Thursday, August 30, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Menu Design

Here's a menu design I did that will be printed out large scale around 18x36"

Hand Lettering

I keep seeing all these posts on Pinterest of hand lettering and how it's starting to be a lost art form. I've been admiring the old school posters created this way and repinning and I finally decided to give it a try myself. So here first attempts at hand lettering. I'll also post some sketches I did last night of my other attempts. There's still much to be desired but I'm happy with my first try so far.  I took a photo of the sketch, emailed it to myself and used the wacom tablet brush set in Illustrator.

This one I started to use the wacom tablet in photoshop - it was a bit awkward to me since I'm used to the brush behavior in Illustrator. I spent maybe 2 minutes tracing over the sketch and decided I'll go back to doing it in Illustrator for now...that way I can always scale it up later if I want. Below is a picture of the sketch and the quick trace I did in ps. I would like to go back to ps at some point because it did seem like it had a lot more options depending on how you tilted the brush.

Here's a few more quick sketches I hope to go back over

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Leopold Designs - silk scarves

Leopold Designs are hand-dyed silk scarves made by the very lovely and talented Kim Kirchstein. Her designs are unique, colorful and fun to wear. She draws much inspiration from her surroundings and nature. She recently participated in Raleigh Redress with her first original clothing line. Leopold Designs has been getting a lot of buzz lately as you can see why. If you'd like to buy a beautiful, one of a kind silk scarf by Kim, here's where you can find them. Please check her out and support a local artist! 

Featured below two of Kim's scarves and a pic of me wearing my favorite one that I purchased from her not too long ago.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

sculpey owl

...and here's an owl I made for one of the neighbor kids for her birthday last year since she was big into owls. Looking at it now I wish I would have spent more time on it and smoothed out the branch better and added lines to simulate bark. I need to practice my script too but trying to write with a thick gold marker on a small ornament was not easy. I could go on picking it apart as I do with all my work but it was a fun project to work on. 

Sculpey penguin

Sculpey penguin Christmas ornament I made for a friend last year

tri-fold brochure work in progress

Tri-fold brochure I'm working on

Brochure Inside, Brochure outside and the last is one of the original ideas
for the inside that I scrapped. Not satisfied with how the front/back/sleeve is looking so there's still work to be done on that and possibly some swapping out of photos.

First hand-coded site

This is a my very first hand-coded website that I did while in school last year. It's been a while since I looked at it so I'm sure there's things that could be done better - especially for cross-browser compatibility. The assignment was to make up a site and incorporate what we were learning at the time.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Children's books

I am a huge fan of Peter Brown- author and children's book illustrator. Peter illustrated a new book coming out later this month called Creepy Carrots! written by Aaron Reynolds. If you haven't heard about it, here is a video called the creepy carrots zone. It was really cool to see Peter's illustration process. I can't wait to get my copy of the book! You should also check out Peter's books, "Children Make Terrible Pets" and "You Will Be My Friend!"- two of my favorites.

Another book my family really likes is called Big Plans by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith. We laughed the entire time we were reading this book - I highly recommend checking it out :)

Sample Blog

Random Stuff is sample blog design I made using css and html, all hand coded in EditPlus.

Here are a couple screenshots of the random stuff sample blog design. In the past I've always really focused on the design aspect and making sure all the artwork is perfect. For this project I tried to focus on the text and layout to keep the site clean and simple.