I try to take a sketchbook with me wherever I go. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you never know when it’s going to hit. This latest sketch was produced while sitting in an Auto store waiting for my new windshield to be installed. I love the way it turned out and thought I’d share the process with you.
I quickly added some watercolor to give it a sense of dimension and an idea of what colors I’d like to use.
Then I drew it in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and added some texture. This is the finished design with all of it’s tropical goodness.
Here are a few process shots of a simple watercolor design I did of some pineapples. After the watercolor, I added the black ink and then the white ink.
About a week ago, I was asked by my friend, Amanda McGee, to join a blog hop. Amanda and I first met online through the Make Art That Sells class. But we met in person in NYC at SURTEX this past May. It was so fun to finally meet! She’s just as fun in person as her artwork and I couldn’t help but post this picture of us! We were dressed like twins that day! Yeah!
There are many many artists joining in and it’s fun to see all the amazing work! Not only do I get to share some of Amanda’s work, but I also get to choose two other artists that truly inspire me! I’ll get to that in a minute.
I love Amanda’s fresh take on colors. Can you say CUTE!!! And I love that there’s a flamingo in here!
The attention to detail is fantastic in this piece. And the little birdies with their long eyelashes are so sweet!
The retro soda pop bottles and caps are so fun in this piece. And again, I love the colors! So fresh and fun!
Firs the questions I was asked to answer, and then I’ll talk about my awesome designer friends.
1. What are you writing/working on?
I just got my very first journals manufactured through ecojot. It was a big step for me and I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m so happy with the results and can’t wait them to get into the hands of my customers. If you’d like to buy one, you can purchase them here.
I am also currently working on SURTEX prep. I plan on showing this coming May 2015, along with the other gals from Happy Happy. So, plans are under way and I have lots and lots of designs to do. Here’s the latest one that I did. It was so much fun to draw. Who knew that a rabbit could be drawn in so many different ways. Well, at least the head. Ha ha!
I’ve also been busy with a few logos and websites. Lori Romney’s site is underway, but here’s the logo. Lori does amazing work and I couldn’t be happier with the photos she has taken of me and my family. Seriously, look how cute my kids look!
I also just redesigned Four Chairs Furniture logo and blog. Lindy has great design sense and I can’t wait to use her services for my new house!
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I offer a fresh perspective on anything I work on. Because I come from a graphic design background, I tend to think about several ways a design problem can be solved before finishing out the final piece. I love to sketch out my ideas first and then take them into the computer. (a little note: I used to hate sketching, but then realized the advantage of doing so. Not only do I get fresh textures and line work, but I can also make it look more hand drawn.)
3. Why do you create?
There are three things in this world that bring me my greatest joy and are a part of me. The things that are ingrained in every fiber of my being are my Religion, my Family and my ability to Create. I love creating, whether that is creating a new piece of art or making dinner for my family. I love that I get the best of both worlds. I love being a mom and I love being a designer! I believe that everyone is given the ability to create, no matter what it is, and that brings joy.
4. How does your creative process work?
I usually start by doing research, mostly on Pinterest and Google. Then I start sketching out ideas. Then, I gather all of my images into one giant Illustrator file. I do lots of sketches and then scan in my files. Then I’ll trace over the top of my file in Illustrator and add any textures that I want.
Ok, onto more fun things!
I’m tagging my friends Julia & Sharon.
First up is Julia Warren. She’s a busy mom of two adorable little girls! Who do you think they get their good looks from. Julia and I first met at Seastone, a gift card packaging company in Provo, Utah! We worked together a little over a year and I was always inspired by her ability to create new designs and come up with these adorable little characters.
She has also been trying her hand at some hand painting. I love the texture in the florals on the bottom left corner below.
These cards are so cute. The simplicity is what makes them stunning. And the journals really pop. I could easily see one of these in my house.
We both also have done work for Petite Lemon. Just look at this cute shirt she designed. Plus both of us have a daughter named Charlotte. The Tin cans won some How Design awards. They are gift card packaging for Home Depot. So clever huh? And the bean illustration is a book that she is currently working on. Love all the different areas that Julia dips her fingertips into!
And yet another illustration style. The graphic simplicity of these combined with texture really make these pop off the page. I’d love to have these in my kitchen.
Ok, onto my next friend, Sharon Rowan. Sharon and I also met at Seastone. But she has stayed in Provo, as have I, and we live in the same neighborhood in fact. We love getting together and having creative discussions. It’s always fun seeing what the other is working on. She also has 4 kids! Two of which are twins! She’s one busy momma! But she still finds time to design!
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces that she’s done. Sharon is talented in many, many ways. She not only takes amazing photos, but she’s also done scrapbooking lines, patterns for baby apparel and cards for Minted.com. I love her clean aesthetic and simple shapes. Just look at that cute elephant!
For the past few years, Sharon and I have also done the 24 days of free Christmas Downloads. Always fun to do some quick & easy projects with her! I also love these sweet announcements she does!
I told you her photography was amazing! She has done some traveling and both of these are up on Minted.com if you’d like to purchase them!
Another item for sale on Minted.com. I love the sweet icons!
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little better, as well as a few of my design friends! Now Julia and Sharon, it’s your turn! Thanks for letting me share your amazing work with my readers and friends!
I wanted to share a few of my latest projects with you.
The first one I am most excited about! I’m going to be updating my Etsy shop with lots of fun prints and these super fun journals! More to come on those once I get them back from the manufacturer, but I couldn’t wait to share the good news! They are going to be 4 different designs and quantities will be limited, so make sure to mark your calendars for the end of this month! Which one is your favorite?
The Amsterdam journal was part of a collection that I worked on together with the lovely talented ladies over at Happy Happy Art Collective City Collections. If you’d like to see the project as a whole, go here! They are incredible and it was so much fun to work on!
This is another project that I recently illustrated for the Happy Happy Art Collective Alphabet. A continuing project that is so much fun to work on. I hope to do more letters in this style as it was a lot of fun. The only problem is I’m not sure if I could do the whole alphabet in this style, as you can see, the letter Q was a difficult one. Quail and Queen were about the only nouns! Ha ha!
Not only did I sign up for the Global Talent Search (wahoo! We just got our first assignment today!) but I’ve also signed up for the Make It In Design Summer School, both the advanced and intermediate tracks. It is definitely pulling me out of my normal illustration style so don’t judge to harshly. It was rather fun though. The first was supposed to be inspired by water ripples. I originally hand dyed some fabric using some Shibori techniques, and then using photoshop and a lot of layers created this pattern. What do you think? Would you have a pillow made from this fabric?
The intermediate track was supposed to be inspired by retro geometric swimwear. I’m not the best at geometrics, so again, way out of my comfort zone, but I was able to get something that I liked. I feel like the top print could be little fishes. So cute!
Well, I’ve still got some big projects in the works and I can’t wait to tell you more about them when I can. I recently designed my brother-in-laws wedding invitations and am working on a few logos, so when those are available to share, I’ll make sure and share them here. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Please let me know what you think! Thank you!
Inspired today by this color palette and the desert. Probably because my swamp cooler is broken and my office faces South. It’s very warm today to say the least! Plus being almost 8 months pregnant doesn’t help either! Uhg! But at least the patterns turned out hot! Ha ha!
Hoot Owl’s are my favorite. In fact, it’s surprising to me that owls are still so popular in the world of Surface Pattern Design! So why not play it up! They are super cute. And these were some fun patterns to put together.
These patterns were fun to put together. I’m having fun creating geometric patterns, probably because I want to submit some designs to Bowie’s new book. But I’ve also been working on something super fun with Petite Lemon that involves geometric shapes and kids.