Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hello February

So here we are in the month of February. I've been busy with deadlines, projects, classes & mommyhood that I don't even know if Punxsutawney Phil say his shadow? The studio took a two day illustrator class this week. (a program I don't know but need to) My mind is swimming with the possibilities & glazed over with info. Now all I need is some time to practice, practice, practice. If you have any encouraging words about illustrator please share... Would love to know if you like it and why. I'm busy working on my next book for Barefoot - Who's In The Forest. So with a busy schedule I'm thinking it's hello February & in a blink of the eye welcome March. Wow, time can fly!


smillagrl said...

Hi Jill. First let me say I love following your blog! As a mom of a 3 year old boy who works in the creative field, it is so motivating to see you growing your business and family. I just wanted to quickly commnet on using illustrator. I am assuming you will be using this for designs and making CADS? If so, you are going to love it! I work for a children's clothing company here in Kansas City and design all of the floral fabrics we produce for our clothing. I exclusively use illustrator for designing and creating the repeat that I then use for communication with our fabric manufacturers. If you would like to see some examples of what you can do with illustrator, I would be more than happy to share a couple examples of my work. I don't have any formal training in textile desgin, but our customers seen to enjoy the fabric! You can email me at or Enjoy! Once you get the hang of the program, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

kristina proffitt said...

Hi sweet friend!
I've used illustrator before, but it was a few years back. Haven't touched it since. I did want to let you know that at a website called there is an illustrator class there by Carina Gardner - she might be a good person to ask about illustrator.

Might be worth a look-see? Just thought I'd pass that along. She might have some insight on it. I've heard good things about it.

Have a wonderful week! Hugs!

Jill McDonald said...

Thanks SO much for the illustrator feedback. I know this is a program I need to learn. Hopefully each day I'm one step closer. Kristina I'll look into the lady you mention & smillagrl I'll be touch. Thanks again for your help!

Anonymous said...

I am a textile designer and switched to Illustrator last year after working in Photoshop for years. It was difficult at first to switch from a pixel based program to a vector based program, but now like Illustrator much better than Photoshop. It is resolution independent so you can enlarge and reduce the image and it won't pixelate making it much easier to recolor the design. I've found that I can do almost everything in Illustrator that I did in photoshop, but still use photoshop for some things like textures, scanning, printing and import, export to and from Illustrator.
Also clients are asking more and more for designs to be done in Illustrator since it is apparently more universally used than photoshop. Don't get discouraged learning it -- you will love working in it and will be a whiz in no time.

dhingly said...

ok this must be some sign from god! i'm an advertising write and have been wanting to illustrate, paint, draw for the longest (esp after ssing jill's blog about a year back!)...always thought you needed to go to college learn the software etc to become bt now i read that jill, you dont use illustrator and smillagrl hasnt trained either!! yaay! their's hope for me. pls can you tell me how to go about it, just some starter tips. thanks. oh ya, jill did i mention i simply love your work! and your blog.