I have had so much fun this last month working here at PopFizzPaper helping Dani not go insane and creating new designs for you all to be sticking in your planners. It's been great seeing you all oh and aw over my babies, and hearing more ideas of what you all want. So I thought it would be interesting showing you how I design all of the new stickers I've been working on.
I'm old fashioned, and while I know they have drawing tablets and such and even my laptop has a touch screen I still use good old pen and paper. I think every artist has their own specific tools they prefer and mine for illustration are Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in black and I have all the sizes available, I know there are so many brands out there but this is my brand ya know. My next MUST have for this type of work is a Prismacolor Col-Erase in No Copy Blue. As for erasers and pencil sharpeners I get what ever is on sale, my only requirement for sharpners is that it has to have a container to catch the shavings as I sharpen my pencil CONSTANTLY.
So I start out any sticker (in this case my dog care stickers) with a rough sketch and erase only major and distracting mistakes. This is loose and light at first but as I start to get an idea of the shape and look I want I darken the lines I want to keep. It's really important to keep the lead nice and sharp for my personal style, so my sharpener is always nearby.
Once I am pretty satisfied with what I want, out comes the Pitt Artist Pens. These just glide on so nicely and are permanent and waterproof (although not dog proof so luckily non toxic). This is where I finally decide which lines I'm going to keep and which are history. Here's where the magic happens I don't have to worry at all with those messy blue lines they can stay for prosperity because when I scan this final image they won't show up.
Next I email Dani the finished images and she comes back with any critiques or feedback and either one of us will finish it off. I work right in Silhouette Studio from here as it is usually the easiest. I will also tweak any lines here sometimes evening out a dodgy line or fixing where a dog nudged my hand, etc. Finally I choose colours for that sticker and the rest of the set and put them in place.
Off to Dani the finished file goes and then the most exciting part, she mails me the finished sheet. The most important part of the process is me fawning over the real thing in my hand that I designed and pondering how lucky I am to have a job I love! Oh and stick them in my planner and enjoy them.