DESIGNING CUSTOM ENAMEL PINS (Using Procreate & Illustrator) | Studio Vlog

DESIGNING CUSTOM ENAMEL PINS (Using Procreate & Illustrator) | Studio Vlog

November 26, 2019 8 By Bernardo Ryan


good morning and welcome to another
studio vlog that as you’ve seen this morning I packed up a parcel and have been to
the post office and now I am in my comfy clothes I’ve got this jumper back out
it’s my Gilly Hicks jumper that I got from working with them last year and I
absolutely love it and it’s that time of year again
but I am feeling inspired and today I have dedicated to drawing and kind of
drafting up ideas for new products and exciting new ideas for soul and fire so
I really really really really want to create some pins I’ve wanted to do that for
ages I just keep putting it off I think I doubt myself before I even started and
then I just don’t start and just anyone else do that I do that a lot and I’ve
been thinking about it for ages and I am like right just get it done even if I
don’t like the first draft you can just draw it again like I put too much
pressure on myself for it to be like 100% perfect straight away but I’m gonna
try and avoid that today so I am I’m gonna do some sketches I was scrolling
on Pinterest last night so I’ll be able to show you the process of that we’ll
see how far I get I’m not really sure I’m just gonna roll with it
and I also would like to create some cards so like greeting cards for soul and
fire I want to create a little series of some sort sort of themed around
Valentine’s Day but more along the lines of if I like I send my friend car
friends cards every so often like just to tell them they’re doing good and
stuff I want little like we call them love gifts in our family like just
buy any gift because like for no particular reason other than you want to
buy them a gift so I want to do some little cards that aren’t specifically
Valentine’s Day but are centred around like love and I like you when you’re
doing good you know like motivational happy little cards so that’s what I’m
gonna do today I’m gonna start sketching for those literally don’t have any
specific ideas for the cards at all I’m just going to use my iPad and go with it
let’s hope that my iPad is charged actually because I’ve not picked up my
iPad since I got back from the cruise are you charged are you charged that is
the question let’s hope previous Alice turned it off
fully charged before she went on holiday I also need to take all this down to the
bin that needs to go like in the garage or downstairs I just need to sort my
life out and I’ve still not tidied this corner up so we’re just having a
bit of a moment but I can’t be bothered to get dressed today we’re gonna create if in
doubt create 57% I can deal with that I spoke too soon my pencil is not
charged why am I like this I’ve literally been home for like five days
six days and I knew I was gonna create today and I haven’t charged my iPad oh
why do I do this I do this so often but I thought I could show you my Pinterest
so we can kind of get an idea of what I’m going with the things that are going
on in my brain to be honest even I don’t know what’s going on in my brain
sometimes so good luck trying to decipher that so last night I created
this pin if you aren’t following my Pinterest by the way highly recommend I
don’t know why I have this many people looking at it every month but you know
and it’s got a lot of designer boards it has boards for like my stuff
yeah just like all the stuff kind of that I find useful I put in here I love
Pinterest a lot but I created a board yesterday I’ve only got 23 pins on it at
the minute but I wanted to do a little enamel pin board for inspo these were
just things that I scrolled past and kind of sparked a little bit of
creativity in me so I’m thinking this could inspire me somehow I like the
simplicity of ones like this and like the writing but then some of these are
super intricate which I thought were really really pretty I’m enjoying the
colorful kind of vibe as you can probably tell kind of swishy
writing I like the creative themed ones like this is a little paint palette
thing and so yeah I have got a few ideas in my brain so just need to put them on
paper I wrote a little note on my phone yesterday with some ideas
so I was thinking doing one that says hangry approach with caution there’s
like a little warning sign but we will see and create a life you love is one of
my like favorite little mantras so that would be nice and then you’ve got a
friend in me from Toy Story possibly but the top two were like my faves so far
and then in terms of like cards I started pinning Christmas cards and I
was going to create some but it’s got too late and I feel like that kind of
limits me to only like one month a year whereas I’d prefer to do kind of ones that
could be applied all year round so I need to figure out the card thing
however there’s a wonderful girl that I follow she’s called Polly her Instagram
is incredible I’ll put it on screen she like is so down to earth and talks about
her daily struggles you know and she’s a young independent business lady as am i
I mean I’m not as young as her but I could pretend and yeah her style is
really really cool she creates unique little pieces she’s bringing out
something called mountras which should be live by the time this video goes up so
yeah I’m excited for those to come out but basically I love her cards like her
greetings cards I mean I love everything she creates she’s a big source of
inspiration for me but I love her greetings cards because they’re like
simple but cute and effective so yeah I feel like this is my personal Pinterest
board at the moment obviously never gonna copy another designer but she
really does inspire me a lot for now however I am going to put a youtube
video on and I’m gonna sketch out a few ideas for some pins so wish me luck okay so we have some initial ideas I am
struggling for more inspiration at this point so I’m gonna take my little lunch
break which involves me getting my mom to dye my hair for me so in the next
clip I will have wet hair no doubt but I will see you in a second and we’re gonna
start on mocking up the pin designs on my laptop so let’s go this is where the
lighting in this video goes dramatically downhill because it is five pm and it’s
already pitch-black but I am gonna go on my desk now I’ve dyed my hair and I’m
gonna use maybe my Wacom tablet I have this I bought it years ago when I was at
uni i love it a lot I might use this but if not I will use my little trackpad which
is a recent battery died and it’s just the Apple trackpad it’s the magic is it called a magic pad I don’t know and it’s very expensive let me tell you that but
I thought seeing as I have my new screen I needed a track the pad
because I’m just so used to working with my laptop I have the magic mouse the apple Mouse thing I got that like years ago with a gift card but I just don’t like
