Monthly Archives: May 2012

How do you stay creative?

Everyone as an artist or designer experiences a creative block every now and then. Whether it’s figuring out what you want to make or create next or how to take a simple idea and make it something amazing. Everyone has their different ways to go about it personally I  have a few ways to keep my creativity rollin:

  1. A Sketch Book– I cannot stress this enough, a sketch book is my savior when I’m having a creative block. Just sit down and jot down whatever comes to mind. Whether that’s a little character or a new invention, it will start a snowball affect and keep the ideas coming in.
  2. Nature – Go sit outside. Don’t take your phone, your laptop, nothing that can distract you, sit there and enjoy it, you’re bound to get some type of inspiration from nature.
  3. Cartoons– You will not believe how much cartoons can help with your creativity, it takes you away from real world problems, and the worries of the world to surround you in fun irrational animation.
  4. Puzzel Games/Apps – To be creative you need to be strong mentally, puzzles give you a problem and asks you to give a solution. Challenge yourself!
  5. Lastly, Return to your Childhood– Saving the best for last because this is ultimately what makes all artist and designers great. As a child things are simple, there’s no stress, no real world problems, etc.  It’s about being carefree, having no boundaries, take something you got joy out of as a child and go with it. When you work don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, be inspired by children and the things they love and do.
Whichever you choose don’t let a little creative block hold you back. If none of these interest you, tell us how you choose to stay creative, who knows maybe you might inspire someone else!

The world is your canvas, go out and create.

– Ari

Here’s some extra ways to stay creative:



The Design Lily goes Ninja!

A self portrait in ninja form!

Digital Painting: Ninja Power!

Some of my best ideas come to me either when I’m asleep, about to fall asleep, or just woke up, and this week I decided I needed a personalized ninja character.  Not only do I have sort of a fascination with ninjas but if there was anything I could be….it’d be a ninja.

The process I took with this project is something I’ve done before with my clothing designs (I’ll share those in a bit) with sketching first, scanning in the design, and then painting it digitally but this time I wanted to make a character but it had to represent me.  I incorporated everything about myself from my favorite color: baby blue, to the fact that I like diamonds, and even my eye color and I needed to have a sword of course. I’m really enjoying this whole digital painting thing, I’m even considering taking this character and making a few more sketches and paintings of her. It was so much fun and I’m extremely happy with the way it turned out!


My challenge to you this week is to sketch up your own ninja, add your own flare too it and send it in!

Go ahead…

The world is your canvas, go out and create.

– Ari

The perfect gift: Mother’s Day Digital Painting.

In honor of Mother’s day, I decided to give my uncle’s girlfriend a present and being that this is her first mother’s day it needed to be special. Therefore I decided a digital painting of her precious little girl would be perfect.

Working on digital paintings is something I’m trying to perfect, and this was the perfect time to put my skills to work.

The original Picture I used is from a set of pictures I took of my cousin about a week or so ago,


I decided I didn’t want a real “posey” picture of her just one that showed her playing with her favorite toy. When doing a digital painting you have to play around with different colors and details, and at first you have to really mess with the shading. Basically say for instance the yellow in her bow, you can pic out pretty much any spot and go from there picking darker or lighter yellows. The good thing about digital painting is that you can create such depth & light with just a simple switch in colors. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spot on perfect when you’re trying to recreate a picture for the first time it’s all about learning to work with the brushes, colors, shades, details, and light. My ending product came out well I think, here’s how it turned out.


In conclusion, it’s something I’m still learning. Her mother LOVED the gift she thought I had actually painted it at first which made me feel proud of my work. Take time to try it out for yourself. Open photoshop, find something you would like to recreate and go for it.

Here’s a link to 40+ Fascination Digital Painting tutorials if you need help to get started.

The world is your canvas, go out and create.

– Ari

The Return of The Design Lily

Due to a few personal injuries & illness I’ve had to take some time off but I’m back. With a load of new things to post and share on here, This blog is to provide the design community, inspiration, tips, reviews, tutorials, from around the web and from myself.

So what Has happened in the time I’ve been away:

Lately I’ve been working on digital painting which is coming a long very nicely, not to the point I want yet as far as details and all the little finer things but I’m on my way.

Also, with being off work for an entire month I’ve had some much needed time to focus on my designs and continuing working on those.It’s important to me to stay connected as an artist, keep learning new things applying them to my work, and also get out every now and then to meet up with other designers in my area and basically feed off of each others styles and make some really nice pieces of work.I would highly suggest any artist who wants to just “freely” create art to get around some of their peers in the area, work on projects together, go to art fairs, or just simply sit outside and sketch up some ideas based on whatever comes to mind. Speaking of sketching, I’ve found that keeping a sketch book with me  is a big help as far as keeping myself inspired It’s always with me for when I get bored somewhere or am out at a café. It helps a whole lot.

I plan on keeping this blog up to date. So Stay Tuned… more post coming very soon.