What is in a name?
So, for October my Bombshell of the Month is Miss Betty Sprinkles. Bombshell Bakes very own Bombshell, that I baked up in my noggin to be our symbol of sugar and beacon of bakes. Now the first name comes from me noticing that a fair few Bombshells happen to be called Bet, Betty or Bettie. The latter is what my nickname is to my daughter, and how I am logged as a contact on her phone. Plus isn’t everything better with sprinkles?
Where can you find your inspiration?
I spent a long time with an idea in my head of what I wanted, but, there was not much in the way of a cake lady that I was envisioning out there. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are LOADS of images and variations out there in the cyber universe. But not so much like my Betty in my head. I then came across this fantastic illustration, which I still love, and this was the first spark of creativity to designing my own piece. This fabulous illustration is by the super talented CatCoq, who also has a great Marie Antoinette and Medusa I might add.
How do you create your own Bombshell?
So you have an idea, an inspiration and a name for her. How are you going to bring her to life? There are 2 options really :
- You hire a professional – a fantastic graphic artist that is going to create your dream. or…
- You love a challenge and think, ‘I can do that!, probably?’ and go it alone.
So which did I do? yup, number 2!
How did I do that? long story short I did brief online classes in Adobe Illustrator, many Youtube tutorials, and played around a lot. Betty took me the best part of a week in all and lots of trial and error. I bored my kids to tears with constantly showing them what I had just changed or done, (probably just added another sprinkle, or changed the transparency of her headband). But, overall I am really pleased with what I accomplished with just my fingers and my old laptop. And remember absolutely none of how to do it, so will have to start over again with Adobe and actually using everything I paid for.
Would i do it again?
Yes, I actually really enjoyed learning to create characters on my computer, which is something I had never done before. If you are a creative soul then I highly recommend that you give it a bash yourself, but, I can only imagine what a pro could do in probably a tenth of the time.
- Who is your number 1 Bet, Betty or Bettie?
- What was your first graphic piece you designed? on any medium!