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Monday, January 12, 2015

EPUB and MOBI formatting

EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle fixed layout formatting services and eBook/book cover design services are available. Email me with "eBook" in subject line and we can discuss your project. tanyaprovines@yahoo.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot Dog Recipe

As an artist and a diabetic, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen almost as much as I enjoy experimenting with graphic design. I was able to combine the two with this piece. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Overcome Evil With Good

Sometimes I choose to jump in and start drawing with no particular subject or theme in mind. This allows my subconscious to express whatever it feels a need to. "Overcome evil with good" is a bible passage that is near and dear to my heart. This drawing expresses it in a way far more powerful that I would have created had I started with that theme in mind.
This method of drawing is art therapy for the artist. Elements of art and principles of design that are embedded in us become the tools that allow us to turn subconscious thoughts into visual reality. 


You can see my interpretation of "Overcome Evil With Good" here:  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/overcome-evil-with-good-tanya-provines.html?newartwork=true

Friday, July 11, 2014

How To Eliminate Paper Texture of a Drawing When Printing

Have you ever done a magnificent drawing and when you try to sell it as a print it looks awful because the paper texture and tiny bits of who knows what show up? An easy way to clean up the drawing is to scan it into your computer, if it fits on your scanner, or take a high resolution photograph of it. Open the jpeg in Photoshop and use the magic eraser tool to eliminate the paper background. Be sure to also click the magic eraser tool on any small areas withing the drawing itself that you want to be a smooth white.

Save the image as a jpeg and voila, your drawing is magnificent once again. You can see an example of one of my sketches I used this technique on HERE.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chugging Along as a Professional Artist

It's been awhile since I have posted. Since most of the freelance graphic design jobs available on the internet have started going to workers in India who only charge $2 an hour, I have had to spend a great deal of time finding other ways to make a living as an artist. Likewise, when eBooks and eReaders first came out I was making good royalties from my eBooks. Not so much anymore. I have been working at helping other authors with cover design and formatting services. That keeps me pretty busy these days.

I do hope things turn around on both fronts. I have heard that many employers are not satisfied with the quality of the service they are receiving from overseas graphic designers. I've also found new markets for my eBooks. I will continue chugging along as long as I have paint, pencils, and a computer. I love what I do and maybe someday it will pay off in more than just personal satisfaction. Hang in there my fellow artists. Without us the world would be a very dull place.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Smashwords

I am one of the thousands of authors who distribute their eBooks through Smashwords. Mark Coker, the owner, works tirelessly to promote independent authors. Follow this link to find your next favorite book.
Go to Smashwords

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Diamond Hunting in Arkansas

My boyfriend, Jack, and I enjoy taking off on the weekends to explore new places and take a break from our work. Our most recent trip was to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. It occurred to me that our trips would make great eBook material. I published the first volume of Jack & Tanya's Weekend Adventures today. You can see it here...CLICK

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All Work And No Play...

We all need to unplug and get away once in awhile. Last weekend my boyfriend and I went on a camping trip to Murfreesboro, Arkansas to hunt for diamonds. It was beautiful there and, although we didn't find any diamonds, we had a great time. I plan on starting a new series of eBooks called "Jack and Tanya's Weekend Adventures". Here is a sneak peek at some of the photos that will illustrate the eBook.





Friday, May 9, 2014

Diabetes Awareness T-Shirt

I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for more than 30 years. Based on suggestions by fellow diabetics on FaceBook, I am designing T-Shirts to make people aware of what our lives are like and how we handle the challenge, with humor and grace. This is the latest one. I will be adding more designs as I get them finished. Click on the link to see them. https://www.etsy.com/listing/189062692/i-shoot-up-to-keep-from-getting-high?ref=shop_home_active_1
 
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Iron on T-Shirt Transfers

Iron-on T-Shirt transfers, featuring my original designs, are now available in my Etsy store. Just click on the link to pick your favorite design and get started creating T-Shirts, tote bags, apron, etc. The instant downloads are for use with any inkjet printer and transfer paper. I will be adding new designs on a regular basis so check back often. Let the creativity begin! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TanyaProvines

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Positive Messages for Children

Kids are exposed to massive amounts of insults, bullying, and destructive behavior. I design t-shirts to encourage, inspire, and promote creativity. When I was an art teacher, one of the hardest things to get across to some of my students was the fact that being creative is a good thing. They were so used to destroying things in video games that the idea of creating seemed foreign to them. They were so good at insulting each other that I made it a daily routine for each student to compliment another student on their art project, their appearance, or anything, as long as it was positive. Now, by designing these t-shirts to spread positive messages, I’m doing my part to help combat the epidemic of negativity. Click on the title above each design for more information and to place an order if you would like to join me in spreading positive messages for children.











Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Listings on Etsy

Get 40 free listings when you open a new store on Etsy. Just follow this link to get started. http://etsy.me/1tsIYcz 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ripped T-Shirt for Women

When I was in high school, my dream was to go to college to become a fashion designer. Since I couldn't afford out of state tuition, to attend the Kansas City Art Institute, I chose to go to the University of Oklahoma and major in Advertising Design instead. During my final year at O.U. I found out that fashion design was actually offered through the school of journalism. Who knew? I certainly didn't.

All these years later, my dream is finally coming true in a way. I'm happy to announce that I am designing a couple of t-shirt lines. The first is RIPTEEZ. RIPTEEZ is your must have shirt for summer. Modestly sexy by design, it can be worn with shorts, jeans, skirts, and looks great as a swimsuit cover-up. Sleeves can be rolled up or left down.

It is hand painted and hand ripped by yours truly. There will be more color options added in the near future. One of my beautiful daughters was kind enough to model it for the product shots. Her Irish great-grandmother would be very proud of that gorgeous natural red hair.

 Head on over to my Etsy store by clicking on the link to order yours today!

The second t-shirt line will be for kids and each shirt will feature a cover from one of my "How To Draw In Six Easy Steps" art instruction eBooks. I will keep you posted on when new items are added to the lines. I'm very excited about this new venture. I love the thought of combining my art with fashion. Never stop dreaming. I know I never will.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etsy Store

After much shopping around and comparing sites to sell original artwork and my upcoming t-shirt line, I have opened a store at Etsy.com. Their fees are very affordable and the shopping cart functionality is built in. To build a new website with the features they offer would be cost prohibitive. If you are looking to sell handmade items; artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. check them out. In the meantime you can visit my store:
Tanya Provines on Etsy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Handle Negative Comments About Your Work

With more than 100 eBooks on the market I have read my fair share of comments on my work, both good and bad. As artists and authors we have to have thick skins and take it all in stride. When I first started self-publishing, negative comments were very upsetting. Now, they are only slightly annoying and sometimes even comical. One guy commented, after purchasing one of my eBooks, that he would have felt better had he been scammed by Nigerians. That one made me laugh and also made me feel sorry for anyone from Nigeria.

Negative comments outweigh the positive ones, probably 4 to 1. Although I haven't done the math, that is my estimate. As Dr. Phil said on his show today, when people have a good experience with a product they say, "OK, that's what I expected," and move one. When they have a negative experience they want to shout it to the world. I'm paraphrasing so don't get bent out of shape if I didn't quote him word for word. Rest assured that for every negative comment that is voiced regarding your work there are many more who loved your work and just didn't bother to say so.

Positive comments bring me joy and far outweigh the negative ones in my quest for artistic bliss. As long as I am certain that I have put forth my best effort and believe that my work is beneficial to some people, I will continue to draw, paint, and write. I suggest you do the same.

If you have a special way of dealing with negative comments and reviews, please feel free to share it with us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paperback Book Cover

Here's a sneak peak at my latest commission. It's a paperback cover design for Bill Howard's second book in the Rick Wade mystery series. I designed a logo for it too to act as a brand that we can use on all the books in the series and other promotions. Bill was a joy to work with. I would love to have more client's like him. I will post a link to it when it is published.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fine Art Originals and Prints

I am happy to announce that my original artwork and prints are now available on this blog. Simply look to the right or left. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the complete selection of my best work with the ability to place your order from a secure shopping cart. You can even choose from a wide selection of prints, canvas prints, custom frames, and iPhone covers. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. As always, custom orders for original paintings are also welcome.

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection 2



Step-by-step instructions for drawing a girl, woman, vampiress, robot, car, dragon, pirate, puppy Clydesdale horse, and a rose. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw An Orchid and How To Draw An Arabian Horse. "How To Draw" titles sell for $0.99. You can save $1.98 by purchasing this collection.  Intended for children and adults who are able to draw lines and shapes and read at a fourth grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.

$9.99 (PDF format)

Friday, February 28, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection


Step-by-step instructions for drawing a cat, horse, horse head, bat, bulldog, fish, pumpkin, tree frog, angel, and Santa. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw A Turkey and How To Draw A Unicorn. Intended for children and adults who are able to draw basic shapes and read at a third grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.


$5.99 (PDF format)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rays of Sunshine: Women During the Holocaust

This is my daughter's first eBook. I'm so proud of her. She is an Elementary education major. Check it out but heed the warning. It contains graphic descriptions. We should never forget what happened and do all we can to make sure it never happens again. 



http://www.amazon.com/Rays-Sunshine-Women-During-Holocaust-ebook/dp/B00HZ5BR78/ref=sr_1_13/177-6365161-9543429?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391013945&sr=1-13&keywords=Tanya+Provines