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Those Red Cowboy Boots I've Always Wanted...

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. 

Care for a Cuppa?

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!

Let me design that for you!

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.

My capabilities include: Posters | postcards | brochures | newsletters | business cards | invitations | logos and identity systems | annual reports | signage and banners | ads | custom illustrations and artwork

Need a new look for your business? I can work with you to come up with the perfect design.

Need something designed within your current branding guidelines? No problem, I can work with that too.

Need to put it online? I design for digital as well as print! I am happy to make your web banners and headers, facebook covers, avatars, website graphics, downloadable pdfs and more.

Contact me to talk about your next project, I'd love to work with you!

From top left: Logo and business cards for HKLaw, LLC (Denver, CO) as part of a comprehensive identity system, Simply Playing (Hopkins, MN) business cards, stickers and product hang-tags as part of a larger identity system; postcards for The Bridge For Youth (MInneapolis, MN); school sports team logo for Yinghua Academy (Minneapolis, MN); tour poster and facebook banner for The New Standards (MInneapolis, MN).

From top left: Logo and business cards for HKLaw, LLC (Denver, CO) as part of a comprehensive identity system, Simply Playing (Hopkins, MN) business cards, stickers and product hang-tags as part of a larger identity system; postcards for The Bridge For Youth (MInneapolis, MN); school sports team logo for Yinghua Academy (Minneapolis, MN); tour poster and facebook banner for The New Standards (MInneapolis, MN).

Oh deer...

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.