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Webinar: Prepping Art for Successful Upload- February 26, 2015

Thanks everyone who signed up and attended our very first Artist Webinar on resizing artwork for successful upload.

Topics covered:

Resizing a vector image 3:23

Saving a vector image with a transparent background 8:41

Resizing a complex image (painting, photograph, etc) 13:43

Saving a complex image with a transparent background 15:07

 

Questions Answered:

-I keep getting white space on the edges of my image, how do I stop this? 23:07

-Does the PPI/DPI matter? 25:30

-Is there a safe zone/ margin requirements for text? 26:55

Here is the video from the first webinar: Feel free to post questions here or check out our artist forum on this topic as well!

 

Featured Artist: Fairytale Ink

Fairytale Ink Featured Artist on BoomBoom Prints

Fairytale Ink, also known as Jenni, is Finnish graphic designer who creates bright, bold and colorful characters!  Here’s what she had to say to us:

BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?
Fairytale Ink: Fun, colorful, playful

BBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
Fairytale Ink: You should follow your dream. Sometimes its hard but its worth it!

BBP: What is the story behind Fairytale Ink?
Fairytale Ink: One day in school and since then it has traveled with me!  It just seemed to fit and nothing else has  feel right since.

BBP: What do you find inspires you most?
Fairytale Ink: Music, nature, and the people around me.

BBP: What do like most about collaborating with BoomBoom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?

Chicken in a Pocket onesie Fairytale Ink: Ingenious. It seems that nowadays everyone is from the same mold, so it is good to have a way to stand out from the crowd. And it gives novice artists  away to easily test their wings!

BBP: Is your workspace a specific nook designed to spark your creativity? Do you find yourself designing in all sorts of locations? Where does the magic happen?
Fairytale Ink: I don’t have a specific favorite place to design, really.  I just always have a notepad and pen with me.

BBP: When did you decide you first become interested in art? Did you know right away that you wanted to be an artist professionally?
Fairytale Ink: It happened when I was 15 years old when I realized “Maybe I can draw…” I guess I had always drawn, but as a teenager I started to believe in myself.

BBP: What would you say is the coolest thing about being a professional artist?
Fairytale Ink: Freedom and self-expression

Deer Nursery Print by Fairytale Ink on BoomBoom PrintsBBP: What did your room look like while you were growing up?
Fairytale Ink: A mix of a little bit of a bunch of styles. And I had one wall, where I could  draw and paint. The wall’s design changed many times!

BBP: Who is your favorite artist and why?
Fairytale Ink: James Jean, I love his illustration style and content of his art. It is so versatile.

BBP: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Fairytale Ink: Nougat

BBP: What are 5 things you can’t live without?
Fairytale Ink: iPhone, headphones, pen, paper, animationbook

Alice and the Gang Nursery Print

“Alice and the Gang”

BBP: Which of your designs is your favorite and why?
Fairytale Ink: “Alice and the Gang“. I love all the characters and they all have a story behind them.

BBP: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Fairytale Ink:  Teleportation, I would want to be able to go anywhere at any time

BBP: Where is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?
Fairytale Ink: Switzerland and the Alps

Roomboard: Running River Design’s Playing with Color

With retro accents and bright colors, this family room was inspired by Running River Design‘s “Scandinavian Toy Horses” and “Swedish Gala Horses”.

 

RunningRiver_Roomboard

 

1. “Scandinavian Toy Horses” and “Swedish Gala Horses” by Running River Design on BoomBoom Prints

2.  Yellow Retro Couch

3. Teal Pillows

4. Lamp

5. Rug

6. Bean Bag

7.  “Baking Supplies” by Running River Designs on BoomBoom Prints

8. Orange Storage Bins

9. Retro Kids Kitchen

9. Retro Square Table 

Featured Artist: Gabrielle of Running River Designs

Running River Designs BoomBoom Prints

Gabrielle McClure is a freelance illustrator working out of her home in Richmond, Virginia. After attending VCU for fashion design, she began her career as an illustrator for machine embroidery where she developed her unique artistic style. Now designing for print, her work is often playful yet nostalgic, subtle while inviting, and always paying close attention to the balance of color and detail.   Here’s what she had to say to us:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less!

Gabrielle: Playful, harmonious, nostalgic and lighthearted

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Gabrielle: It usually starts with an idea that’ll hit me while observing things around me, whether it’s while going on a walk or something happening in my life that inspires me. Sometimes I’ll spend an entire day walking through an antique mall and just lose myself in inspiration. From there, I’ll brainstorm and make lists, gather images for reference and let the designing begin.

