free vector japanese kokeshi dolls

Some time ago I drew a kokeshi doll in Photoshop (my flickr photostream or deviantART gallery).
Today I decided to redraw kokeshi in Illustrator (vectors rule!). kokeshis_gang
I ended up with a kind of a gang of five ready to whatever it takes to … (up to your imagination, reinvent them-professional-selves included). Maybe it’s me longing for the times when I had a huge support from my girlfriends.
Below you can see 2 vector kokeshi dolls that you can download and use for both personal and commercial purpose (a link/tweet/digg… would be nice :-) (and supportive ;-) !!!): blue kimono doll and dyed hair doll both in compressed .eps files.

preview of the vectors
preview of the free vectors

Freebies by PeHaa: CS2+ friendly Kokeshi Dolls

3 Kokeshi dolls,, 3 MB.
All made by me. Free for both personal and commercial use. If you host them, please link this site.

free vector stamps (birds again but not necessarily to do with twitter)

I like stamps. I had some fun. At least until I decided to experiment a bit with mesh tool (long way ahead to master it…)
Traumatic discovery: no command to remove gradient mesh (or am I wrong?). Luckily, there is a trick that works. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set the offset to zero. Then delete the mesh object. Good news: your path is safe! bad news: it contains some extra anchor points. (Here is a link to where I found the solution).
Together with this post – my vector stamps (an .eps file). Free for personal and commercial use. If you decide to host them, please include the link to this site. Enjoy!

i perform a striptease in the DA valentine contest

I was actually planning Valentine’s Day not to be the main thread of my today’s post. But things changed since there is a new contest running on DeviantART. And it’s Valentine’s Day-related.
You download a template – more or less (there are some hearts) abstract shapes to be filled with solid colors. The criteria:  (1) use of Valentine’s Day theme, (2) use of color palette, (3) ability to standout among other entries.

Who would not decide to go for a 1 lb box o chocolates ;) ? Would I (or is it a Fella plushie)?

Can you remember  Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in the striptease scene in 9 1/2 Weeks? Joe Cocker ?

That’s right. You can leave your hat on… It’s my entry.da_valentine

And a funny thing: if you go 2 posts back, the formula of the DA contest seems pretty close to what the illustration class was about. 

Coming soon: Something useful, downloadable and to do with Twitter (but not Twitter icons). Stay tuned.

taking an illustration class

Today, I discovered there is an artist I can recognize by a tiny sample of his work.  I followed a tweet ‘focus on creating with negative space, while doodling…’ and there I was, taking an IllustrationClass. Created by Von. R. Glitschka (that’s the one). The idea was to fill some simple abstract shapes with whatever your imagination prompts.

He said: ‘be creative, push yourself and have fun’ .

I did: relaxed and doodled a bit (on a print of an exercise sheet).

And that’s what I got:


And a version with some colors added: