It’s that time of year again! Here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, March 8—or if you’re a real stickler (or a night owl!), at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 9.
I couldn’t get enough of Make Art That Sells, so when Lilla Rogers made Assignment Bootcamp available, I jumped right on it. We get one assignment per month, instead of one per week as in MATS. While not as intensive as MATS, it’s a great opportunity to make more art that sells with brilliant direction from Lilla. This month in Bootcamp, Lilla gave us a whimsical assignment based on cuckoo clocks. What fun!
As always, we start off with the mini. I decided to give the assignment my own little twist. While doing my research, the pinecone weights on a traditional cuckoo clock reminded me of pineapples. From there it was just a short jump to thinking of the years I spent living in Puerto Rico, and my concept was born: a Caribbean cuckoo clock!
Here are some of my sketches:
After the mini, Lilla gave us the full assignment brief: design a phone case with a cuckoo clock theme! She also provided us with some wonderful mood boards, from which I got my initial color palette:
The following week, Lilla released a lesson on creating color palettes which was really useful. I used this new palette on the final version of my design:
One of the many reasons I love MATS so much is the online community where we get to share our works in progress, ask advice, and get tons of artistic support. My MATS mates all agreed that the second color way was much stronger, so that’s what I uploaded to the online gallery. You can see all the terrific art we made on the February Bootcamp online gallery (my design is on page 2). And if you want a phone case like this for your very own, you’re in luck: just go to my shop on Society6!
A lot of my MATS mates wanted to know how to convert their line art to vector art, so I created a PDF tutorial, which you can download here.
This coming Monday, we get our next assignment. Can’t wait to see what Lilla has up her sleeve this time!
The new 3×3 Illustration Directory just came out, and I’m thrilled to be included. Unlike any other directory, this one is curated by none other than Charles Hively, publisher of 3×3 Magazine and Creative Quarterly. I’m honored to be in the company of so many of my illustration heroes. If you’re an art director, be sure to request your complimentary copy here. If you just want to check out all the amazing talent, download the free app here. And be sure to take a look at my image on page 165 in the print version, and in the online gallery!
Here is a quotation from the introduction to the print version:
Working with illustrators is not all that difficult. But there is a secret on how best to work with one. Don’t treat them like a pair of hands, add their brain to the equation and you’ll always come out ahead. Give them the reproduction size and a general direction and then step back and let them shine. They’ll appreciate the freedom, you’ll appreciate the results.
Thank you, Charles, for being such a champion of illustration.
A bunch of us alumni from Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells classes got together to keep the momentum going in developing portfolio pieces. The first assignment we came up with was a circus theme for baby and children’s bedding. Can you tell how much fun I had working on this? Can’t wait for the next assignment! And of course, there’s some fabulous stuff coming up in Assignment Bootcamp. Stay tuned!
As part of a grant proposal, the Fairfield Public Library asked me to create this rendering of what a new kids’ area might look like. Of course, this is just a concept and is subject to the library being awarded the grant funds. Once that happens, they will be working with an interior designer who specializes in kids’ library spaces.
I had a lot of fun drawing this, and hope the library gets their grant. This looks like such a cool place to hang out!
At the suggestion of someone whose opinion I treasure, I played with the color palette and execution a bit. What do you think?
Had this idea pop into my head last night: a series of wrapping paper patterns, of pets unwrapping gifts. Had to start with Corgis in honor of my husband and our doggie! Planning to make additional designs with other breeds—and cats!
What do you think? Would you like to wrap a present in this, or better yet, receive a present wrapped in this? Let me know!
This is the seventh year that Fairfield Public Library (my favorite client!) has held One Book One Town. Each year, the librarians select a book that the residents of Fairfield can read together and then share their thoughts and experiences. Several events are planned, including panel discussions, film screenings, book groups and more, culminating with an author presentation on March 26, 2014.
Previous selections have included Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson; The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea; Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer; The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf; and Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This year’s selection is A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. It’s a memoir about Lindhout’s experiences as a journalist who along with her photojournalist companion was kidnapped and held captive in Somalia for 15 months. Her captors were particularly cruel to her because she was a woman, and she suffered unspeakable abuse. Remarkably, this memoir is not simply a chronicle of horror, but rather demonstrates how Lindhout used her remarkable inner strength to survive and even more astonishingly, how her compassion helped her to forgive her tormentors. It’s an extraordinary book, and I applaud our librarians for choosing what may be considered a controversial book.
One of the biggest challenges of designing the poster for this book was how to speak about both the suffering and the triumph of compassion and inner strength. What made it even more challenging was the book’s cover design, which I think is brilliant. How could I possibly improve on this?
I knew I would want to incorporate the sky, and captivity, and freedom. The first design I came up with spoke to all these elements:
The client liked the concept, but felt that it needed to indicate that this takes place in the Middle East. Here’s my initial response:
I liked the feeling of a sandstorm this has, but it wasn’t specific enough. I decided to incorporate an architectural element that would indicate location a bit better. I also was informed that the co-author would be participating in the author presentation, so I needed to include her name as well:
The client loved it! I’m really looking forward to hearing Lindhout’s and Corbett’s presentation on March 26. I highly recommend that you read this book. And if you’ll be near Fairfield, CT on March 26, be sure to register for this event. It promises to be truly inspiring.
How excited was I when Pantone announced that 2014’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid? To give you an idea, I have a tiny garden of orchids on my desk in the studio, and several more orchid plants in my living room. My favorite plant!
So in honor of Radiant Orchids everywhere, I drew this little postcard:
I’m really getting into hand-lettering these days. I even hand-lettered the calendar on the back of the postcard! Say, would you like a copy of this? Email me, and I’ll send you a printed version.
Wishing you an outstanding year in 2014!