Yesterday, I recieved some good news that I had a piece seleceted for American Illustration 32! This painting I did of a rainy scene outside my old studio window must have struck a chord with the judges, and I'm so happy that it did! It takes me back to a really great time in my career and will now grace the pages of AI32 FOR ALL ETERNITY. Thanks, guys!
Not many postable updates as of late. But between the wedding, bachelorettes and long-term project, rest assured I've been PLEANTY busy! So busy, in fact, that I've been having a difficult time keeping tabs on my etsy shop. SO, you'll see that my shop link above now leads directly to my Society6 site where you can buy all kinds of neat things like art prints, pillows and cell phone cases (I just purchased this one here). For a limited time, when you follow THIS LINK you can even get free shipping. Pretty cool, eh? The best part is, I don't have to do a darned thing...well, except make the artwork of course, but that's the easy part. My etsy shop will remain open, but I won't be posting anything new for a while.
Just posted a job I did for the Deloitte review back in November. I just did the lettering part (duh)...and please don't ask me how any of those equations work.
The lettering continued throughout the article, and the mathematical equations slowly morphed into music. I was actually back home in Kansas City while I was working on this and it was fun to pull out some of my old sheet music. The musical phrases are parts of Mozart's clarinet concerto (modified for...asthetic purposes)
Thanks to creative director, Matt Lennert for the job and special thanks to Mr. Koehler (my AP calculus) teacher and Dr. Maxey (my college clarinet professor) for helping me out with the math/music symbols. They may have been burried way back in my head, but they were there somewhere!
So, the rule of thumb for this little illustration business I've been embarking on this past year is this: when you leave town, you will get work. Happens every time. After having to turn down a job on one occassion, I decided it was time to get mobile. So glad that I did, for if I had not, I would have missed out on this fun little project.
This piece is for the Improper Bostonian and it was for an article full of womens' advice for men. You can read it here. Thanks to art director Mallory Scyphers for the fun concept (and the PDF of the layout below) and to my boo for modelin'. This is your life now. Hope you don't mind!
!! So Excited !! Today I have my first ever illustration in the New York Times! It's definitely a milestone in the career of any illustrator and one I'll never forget. You can read the article here.
The article about how TV shows these days infultrate our lives and bring continuity to the fragmented way we go about living. It goes on to talk about how we are able to binge on hours of a single TV show in one setting due to DVD's and platforms like Hulu and Netflix. This is something I can totally relate to having just spent the holidays blowing through all of "Downton Abbey", the first season of "The West Wing", and, since this project has completed, "Homeland". I wanted to explore the feeling that these characters come to feel like part of your life even though they are just fictional characters that don't actually exist in real life.
This is my favorite part of the illustration. I like to call it "Heisenberg steals a cookie". Ha Ha.
Major THANK YOU to the talented art director with the coolest name in town, Aviva Michaelov for this assignment. I'll never forget it!
I had grand aspirations to post a sketchbook page daily this year. Needless to say, I'm a bit behind. It's been a busy week. More on that later, but in the mean time, make sure to check out my tublr page for frequent sketchbook updates!
Last Friday at the Society of Illustrators reception I was standing behind Yuko Shimizu wearing a fantastic polka dot ensemble. I thought it funny, because last year we were both up on the stage. She was the chair of the show last year and I was honored to recieve my gold medal from her. I've been a fan of her work for a long time. In fact, she was one of a few illustrators I use to follow that led me to attend SVA.
It's gonna be a great one!
lettering above was for a card designed last month at Petite Alma (for Tiny Prints)
of a white Christmas...well, dreaming and drawing and cutting and taping. You see, I know a white Christmas probably isn't in the cards for us this year. In fact, sometimes it feel like it'll never snow again. I was starting to get pretty bummed about all this rainy warm humidness that COULD have been snow had it been just a tiny bit colder, so...I decided to make my own snow!
In my virtual Christmas card to you, remember, if life isn't going to way you've planned. Do someting about it! Make your own snow! That's my mantra. You can borrow for a while if you'd like.
Just wanted to spread the word that I've started a little sketch-blog over at Ye Olde Tumblr. Thought I'd see what this whole tumblr business was about, and it seems to me that it's the perfect spot for a little sketch blog. Also, Maybe some cat pictures. And definitely sketches of cats.
definitely some sketches of cats.
click here to visit. follow. bookmark. like.
So you went down the Snuggie road last year huh? Weren't counting on an unseasonably warm winter were you? Are we ready to right that wrong? I have a mulitude of various giftables in a couple of online shops. First head on over to my ETSY SHOP where I have prints, drawings and etchings!
