New Year, New Name, New Website!

2015 was a big year of transition for me—one of those being a newlywed with a new last name! I initially wanted to continue to use my maiden name professionally, but have found that to be unwieldy and a bit confusing for both me and my clients. So, with this fresh and exciting new year off to a good start, I’ve decided to officially move forward sans”Henderson”. It also felt like a great time to revamp my website, so please stop by & bookmark my new home! You can  find my portfolio with all my latest work along with my current blog and a fully integrated shop all here: www.jeaninemurch.com

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Many thanks! Hoping your 2016 is off to a fabulous start!

 

 

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SPECIAL DELIVERY BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

With my own little bundle of joy due to arrive in just 2 months (eek!) I was super excited about entering some designs in Minted.com’s birth announcement challenge.

“Balloon Arrival” features an original illustration, and “Gold Welcome” showcases gold-foiled hand-lettering to introduce the little one in style.

Winners are picked to be sold on Minted.com, and voting is open until January 29th. So please swing by and give a vote for me here and here! Much appreciated—Thanks!

 

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“Balloon Arrival” VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/507648

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“Gold Welcome” VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/506374

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Hell’s Kitchen map

I was thrilled to wrap up 2015 with a really fun assignment for the awesome folks at W42ST. I loved collaborating with them last summer on a cover for their publication, which features all kinds of great things to see & do in Hell’s Kitchen, so was super excited when they called about another project.

They wanted to feature a gate folded map in the back of the magazine, pinpointing landmarks as well as some the best shops and restaurants in the area. It was super fun to dive into the research and take a little walk down memory lane of some of my favorite haunts in my old stomping ground. They hope to use this map in each issue moving forward, and possibly add featured sponsors to the map each month.

I lived in Hell’s Kitchen for 3 years, so the neighborhood and this magazine have a special place in my heart, which made the job extra fun! The January issue is out now—available in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and other places throughout Hell’s Kitchen—and the online edition can be seen here.

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May your days be Merry and Bright

Happiest of Holidays!!

What a year it’s been! This is my holiday card this year, along with some fun illustrated gift tags I sent to some extra-special clients that I’ve had the wonderful pleasure to work with in 2015.

Wishing much love and joy to all this holiday season!

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Minted’s Wedding Suite Design Challenge

I’ve long wanted to participate in Minted’s design challenges, as I absolutely love their beautiful collection of invitations, cards, and stationery. So I’ve finally submitted, and voting is open for the Wedding Suite Challenge! Here’s my design, very much inspired by the save-the-dates I created for my own wedding! Winners are picked to be sold on Minted.com, so please stop by and give a vote for me! Thanks!

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The Thing About Leftovers

I always love working with my old friends and colleagues at Penguin Books, so when AD Irene Vandervoort asked me to take on this fun middle-grade cover I jumped at the opportunity!

This is a funny and sweet middle-grade read about a southern girl, with a passion for cooking, who feels like a “leftover” from her divorced parents’ marriage but eventually comes to realize her very important place in her new blended family.

After exploring lots of concepts—including graphic, type-driven, and photographic approaches, we decided to play off the “leftovers” title and I created this fun typographic illustration. The book pubs next spring, but is available for pre-order now.

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Think Summer, Think Fordham

I was super excited when Fordham University asked me to create an illustrated headline for their Summer 2016 program. The tagline is “Think Summer, Think Fordham” and will be used on all the marketing materials for next year’s session.

They were really fun to work with, giving me a lot of creative freedom with how to interpret the slogan and represent both city and academics in a fun way. Here are a few of my sketches along with the final piece.

Thanks to AD, Maggie Coyne, for the fun collaboration!

 

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Cafe Tellulah mirror lettering

Another fun food-related project came my way recently; I was commissioned to hand-letter a bar menu on a large mirror of Cafe Tellulah, a French-style bistro on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This one was a fun challenge! It was a very large mirror (5′ x 12′!) and the execution had to be completed in one day, during off-hours. But very cool to have the opportunity to create something on-location like this.

It’s always so hard to get good mirror photos because of reflections, and even more so here because of the size, but here’s the sketch/mock up I created along with a few shots—and a video clip of me in action!

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Straw, Stick & Brick character art

It’s been a very busy few months, and has been hard to keep up with updates! But finally getting a chance to share some fun character art I was commissioned to create for Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, a charcuterie in Washington DC.

They have a really fun approach to their branding—playing off the 3 little pigs & big bad wolf, a character personality is assigned to each of the 4 core values the business is based on: farming, working, learning and eating.

I was given a brief outlining these “personalities” and asked to create a few variations of each, including holiday-themed, to be used on in-store signage. There were 16 pieces in all, just a few of my favorites here. I really enjoyed creating these and just may need to take a trip to DC to check out how they use the art—and, of course, sample some of their delicious-sounding sandwich creations!

 

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