Sweet holiday mini cards (3" x 3") just added to my etsy shop this morning! I also dropped a batch off at Northern Clay Center—my former work stomping grounds—for their holiday shop. While I was there, of course, I had to stop and drool over all the amazing pottery (and add items to my wish list for Santa). Hopefully, there will be some of these little guys left for sale at my holiday open house on December 4.
I designed a book! I finally got a copy of the finished product in my hot little hands last weekend and I'm so excited to see how it turned out. Friend and fellow NE Minneapolis artist Sarah Whiting received a MN State Arts Boards grant this year to publish a book of her collection of photos and interviews of Northeast Minneapolis artists and studios. She asked me to the do the graphic design for the project and it was a real treat to work with such gorgeous photos on such an amazing project. We kept the layout super clean to showcase the photos but with some special little touches to keep it current and fun. The book is called Open Studio: Faces and Stories of Northeast Minneapolis Artists. Printed by Bolger Printing, it has a library of congress number, ISBN number and everything—it's the real deal. Hopefully I'll have a few copies on hand to sell at my holiday open house on December 4.
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I was asked to come up with some designs for a Confucius Day card inspired by contemporary chinese brush painting. I had a great time getting out my watercolors and inks and playing around. The final artwork was built digitally using a mix of scanned painted elements, mixed with additional "painted" art created directly in photoshop using a selection of Kyle T. Webster's amazing watercolor and ink photoshop brushes. I LOVE love love these brushes—they really look like watercolors, using my wacom tablet to paint. Plus, you can "undo" any accidents or strokes that you don't like, unlike real paint. You really can't tell what started as a scan and what I painted digitallyMy client selected the design on the left, and we're having it printed on a heavy art watercolor paper. Can't wait to see the final product!
Yesterday the hubby, Eli and I enjoyed a tour of the new addition to Eli's school, Yinghua Academy, including a sneak peek into the brand new gym. It's so fun to see my logo design for the Dragons decorating the new gym wall! August will bring the installation of the new gym floor, and then we'll be ready to cheer the Dragons on in style.
I just finished up a tour poster for The New Standards announcing their current Minnesota Arts Tour. It turned out to be a fun chance to play with type! The band wanted something clean, polished and contemporary, but still with an artsy twist.
I added a "music collage" band at the side for a friendly touch. For the type treatment of the band's name, I started with one of my current font favorites, Arquitecta by Latinotype. After setting and adjusting the type in Illustrator, I brought it into Photoshop and used a layer mask to create hand sketched lines across the type using my Wacom tablet. Super easy, but a classy result!
Happy to make work for such stellar musicians...be sure to catch one of their upcoming shows!
I can't believe I have gone this long without a blog post! Things have been so chaotic these past few months while I have adjusted to leaving my position at Northern Clay Center to focus on creating licensed designs for Silhouette America and freelance graphic design work. It's been so great to work from home and enjoy the flexibility my new schedule allows. I've been blessed so far to have plenty of work and my biggest challenge has been finding the time to get everything done, juggle deadlines, and balance work/family time (while still squeaking in some time to make new personal work for my sanity).
I just got an email with photos of some t-shirts created with my recent logo design for Yinghua Academy Chinese Immersion School in Minneapolis (yes, a volunteer project for my son, Eli's school). The school has been using a mix of dragon clip art from various places for their sports team, the Dragons. This year, with a major building and gym renovation, it seemed like time for a new unique design created especially for the school. The school wanted to incorporate the traditional chinese dragon with a chinese papercut look, and to have a dynamic and "fierce" logo while still friendly enough for elementary school kids. We created these t-shirts for our school team in the annual twin cities dragon boat races. I love how they turned out! Can't wait to see the dragon on the wall of the new gym this fall!
I also have been busy working on an identity system for HKLaw, LLC, a small law firm in Denver, CO. The law team there was looking for a design that was fresh and vibrant to reflect the energy and passion of their attorneys, while still keeping a clean, traditional design. Here is the final design we chose for the logo. We decided to go with two variation of business cards, one more traditional and one a bit more playful, depending on who they are giving them out to. So far I've designed letterhead and stationary, ads and signage, and a website design is in the works.