And what are these little gems? Why, they're hand-drawn shrinky-dink jewelry of course! Pick up some of these and there's no way you can be the stinker in the holiday gift exchange. In fact, you may have to be prepared for fist-fighting amongst the women folk.
Last but definitely not least, head on over to BLURB and purchase your very own "Swimmer Girls" book. I have an unlimited amount so get one for the whole family!
I went to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals last night at the Beacon theater. Despite having a wicked head cold and being slighted drugged up on Benadryl, it was a rockin' time. I was inspired to create this piece for the Society of Illustrators Members Open show opening this December with the theme of "the senses". We were supposed to pick one, and I guess if I had to narrow it down, my ears got the biggest jolt of energy last night. But really, doesn't a rock show kind of cover them all?
The orignal piece is pretty much the size you see here (2.5x3.5"). The show runs from December 4-22nd. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!
I'm honored to announce that my piece of Zack on the roof has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators annual this year in the uncommisioned category! Mega-thanks to the Society of Illustrators (you have been SO good to me this past year) and to the judges...with a big 'ole shout-out to the esteemed Marshall Arisman.
This is a personal piece I did of Zack sitting on my friend Dasha's roof this past summer. I loved how the pattern in his shirt just kind of blended in to the windows of the building behind him. I thought it eerily symbolic of how, after two sometimes challenging years, we are both starting to find our place in this crazy city of New York. It is always special to have a piece accepted into any competition, but I'm particularly thrilled because by the time this annual is published that will be my HUSBAND'S lovely face gracing those glossy pages!
I would by lying if I said I can't believe it's been a whole year since last year's world-rocking Society of Illustrators awards were announced because it's been just about one of the longest years I can remember. While I was awarded a gold medal and accepted into many other publications, I was simutaneously really struggling to make new work that I was proud or even remotely satisfied with. When the time came around to submit to this year's annual, I didn't think I would even do it. The pressure was all too much and didn't feel very conducive to making new art. In the end, I submitted. And after I did, I was shocked to realize something I hadn't before...everything I entered (most of which was not accepted) had been created in the past five months, that is, all since graduation. Kind of crazy, no? As an artist it is incredibly difficult to see through times of struggles with clear eyes and know that it's all somehow part of the process. But today, in a moment of clarity, I'd like to tell my future self to never give up and that your best work is always yet to come!
Hey kids, I'm in a show this weekend at the Fowler Arts Collective in Greenpoint with a lot of other really great young illustrators. If you're in the neighborhood, you should stop by. If you're not in the neighborhood, that's no excuse because the L AND G TRAINS ARE NOW RUNNING!
The theme is "guilty pleasures"...can you guess mine?
Today's the day. So go vote. Then you can hide your head under a pillow until it's all over. It'll be ok, I promise.
We're going on day two of being holed up in our litter apartment here in New York. We were very fortunate and have both our power and internet, but that doesn't mean it's been all movies and beer for the last couple of days. We did to quite a bit of prep before Sandy rolled through. Bought tons of food and filled every possible surface in our kitchen with containers of water...
Yesterday, while I drew everything in site, Zack worked diligently at the kitchen island on some architecting...
The most visible damage on our street is a tree that lost it's branches and rested ever so delicately on the near by power lines...
I watched it happen last night around 6 and just waited for the power to go, but you know what...it never did! we are truly lucky. My heart goes out to those not as fortunate as us. Especially those and the family of those at the NYU Hospital that lost it's power and the people there who were busy fighting for their lives in the first place to prepare for another disaster. For some reason, that story struck me most of all. I hope everyone has been relocated and doing the best they can.
I did this job a few weeks ago for Willamette Week's annual restaurant guide. It was for an article that deciphers where all those chalkboard-advertised local famers actually come from.
Here's the whole piece so you can get the full scope of how much I had to write! I think it's about time I designed a font in my handwriting. If anyone has any tips for great programs to do this, I'd love to hear them!
Dear Fall Colors,
I miss you. I think it's been over a year. You never stay too long, so won't you please come visit?
Sincerely, New York City
Autumn is great for so many reasons, but enough already, I want some color!
Hey All! I'm pleased to announce that I am the featured member on the Altpick site today! So, go on over, check it out.
I really love using AltPick. It's really affordable (and you illustrators know how outrageous some of these networking resources can be), easy to use and I love getting their twitter feed updates every time someone updates their page. I highly recommend it. Thanks to Maria for the shout-out today!