In Radish We Trust

In Radish We Trust

Well, I'm very pleased that I was able to pay a little homage to Fraggle Rock and it's creator, one of my personal heroes, Jim Henson with my design, In Radish We Trust, for the Fraggle Rock Threadless Challenge. This drawing was inspired particularly by the episode, The Great Radish Famine in which Marjory the Trash Heap has a dream that inspires her to make all the radishes disappear in hopes that the Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers will see their similarities and work together. My husband, John, helped me so much with this, from envisioning the theme to answering a million questions and finally submitting the design for me because I couldn't figure out how to do that properly on my own either. I'm so thankful for his assistance and guidance.

Over the years, I have become acquainted with Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator but I am by no means savvy. In fact, savvy does not even come close to be being a good word to describe my abilities with these programs. Awkward is probably closer to the reality. I'm sure that I would have been happier with the results and the process if I had just done a painting. Instead I did a drawing, scanned it in and then went about stumbling through the process of turning it into a vector. I've done this only a few times before, with the Send Love Mini Card Pack designs and for some of my banners and buttons over the years. There are usually many months or even years between my attempts at creating vectors and the whole process is a series of questions to my husband and Google while trying to remember how to do this or that, how to fix this or that and usually includes some swearing.

When I began the drawing, I wasn't really thinking ahead to how I was going to finish it. In retrospect, I think if I had realized that I was just going to turn it into a vector, I would have been better off drawing it on a tablet on the computer. I think that would have saved a tremendous amount of time. Also, I think I got a wee bit carried away with adding a ton of details. I learned a whole lot with this project (mostly, what not to do).

If you like my design and you would like to vote for it to be printed, you can head over to the In Radish We Trust page on Threadless and vote for it to get printed. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it :)

I was telling you last week about all the stuff I've got going on. Doing this Fraggle Rock design may have taken a few days away from my production time for the Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace and other immediate projects I've got on the go, but I think what I have learned will actually save me some time getting my business cards and promotional materials ready for my new practice in Toronto. I'm going to try drawing them on a WACOM tablet and see what I can come up with. I'm going to share my inspiration board and process for this stuff in the coming days. 

I hope you are having a nice week! Have you been as crazy busy as I have been lately? What are you working on these days?

♥ Andrea ♥


  1. Yay Fraggles! I totally get what you mean about illustrating on the computer, it is SO time consuming. I just did a book cover for a friend and was provided with illustrations that had been scanned in to colour. I used watercolour brushes in Photoshop and they worked quite well, I was surprised. It's not a vector though... The photo-real illustrations people do in Illustrator blow my mind. Love your drawing :)

    1. I've tried to use the watercolour brushes in Photoshop a couple of times but have never produced anything I'm happy with. I'd love to see what you came up with. I saw a tutorial recently that suggested using an actual photo as your first layer and then drawing on top of it in Illustrator. That must be the secret behind those photo realistic illustrations!
      Thank you, Shell! ♥


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