Monday, September 21, 2015

Choosing Your Next Year Calendar

WWF Tigers Wall CalendarPut a bit of thought into selecting your next year calendar. You will be glad you did. Why? Simple really, you are going to stare at the same calendar picture for a month. Pick something that would make you smile or chuckle, calm you down or inspire, or even leave you in awe.

Baby Animals 2016 Desk CalendarWhen it comes to choosing new calendars in my family we have a tradition of sorts: every year we buy one by WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Part of the proceeds of the sale of that calendar goes back to WWF. Besides, the animal photos in the calendar are always amazing.

Serenity 2016 Wall CalendarIf you crave cuteness, you can never go wrong with baby animals. While kittens and puppies are a bit too much for me personally, wild cubs and kits and such remain one of my favorite.

Alchemy The Raven and the Rose 2016 Wall CalendarSerene landscapes make another good choice. Your own personal zen right there in a picture frame. It will help you relax, get away from everything, even if only for a moment.

Life Hacks 2016 Desk CalendarFantasy Art is another favorite of mine. It's a personal taste of course but I do believe that fantasy art calendars are always quite beautiful.

For a desktop calendar I like to pick those 365-days ones. Humorous, educational, or simply full of useful tips, they will share a little something with you every day.

This year I have my own calendar to add to the mix. A twelve-month Kokeshi dolls art calendar, available from Zazzle or an alternative version from RedBubble

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Waterlogue - Creative App

I'd like to introduce you to this curious little app for iOS devices called Waterlogue. It converts your photos into beautiful watercolor images. The idea isn't exactly new. This app is but one of the many artistic filters and tools to offer this convertion. What makes it special, in my eyes at least, is very realistic looking result. The app is intuitive with minimum controls. You pick a photo then sit back and watch the magic happen. Waterlogue will first sketch the image emulating pencil strokes, then fill it in with watercolors. Quite amazing to watch. See some examples below with an original photo on the left and the resulting watercolor image on the right. I used free public domain photos for this post, found at publicdomainpictures.net


Sunday, September 13, 2015

20 Free Watercolor Banners

A set of watercolor banners, 20 JPEG files total, size 2280x630 px each. These images were sized specifically to fit collection banners at Zazzle.com. They can be used as stand alone images or a background for your custom banner. The faux watercolor effect was achieved by photo manipulation. Public domain images and free stock photos were used as a base.

Free for personal or commercial use. I only ask you not to redistribute the graphics as digital downloads. Please note, the images below are thumbnail previews only and smaller than the actual files. Use the following link to download all 20 banners in one ZIP file:

Click to download (5.6 MB)


Friday, September 11, 2015

20 Free Abstract Banners

A set of colorful abstract banners, 20 PNG files total, size 2280x630 px each. These images were sized specifically to fit collection banners at Zazzle.com. They can be used as stand alone images or a background for your custom banner.

Free for personal or commercial use. I only ask you not to redistribute the graphics as digital downloads. Use the following link to download all 20 banners in one ZIP file:

Click to download (8.8 MB)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6 Free Daisy Patterns

Bits and Scribbles first free download is a set of daisy and lattice themed seamless patterns. 6 PNG files size 400x400 px each. Free for personal or commercial use. I only ask you not to redistribute the graphics as digital downloads. Please note, the images below are thumbnail previews only and smaller than the actual files. Use the following link to download all 6 patterns in one ZIP file:

Click to download (500 KB)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Image Tiling Preview Tool

This neat JavaScript tool generates a repeatable pattern preview of any image you upload. This is helpful, for example, when you are designing a seamless pattern and have no other means to view it in action. Select an image then click "Generate Preview". The tool interface can also be hidden by clicking "Interface Toggle" button in a bottom right corner and restored back the same way.

Click to start TileTool (opens new window)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Creative Tools

Don’t know if a digital artist is a proper term for my hobby. I simply use the word “digital” because I do everything from sketches to the final art on my iPad. Mostly in vector format. My favourite tools are Procreate and Autodesk Graphic (formerly iDraw) for iPad. Occasionally I work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop on a desktop computer. If you are interested, here are the links to the two programs.

Procreate

Procreate


Procreate is packed with over 120 beautifully-made brushes ranging from true-to-life sets of pencils, inks and paintbrushes to wonderfully imaginative digital effects, providing all the tools you need.
iDraw

Autodesk Graphic


Autodesk Graphic (formerly iDraw) is a powerful feature-packed design and vector illustration application designed specifically for iPad. No compromises. True desktop-class editing and illustration tools on iPad.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Welcome to Bits and Scribbles!

Maneki Neko
My name is Natalia Linn and this blog is a place for bits of random and unimportant information as well as some of my creative scribbles. I do not claim to be a professional artist or a writer. This is my first attempt at blogging and I will be learning as I go.

Meet Maneki Neko - Japanese beckoning cat. I thought it prudent to start a blog with a little good luck charm. This Japanese figurine is believed to bring luck and prosperity to its owner. It also happens to be my latest art project and this is a chance to showcase the little charmer.

Art is my hobby, writing is not. Making no promises to post often, but I do have plans to publish some useful designing tips, freebie graphics downloads, and perhaps even a few tutorials. Make sure to check again later!