Author: Liz Kohler Brown

Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

I’ve designed several digital planners over the years, trying out different apps and processes, and this is by far the most efficient and precise process I’ve ever tried.  I love the process so much, I decided to create a whole class to show you every […]

Free November 2019 – 2020 Digital Planner with Customizable Sections and Buttons

Free November 2019 – 2020 Digital Planner with Customizable Sections and Buttons

If you follow my blog or classes, you know I love using digital planners to stay organized. I’m such a picky planner though, I can never seem to find a planner that fits all my needs as a blogger, teacher, designer, and overall organization obsessed […]

Best Apple Pencil Grips, iPad Cases, and Desk for iPad Drawing

Best Apple Pencil Grips, iPad Cases, and Desk for iPad Drawing

I just made some major changes to my workspace, so I thought it would be a great time to share all of my favorite pencil grips, cases, and drawing desk tips! Want to hear all of this in video form? Watch the video here:

I spend so many hours drawing on my iPad that I truly know the wrist and neck pains that can come from drawing in one position for too long. The best way to avoid getting these aches and pains is to change up your drawing position as often as possible. I’ve been REALLY bad at doing this in the past, so this year I am making the ergonomics of my workspace a priority!

The first thing I like to change often is my pencil grips. If my hand is always gripping the pencil in the exact same way, it eventually leads to some hand cramps or wrist pain, so these days I change out my pencil grips every week or so to force myself to use different hand positions. Here are my favorites:

The first one is a set of grips that flare out at the base. I love these because they let you open up your fingers a little bit, so you aren’t gripping such a tiny bar so tightly. The only downside I’ve noticed is that if you press down firmly on the screen, the grip can start to slide a bit, so I usually use these when I’m doing texturing or shading that doesn’t require lots of pressure.

I also love these “full body” grips that double as holders for the charging cap, so that pesky little rascal doesn’t hide from you (like mine always does). This one is probably my all time favorite because it stays in place like a rubber glove covered in super glue, but I wish it had a little bit more thickness at the base. Am I too picky???

I love this grip for times when I need to press down firmly on the screen (like when I’m creating really smooth lettering for example). The grip portion is a bit rough, so I can’t use this little guy all day, but I love it for short periods when I need a lot of stability.

I’ve tried at least five different iPad cases, and none of them stayed in place as well as this one. The magnets that hold the tilt in place are super strong, so even MY wild drawing can’t knock down the iPad. Also, the part that attaches to the iPad is made of rubber, unlike the cheaper ones I bought which were made of plastic and snapped within the first few uses.

My favorite purchase that I made this year is my adjustable desk frame. I got the idea to buy this desk from one of my favorite hand lettering teachers, Teela Cunningham. The desk is just a base, so you have to have your own desktop to attach, but it fits standard desktops so I just dismantled my old desk and attached it to the legs.

Of course you don’t need the exact products I showed in this post, but it is important to switch up your drawing position as often as possible so you don’t end up with neck pain in your 80s that is so bad that you are cursing your younger self for being so irresponsible!

Winter Illustration in Procreate + 27 Free Brushes and Stamps

Winter Illustration in Procreate + 27 Free Brushes and Stamps

When it’s cold and windy outside, there is nothing I like more than curling up on the couch and drawing winter plants, objects, and lettering projects. Let’s be honest. I like eating cookies more, but this is definitely #2 on my list! So I decided […]

Free Library of Reference Books for Artists, Illustrators, and Letterers

Free Library of Reference Books for Artists, Illustrators, and Letterers

If you haven’t stumbled upon Archive.org yet, get ready to lose some time sifting through beautiful old books.  Archive.org is a non-profit with a mission of providing universal access to books, so anyone without access to libraries can still view, print, and share the wealth […]

Create an Illustration Series: From Inspiration to Print

Create an Illustration Series: From Inspiration to Print

In this class, you’ll learn how to plan and create an illustration series from start to finish.  Creating a series is the perfect way to develop a cohesive body of work that shows your unique style to the world in a professional format.  In the class, I’ll be creating my series on my iPad in Procreate, but you could create your series using paper, canvas, or whatever medium you like to use.

If you want to create a series, but aren’t sure where to start or you get stuck on the planning phases, this is the perfect class for you.  I’ll show you how to scale your series to fit your skill level and personal time constraints so you can spend anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 hours on each illustration.  I’ll show you my whole process from planning the series to printing out the work and evaluating color options.

When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the Procreate brushes I use to create my illustrations including 4 drawing and painting brushes and 10 texture brushes to add some grit and depth to your work.  You can use the textures to add high contrast grit to your background. Or you can use them to add subtle colored textures, or erase texture from a solid shape.

I’ll share with you some free resources for creating color palettes so that your illustration series has a cohesive palette.  I’ll also give you a huge list of content ideas so if you don’t know what to draw, you can just pull from the list and get started.

First we’ll look at how to plan a series from start to finish.  I’ll show you how I organize my colors, concepts, and style guide, to take all the guesswork out of my design process.  When you work from a series plan, you can be sure to create a cohesive and professional set of illustrations that could be the beginning of a collection or portfolio of work.

Next we’ll look at how to turn a simple line drawing into a textured illustration, and talk about how to develop the concept into a cohesive set of illustrations that work well as a set or individually.

Then we’ll look at some advanced drawing techniques that will help you cut down on drawing time, and create playful, yet accurately proportioned illustrations.  We’ll cover a few different ways to use the line drawings in finished illustrations, so you can find a set of colors and textures that work for your personal style.

If you feel like your style is all over the place, or that you don’t have a cohesive body of work to present online, then creating an illustration series is exactly what you need to start focusing your work.  In the class, you’ll learn every part of the process, so you can jump right in and create your own series!

3 Free Online Resources for Beautiful Color Palettes

3 Free Online Resources for Beautiful Color Palettes

If you’re like me, you spend wayyyy too much time searching for color combinations. I finally broke down and did an exhaustive search in order to narrow down my favorite resources for color palettes so I never have to suffer from lack of good colors […]

Art Nouveau Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate

Art Nouveau Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate

I absolutely love everything Art Nouveau — the colors, the fluidity, the botanicals — so this class was a true labor of love! In the class, you’ll learn how to create three different kinds of Art Nouveau style illustrations on your iPad in Procreate. When you […]

15+ Free iPad Wallpapers

15+ Free iPad Wallpapers

Do you ever get tired of seeing the same ‘ol boring image on your iPad home screen? I change my iPad wallpaper about once per week because I love to be surrounded by whatever images are inspiring me at the moment.

I spend wayyyy too long searching for beautiful vintage illustrations and patterns on sites like these that offer high resolution images for free personal and commercial use. Here are a few of the beauties I found this week:

I pulled together my favorite free vintage patterns (plus a few of my own creations) that you can pick up as free downloads by clicking on the images. Enjoy!

The first set features 2 different leaf patterns that I created in Procreate. You can pick up all 6 of the color versions as free downloads here.

The rest are patterns I found on the Flickr Commons. Click on each image to go to the download page. (note: some of these may need to be cropped/tilted using the Photos app on your iPad)

free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper

That is really just the tip of the iceberg! You can find thousands more on the free image resources here.

Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

I started making collages as soon as I was old enough to hold scissors, and somehow I never grew out of it.  I love finding vintage images (and mixing in some of my own) on paper, but now that I’m making them in Procreate I’m beyond […]