I set myself a bit of challenge this month - I wanted to design the calendar digitally, creating it all in Illustrator and/or Photoshop.
I'd already doodled the lettering for April, in my sketchbook, so it made sense to use that as a starting point.
I scanned the doodle and then pulled it into Illustrator to clean it up and make it usable as a digital design element.
I then set to, recolouring it, working out to add texture to it, and adding the chicks and butterflies. These last two were done in different way - the chick was on the same sketchbook page as 'April', so that was scanned, traced and recoloured...then copied and pasted in different sizes around the page. The butterflies were drawn by hand directly in Illustrator - not something I've done very often but it was fun, and a good way to practice using the program. I drew one butterfly, and then copied it to create a second one, and recoloured that one so they looked slightly different.
Confession - AI crashed on me...twice!...but I refused to give in, as each time it had crashed, I'd learned how not to do something immediately before the crash. This way I got to redo the work, taking into account what I'd learned and how to do it better the second time around.
There is so much more I could have done with this, but honestly it took me hours! and at some point, you have to just go with what you have.
So, here it is, this month's desktop calendar...
I hope April is a good month for you!
Until next time...