Design Bloggers Conference

It’s been several weeks since the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, and I can’t seem to stop thinking about all the amazing things I learned from blogging (of course!) to SEO (probably the most useful!) to networking (exhausting but completely necessary!). I was honored to attend the conference with designer (and boss lady!) Michelle Murphy and social media guru Austyn Laures, my two teammates from Demi Ryan.

Instead of giving you a full recap of all my takeaways, I’ll show you a conference summary through some snapshots. Down the road, I may write a post here and there about the conference focusing on specific learnings, so be on the look out!

Breakfast of Champions

My view. Each day started with amazing breakfast and coffee served on ceramic tableware versus paper plates and cups! It’s those little things that matter. We arrived early to get good seats close to the stage…because I am blind!

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Austyn and I attended the Oscar Viewing Party hosted by Traditional Home and Sunbrella. We toured the urban loft designed by Alex Gaston as seen in Perspective Atlanta, which is sponsored by Sunbrella and Lonny.

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Ryan & a Blow Pop

This painting of Ryan, my boss’s son, served as an example for a custom painting I donated to a fundraiser auction for a local Montessori school. People bid on a custom portrait of their child made by me, and the money went to the school. You can see a bit of my process in the shots below.

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First, I draw the portrait, focusing on drawing in the highlights and the shadows.

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I paint in the background using a brush and a combination of water and acrylic paint. For larger paintings, I use spray paint. The drawing becomes a paint-by-number of sorts, so I then fill in the spaces with color!

photo 3The final touch, which makes everything pop, is the black outline. I use India ink. It goes on smooth, is easy to maneuver, and can give a range of line thickness.

Ta Da!