For a long time I've generally avoided making artwork depicting people or characters, because basically it terrifies me. I have this deep seated fear that I am just not one of those artists that can draw people or make faces. Soooo...I have a potential children's book project on the horizon that would require me to create sweet beautiful characters and I know it is time to get to work on pushing myself past this hangup. While I was taking one of my MATS classes last year, a fellow classmate, Ohn Mar Win, posted work she had made in a Skillshare class and she mentioned how much she got out of it. I had made a note of it at the time, and I started working through the class this week. It is called Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork with Matt Kaufenberg (a Minnesota illustrator!). It is awesome! So far I have learned how to collect inspiration, make a rough character sketch in Photoshop, refine it, build the basic shapes in Illustrator, and then bring the shapes into Photoshop again where you create clipping masks and begin to render and add layers of texture and detail (the fun part!). Of course, as well as using Photoshop brushes, I'm using a bunch of my homemade scanned textures and collage bits. The buttons on her jumper are the button I made recently, but recolored and resized to fit, and her knee socks are one of my collages shrunk down! How much fun is that?! Here is what I have so far. You'll notice I still need to tackle the face!
I was digging through my digital files looking for something, and found a scan of the sweet tree papercut that I did quite a while back. I decided to rework and develop it into a more narrative design using my new paper collages (I am kind of obsessed with them now!) I think it would be a very sweet greeting card or print to hang somewhere you need that little reminder to be mindful. I know I sure need this reminder on a daily basis, especially when dealing with 4 year old tantrums on the way to school : )
For the past six month's I've been participating in Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp. Each month provided an assignment brief and other goodies along the way, with a monthly gallery of all the projects created. Our final assignment was to create wall art with the theme of a favorite drink, something inspiring we would hang in our own space. I decided to work with the collage techniques I've been playing with after taking Mati Rose's Daring Adventures in Collage E-course and this is what I submitted. The e-course was fun ride with lots of inspiration, and as always, the push to keep making good art!
Check out all the amazing work created by my fellow bootcamp classmates on the class gallery!
I've finally gotten around to uploading some of my favorite patterns to Spoonflower and getting my shop up and running! It was SO much fun to open the mail and receive my first test swatches. Seeing the designs really printed on fabric is fun and I can't wait to order some yardage and get out my sewing machine. All Spoonflower fabrics are printed to order and you can choose from a bunch of different fabric types for different uses. I got my samples printed on their Kona cotton. Also, you can order patterns as wallpaper and wrapping paper, too! If you order any, let you me know what you do with them! I'd love to see pictures of your projects. Happy Sewing!
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.