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!
After having so much fun designing my own wedding invitations, seating cards & other details, I’ve been dying to do more! So I was thrilled when my friend, Lindsay, asked if I could help her with a few special touches for her big day.
She had a gorgeous garden themed wedding at the elegant Winterthur Estate in Delaware, and her lovely invitations from Minted had a soft, simple look featuring calligraphy. So she wanted to reflect that in a few other details for the day of.
Her first idea was to use a large mirror in place of programs at the ceremony. I hadn’t seen this idea before, but loved the elegance and uniqueness of it! She purchased a 20″ x 30″ rectangular mirror and I hand-lettered all the bridal party names. This was definitely a new and fun experience for me to create—and I thought it looked lovely set up where guests arrived for the ceremony.
I also did calligraphy for her seating cards and table numbers—I loved the way she presented them, as a small “flower bed”—it fit in so perfectly with the theme!
Lindsay and her husband, Matt, share a love of music and had song lyrics incorporated into their ceremony and a few other places throughout the day. So I loved her idea to letter one of their favorite love-themed lyrics on canvas totes as the welcome bags for the out of town guests. And I loved creating this piece! She had them printed by a local vendor, and I think they came out great!
Was fun to be a guest and get to see all the details in the beautiful setting, and an honor to get to be part of this wonderful couples special day in this way! Congrats to the newlyweds!!
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.
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.
I’m excited to finally get to share a very cool project that’s been in the works for awhile!
I’m one of several artists from around the world commissioned to illustrate a series of “Blissisms”—or “truisms about life with a delicious chocolate twist”—part of a social media campaign for Hershey’s line of Bliss chocolates. Each week, new images will be featured on Hershey’s Bliss Facebook page, encouraging their fans to submit their own creative sayings.
I’m thrilled to have my work be included in the kick-off for this fun campaign. I absolutely loved creating these first “Blissisms”, and in the upcoming weeks several more of my pieces will be featured. You can “like” them on Hershey’s Bliss Facebook page.
Thanks to the fabulous team at W2O Group for such a fun project!
I’ve been thinking about process and development a lot in my work lately.
A couple months ago, I had my portfolio reviewed by Charles Hively (Art Director and Publisher of 3×3 Magazine). His great professional feedback, and just having a fresh eye look at my work, was a re-energizing experience for me. I think it’s easy for anyone to lose sight of their work and the direction it’s going if there’s never a moment to reflect on it or consider it from a more objective angle. I think for me especially—since I juggle a creative full-time job where I design and art direct illustrators every day—what I am doing in my own work can feel clouded and even over-influenced by what I am constantly surrounded by. And the pressure I put on myself by comparing what I do to what I see, and trying to “speed up” to get to where I really want to be in my career, has created a lot of burn out and frustration for me.
Mr. Hively’s feedback suggested that I spend (a lot of) time figuring out how to allow more of my personal voice to shine through, as any artist has to do to really improve: Try new mediums, palettes, and/or subject matter; Study non-illustration & design work; Look at European illustration; Tap into the things that most interest & inspire me on a personal level—and let all these influences find their appropriate place in my work until that day when I “get goosebumps” because I’ll just know I’ll have found that really special thing in my work that sets it apart from everything else.
I agree that growth comes from stepping out of the “safe” zone, and I’ve been trying to slow down in a way —thinking less about “finished pieces” when I make new work and get more involved in my process. I took advantage of the extra time away from the office grind this long holiday weekend to experiment a bit with medium and process.
I love music and also love illustrating & hand-lettering quotes that inspire me. These words by Bilie Holiday seemed especially fitting for the things I’m thinking about at the moment, so I decided to revisit this drawing I’d done awhile back. Here’s some shots of my process:
Original drawing and inkjet transfer to toothed paper
Blocking in color with watercolor & goauche
Final art with inked line
A dear friend of mine got married last weekend, and I created a custom wedding illustration as a gift.
I’ve been experimenting a bit—getting back to combining more traditional mediums, like watercolor & gouache, with my linework.
Here’s a few shots of the process:
Rough sketchbook drawing
Sketch transfer to Canson Cold Press Acrylic paper
Color blocking with gouache
Work-in-Progress with metallic gold accents added
Final painting with inked line
Framed for gift-giving (the happy couple loved it!)
I just finished this fun illustrated recipe to submit to They Draw and Cook. I can’t guarantee it will bring you love, but it sure makes a sweet treat!
I had a lot of fun with the lettering and decorative flourishes on this. Trying to get back to incorporating some tradtional mediums back into my work, this is a combination of ink, gouache and digital.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve been having so much fun with the daily art challenge I’ve been participating in—”The Month of Love”. It’s such an inspiring group of illustrators, and each day truly is a fun challenge to post something new. Some days are open to any love-themed imagery, others days have a challenge topic that everyone has to create from.
I find some days allow time to really develop an idea and a more finished piece of art, but most days are more of a conceptual exercise that allows for experimentation with sketch process. It’s been a great experience so far, and we’re only one week in! With 20 new pieces of art posted each day, be sure to check it out and visit often! monthoflove.blogspot.com
Here’s a few pieces, including the blog header, that I’ve contributed so far: