29 8 / 2014

8.29.14 - new notecards 🏡 
➡️up for sale in my store: http://www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com

8.29.14 - new notecards 🏡
➡️up for sale in my store: http://www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com

28 8 / 2014

Click here to vote for my pattern in Spoonflower’s weekly contest! 
(It’s called Hello Neighborhood if you can’t find it right away!)

Click here to vote for my pattern in Spoonflower’s weekly contest!

(It’s called Hello Neighborhood if you can’t find it right away!)

27 8 / 2014

From start to finish.

27 8 / 2014

the finished pattern

the finished pattern

27 8 / 2014

8.27.14 - done…for tonight 🌵🌿
#wip 
ps what do you think of the color scheme?

8.27.14 - done…for tonight 🌵🌿
#wip
ps what do you think of the color scheme?

26 8 / 2014

✨Portrait Giveaway✨
The first 🔟 people to comment on this post I will draw a portrait of!

✨Portrait Giveaway✨
The first 🔟 people to comment on this post I will draw a portrait of!

26 8 / 2014

A color variant for a project I recently participated in

A color variant for a project I recently participated in

26 8 / 2014

Coffeeee time!!!!
☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️
#patterns #pattern #drawing #illustration #art #artistsoninstagram #instart #coffee #caffeine #java #espresso #latte #cappucino #mocha #frappuchino #mug #coffeemug

Coffeeee time!!!!
☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️
#patterns #pattern #drawing #illustration #art #artistsoninstagram #instart #coffee #caffeine #java #espresso #latte #cappucino #mocha #frappuchino #mug #coffeemug

26 8 / 2014

If you’re not already following @indiecraftsampler you should be!!! They are my favorite by far of the month to subscription boxes - sign up and you get a bunch of cool handmade crafts ranging from soaps to candles to jewelry to cards to buttons etc!! And I’m excited to say I’ll have some of my notecards in the October boxes!!! 💖

If you’re not already following @indiecraftsampler you should be!!! They are my favorite by far of the month to subscription boxes - sign up and you get a bunch of cool handmade crafts ranging from soaps to candles to jewelry to cards to buttons etc!! And I’m excited to say I’ll have some of my notecards in the October boxes!!! 💖

26 8 / 2014

8.26.14 - when you get down….draw ✏️_________

8.26.14 - when you get down….draw ✏️_________

26 8 / 2014

Preview of a new pattern - also on of my favorite things ☺️☕️

Preview of a new pattern - also on of my favorite things ☺️☕️

25 8 / 2014

Does anyone know of companies that hire/are hiring textile/surface designers?

25 8 / 2014

24 8 / 2014

johnleedraws:

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So one of the things that I’m always saying to people on this blog is to write, write, and write some more. Getting thoughts organized and down on paper helps articulate your understanding of your own practice, and also preserves it for a later date. I don’t offer a lot of writing specifics because I think everyone has their own way of approaching things, but here’s one format that I’ve picked up:

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John’s posts are always insightful and inspiring! I can honestly say that I picked up the practice of writing from an incredibly inspirational post that he made a while back about what to do when you’re stuck (can’t find the link, will look later). Basically I think he just talked about how you should just start out with a stream of consciousness flow of writing and go from there.

Taking this advice to heart has really helped me grow in times my are wheels spinning - not only does it help me avoid getting stuck in a rut, but helps me make something useful of a potentially gridlocking and definitely frustrating situation. Even if I don’t know what to write, (and this usually happens, because when I get stuck I get stuck HARD), I just start with something as simple as “what do I write?” and I try to answer that question. Maybe with one word answers or with more questions. But what always starts out as the worst read ever turns into, well, not exactly novel quality, but a very useful 3-4 pages of self-exploration which usually evolves into lists, which make their way into to-do’s, which make their way into sketches, which turn into illustrations or patterns or just brain junk in a sketchbook that I can save for later.

Basically, the idea is that great illustration comes from great ideas and concepts and that the best way to find those is to write. And when faced with a blank page, fill it with words. And then the words will help you fill the blank canvas with images. 

Moral of the story: this guy has great advice and is a great illustrator to boot, so hit that follow button.

24 8 / 2014

drawing succulents

drawing succulents