How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish



Left: work in progress color layer demo /  Right: final “Sound of Music” poster by Adriana Vawdrey

I have been wanting to show you my design/drawing/coloring process for a while, and this week I finally documented it in photos! After attending this show at the beautiful Eccles Theater two weeks ago, I got excited to make a poster inspired by one of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music. Continue reading “How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish”


Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids


School Bus Print by Blanca Gomez. Check out all the lovely prints she has for sale in her shop

Imagine you are an art-loving parent volunteering to teach an art lesson in an elementary school teacher’s classroom. You want the kids to have fun, learn a new skill and complete artwork they feel super proud of.

But maybe you’re a little stressed by the thought of teaching 30 kids at once, and possibly trashing the room in the process? Here are a few things I do to make my lessons run as smoothly as possible and motivate better listening. Continue reading “Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids”

6 Ways to Marry Minimalism & Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)


Both of these illustrations are by Adriana Vawdrey (me). The simpler collage on the left was an sketchbook / Photoshop experiment, and the very detailed tiger image on the right was a camouflage experiment I did earlier this year. The tiger, called “I Spy,” is available to purchase as a print here.

When it comes to planning the design of anything — (a painting, an outfit, a room, etc.) —  do you normally focus on achieving simple elegance and efficiency? Or do you prefer details, layers, and eclectic mismatched combinations? I have been thinking about this a lot! What are the definitions of “minimalism” and “maximalism”, and how can creative people meet in the middle?  Continue reading “6 Ways to Marry Minimalism & Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)”

Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom

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“Victory” and “Taste Your Reward” by Adriana Vawdrey

“…’You can have it all, but not all at the same time.’ How important it is to take very good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing; it’s hard to do. It’s easier to be a workaholic than to have a truly balanced life.”

-Dame Quentin Bryce

I need to tell you about the year I completely sacrificed my health for a passion project.

It is common for dedicated people to refer to themselves as “workaholics. ” The term is sometimes used in a silly way, but there is a difference between working with ambition and immersing yourself in impulsive project after project to escape other anxieties. From 2013 to 2016, I invented, and obsessed over never-ending piles of work in order to escape the fears and frustrations that came with a big life change. The problems which followed, and solutions that eventually pulled me out of that pattern, taught me a lot about the purpose of passion, the importance of balance, and the real possibility of feeling good again after a mental health scare.  Continue reading “Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom”

22 Perfectly Modern Art Prints for the Kitchen


Above illustration and photo by Louise Lockhart. Find her shop here.

Did you know that colorful kitchens can promote a better appetite? Even if you are striving for that super sleek minimalist look that many love these days, you can add a charming pop of color by hanging art prints in the areas where you cook and eat.

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Creative Life: 13 Uniquely Illustrated Alphabet Prints


Above illustrations and photos by Sarah Edmonds. Find her shop here.

Hanging a piece of artwork that celebrates the alphabet highlights a love of learning in the home where it lives. Whether you’re looking for something whimsical and child-like, or mature and architectural, I’ve compiled work by ten of my favorite alphabet artists. Any of these prints can be purchased via the shop links under each photo.

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