In a week of big announcements...
I didn't want this to get overlooked.
The Stamp Shop here at Vanilla Arts Company is now open!
I've started with a group retired Club images, each comes with the marker/pencil recipe used in the sample. I'll be adding more digis plus retired watercolor class images next week.
Digis with a difference!
What makes my digital stamps unique?
Well, it's simple.
Actually, it's the stamps that are simple.
Painters and colored pencil artists always start with a basic sketch. While the levels of detail may vary, artists generally give themselves only the strong basic shapes and landmarks.
What they DO NOT draw every last freekin' detail. They don't draw whiskers, veins, wrinkles, or texture marks. Artist's starter-drawings are simplistic because:
there's no point in drawing something that's going to be painted over
guide lines can peek through later, ruining the look of the finished piece
Stamps are different. Stamp companies and stamp artists want to sell their images to as wide an audience as possible. That means working to the lowest common denominator- in stamps that would be the card maker who stamps the image in a single color and leaves it plain.
So when you know your stamp may never be colored, you tend to add lots of tiny details, texture marks, and artistic squiggles. Commercial stamps tend to be over-decorated because wide-market stamps must look great naked.
Those details are a gigantic problem if you intend to color the image realistically or use it for watercoloring.
Vanilla Arts Co. digi stamps are plain vanilla
Your coloring should be the star of the show, not my stamp images.
I draw just the bare minimum and I encourage you to print my stamps in as light a gray as you can get away with. I want to fade into the background and let you sing center stage.
I give you only what you need and then I sit back and let you take over.
Fully tested images
Here's a bonus fact:
I teach with these images. Before it goes up in my shop, each stamp has been colored by 20-30 students. And I watch them as they color.
So there are no surprise areas, no debating what the weird shapes are, no flower stems that lead nowhere, no unattached locks of hair, no extra hands on a mermaid.
(Not kidding- I taught a class using an incredibly popular commercial mermaid stamp and found she had two right hands)
My drawings are clean and clear.
Check out my new stamp shop
... and hey, let me know if you don't see the VanArCo stamp you're looking for. I've got 5 years of original digis just sitting here twiddling their thumbs. I can dig for your favorite and pop it into the shop ahead-of-schedule.
Ask and ye shall have coloring materials!