I illustrated all of the dinosaurs for the game Jurassi Jumble. The illustrations started as watercolor paintings and then additional details and finessing were added using Photoshop. It was a nice learning experience getting to know more about some of the fascinating creatures that roamed Earth so long ago.
I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to make my map. It took forever but I like the outcome. (NOTE: I created everything myself except for the little inset illustrations in the water. I got those from very old maps.)
I can't help but think of the last few lines from the movie Joe vs. the Volcano when I look at this map:
- "I wonder where we'll end up?"
- "Away from the things of man, my love. Away from the things of man."
We, my co-workers and I at Design of Today, worked on creating a style guide for Warner Brothers based on the tv show The Big Bang Theory. Boy, am I a fan. What a great show and fun project. Today, I found one of my designs for sale on a t-shirt! I always get so excited when this happens. Here's a link if you'd like one of these gems for your very own.
I haven't put something up for a long time. Here's the honest truth. I can't show anything recent because my favorite recent creations have been for clients at work. When it's possible, I will share. Until then, enjoy this eyeball I made yesterday. It was for a project too but in the end, it wasn't needed. I like it.
At Design of Today, where I work as an illustrator and graphic designer, we did a project for Twentieth Century Fox for the movie Ice Age 3. I created a very simple "baby" version of all the main characters. It was so incredibly fun. These little guys are definitely some of my very favorite creations.
For the past 7-8 months I have been creating illustrations at work (Design of Today) for a company called Nutritionally For You owned and created by a wonderful woman named Chris Sare. It has been such a fun project. Chris emailed me over the weekend to let me know that the site is now live. I am so excited. Seeing my illustrations come to life is just so so fantastic. Please CLICK THIS to explore the site. I am including screen shots of a few pages, be sure to go see the rest.
In January and February 2011, I was in Fort Worth, Texas with my husband. He was there for work. I did some work from the hotel and when I wasn't doing that, I explored Fort worth by foot. One day I found the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and discovered a new favorite painter, Anselm Kiefer. I sat in front of the attached painting, titled "Die Aschenblume," for a good half an hour. It was was more than a feast for the eyes, it just oozed deeper and deeper into my mind, exciting the far reaches of my brain. I've looked several times online for a copy of this painting, just to see it again, and finally found this one today. It doesn't do the real painting justice in anyway at all (it's 149 5/8 x 299 1/4 inches for starters) but all the same, it has me excited all over again. I just found out that we will get to go back to Fort Worth later this year. I can't wait to revisit this extraordinary painting.
CLICK THIS and THIS to read more about this very talented painter.
My husband has a friend who opened a snack size bag of Cheetos recently only to find a large toe nail piece in with the orange puffs. GROSS! Understandingly enough, he threw up and hasn't been able to eat Cheetos since, me either! Since today has been quite discouraging so far, I decided to make this mock Cheetos bag. Hopefully it will make my hubby and his buddy laugh.
This is a pattern that I just finished for a well known shoe company. They also have a great line of clothing. It wasn't chosen, but I really like it, I think it's fun to look at because there is more happening than first meets the eye. I took the name of the company out because this is an ongoing project. However, since this one is out, I don't think there is any harm in showing it.
Also, this seahorse was submitted as an idea for a t-shirt design several years ago. I just found it cleaning out some folders on my desktop and really think it's fun, so here it is as well.
I designed a blog header for Dark City Underground. DCU is a fantastic blog that features book reviews, movie trailers and reviews, and much more. It is very eclectic, well written and fun. I wanted to create an image that showed what a variety of posts DCU showcases, hence, the cowboy, scary dude, and PI. I also wanted it to be somewhat stark and have a lot of white as the background at DCU is white. I used the font courier, a font I don't normally use, and it worked well in this case. I love how it looks like an old typewriter. Perfect for a blog primarily about books. I love how this turned out. CLICK THIS to see the header image in action and explore DCU.
Would you like me to design a header for your blog or website? Email me for details.
I love making these. Designing anything really, is a blast. It's such a rush when things go well. I know, I'm a geek, I've never said otherwise. Once again, pertinent info has been blurred. The bride in this case wanted something fairly different from the invite I put up here a week or so ago, very different feel and colors. I love how it turned out.
Want me to design yours? I'd LOVE to. Email me for info.
I have been reading something so exciting and hopeful for all artists and creative people that I have to share.
There is a marvelous book called "The History of Psychiatry" written by Franz G. Alexander, M.D. and Sheldon T. Selesnick, M.D. in 1966 floating out there in the world. I found my copy in the dollar room of a local book shop called Sam Weller's Bookshop. I am fascinated by the human body and right now, the brain; so, I was excited to see what this book had to say about the people who have tried to understand it.
