I’ve been working on this on-and-off for about a month. Digging in when I really felt like working on a more complicated piece. This year I’d like to try and focus on some illustrations that feel “bigger” and like they tell a story.
I love the bright colors and crazy shadows bouncing around in a good arcade scene. I let loose a bit, experimenting with brushes and colors. It’s another resolution of mine to keep pushing past my instinct to use lazy, literal colors.
I’ve been blowing off the dust on the tumblr I use for my illustration work this week, too. You can follow along here!
I used some of these fashion editorials as reference and inspiration. Aren’t they fantastic? I just want to capture more of these moody, neon feelings. So rad.
Green With Indie is one of my favorite local craft shows! It has an eco-friendly focus and always features a great group of vendors, plus it’s located in Webster Groves which attracts a wonderful crowd of shoppers. Webster residents love any arts and culture event and they really show up, which is awesome! :) The weather was lovely and I had my most successful GWI yet!
Over the winter, I was kind of hoping to hide away in a creative cocoon and emerge at GWI (my first show of the year) as a fabulous crafty butterfly with tons of new items and a beautiful new display. While I wish I would’ve gotten more sewing and jewelry making done, I did debut my paintings and several new prints–including that fancy gold foil one! So shiny! Haha. I also got my pegboard display figured out and looove the way it turned out! I’m definitely feeling more inspired by the way my booth looks.
This year I’d love to narrow my focus a bit and concentrate on products that represent my best. I know I spread myself a bit thin now by doing too many different things at once, but hey, this is my creative outlet where I encourage myself to try new things and see what sticks.
Unfortunately, that means I spend money on lots of different supplies for different things. I don’t just buy illustration supplies, but jewelry making tools, and sewing supplies. I don’t sell tons of any one thing, so my profits don’t do much more than break even because I can’t buy huge quantities of supplies. I’d love to get more serious about the business side of things in 2015. I finally caved and bought a bookkeeping service and it’s already motivating me to focus on the decisions I’m making in more practical way.
I’m going to try and take photos this week to do a big remodel of my Etsy shop, so look for new prints and jewelry soon! I’d also like to set up a new, independent e-commerce site this Spring. I’m definitely on the “Etsy is a giant bummer now” train and I’d like to start distancing myself from them.
My latest portrait commission is for Lauren Dee of Daisycakes Creative! Lauren provides lots of services for her clients including writing, editing, and proofreading. She wanted a portrait that reflected her business and its name.
Lauren was one of those clients who had a pretty clear vision for what she wanted. She loves yellow and blue, chevron patterns, and wanted to make sure to reference her love of books. She also wanted some kind of daisy border or frame. The composition pretty easily built itself!
She really responded to the second sketch with the circle of flowers and suggested a chevron pattern for her shirt. I wanted to make sure the book was a title that reflected her taste and personality–Pride and Prejudice it is! A girl after my own heart. :) I had to play off of Jessica Hische’s cover design because really. So gorgeous.
I’m not necessarily a creature of habit. I enjoy multitasking and dabbling in many different jobs and tasks at once. It keeps me on my toes and engaged. Apparently I’ve been working at my computer too much lately because a switch flipped in me, just needing to get messy with my paints and hands.
I’ve been having fun making some really self-indulgent things and messing with layers and textures. Some of these are still in progress. I hope to have a nice little gallery of original work for sale at Green With Indie next Saturday (YIKES!)
I mostly use acrylics on canvas because I always have them handy. I like the flexibility of acrylic. I can use thick layers of paint and smear and blur or I can use thinner coats and let them dry quickly so I can go color crazy without getting muddy. It’s a great paint when I’m craving some instant gratification and just want to churn out a finished product.
Lauren was one of the first bloggers I really fell in love with and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times. We bond over our mutual love of good food, good drinks, cats, and handmade stuff. She’s fantastic.
I was so excited when she asked me to draw a portrait of her and her lovely boyfriend, Jeremy (plus her perfect kitties) for Valentine’s Day!
I wanted to have fun with lots of bright colors and incorporate little details personal to them. Lauren makes amazing pom-pom headbands, so I had to include one of those! The banner has a latin phrase that’s meaningful to the two of them and her yarn brooch was another requested personal touch. I’m really happy with the final product and think I managed to capture them well–the best test for a portrait!
Aubrey contacted me way back about getting an illustrated portrait to use as her Christmas card. I adore Aubrey and was happy to draw her adorable little clan. :)
Aubrey was interested in some minimal Christmas embellishments that could easily be switched up a bit in an alternate, non-holiday version for her to hang in her home. I thought that garlands could easily be changed to different florals or even replaced with a banner, etc.
She really loved the first sketch and suggested we throw some hops in the garland to reference their love of beer–I LOVED that! Such a clever detail that makes it so much more personal to them!
I feel even more honored to have gotten make this for Aubrey and Dan now because they just got engaged! This card will now announce their engagement in addition to wishing their friends and family a happy new year. That’s pretty awesome. :)
Happy holidays, everyone! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you at least get to enjoy a relaxing day off. Thank you for reading! xo
A few months ago, Zie asked if I’d be interested in contributing an illustration to her senior thesis project, Clever Darling Magazine. I loved her idea of creating a publication for millennial women, by millennial women with a positive, hard working focus and I love the challenge of editorial illustration, so I said yes. :)
I ended up doing a few spot illustrations for a Girl Power Playlist. I wanted to focus on simple, energetic shapes and use colors that are bright and happy, but not over-the-top feminine. I wanted kind of a rock-n-roll edge, so I experimented with additional textures to rough it up a bit. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!
The first issue of Clever Darling turned out so so lovely and I’m really happy to be a part of it! Zie hopes to release more issues in the future, so if you’re a writer or artist, keep your eye out for contribution opportunities. xo
I was so happy when my friend Amanda (who blogs at Little Lady Little City), contacted me about making a family portrait for her home. Amanda and Will are a damn fine looking couple with adorable cats, so they were super fun to draw! :)
Amanda was pretty straight forward with what she wanted. Her only design request was that I try to incorporate the stone wall feature from their new home. It ended up making a really fun background texture that was a blast to work on.
I’m sure the whole girl gang thing is quickly approaching “played out” status, but I still can’t seem to get enough. I love the idea of rowdy broads proudly banding together to have fun, cause mischief, and not give 2 fucks what any dude thinks. That’s what it means most to me.
This drawing I made a couple years ago continues to be popular and I wanted to make a kind of valentine card version of it. :)
You can buy one on Etsy here! xo