I’ve always envied people who could make adorable designs without outlines around the characters. I would sit, stare and marvel but never actually consider trying it myself. Until the other night, when I made this one. I think I’ll be coughing up more of these.
This design is for my sister. Me and my family went up to their place in CT this summer for a couple of days of lounging around the pool, barbecue, and outdoor mini pizzas. It was absolutely lovely.
While I was there I noticed that every piece of summer decor had a mermaid or a flamingo on it. I thought, holding my 6th spiked seltzer- hey why not combine the two things (three if you include the drunk part)? So a few weeks later I sketched this design out at home.
I started working the piece in Illustrator, but couldn’t help feel it was missing some kind of finesse. I kept clicking the outline layer off, and liking what I was seeing. But no outlines? That goes against everything I’ve ever made with these hands- like I can’t help myself…
Thinking about my sister’s adorable Etsy-type decor I decided to be brave and give it a shot. I like the outcome.