To Hold It In Your Hands

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I created the image above for a somewhat ambiguous design brief that asked me to create a pattern around the ideas of paper and folding.

When I think of paper, I think of…something I can hold in my hands. It’s tangible. It has texture. Weight. You can breath it in. You can decorate it–add your own thoughts and expressions (however that may take shape for you). You can experience the thoughts and expressions of others.

We live in a digital age where so much is here and gone in an instant. It’s probably the artist in me, but I believe I will always prefer the tactile (more enduring) experience of paper.

Rolling On…

Red Truck Johnny Bregar

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Girl Hanging from Tree

A couple weeks ago, I posted about an exciting project I was commissioned to do, creating 6 illustrations for family musician Johnny Bregar. Johnny will be using these images on his revamped website. His site isn’t quite finished yet, but the illustrations are. Hope you like them!

And next week, Lilla’s Global Talent Search kicks off on August 5th. Yikes! I am really excited–and super nervous.

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search

As the month of July draws to a close, I will be writing a check to the Art Students League of Denver. Thank you to all who bought something from my shop this month!

Rolling into the month of August, I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts. Projects encourage youth to develop their imaginations and character, and to step up as future leaders.”

Check ’em out.

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Cuckoo!

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Squeezing in 15 minutes here and there, having a creative outlet (no matter how small) is keeping me sane and at least semi-balanced as we adapt to being a family of four. In my stolen moments, this is what I have been working on. Created as part of Lilla Roger’s Assignment Bootcamp (which is keeping me in the game for now), the assignment was to create a cell phone case for the gift market with a cuckoo clock theme.

Here are some of my initial sketches.

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Then from pencil sketch to digital design, color, and layout.

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To the final image.

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Now back to loving on that beautiful new baby of ours.

 

It Makes my Soul Sparkle

Recently, I was featured in Work Life 3: the Uppercase directory of illustration. When the call for submissions came, I figured that, other than some potential ego bruising, I had nothing to lose.

And, what if….they said yes?

I almost fell out of my chair the day I got the email from Janine Vangool (creator/designer/editor/creative powerhouse) of Uppercase magazine, accepting my submission.

My feet didn’t touch the ground for days.

Based on their work and an interview for the publication, each selected artist received a different assignment for their featured illustration. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Take your comment, “illustration is my never-ending playground” as the starting point for your illustration. Show yourself keeping busy and having fun in the creative environment.”   – assigned to Cecilie  Ellefsen

“Using images and handlettering, illuminate your statement: “I’m still explaining what I do for a living.”   -assigned to Katy Dockrill

” Envision your own folklore or fairy tale and make a self-portrait in which elements of you (ie your hair, limbs, clothes, and/or body) depict the story.”   -assigned to Katie Skau

And my assignment, based on my answer to the question How and why did you become an illustrator or an artist?:

“Draw a portrait illustrating this: “I get this buzz…an electric current of excitement that lights me up from head to toe. I am an illustrator because it makes my soul sparkle.”

I knew I wanted to show my character in the air, with pure joy exploding from her head. So I started with some rough pencil sketches.

Work Life 3: Pencil Sketches

From here, I moved onto the computer and created several digital sketches. I often work in grayscale while I am figuring out the composition of an illustration because I get too sidetracked by the power of color.

Work Life 3: Grayscale Sketch

This is still very rough, but my “character” is beginning to take shape. I wanted to convey enthusiasm, joy, and the process of ideas incubating and hatching.

Drawing in my sketchpad or sitting in front of my laptop, I am usually working alone. This can be incredibly isolating. For this piece especially, I needed some feedback so I showed my sketches to a few trusted souls, including Janine. We decided that I needed to flesh the idea out a bit more, add more of “me” and my process as an illustrator.

As a side note, while creating this piece I found out I was pregnant with my second child. This was incredibly exciting but, as those of you familiar with the first trimester of pregnancy know, this is also when you are most likely to be sick. I will spare you the gory details, but for 3-4 months after I finished this illustration, it made me feel sick to even look at it because I felt so terrible while putting it together. Now in the third trimester my nausea has, for the most part, abated. And I can reflect on this project without feeling like I am going to lose my lunch.

I digress…

Incorporating the aforementioned art direction, I turned the eggs into light bulbs, and added my laptop, a sketchpad, and my collection of paintbrushes, pens and pencils. I also started to play with color–which is often my favorite step.

Work Life Sketch: Color

I came up with two different color palettes. Looking at them now, I am still torn between which one I like better, though I chose the option on the left.

The final step was to take the whole thing into Photoshop to add texture and shading.

Work Life 3: Angelovic Final Illustration

True to the design aesthetic we have all come to expect from Uppercase, this publication is clearly a labor of love. The level of talent is both impressive and inspiring– and I am truly humbled to have been included.

Order your copy today!

A Global Talent Search

Global Talent Search Entry

Part of taking Lilla Roger’s class was automatic enrollment in a Global Talent Search. The winner will score a slew of licensing deals (a home decor line, a fabric line, a scrapbooking license to name a few), PLUS two years of representation by Lilla Rogers Studio.

Global Talent Search

Wow.

It would be unbelievable to win.

There are three rounds to the competition. The first assignment was to create a 5″x7″ journal cover with a vintage playground theme that  somehow included the word “Journal”.

The image above is what I came up with.

Entries were due this week, and 50 semi-finalists will be chosen by Lilla Rogers and her team by August 1. At that point, the talented 50 move forward in the competition with another assignment. Their work will be posted in an online gallery and presented to an esteemed panel of judges from companies such as Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, Paperchase, Real Simple Magazine, Demdaco, Oopsy Daisy, and more. From there, the list will be whittled down to six finalists who will advance with another assignment. Lilla herself will choose the final winner.

It’s a long shot.

I have seen some of the entries–the level of talent involved is amazing. Humbling. And that’s just from my fellow classmates. The competition was open to the public–there are probably thousands who entered.

I do know this though:

I definitely won’t win if I don’t put myself out there and try.

So stay tuned. I would be absolutely over the moon just to make the top 50 and get my name and my work in front of that impressive list of judges.

In other news, I’m hard at work at a new line for Oopsy Daisy. And…I am having a gallery show in downtown Denver this fall. Yahoo!! Details to come.