Snow? Not yet!

“Snowball Hiding Under a Sunny Bench” ©️Robin King

There was a light frost this morning so I thought I’d share this little peek at what’s around the corner. Snow!


“Snowball Hiding Under a Sunny Bench” is available as prints and on products in my Shop on Redbubble.

What Happens After Vectors?

Now I know what happens after vectors!

A while ago I worked at using vectors to make images (using the Amadine app) for Redbubble products. The results weren’t particularly useful because even though I made a few pieces I was stymied by how to upsize them properly for use on Redbubble. Yesterday I found the solution. There are probably more direct ways to accomplish the same thing but this worked and that’s wonderful.

Here’s the original (and uninspiring) vector image – I drew with Amadine:

Original size: 800×800 pixels

It’s a mishmash of shapes and at 800×800 pixels it’s too small to be much use on Redbubble. But that’s not a problem when the image is a vector because they can be safely upsized.

To begin, I opened the Amadine file (for the above image) in Vectornator. Using Vectornator I enlarged the image to 3000×3000 pixels and exported it as an “.svg” file to Adobe Photoshop Elements, where I selected and copied it. Then I opened a new file at 6000×6000 pixels, into which I pasted four copies of the enlarged image. After that, I reoriented the four copies so that they would form this more interesting and easily repeated image (shown on a floor pillow):

“Dancing Yellow” ©️Robin King @artbyrobinking

If you’re wondering why I want to “repeat” an image, here’s the reason: some of the products offered for sale on Redbubble have dimension requirements that are very large. Repeated patterns make sense as one solution and can be exciting to design. I’ll be making more, with vectors!

Click the images below to see a page with additional configurations of “Dancing Yellow.”

. “Dancing Yellow” (@Robin King @artbyrobinking)
“Dancing Yellow” (@Robin King @artbyrobinking)
“Dancing Yellow” (©️Robin King @artbyrobinking)


Click image to see more! (©Robin King)

Just put this little “ad” together, will test it on Twitter next.

Why create it? Because my purely-for-pets product designs aren’t ready to be uploaded to Redbubble yet but I already have lots of patterns/abstracts that look really good in my Shop right now.

I know that there are people out there who enjoy sharing designs (on clothing, bags, device cases, etc.) with their fur-kids. Maybe promoting Redbubble’s new pet accessories this way will help me sell some of mine.

Worth a try!



“Pitch” (Click to see larger image)

“Pitch” is a digital/traditional collage comprised of several closeup and macro photographs, and scans of painted cut paper letters. It’s the first of my new ELEMENTS OF MUSIC series.

If you look closely you can see portions of my chromatic pitch pipe (circa 1968).

Creating this image was pure joy for me. I loved working with these colors and shapes, and enjoyed shooting the photos. It’s been a long time since I’ve done macro or closeup work so there was a short re-learning curve.  Making the letters for the word pitch fun, too, because I cut them before painting them with tempera sticks. What a happy mess! But the letters look exactly the way I imagined them: not quite perfect. Pitch can be affected by many factors (like temperature and humidity) and is frequently less than “perfect.” That’s one of the challenges in creating music and I wanted to include it in this visual exploration of pitch.

I used Photoshop Elements and Pixelmator Pro to create, blend, paint, and edit the 17 in-process layers that eventually formed the finished piece.


To see “Pitch” and more MUSIC images, click through to my “Music Collection” on Redbubble.