I get a lot of questions from people asking me what kinds of Istock Custom Edits are available to them.

Good question!

The answer is pretty much anything! So I thought I would give a few examples-all which can be combined!

EXAMPLE 1: Color Changes 

Color Changes

– Do you just need a simple color edit like changing the color of her glasses? How about ALL the colors to match your website? Can do!

EXAMPLE 2: Mix + Match

Mix and Match

-Do you like the character from one istock design but maybe the pose or prop(s) from another? Maybe you even have your own idea for a custom outfit? Need something removed from the image? Not a problem!

EXAMPLE 3: Photo Customizations

Photo Customization

-Do you want something unique to you edited into the istock image like a furry friend, favorite outfit, or specific hairstyle? Send a picture!

EXAMPLE 4: Something New

Something New

-Do you love a particular istock character but need him/her in a particular pose that I do not have available on istock? Ask!

The main point I want you to  take away from this is ASK! 🙂 Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want most right off the bat. I love discussing options and ideas to give you the best possible image at the best possible price!

You can always fill out a Contact + Order Form if you have any questions.

Tutorial Thursday: Eyes

I have gotten a lot of requests for tutorials about various things. Perhaps “Tutorial Thursdays” will be a shadow of things to come? …Even though “Tutorial Tuesdays” sounds way cooler, haha.

Perhaps just little snippets to start?

All designers have to start somewhere. I am learning and growing every day and there are designs in my istock portfolio from when I first started that I would like to forget ever happened, but alas, then how would I learn? There is nothing worse a artist can do to themselves than to think they know everything there is to know about art. Besides, people out there still seem to like them so I guess they can stay 😉

This file is called “Beautiful Blonde Woman”.  I made her in 2012 and I like her a lot.

I feel like I get a lot of questions about how to draw eyes plus plenty of attempts to trace eyes from my characters floating around on the internet, so I know people are curious. “How do you know when they are tracing your eyes”, You may ask, even when its done very poorly? All I have to say about that is a parent knows their kid, right?

But on with the tutorial…

(click image to go to istock file)




These eyes are looking right at you, correct?


These eyes are derping all over the place.

This happens when a designer “mirrors” one eye (In Adobe Illustrator, this means taking one eye, copy + pasting it, and simply flipping it, causing a “mirrored effect”). The character often ends up unintentionally wall-eyed. Sometimes its harder to tell than others, but one way is to at least make sure that the highlights of your eyes are on the same side of both eyes.

Lets re-cap shall we?


Now that you have seen it, you are sure to start noticing it right away on other designs.

 (click for close-up)

The End 🙂