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How I Create & Process My Artwork in 4 Steps

How I Create & Process My Artwork in 4 Steps

I’m often asked about the tools I use to create my artwork. So today I want to share my art process (the super-short version, of course!) in 4 easy steps.

Inspo

I start by selecting an image from my inspiration library. This is basically a huge collection of photos that I save on my Instagram and on Pinterest whenever I find something inspiring. What I select completely depends upon my mood as I do not follow design/art trends or try to “make what will sell right now”. There are two different ways I choose my inspiration.

1. Start with a color palette: Sometimes a color palette catches my eye. When this happens, I start with that palette and as I go along, I paint a piece that will compliment these colors to present them is an appealing composition.
2. Start with a pose: This can be a human or anything else living, including plants. This is when I start with a composition that features this element and I choose colors and other elements of the piece as I go along.

Adobe Fresco

I have a Creative Cloud subscription and it’s one of the best investements I’ve made for my art business. I tried everything from Procreate to Draw but my favorite is Fresco – because of its awesome brushes, ease of use, unlimited layers, simple settings and quick export options.

I start by importing the inspiration/reference image in Adobe Fresco on my iPad Pro (the 2nd best invesment I made for my art business!). Now I either draw, in case I’m doing a abstract sketch or I go right ahead and use the paint brushes if I’m doing a painting/illustration.

Export

Once I’m happy with my artwork, I either export it to my Dropbox or to my Creative Cloud storage – both of which I can easily access from my desktop.

Finishing Touches

I use Photoshop on my desktop to sometimes clean up artwork or add patterns, change colors, add minor elements etc. and then the artwork’s ready to be printed!

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About The Artist
Uma Gokhale
Hi! I am an India-based modern eclectic artist turning everyday musings and experiences into works of art. My work is best known for beautiful vector illustrations and stunning patterns that are inspired by tropical nature and it has been featured in Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and many more stores worldwide.

“I believe Art does not have to be complicated. It is simply thoughts turned into intriguing visuals."

My art is a perfect fit for all of you who are living a life full of ups and downs, who have experienced struggle and achievement, have learned from your adventures and grown from them – living life to the fullest – which is what I aspire to achieve and promote through my art.

My goal is to make unique high quality art, accessible and affordable to everyone. Follow me on instagram @83oranges
for a daily dose of creativity and joy. I look forward to helping you discover art you love!"
--- XOXO, Uma Gokhale

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