Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sketching Mechanical Dog

Another 3 min video of sketching the mechanical dog. It starts with an absurdly simplified mockup of a dog, which I drew in seconds with a thick brush. Then you can see me building up a pencil sketch on top of that. Trying and discarding different ideas as I go. Cleaning up and refining the final sketch. Tools: Procreate for iPad.

This is my favorite sketching method at the moment: taking advantage of digital layering to build the sketch up from simple to complex where a quick draft sketch acts as a map for the next layer/sketch.

Here is a finished version of the mechanical dog, completed in vector format in Autodesk Graphic for iPad.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

100 Free Patterns from Mightydeals

A huge collection of free patterns, supplied by and hosted by

This collection provides the patterns in .ai, .eps, and .jpg formats, and the vector formats are fully editable. What's even better is that they’re all free for personal and commercial use, all you have to do is credit

It does require you to sign up for their newsletter before providing you with a download link. But you can easily opt out of the emails later.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Shareable Images (Zazzle Specific)

I'm thrilled to add this new tool to the blog list! Designed to help Zazzle designers, Shareable Images Tool by picks the preview images from a Zazzle collection you selected, automatically cuts out all the white space in the image, resizes products previews so they're sized in relation to each other, rearranges them into a one- or two-column format and (optionally) puts them on a background of your choice.

The tool includes several premade backgrounds with some lovely decorations. It can be used for collections as well as single products. The goal of Shareable Images is to help you create a much better looking image for when you share your collection online or by email. See the example below.

Give Shareable Images a try and share the word about it if you like it. Giving credit to would be helpful as well.

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Doodle Products

I'm adding new black and white products to my Zazzle store designed to be colored. Tote bags, canvas top sneakers, large spiral notebooks, and even some rubber stamps. The actual materials are beyond my control, and the products might require specialized markers, like permanent or alcohol. But many people already have those! Here is the Color Me collection from my Zazzle store:

The collection image above was made with Shareable Images Tool from

Saturday, June 18, 2016

New Store on TeePublic!

I've been invited to feature my art at a newish print on demand site: TeePublic. I'm excited! New place, new possibilities.

Here is the direct link to my store for those interested: Natalia Linn on TeePublic.

They have $20 price per t-shirt. That's pretty low! Not only that, newly published designs sell for $14 a piece! Besides t-shirts, TeePublic also offers art prints and phone cases.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Road Trip Completed

The Road Trip sketch from the previous post is now completed in colors, in vector format. I did rename it to "On the Road", not that it matters really.

You can preview the artwork in my Society6 store or click the picture on the left to view the awesome tote bags! It also comes as a phone case, t-shirt, tapestry, etc., including a duvet cover.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sketching Road Trip

A short 3 min video of sketching the Road Trip artwork. At some point you can see me flip the sketch horizontally. That's a common and very useful artistic trick: the mirrored drawing helps to reveal some mistakes that were not visible before. Simply flip the sketch back after you done. Tools: Procreate for iPad.

This is still work in progress. Next step will be taking the drawing into a vector program and finish it in vector format.