Four of Dan's Redbubble designs

Redbubble Artist Shop

I’m pleased to announce that my Redbubble artist shop is officially open.

Redbubble is an online marketplace that enables independent artists to sell their creations as quality print on demand products. I spent a couple months comparing competing print on demand platforms before selecting Redbubble to host my favorite illustrations. Using Redbubble’s manufacturing services my designs can be produced as framed prints, phone cases, tote bags, tapestries, stickers, clothes, and many other items.

I invite you to visit my Redbubble artist shop to see if there’s something you might enjoy!

Thank you,
-Dan

spiral notebook
tote bag


throw pillow
sticker


art print
ceramic mug
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Daily Drawings on Facebook

Ink drawing of cat pouncing

Last week, I started drawing each morning after breakfast as a way to get into the good habit of creating art each day. Here’s my tenth daily drawing. We’ll see how long I can keep this going. 😉

You can find all of my daily drawings on my new Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/dantabata.artwork

I’m also planning to cross-post most of my website/blog items on Facebook, so if you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, my Facebook Page is a convenient way to do so.

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How to Use Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator

Opacity masks offer a easy-to-edit, non-destructive way to change the transparency of your Illustrator artwork by creating shapes through which the underlying artwork is revealed and concealed.

So, when might you want to use an opacity mask?

Here are two practical examples that were adapted from questions asked on the graphic design question-and-answer site Graphic Design Stack Exchange. Continue reading “How to Use Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator”

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Low Poly Dog Illustration

How to Create a Low Poly Dog in Adobe Illustrator

If you’ve played 3D video games you’ll recognize low poly from its blocky appearance and lack of detail. In 3D computer graphics a polygon mesh, often composed of triangles, is used to model 3D objects. The more polygons used in the mesh, the more detail can be applied to the object.

I recently watched a video that demonstrated an easily understood process for using an image to create low poly artwork in Adobe Illustrator. While playing the video I wanted to look at written instructions, but there were none available. Watching parts of the video over and over again was slowing me down, so I ended up taking my own notes and have turned them into this tutorial. Continue reading “How to Create a Low Poly Dog in Adobe Illustrator”

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1:2 aspect ratio flag of Scotland

How to Create a Saltire Flag in Adobe Illustrator

It has nothing to do with salt, tires or salty language. A saltire is the diagonal cross used in many flag designs, including the flags of Scotland and Jamaica.

I first learned about saltires (and their use in flag designs) while searching for an simple way to divide a rectangle into matching pairs of triangles. This tutorial might not be as entertaining as Sheldon Cooper’s “Fun with Flags” videos (from The Big Bang Theory), but you’ll find out a a few flag facts and learn how to create an easily customizable saltire flag. Continue reading “How to Create a Saltire Flag in Adobe Illustrator”

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Hello, World!

The interwebs demand that new sites have a first post or page, so this is mine.

I’m expecting this site to become part online illustration/comics portfolio, and part digital/analog art technique and production blog. In a few months (or years) it might become a 404 Not Found error, but I can’t worry about that now. After all, I’ve already paid for two years of web hosting. 😉

Take a look at the About page if you’re curious about why this site exists.

Thanks for visiting!

-Dan
May 25, 2016

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