Hi guys! Long time no see! December is a crazy month for all of us, so I’ve had to re-prioritize a bit and focus on work a lot lately. I probably won’t get back in the swing of regular updates until January, but I’ll always post when I have something I want to blog about! :)
Happily, this means I’m going to have a lot of illustration work to share with you guys!
Maren contacted me about making a portrait for her quirky little family to use on her upcoming wedding materials. She wanted something similar to the one I made for Kate and I was excited to make one for her!
Maren gave tons of photo and personality reference and knew exactly what she wanted, so the sketch process was super easy! We just tweaked some colors and were ready for the final!
The more I do illustration work for clients, the more I’m learning to value and invest a lot of time into the sketching process. It can feel frustrating sometimes to work so long and hard on sketches and worry that it doesn’t show because it’s so loose looking, but the more developed a sketch is, the faster and more confidently I can work on the final piece. I struggle with finding the perfect color combinations and do a lot of reference and editing on my finals, but having that sketch to experiment with and nail down my colors and value scale really helps!
I learned a lot about fine-tuning my process and being more confident with my sketches from Kali Ciesemier. I was lucky enough to see her presentations in person, but she gives tons of awesome, valuable, interesting tips on her blog.
You guys, I promise The Big Book of Cats isn’t dead. I’m just taking a little break to get my schedule back in order and get back on track. There will be a proper update next week!
In the mean time, I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I’ve added some new listings to the Etsy shop! New prints, hand-painted brooches, and rings are available, so check ‘em out!
I’m so excited to announce the official release of the Kitschy Digitals Holiday Gift Guide and the cover illustration I made for it!
I adore Kitschy Digitals and am a huge fan of creator, Danielle Thompson, and her amazing blog. She’s so talented and I really respect and admire her work and overall aesthetic. She created Kitschy Digitals to make a one-stop online shopping experience for all things creative and digital. She saw a demand for quality digital designs and printables and decided to make a marketplace where designers from a variety of backgrounds could come together and sell their digital wares.
She approached me a few weeks ago about illustrating the cover for the gift guide and I was really thrilled! I’ve been hoping to work with Danielle for ages and think our tastes and styles suit each other so well! When I heard the deadline, I wanted to cry a little because I knew how busy I would be during Strange Folk, but I had to make it work! With a job this fun, a tight deadline is totally worth it!
You can download a PDF of the Gift Guide here or view it online on Issuu here! For more info, read Danielle’s blog post!
Since life is nuts this week and I’m running around like a headless, priority-less something-or-other, in lieu of a Big Book of Cats post today, I thought I’d share one of the new prints I’ll be debuting at Strange Folk this weekend! Man, you guys are gonna be so glad when that’s over, aren’t you? I can’t help but talk about it every 5 minutes. I really can’t.
“Dang, girl! You look fine as hell!” That’s the message I’d like everyone who sees this print to get loud and clear every time they look at it. Hang this sassy little magic mirror next to your actual mirror to remind yourself on the daily that you are fantastic.
You’ll be able to buy this print and other shiny new goodies in my Etsy shop next week! I’ll post about it when it’s official. :) xo
This is a recent commission I had the pleasure of working on for a sweet former coworker. She wanted a fun, illustrated postcard to send out as a Save The Date for her wedding. They wanted something stylish, simple, in their wedding colors, and loved to see their dogs incorporated somehow, since they’re both big pet enthusiasts. :) Anne and Kelly are a super cute couple and I had a lot of fun on this one!
Dress: Vintage via Parsimonia | Brooch: Vintage | Belt: Thrifted | Flats: Target
This is my second favorite vintage dress. My #1 favorite is this one! Both are from Beth’s amazing vintage shop, Parsimonia. I’ve been a fan of her super cute mobile boutique for ages and I’m so so happy for her because she just opened up her first brick and mortar shop!