Last night I read a section about psychologist Otto Rank. In his treatise on artists, Der Kunstler, published in 1907, he says, "...the artist is able to restore by a peculiar roundabout way the originally pleasurable relationship to the outer world that mankind lost in attaining civilization." How completely wonderful.
For those of you out there who are like me, an artist, or a writer, a creative person, someone who loves any of these things and feels like humanity is in a downward spire, that the world is so crowded that it is nearly lost among a myriad of shopping malls, that too many human beings are mean and selfish, this is an extremely hopeful thought. It is a realization of what is happening around us and in understanding, there is hope.
In creating a world that is fast paced, full of traffic, gadgets that keep us from hearing silence and thinking, cubicles and the lot, we have a world that has forgotten or is too busy to stand still and look up at the sky, to think for even a minute about anything, to enjoy silence, to be creative, to do anything that allows us to remember that we are just creatures, just little creatures in a vast universe. We need to breathe and slow down and enjoy being alive.
And ARTISTS, we are part of what matters, part of what helps all of us remember what a great universe we as a species are a part of. Artists are worthwhile, we are KEY in taking this world in a direction that matters.
Art is not something to leave by the wayside, it is not a silly hobby, it is a symbol of being connected to the world, Earth's essence, all that matters. Forget the mindless, quiet desperation that comes with being alive in a crowed fast paced world filed with cubicles and worry and go for a walk, smell a tree, paint a picture or read a book. Go do it now. We'll all be better off for it.
To read more about Rank CLICK THIS. Below is a bit of the treat you will be in for.
How our struggle for independence goes determines the type of person we become. Rank describes three basic types:
First, there is the adapted type. These people learn to "will" what they have been forced to do. They obey authority, their society's moral code, and, as best as they can, their sexual impulses. This is a passive, duty-bound creature that Rank suggests is, in fact, the average person.
Second, there is the neurotic type. These people have a much stronger will than the average person, but it is totally engaged in the fight against external and internal domination. They even fight the expression of their own will, so there is no will left over to actually do anything with the freedom won. Instead, they worry and feel guilty about being so "willful." They are, however, at a higher level of moral development than the adapted type.
Third, there is the productive type, which Rank also refers to as the artist, the genius, the creative type, the self-conscious type, and, simply, the human being. Instead of fighting themselves, these people accept and affirm themselves, and create an ideal, which functions as a positive focus for will. The artist creates himself or herself, and then goes on to create a new world as well.
--Copyright 1998, C. George Boeree
Something new and different, I designed a wedding announcement. It was really fun. The couple told me they like gerber daisies, simple design and fall colors. I wanted (yes, I did add my input) it to have a classic feel and look sophisticated. Zowie what an awesome challenge. This is what I came up with. They loved it, me too. Ahhh YES! That's they way I like projects to go! (Pertinent info has been blurred and dulled to protect the innocent.)
Recently I created a series of illustrations for a company called Professional Therapies. They have designed an arm brace for children called The Bamboo Brace, to read more about it CLICK THIS. The illustrations I created will come with the brace and help an adult fit a child with the brace. They were really fun to draw. I love the baby's chubby little arm.
Most artists will remember the first things they sketched. For quite a few of us, eyeballs were one of the first things we drew. The magic of sketching something and making it look 3-D was too exciting to pass up. I thought I'd give it a go recently just to remember those good times. It was FUN drawing this!
Have you ever wanted more time, more money, to remember a cool dream and re-dream in the next night, have a bowl of ice cream magically in front of you, wished that your favorite foods were fat free, that there wasn't any pollution in the world, that people were kinder, that you didn't have to work, have you ever wanted to fly or be invisible, how about time travel, ever wished for that?
WELL, this machine I have created is for you. It makes dreams come true.
This is how it works. First, you must load your dream into the machine. There are two ways to do this. You can either push the "record" button and speak into the built in microphone or aim the nozzle tip at your dream item and hit the "scan" button. THEN, when you see your wish on screen, simply hit "GO." Instantly, there it is, your wish granted.
Voila. Dream Maker 3000.
Recently I was asked to create a logo for a photographer named Noelle Reynolds. The tricky part was that she wanted her logo to be clean, as she shoots quite a few bridal pictures, yet have a grunge/messy feel. I was instantly intrigued. How exciting to come up with a logo that would combine two such opposing ideas. This is what I came up with. The cool thing is that it works alone or on a colored background.
These little guys (a black and white version anyway) were created as an idea for a financial company who wanted some funny character art to teach people about money, wills, and other various financial issues. They weren't used in the end, but I really liked them so I added some color just for kicks. I love the space background of my last post drawing so I borrowed the idea for this one.