Category Archives for "Texture Heaven"

Aug 24

Inspiration Oregon Coast & a Freebie Texture Download


I’m sick of the heat! I know I’m not alone in that feeling either. Last week my family and I headed up to Oregon to take my son back to college and (shockingly) found that the Portland area was actually hotter than Los Angeles those few days we were there! Go figure! I wasn’t a happy camper. I was happy, however, when we decided to take a drive to the coast and happily saw the thermometer readings drop by 25 degrees! Heaven! Even though it was only a short restbit from the heat it was lovely none the less. I also got some great texture shots. Below is a fun “Jagged Bark” texture I made from one of them that I thought you might enjoy. Click on the picture below to download.

KPD-Jagged-Bark-TextureHappy Creating & Stay Cool!


Mar 12

Link Love – Need some amazing Fonts or Graphics?

I can’t say enough about my new obsession – Design Cuts, a UK based group of graphics gurus offering up technique tutorials, inspiration, and crazy good deals on designer packages of fonts, patterns, brushes, etc… It’s like Disneyland for artists!  

I have been looking for new fonts lately and came across their current deal 22 Best Selling Gorgeous Fonts (only a few more days left to purchase this bundle). The fonts are amazing and all have a single user license upon purchase to use commercially! Even better is the INSANE price! This bundle alone has a value of $1,651, but you can get it for …..

….. (wait for it) …..


I’m not kidding!  That’s how Design Cuts works!  Check it out for yourself.


Also, I want to give my new friends over at Retro Vectors and Retro Picts some link love! These two websites contain a collection of professionally prepared and organized royalty free graphics and photos that I was introduced to via Design Cuts. If you’re ever needing an image or photo to enhance a project – this is the place to go! It is so fantastic what they offer, and all for free!  Gotta love that!  That being said, because the amazing folks at Retro Vectors/Picts are working artists as well, their time is valuable so don’t forget to donate to their “Tip Jar”.  It’s wonderful what they do!


Wishing you loads of happy creating!



Jan 29



This past weekend we went to see the Samurai Armor exhibit at LACMA. My son is fascinated by the Samurai so it was a definite request of his that we go see it. There were other exhibits I would have thought I’d like to see more, but we prioritized this one and I am so thankful we did!  It is truly a spectacular show. The history and grandeur of the Samurai is something I didn’t know much about before this past weekend and the exhibit does a wonderful job explaining it. At one point I had to sit down and google search a few historical facts to get a full understanding of what I was seeing. The level of detail and ornamentation is crazy-amazing, and to imagine that men fought battles wearing these items!  It’s hard to wrap your head around it. Even the horses had elaborately designed masks and decorative armor, and one of my favorite pieces was a saddle and stirrups made of millions of heavily lacquered bits of sea shells that glittered!

Unfortunately the show closes February 1. I know it’s Super Bowl weekend, but if you can make it it’ll be worth your while to go. Side note: there are always a line up of fantastic food trucks outside LACMA, so if you go plan to have lunch while you’re there!

A little added INSPIRATION: Textures and Patterns

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Feb 04

Textures from Italy

Italy-TextureI’m working on textures these days and thanks to some amazing photos my uber talented brother in law, Bruce, took, I am enjoying the sights of Italy.  Above are just a few pics I wanted to share.  

                            Cobblestone Photo KPD-Cobblestone-texture

I’m BIG on cobblestones at the moment.  Unfortunately my Los Angeles suburb doesn’t have a lot of cobblestoned streets to admire, so these images are taking me on little vacation. Check out the texture brush I made from the referenced photo on the left.  Feel free to grab the brush image and try it yourself in ps or ai.  

Alla Prossima!

May 05

Inspiration: Wood Grain

Wood-GrainI’ve been diving deep into textures lately and when I came across this old log cabin, and its fabulous rustic gnarled surface, I knew I had to take some pictures.  I’m thinking a fun PS texture brush is going to come of these images, but for now I’m just marveling at the simple beauty of it.  What’s inspiring you today?



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