of late: dusty lavender, grass green, and cornflower blue.
Lately, I’ve felt a bit like I’ve lost track of what inspires me and how I use that inspiration. I’ve been getting caught up on the day-to-day of running this blog and not creating nearly as much as I used to (more on that here). For example, many of you may not know that I used to be a product designer for companies like Nordstrom and Anthropologie! I still do a bit of freelance work for product design clients on the side, but I’ve noticed that I no longer doodle for the sake of doodling. Instead, I only draw if and when I need to — it that feels so weird to me. I’ve been brainstorming ways to create more and one thing that’s stood out to me during these sessions is a single question: how will I make myself accountable?
So today, I wanted to kick off a new series called Drawn + Downloadable where I share a few of my doodles with you guys and then use the artwork to create wallpapers you can download for your devices, phone, and computer. It’s hardly an original idea, but it will keep me going with this pet project of mine and hopefully even result in much, much more creativity on my end!