using an actual Mouse I prefer having a trackpad so I bought the trackpad long
story short and I’m gonna split screen my laptop I think and sort of sketch out
the ideas I have so far in Illustrator we’re gonna give it a go at least so
yeah I’m gonna open it let’s try on the new screen probs gonna put some
Netflix on maybe I can watch The Grinch I’m like buzzing watch Christmas films
has anyone watched Claus and the new Netflix animation film Christmas film I
loved it I did accidentally fall asleep through some of it to my boyfriend’s
annoyance always happens but yeah I thought it was very good film
so I need to watch again so maybe I’ll watch that or the Grinch
all the many others I have it is the next day and I am still
working out the pins and I actually ended up switching back to using my iPad
to get some more fun ideas because using illustrator was like kind of
restricting for the work I want to be doing so I used my iPad I’m gonna show
you what I was creating and this morning and last night when I carried on without
filming I do find it quite difficult to be creative on camera a lot of the time
it’s very contradicting me struggling to be creative on camera when that’s what
I’ve made my channel about but yeah sometimes I do prefer just to be kind of
sat by myself downstairs with my parents just drawing because I want to not
because I have to do cause I’m filming it so basically you missed a bit I’m gonna
show you what I’ve been doing so this is progress
so in this corner I had the original sketches just to kind of narrow down
these ones decide which one I liked I came up with this kind of style
I was trying to recreate it in here like that was the vibe I was going for but
couldn’t fit the words in right and I think I’m getting that I’ve been so many
different layers of like this text and deleted it and start again and to try
and fit it in the circle shape I think I’m getting that I just need to go over
again and I add just to where these red lines are that’s kind of where I’d
prefer the letters to go it’s the same kind of vibe as my little note card that
comes with the soul and fire orders which is over there could you see that I could
get up and show you but that’s a way too much effort it’s the style of writing
that this thing is in be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire
that so that’s the vibe I’m going for well it was a lot longer than it needed
to be wasn’t it so yeah I will get there with that I’m gonna do hopefully finish
this today but I like to kind of like leave it sleep on it and come back and
see what I think I do so really like this this morning I do want to adjust
the you word but we’re getting there although I did very quickly
double-check like pricing and manufacturers and stuff I do need to
like go into it properly and pins are so expensive to buy I had
not really registered obviously they’re metal so and like they’re all handmade
so it’s obviously gonna cost more but I’m not really registered that I had to
buy like a certain amount like the minimum amount you can generally buy is
fifty and each one costs quite a bit per unit so 50 times that it’s a big chunk
of money for me to like pay out with no real knowledge of whether they’re gonna
do well and whether I’m gonna like make my money back but I guess this is the
risk you have to take with being an entrepreneur like these risks always
happen they happened when I bought my notepads if anyone remembers that or my
notebooks should I say and my notepads it’s a big investment and it’s very
scary it’s a very big chunk of money going out your bank account yeah it’s a big big
chunk of money to be like bye now I have products I have to sell but every other
thing I’ve done it with has sold so fingers crossed I’m onto something here
let me know what you think of the pins and of course follow me on Instagram
because I’m going to keep updating things on there but yeah alright let’s
let’s just these drawings and hopefully I can come to some sort of final design
I’m excited good morning it is now a couple of days later and it’s been the
weekend had some time off and we’re revisiting the pin designs so I am gonna
finalize one of the pins I’ve decided I’m gonna start off with just the one
and then see how that release goes and then do the other one so I think I’m
gonna go with the one that says create a life you love because I feel like
that’s fitting with kind of my mantra and everything that I like to do so I
thought I’d show you the progress so far on the iPod and then we’re gonna outline
it and adjust it on my laptop and then it should be ready for like color
choices and all that kind of stuff so we’re getting there
alrighty so here is the kind of pretty much finished version of the text I’m
not sure about this color I’m gonna work that out I might do some Instagram polls
or something if you don’t follow me on instagram
follow me and then you can influence what this is going to look like but
that’s the basic idea I’m going to put it into illustrator now and just make it
a vector so I can show you that okay I’m at my desk we’ve created the
little mock-up thing and it’s not the final design I’m getting there
I’m very close to liking it and I’ve just had a brainwave though and I have
these old tiny circle stickers that I stick on my merch and they are pretty
much the same size as what I would like these little pins to be so I’ve been
printing out some stickers and this was like the first attempt and you can kind
of see what I’m going for but it was a bit chunky and then I realized I could
change the settings on the printer so this is the new one so if the lines are
a bit thinner a bit more crisp however I am reading it like wrong now I’m reading it like create you a life love I’m reading it backwards now it’s that small
so I’m gonna maybe post it on Instagram and see what people think what size-wise
I think this is quite a nice size like it’s big enough to be noticed but you
kind of have to like go closer to read it I’m quite enjoying that size and
these are like 24 millimeter stickers I think like 24 23 millimeters so yeah the
size is good it’s just the font I’m gonna give it a bit of a rearrange to try and
make sure that you read it the right way round so what I’m gonna do I am going to
share a little bit of this process on my Instagram so if you would like to see
how these turn out in the end and like vote on any polls if they’re still live
when this video goes up head over to my Instagram I’ll put it on screen and
you’ll be able to follow the process obviously also follow a soul and fire
that’s where I will be selling these pins and but yeah watch this space they
are very very close to being completed I’m gonna order them this week
so hopefully we’ll have them um maybe in the new year so yeah thanks for watching
this vlog I hope you’ve enjoyed this little creative pin making process I
will create another video of me designing the greetings cards
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