Read Books List 2019: FREE PRINTABLES

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With the year well under way and our New Year Resolutions lists probably a thing of the past, it’s time to start a new list… of books read!
Also taking into account all of the load shedding happening (if you’re in South Africa) and your phone’s battery always dying, it’s a good time to start reading more.

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So track the books you’re getting through with these Books Read in 2019 lists, and if you devour books quickly there’s an Even More Books Read page which you can keep printing and filling in the increasing numbers as you go.

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HOW TO DOWNLOAD (high-res):

Click on the page name below and it will open in a new tab > (right click) save image as > then print as A4.
1. Books Read
2. More Books Read
3. Even More Books Read

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Share your finished reading list and don’t forget to tag me @shmaymee 🙂

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King Protea Wallpaper – free download

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So while everyone else spent their weekends getting married, engaged, making babies etc (thank you for that, Facebook), I made this thing. And I want to share my love thing with everyone. So go ahead and give it a download (link a bit below) and protea-fy your computer and phone because our national flower is just that beautiful.
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Click on the size below to download, then save as…

DESKTOP: 4:3 Fullscreen // 16:9 Widescreen (recommended)
PHONE: 450 x 800 slim (iPhone 6 etc) // 500 x 750 wider


ARTWORK PROCESS // DETAILS


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The artwork was all done in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos Pro and a variety of PS brushes, finished off with a bit of background paper texture.

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Thank you!
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Photo/mock up credit: Carlos Martínez 

Hello there, Adele.

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Adele has just recently released her single ‘Hello’, taken from her new album, 25, (release date: 20 November).
The song is great. Like really. Which is why I decided to pull out my (rather dusty) inks and brushes and while listening to this goosebumping song far too many times, I did an Adele-portrait-meets-lyrics piece.
I ended up simplifying the original artwork in Photoshop because there was just too much text… this should explain why not all the lyrics made it on in the end. But that’s just the fine print. Who reads fine print anyway? (I’m joking)

1I started the painting as an A3 landscape (I’m not sure why that made sense at the time) which was just a bit too big to fit in my scanner at the end. So the only way to really digitise it (other than photographing, but that’s not accurate enough) was to scan in the image half a side at a time, left then right with enough overlap each time. And yay Photoshop (and Google for showing me the answer) and its highly impressive automatic stitching command: Photomerge (File > Automate > Photomerge).

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1. I was originally going to manually try match up and layer the two scans myself – this would’ve taken a lot more time, effort and inaccuracy.
2. This shows the stitching that PS did by itself. Pretty incredible. I pulled the two pieces apart just to show how it merged the two separate images so perfectly together. I initially thought it was already flattened because it looked so natural.
3. How it looked immediately after it finished rendering the Photomerge. SEAMLESS!!


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Reminiscent of Billy Joel’s Piano Man actually…


Adele-OriginalThe original artwork scanned in (more text – but it looked too much like a beard so I erased it)


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In case you STILL haven’t heard it…

Geoff the Gerbil

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 The final artwork for a T-shirt design competition

This little guy started as a late night of doodling in my journal with a black Copic marker…

I’ll call him Geoff the Gerbil!


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Let’s hope he does end up printed on shirts…


PROCESS PICSJeff-the-Gerbil_Slatem^^ it’s a gif! Stick around for a second before scrolling…

D1 D2D3D4moleskineStraight out my Moleskine

1st date with my Wacom

Blue Portraai - Amy SlatemI’ve had my Wacom (Intuos Pro Medium) for about 2 months now but it’d taken till last night only for me to finally sit down and start working on a digital painting. I’ve been using the Wacom at work when I can, mostly just for logos and deep-etching, and very occasionally some illustrative work. It’s like a Ferrari having to drive at 60…
So last night’s practice was much needed for me to start figuring out just some of the powers of the tablet-Photoshop partnership.Blue-Portrait-animation_Amy Slatem

I started with the portrait by finding an image I liked, added some layers, base colours, cool brushes, more layers, help from a knowledgeable friend, colour accents, details, more layers, and this is as far as I got for now… Consider this a work in progress/ abandoned art.

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Hey, Hoopoe?

HoepooI love hoopoes, I think they’re the sweetest little birds and always seem to travel in pairs (awww). I played around with the detail images as gifs and process stages to share the development of my latest illustration from pen to digital colouring.

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