Friday, June 20, 2014

Illustration Friday

This week's topic on Illustration Friday is Summer and I chose one of my Seasons of the Year Paper Dolls illustrations to participate.


Have a nice summer!
Maria Salas

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baby Girl Sketch

A Baby Girl sketch and the final illustration:

Some of the Baby Boy and Girl Clipart Sets:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What are Clipart, Digital Papers and Printables?

In the Chapulines Collection shop there are Digital Clipart images, Digital Papers, and Printables (so far).

1. Digital Clipart Images. They're like digital stickers, they usually are JPG or PNG images, and you can use them to create graphics (cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations and decorations, school graphics, etc.) using computer software like: Corel® Coreldraw®; Adobe® Illustrator®, Photoshop®; Microsoft® Office® Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, etc.

Regular JPG and PNG images have a white background, but some PNG images have a transparent background, and you can use the background (color or image) of your choice.

*If you want a transparent background PNG image, make sure the image you want actually has a transparent background.

Image 1. Regular JPG/PNG image (white background) and transparent background PNG image.

White background JPG and PNG images are perfect if you're going to have a white background in your graphic/design, but if you're going to use a different background color, a transparent background PNG image is your best option.

*Be careful with PNG transparency effects (like drop shadows) this kind of effects doesn't print well from Microsoft® Office® software or similar, but the 100% transparent background PNG images don't have this problem. 

Besides the JPG and PNG images (pixel images), another popular image format is: EPS, the EPS is a vector image, vectors are really cool!!!, but I'll talk exclusively about them in another post, vectors topic needs a special post!

2. Digital Papers. They're like the scrapbooking papers, but they're in a digital format. And just like the Clipart images, they usually are JPG and PNG images.

Digital Papers can be used for digital scrapbooking, cards, etc., but they also can be printed to be used for traditional paper crafts.

Image 2. Digital Paper Sample

3. Printables. They're ready to print files, usually PDF files (party printables, paper dolls, cards, wall art, etc.). You need the Adobe® Acrobat® software to print them, but don't worry, it's a freeware and you can download it from the Adobe® website.

Image 3. How to print a landscape, letter size PDF (It's simpler than it looks!)

Would you like a free sample of the Chapulines Collection Clipart, Digital Papers and Printables? You can find some freebies here: Freebies

Have a nice day!

María Salas

*Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
*Corel® Coreldraw® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in Canada, the United States and/or other countries
*Illustrator®, Photoshop® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

First Freebies!

I love Freebies!! who doesn't?!, I love to receive freebies, but I love to give them too :D, and here are the first freebies from this blog! I'll be adding more freebies in this section: Freebies

To download the files click on the links. I hope you like them!

Clipart Images:

Digital Papers:

Have a nice day!

María Salas

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Chapulines Collection First Sketches

In this first post for the Sketches section, I want to show you the first sketches of the Chapulines Collection concept!.

I was looking for a joyful, sweet and fun concept :D
This is the final result of the first sketches:

And the Chapulines Collection concept and illustrations are still evolving, as you can see in the About page.
Have a nice day!
María Salas

The Artist's Way: An inspiring Book!

It's my first post about Inspiration, and it's dedicated to The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, an inspiring book I love.
The Artist's Way is mostly for writers, but It's good for all kind of creatives, in other words... for everybody!, in this book you will find interesting ideas, uplifting quotes, and fun excersises to overcome creative blocks, limiting beliefs and self-sabotage.

It's about allowing ourselves to be creative, imperfect, and enjoying it!, it's about having faith.
“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough...” The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The description of the book is: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, and Julia Cameron talks a lot about God in it, she has a beautiful perspective about God!, but even if you don't believe in God and/or if you don't like spiritual books, you might like this book!, am I too optimistic?, maybe...

To be sure, find more details about The Artist's Way on Amazon (a preview, table of contents and other reviews): Click here to go to The Artist's Way on Amazon

Have a nice and creative day!

María Salas


Monday, March 17, 2014


Hi!! Welcome to the Chapulines Collection website!!
I'll be posting here information related to my Chapulines Collection Shop, including, but not limited to, discounts, freebies, new items, sketches, stories, facebook hops and color challenges :D
Also, I'll have inspirational and tutorial posts about illustration, creativity and digital design.
*You can find more details about this website and the Chapulines Collection Shop in the About page.