A Christmas Tree inspired by vintage buttons.
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(This image is available as a print or on other merchandise in my Society6 shop.)
Mid century modern design makes me happy. Its exuberant and bouncy. I love the flatness of the lines and shapes. I go back to Mid century modern whenever I need inspiration.
Corelle were the everyday dishes of my childhood. We used Old Town Blue. My mom might have used her Betty Crocker coupons to purchase some of place settings. I even had a matching set of doll dishes complete with a percolator coffee pot (for looks, not percolating).
(all the above images are available in my Society6 shop as prints, mugs or pillows)
I closed the shape in and gave myself some minimalist rules as an exercise.
One abstract leads to another.
Sometimes its a relief to minimize my choices and work strictly with color and shape. I can easily see these images becoming oversized paintings.
My sketchbooks have been filled with flowers, lately. I’ve been exploring folk art designs and vintage fabric patterns. My challenge this week was to incorporate pink- a color I don’t normally think about using and focus on a limited palette. I found myself enhancing the pink and making it deeper as time went on. It ended up on a raspberry note, but cheerful and happy, just the same.
Hello, October. Where’d you come from? My last post was dated July. JULY!
Creatively, I let summer take whatever course it wanted. And my work definitely meandered. I’d show you, but….I can’t. My hard drive failed. And my external backup failed. All my digital files are gone. All my writing. PFFT. Just like that. Gone.
Lesson: it is not IF your devices fail, it is WHEN. Back up your work. Protect your backup. Treat it like something precious. Because it is.
And how am I taking it? I’ve been oddly calm. I’m rather enjoying it, to be honest. It’s a bit like spring cleaning….in a ruthless-pare-it-all-down-to-nothing-kind-of-way. Starting over means a clean and tidy computer. Though, I wouldn’t recommend ever loosing all your files, if you can help it, the process has been good. Very good.
I’ve begun to rebuild my portfolio. The best part of starting from nothing, is starting with nothing. Really. I can’t look back at previous steps, so I have to move forward. Thankfully, I still have all my drawings, but I’m not seeing the value in re-creating anything as exact copies. Everything is new.
Some of my new work has been influenced by topsy turvy dolls. I had one as a child. One side was Red Riding Hood. Flip her skirt and she became the Big Bad Wolf in Grandma’s nightie. Flip the nightcap and he became Grandma. Like topsy turvy dolls, my images are completely invertible. Its interesting to see how the expressions change a bit, depending on how you look at them.
This one was directly influenced stuffed animals my grandmother made when I was little. They were always at here house, to play with there. The dog was made of bright 1970′s orange calico and cat was bright green calico. Both with embroidered features. I’m not sure if she intended it, but thinking back, they reminded my of the poem “The Duel” by Eugene Field about the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat.
A dad-bot to answer this week’s challenge at Illustration Friday.
Last week I indulged my inner nerd and read Kandinsky’s manifest “On the Spiritual in Art.” This lead to investigating the movements of the Russian Avant-Garde. I found myself rather amused by the seriousness of the movement manifestos.
I rolled my eyes at first, but then realized back when I was a student, I was feeling some of what Kandinsky was writing. The abstract painting of my college days was searching for some of the same truths Kandinsky was attempting to teach. I sought to eliminate evidence of object or anything identifiable. At the time, painting was so much more than completing an assignment. I craved the studio experience. I think I was too young to fully appreciate what I was experiencing. And while I knew who Kandinsky was, it wasn’t until last week that I understood him as an art theorist. It was a happy and profound moment to make the connections.
I’ve been looking at folk art lately which has led to examining color and simpler shapes. While I often use limited palettes for color choices, I gave myself the challenge of using just the colors, no tints or varied values. This forced me to pay attention to the color interactions. The results are cheery, clean and crisp.
(These are available in my Society6 shop as prints as well as on various merchandise. “Love is in the Air” happens to make a rather nice tshirt.)
I ordered new promo postcards today. I’ve been reading and researching about how important a postcard campaign really is for illustrators. Very important according to the discussions I’ve witnessed on Twitter. And so, I’m sending my waifs out into the world.
There are so many online printing resources available. I’ve discovered that I really like Office Depot. I experimented with several printers locally, and Office Depot came back the truest and the most consistent in color. I can’t quite afford Moo or 4×6.com, though the 4×6.com sample pack offered some great weights and textures.
I created promo cards not too long ago featuring my Mischevious Piggy. Unfortunately, I began researching design in earnest AFTER I sent them to print.They didn’t feel as professional as I would have liked. I’m holding on to them as back up promo material, but not as a mailing campaign.
Monday was a particuarly good day. My husband took the day off and we hung out together for most of it. In the morning, we spent some time at a local-run coffee shop and these cheery daisies took shape in my sketch book. I think their sunny yellow color sums up the happiness of the day
(all of the above are available here at Society6)
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