Created in Photoshop using scanned papercuts and collage, custom brushes and textures.
I finished up the character I was working on in my last blog post for my Skillshare class! I am pretty happy with my little cowboy boot girl for a first attempt at rendering a character. I decided to give her sassy red cowboy boots since I have always wanted a pair! I was having so much fun playing with her details in photoshop that I made two versions trying out different colors, clothes styles and background ideas. I can see how it would be totally addictive to get into character design and start playing with whole worlds for your people to explore. Now back to MY real world this morning, and onto some business card designs! Feel free to drop me a comment...I'd love to see where I can improve. I feel like I can definitely work more on developing the face and hands...those were the hardest to get right.
I've been investing a lot of time this spring in creating a library of scanned digital components that I can use to build more of my artwork in photoshop. This way I can continue to make changes easily, but still retain a lot of "handmade" goodness in my work. Earlier this week I made a series of collages out of strips and squares of papers I had painted earlier. After I scanned the collages, I incorporated them into this Tea Time card design idea I've been working on.
Here are details from the paper collages. Now I just have to figure out a good way to organize my digital goodies so I can find them again!
These are the initial designs I was playing with for the card artwork, dropping a bunch of my patterns onto the cups with clipping masks. This is the amazing thing about clipping masks in Photoshop is how quickly and easily you can totally transform the art. So cool!
I've gotten obsessed with playing with clipping masks and layers of texture and shapes in Photoshop. I'm having fun adding details to a new collection of sewing themed designs. My visiting studio helper Opal thinks it's boring, but I'm having FUN!
I know I mostly post eye candy pictures of my patterns and personal artwork, but in my day-to-day freelance life, I work on all kinds of graphic design and illustration projects. I'm that strange lady who actually thinks it's fun to lay out your newsletter! I have been doing graphic design and production since the mid 90's (yes, I'm that young!) and can bring my expertise to your project, large or small. I have experience working with all types of clients, from small retailers to non-profits, from artists to corporate clients.
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While working on my new designs for Silhouette this week, I got a bee in my bonnet about working some of my shapes up in to some holiday patterns. Once I get started making patterns it's hard to stop. It's amazing what a difference color choice makes! Which colorway do you like best? Lime and teal, or red and turquoise? Click on the images to see them larger.
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.