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”


Applying To & Paying For Art School


Check out the amazing mixed media masterpieces that artist Lauren DiCioccio is known for!

It’s not breaking news… college costs money.

A lot of money.

And when you’re interested in studying for a career in an art/design field, it’s normal (and maybe a good idea) to have some concerns. Continue reading “Applying To & Paying For Art School”

“Is Art School Right For Me?”


Photograph embroidered by Victoria Villasana. Her work is fabulous, and you should definitely visit her shop.

“It’s important to think about end-game goals for your college experience. Maybe you want to make inspiring friends and great connections or maybe you want to master a completely new medium. Ask yourself – what exactly do you want to get out of art school?”  Angella D’Avignon  from Society 6’s  “Should You Go To Art School?”   

Are you thinking about a creative career, and wondering if art school is worth your time and money?

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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)”

My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop


In college, one of my illustration professors gave some advice that stuck with me:

“You can do anything with a really good drawing.”

That could not be more true! With an awesome drawing you could make a fantastic painting, a well-designed screen print, thorough plans for an amazing sculpture… and the list goes on and on.  There are even more possibilities to build upon a beautiful drawing after scanning it and making playful adjustments with digital tools.

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