BBP: Do you always work from the same spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Gabrielle: When I’m designing I always work from my desk in our home office. It’s amazing what you can do in one spot with a computer. One day I would really love to have more space with my own studio so I can experiment with more traditional methods like screen-printing.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Gabrielle: I’d say it’s definitely gotten more focused and thoughtful. It’s always interesting to look back at work I’ve done in the past and see how much I’ve evolved. My past work feels a little more cluttered than the work I do now. I think my color story has gotten a lot stronger lately too, and I’ve discovered that I really like simplicity in my designs.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?horses

Gabrielle: Color is so important to me. I am notorious for using softer colors and earth tones, even in the way I dress. I’ve always had a hard time with really bold colors, but sometimes I’ll challenge myself and throw some in there. I recently went on a primary color binge and really loved it because it was so different from what I usually do. I love collecting photographs of color combinations or patterns that catch my eye, and am often inspired by vintage objects because they so resonate with my personal creative style.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Gabrielle: It really wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized how much I love designing for kids. It helps that my particular style is very kid friendly as well, which is probably why it developed the way it did. Nothing makes me happier than thinking an image I’m creating might bring joy to a child out there. Children are so aware of their environments and the thought of one of my designs making a lasting impression is fantastic.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids?  Why?

Gabrielle: Art is extremely important for kids. I think all children have an inherent need to be creative, and it is so crucial for them to be able to express themselves at a young age. As we grow older, we get so weighed down with the burdens of life that we forget about that creative spark within. We can understand so much about ourselves by expression through art. We should encourage children to let their minds be free and open to that creativity so as they grow older they can be more in tune with themselves, and each other.

Workspace

BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?

Gabrielle: I think my favorite design right now is the Scandinavian Toy Horses. As I was pushing myself to expand my color palette I came across some vintage Scandinavian folk art and was instantly drawn into the brightly decorated aesthetic. It incorporates the simplicity I am drawn to while adding texture with the floral elements. It always taps into my inner kid self when I look at it for some reason.

BBP: Do you have kids?

Gabrielle: My husband and I would love nothing more than to have little ones of our own! When we were married a little over two years ago we knew we wanted to start a family, and thus began the planning process. We are still on our journey to becoming parents but remain hopeful that we will be someday soon!

dollsBBP: Any pets?

Gabrielle: Yes! My tabby cat and constant companion, Leelou, keeps me company while I work and provides me background noise with her snoring.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Gabrielle: I grew up just outside of Richmond, Virginia in Mechanicsville. It was a great place to grow up and I made many lifelong friendships there. My mother is an artist as well, and my father is a counselor and clinical hypnotherapist so my brother and I had a pretty unique upbringing. From the very beginning they cultivated our creativity and I am so grateful for that.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Gabrielle: The one item I cherished the most was this beautiful porcelain music box that played “Singing in the Rain”. It had a boy and girl huddled under an umbrella and I remember looking at it and playing it often. I actually did a design inspired by it recently and loved reminiscing about it!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Gabrielle: It was pretty eclectic from what I remember, and not nearly as well planned out as kid’s rooms you see today. Paintings by my mom, drawings by me, posters of pop singers and lots of ceramic cat figurines! I also distinctly remember a set of sheets by Marimekko with lots of solid colored animals on wheels. Go figure!

BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?hippo

Gabrielle: My favorite midnight snack hands down is popcorn. If I even think about it, I have to have it. Hi my name is Gabrielle, and I have a popcorn problem.

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Gabrielle: Right on time. I am very punctual and hate being late. I also hate being early because it can be awkward. For everyone.

BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it and why?

Gabrielle: My latest favorite quote by Elbert Hubbard speaks to my anxieties about putting myself out there: “To escape criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” It can be so intimidating to show your work to the world, especially these days with social media, that it can threaten to stifle your creativity altogether. There is so much talent out there, and we have so much immediate access to it, that it can start to make you question your abilities and over think other peoples perceptions of your work. If you let what others MIGHT think get to you, you end up not being true to your craft and therefore not happy with your work. There will always be people there to criticize, but it’s better to put it out there and be true to yourself, knowing someone will appreciate it, than to do nothing at all.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Gabrielle: Mountains. There is something incredibly cleansing about stepping out into nature and smelling the dirt.

BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Gabrielle: I have dual citizenship with the U.S. and Canada. My mother is from Quebec originally, which allowed me to be able to apply for Canadian citizenship. It eventually led me to live in Vancouver for a while a few years ago. It was one of the most memorable times in my life!

Roomboard: Allyson Johnson’s “Fit for Royalty” Nursery

Delicate and feminine!  Allyson Johnson‘s soft floral prints fit perfectly with the flowery wallpaper and barely-aqua accent chair!

Roomboard_AllysonJohnson

 

1.”Hello Beautiful Heart” 16 x 20 black framed print

Floral XOXO 11 x 14 black frame white matte print

You Are My Favorite 11 x 14 black frame white matte print

2.  Wallpaper – Anthropologie

3. Linen Corrigan Chair – Anthropologie

4.  Giraffe Stuffed Toy – Etsy

5. Rosette Lace Receiving Blanket – Nordstrom

6.   Birch and Willow Pod Pendant Lamp – Home Portfolio

7.  Seaglass and Driftwood Mobile – Etsy

8.  Belle Upholstered Crib – Restoration Hardware

9. Gold Bars Rug – The Land of Nod

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