Monday, July 27, 2015

Scrappy Buddies

Having spent a lot of time drawing my Friends characters, I decided I needed a change - not only to make some younger-looking kids, but also as a creative challenge to myself.  I'll be the first to admit my OCD-tendencies, but this clipart journey has already got me believing I can do things I didn't know I had in me.  All along I told Julie that I don't really do "cute", but with so many products now behind me, and me feeling more confident in my abilities, I started looking at reference images of more primary kids to start a new line of products.

I had already started my buddy series but thought I could even do younger.  Working in Illustrator (and Inkscape on my laptop), simple, clean shapes look great and so I had the idea to start a scrapbook style set.  The first set includes a number of little boys and girls, as well as a teacher:

And I also made grayscale copies of each figure:

But then another Teachers Pay Teachers seller told me there are many teachers that make products of blackline images only, and although the grayscale black and white images have a lot of depth, I went ahead and made blackline versions of each image and added them to the set:

So now the product has been updated to include 3 sets of each figure: color, grayscale, and blackline with white fill.

I already had the 2nd set completed and up for sale, so added blacklines of those figures too.  The second set includes more boy and girl figures and were fun to put together:

The 3rd set of Scrappy Kid Buddies has figures that are looser, more playful, with characters practically running and jumping off the page!

For the 4th set, the kids are even more active, as the scrappy kids are now on swings and doing other fun activities:

And now I've just uploaded a 5th Scrappy Kid set - with a boy and a girl in front of a whiteboard, in 6 different colors, grayscale and white-illed blacklines:

These sets have allowed me to believe more in myself and my abilities to make fun clipart sets, and I'm planning even more different sets.

Here are the links to these first 5 Scrappy Buddies sets on my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Scrappy Kid Buddies and Teacher Clipart
Scrappy Kid Buddies 2 Clipart
Scrappy Jumping Kid Buddies 3 Clipart
Scrappy Playing Kid Buddies 4 Clipart
Scrappy Kid Buddies 5 with Whiteboards Clipart




  1. The ClipArt options were pretty limited in my time. Had to make do with whatever I had. The young ones don't have to worry about that thanks to creative geniuses like you!

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