Who doesn’t love starfish? This month I was in the mood for a cheery, sandy yellow. Though I’m not really a beach person, the summertime hues of sand and surf always make me happy.
Multiple screen resolutions and non-calendar versions can be found at the bottom of the post.
Followers of the blog will note that this wallpaper is done in the same style as October’s leaf and March’s crow. I am refining my process of creating these types of pieces: it starts with a sketch (as does every artwork), and then I recreate the sketch with the pen tool (no fill, black stroke) within a rectangle. I use the Live Paint feature to make the lines into shapes that I can fill with subtle gradients, play with color, and tweak any lines. Then I expand the Live Paint group to fine-tune the gradient directions – at this point the lines cannot be tweaked (at least not without a huge amount of tedious work), but colors can be changed.
I spent a long time fiddling with color in this composition – it was harder than I thought it would be to get a bright but sandy yellow. Many hues looked dingy, or too sunny. But it was good practice, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
You can read more about the process of making this wallpaper, with screenshots, on my other blog.
Here it is without the calendar:
If there’s another resolution you need, let me know!