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New year, new book covers

Excited to start the new year off with a fun new project to share! I designed & illustrated the paperback cover of This Journal Belongs To Ratchet for Sourcebooks. A middle-grade novel from award-winning author Nancy Cavanaugh, it’s the empowering story of a girl trying to find her own definition of “normal”, as told through her journal of home-school assignments.

The story and format immediately inspired me, and I thought it would be a perfect design project to bring my illustration style & hand-lettering to.

The team at Sourcebooks is always really fantastic and open to my ideas, so I jumped into comps exploring a few illustrated directions. In the book, Ratchet is home-schooled by her mechanic father, whom she is embarrassed by at the start of the book but learns to appreciate & embrace. So the tools seemed like a great element to incorporate—both symbolic & representational, while lending to alot of fun graphic solutions.

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They were well-received overall, but ultimately we went with the bottom left direction. A few color tweaks made it a bit more appealing to the girl audience, and I had a ball illustrating each letterform in the title. Here’s the final cover, officially on sale May 1, 2014 but available for preorder on Amazon now.

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MATS round up

My 5-week Make Art That Sells online course with Lilla Rogers came to an end last week, and though it was hard to keep up with updates as the class was in-progress, my experience was too great not to share a bit in hindsight!

The course covered a different market each week: paper goods, baby apparel, scrapbooking, editorial, and party paper. Lilla created a fabulous “classroom” environment with her daily blog posts, interviews, videos, and a private Facebook group for all participating students to connect and share work in. She shared invaluable insight and tips for each market, and gave challenging assignments & constructive critiques each week.

I’ve already shared my assignments for week 1 and week 2, but haven’t been able to catch up with updates since! Our scrapbooking assignment was based on old typewriters and cameras—a personal favorite! For the editorial piece, each artist was to create a map of their current city. And the party paper theme was folk art. All super different and fun—was so great to explore such varied themes and markets! Some sketches and my final pieces included here, as well as a roundup of projects from all 5 weeks.

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WEEK 3: Sketches inspired by vintage cameras & typewriters

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WEEK 3: SCRAPBOOKING Create a page of art to be applied to various scrapbooking materials, based on the theme of old-fashioned communication

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WEEK 4: EDITORIAL Create a map of your current city

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WEEK 5: Folk art inspired sketches

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WEEK 5: PARTY PAPER Create a paper plate & napkin set based on folk art motifs

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Round up of all 5 weekly class assignments

 

It’s fun to see my growth as I look at my body of classwork. Coming in with nearly 10 years of experience doing illustration & design, mostly in publishing—I loved the challenging assignments & learning about new markets. Most of the themes were new subject matter for me, and the approach of working with icons to make versatile pieces that can be applied to a range of products was definitely very different for me. And, the community of artists from around the world who participated was invaluable—encouragement, feedback, and just seeing so many different styles & takes on the same assignments each week really inspired me to strive for better work each week. It really was like being back in art school!

I’m really excited to take what I learned and further develop my portfolio for licensing and surface design. I surprised myself a bit with what markets I was most drawn to, and my brain has exploded with new ideas and subject matter to dive into. Plus, as a special gift to her students, Lilla offered a free 6-month membership to MOYO—an online directory of artist specializing in surface and pattern design. Please stop by to give my portfolio some love there—and stay tuned to see some new work posted soon!

 

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Hershey’s Blissisms continued…

The latest in my series of illustrations for Hershey’s Bliss launched on their Facebook page this week. These “Blissisms”, or “truisms about life with a delicious chocolate twist”, are part of a social media campaign, and this is my third piece for the project.

This was a perfect opportunity to marry my hand-lettering & illustration and the creative team at W2O Group was fantastic to work with, making this one of my favorite assignments. Plus…who doesn’t love chocolate!

You can stop by and “like” the image on their Facebook Page, as well as check out the other images that are part of the campaign. I created their Facebook cover image as well as another “Blissism” (here), and am in great company with the other illustrators commissioned to be part of this fun campaign.

 

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Autumn in New York

In my nearly 10 years of living in New York City, Autumn has become my favorite season. The slight chill on a sunny day, the crisp evening air, and the bustling people out and about fills my whole heart with excitement—almost like I am seeing the city with fresh eyes each September. I created this little image as a new promotional piece for my Facebook artist page, and as an opportunity to experiment a bit with technique. I played with watercolor and gouache washes with my line work, and old linocuts to overprint the leaves. The hand-lettered text come from the lyrics to one of my favorite Billie Holiday songs—a classic, celebrating this amazing time of year.

 

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Letterpress Fun

I’ve always loved letterpress. It just feels like the perfect medium for all the things I love most about both illustration and design——delicate linework, texture, graphic shapes & color, beautiful typography and a vintage, tactile quality. About 5 years ago I took a semester of Letterpress 101 through SVA’s Continuing Ed. program with the amazing Dikko Faust (founder of Purgatory Pie Press, and a master in the art of letterpressing). I immediately fell in love with the whole process, though it was a fairly large class and with a full-time job it was hard to get into the studio for press time during out-of-class hours. So I only produced a few projects and lost access to the studio once the semester ended.

But ever since, I’ve been itching to get back to exploring it a bit more. I only recently became aware of The Arm in Brooklyn—a public access letterpress studio run by Dan Morris, who, along with the other staff there are all-around awesome & super helpful guys. I took a day-long intro workshop there a few months back, and now am able to book time to go in to print my own projects.

Last night was the first time I was able to get in the studio and spend a few hours on the press. I got a couple plates made of some lines drawings from awhile back and experimented with different paper weights and 2-color printing. I was in heaven! Felt so good to be away from a screen and get back to getting a little down and dirty making some stuff with my hands—Super excited to go back for more!

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This was a drawing I’d revisited from my Month of Love sketches, after a woman contacted me about using the image on her New Orleans wedding save-the-dates.

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2-color print on Cranes Lettra 110 lb. cover stock in pearl white

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Revisited a hand-lettered piece I’d created after the Sandy Hook shootings—I love this beautiful quote. Printed on Cranes Lettra 220 lb. cover stock in pearl white

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Detail. Loving the deep impression on the 220 lb stock!

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Fun Food Illustration

Had a really fun assignment last week for a feature article in Time Out Chicago about a local “DIY” Burger joint. The art director wanted to “build” the shape of a burger out of hand-lettered ingredients. Loved the idea, and definitely got a little hungry while working on it! 🙂

It’s included in this week’s issue, and you can see the full article online here.

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Many thanks to the AD, Stephanie, for the super cool project!

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New book cover design & Illustration

Very excited that I can finally share a project I worked on last year—a book cover for Lindsay Eland’s new middle-grade novel for Egmont Books. I love projects like this, where I had the opportunity to create the whole package: design, illustration, and hand-lettering.

This is the story of Sunday Fowler, who’s feels she’s always overlooked in her family as the third of six kids. So she’s determined to spend the summer finding a way to make herself stand out, and may have just found it in the mysterious letters she finds in a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating. She’s determined to find out who wrote them, in hopes to unveil to the world what may be a lost novel—and become famous!


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I tried several different approaches in the sketch rounds, but ultimately we decided to focus on conveying the sense of mystery as well as Sunday’s determination.

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I previously worked on Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, Scones and Sensibility. It’s such a joy to work on her books—her writing is delightfully sweet & fun. A Summer of Sundays pubs in July and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

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