I Can and I Will

I Can & I Will (c)Kimberly Abbott, 2017

I Can & I Will (c)Kimberly Abbott, 2017

I can and I will. Watch me.
~Carrie Green

Designed in InkScape. Textures, highlights & shadows done in GIMP. Hand written text, no fonts used in this project.

We are all of us stars

Art (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2017 - Quote, Marilyn Monroe

Art (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2017 – Quote, Marilyn Monroe

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
~ Marilyn Monroe

Original:
11 x 11 designed in InkScape, shading and highlighting in GIMP

Awesome Fonts Used:
Blackjack | Font Squirrel
Mom’s Typewriter | Font Squirrel

The Software I Use and Why

I use three pieces of software regularly when making digital art, my open source solutions include Inkscape and GIMP, and my paid service is Sketchbook Pro. GIMP is the first advanced graphic design interface I’ve ever used, and let me tell you, back in 2000 it earned its name! I stuck with it and learned to rock that program – since then it has improved dramatically, offering support for tablets and a redesigned interface that humans can pretty intuitively understand. Then I fell in love with vectors and the best free solution for me is Inkscape. Vectors are a designer’s delight because they are lossless, design once and use that element as large or small as you like in other designs, and if your customer decides they want different dimensions? Not a problem, it’s usually just a tweak here and there! Finally, I’ve added Sketchbook Pro to my repertoire of tools. Sketchbook is the only paid program in my bag of digital tools, it’s $25 a year ($2.08 a month), and offers more of the natural feel of drawing but with fewer consumables since I use my tablet.

Why did I make the choices I have in terms of my digital design software? Well, first of all, I feel that everybody should have access to their own creativity. Expression of self is, in my opinion, directly connected to mental and physical well-being – charging $250+ for a piece of software does not allow movement of creativity for everyone. Second, the software does what I need it to, I understand it and it works well in my process, and finally I feel that free and inexpensive software tools fit within my philosophy that art is made to be seen, and meant to be made. It is for everyone, not just those who can afford it – by making my art with tools which are openly available, I hope to broadcast that you can make your art too, you can get it out of your head and into the heads of others without paying a dime, or a few dimes. To me, that’s pretty powerful, since making your own art is not only an expression of self, but of society as a whole. Art can convey messages about the beauty of life and of things that need to change, open and low cost software make that possible for everyone.

Resources:

Wikipedia | Gimp Logo by Tuomas Kuosmanen

Wikipedia | Inkscape Logo by Andrew Michael Fitzsimon

Sketchbook Pro | by Autodesk
Logo found via Google search, artist unknown

Whooo Loves Halloween? I do!

A fun little owl gif

A fun little owl gif

I noticed that it had been a really long time since I’d put together a gif, I saw this adorable clip and thought “stuff needs to move”! 16 days to Halloween! Woot!

Specs:
19 frames

Clip Art:
OpenClipart | Halloween Owl by bf5man

Software:
Inkscape
Gimp

Avocado Pendant

Avocado Pendant Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016

Avocado Pendant Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016

Avocado Pendant
Kimberly Abbott (c) 2016

Details:
About 1″ tall
Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint, Sealant, & Headpin

I saw Geekgasm on YouTube wearing a wonderful avocado pendant and decided to make one of my own! This took about an hour to make plus drying time, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! I will be wearing my new design to work on Monday!

TOON! RPG Character Sheet

Toon Character Sheet Preview

Toon Character Sheet

TOON! RPG Character Sheet

I made this character sheet for the RPG my husband, ran at PortCon 2016! TOON! Feel free to use this sheet for your upcoming game!

Please note that TOON! is (c) Steve Jackson Games, I am in no way affiliated with them and make no copyright claims.

Beefalo Bob

Beefalo Bob (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 - Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Beefalo Bob (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 – Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Beefalo Bob
(c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016
Character Concept | Jason H. Abbott

I loved designing Beefalo Bob for the Toon! Olympics my husband hosted at PortCon Maine, 2016.

Ollie the Norwegian Pig

Ollie the Norwegian Pig (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 - Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Ollie the Norwegian Pig (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 – Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Ollie the Norwegian Pig
Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016
Character Concept | Jason H. Abbott

This character was designed for the TOON! game my husband hosted at PortCon Maine 2016! It was great fun!

Terry Pin

Terry Pin - (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016; Character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Terry Pin – (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016; Character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Terry Pin
(c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016Character concept Jason H. Abbott

Terry is the 4th installment for the TOON! RPG my husband, the Aethereal Engineer, will be hosting at the upcoming PortCon Maine!

Gladys the Canadian Goose

Gladys Goose by Kimberly Abbott (c) 2016, character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Gladys Goose by Kimberly Abbott (c) 2016, character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Gladys Goose
Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016
Character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Gladys is the third installment for the TOON! RPG my husband, the Aethereal Engineer will be hosting at PortCon Maine this year!

Software Used:
Inkscape
Sketchbook Pro