I was flattered and excited when she asked if I would draw a little something for the “coming soon” page on her shop web site. There it is! In all its vintage glory! :) I popped in for the very first day open yesterday and it’s just beautiful inside. If you’re an STL local, you need to check it out ASAP!
Hehe, these cuties have been hanging out in my sketchbook for ages. I finally had a spare moment with enough energy to bring them to life. They’re obviously a bit inspired by the Bailey School Kids book series titles. I’d like to do a little series of them. We’ll see. :) xo
I’ve been really lucky lately to have a steady stream of portrait commissions to work on. Kate contacted me about getting a family portrait of she and her husband with their super cute cats for their wedding anniversary. Kate is such a rad babe with a spunky personality and I had so much fun drawing her lovely little clan!
Here are the two sketches Kate ended up choosing from. I really wanted to show the personalities of each cat and play with a traditional family-type composition. She liked the right one best and wanted to see a cute pattern behind them rather than a solid color.
Here’s what we ended up with! They win cutest family award for sure. :)
I had the pleasure of meeting Devon at Parsimonia’s Spring Fling in May. She’s one half of the wonderful local Indie Folk/Blues band, Letter to Memphis, and luckily for me, she contacted me about doing some artwork for the band! I was really thrilled to work on such a fun project and hope to collaborate with them again in the future. :)
I was sort of expecting to draw two portraits for Devon–one for her and one for her bandmate, Gene. When she clarified that she wanted one piece and sent me a super helpful folder of inspiration images, I was like “Wait a minute! This isn’t just a portrait commission! THIS IS LIKE A GIG POSTER” Haha, I don’t know why that was so exciting to me, but it really was! I’m sure many designers and illustrators start out doing gig posters for fun, practice, or to help out friends, but I’m not a cool enough kid. At the age I could’ve been doing those, I was too busy drawing Harry Potter fan art. OOPS.
Here’s two of the preliminary sketches I sent. Devon liked the second option best and thought it suited the band more. At this point I was like “poster?!” and she told me they were hoping to use the artwork mainly for their business cards. I still worked on the piece at 11×17″, just in case. ;)
And here’s the final! I’m pretty happy with it, especially the hand-drawn text. It was so fun to work on–and sooo much easier to do with the Surface than my other tablet. Working on the Surface really makes me want to draw comics because inking and drawing type is so much fun on it.
Speaking of Letter to Memphis, they’ll be playing tonight at the Thirsty Thursday Pop-Up Craft Market at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co! I’m so so excited to go shop all the best handmade goodies STL has to offer AND drink beer! And eat brats! And pretzels! And ice cream! 8)
Hi guys! I promise I’ll have more content to offer than just sharing my work soon. :| This week is press week at work, which is always nuts, but this month is our Readers’ Choice double issue and we’re scrambling to pick up some slack from some unavoidable changes, so I’m running around extra frazzled. I just need to learn how to handle myself being busy all the time. It seems to be my new normal for sure.
And yes, cat girl Wednesday is definitely back on schedule tomorrow! I planned to just share one a little late last week, but c’est la vie.
This weekend I finished up another portrait for a lovely lady named Jennifer! She’s a talented photographer and wanted a portrait to use on her website. Her first requests were to incorporate her occupation, the impression that she’s a bit of a hippy, and maybe a mason jar.
We both agreed that the mason jar was feeling a bit forced, so we changed that, but mostly went with the first sketch! I was really drawn to using a golden, warm color palate with limited uses of blue so her eyes would really pop!
Jennifer’s portrait wound up being one of my favorites ever! I’m so happy doing work for small biz ladies.
I’ve had some inquires in my comment sections about portrait pricing recently–the reason I haven’t replied to those yet is that I’m working on an info sheet that also details the whole process. I hope to have that ready ASAP, but if you’re interested in working with me for anything–family portraits, blogger headers, custom blog graphics, logos, whatever–feel free to shoot me an email at creaturetype(@)gmail.com and we’ll figure something out!