Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Rachel!


My sister is 26 today! 26! WHOA. Ever want to feel old? Watch your little sister turn 26.  ;-)

Wishing you an amazing birthday filled with Starbucks trips, Barre workout or whatever it is you do, and a new gel manicure! Love ya!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Tale of The Snail and The Rose Tree


Honestly, I'm too tired to blog about this LOL.  I have been putting 120% into the Make Art That Sells Course and loving it. However, if I told you my brain wasn't fried applesauce I'd be lying.  Can you even fry applesauce? I dunno.

Last week's assignment was to illustrate either the cover or a spread from a Hans Christina Andersen story, The Sane and the Roes Tree. The tale was grim, actually it was more than grim.  It was flat out depressing. BUTTTT, If I was illustrating it, I really would work to put a happy spin, hence my happy snail. 


The cover I submitted is below.  I actually have some changes I want to make now, but will do so after the course is over! 


Now, onto week 4! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Tristan!

Happy birthday to my favorite husband.  May 31 be your best year yet! Love you! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Back To School- Week 2!


When I saw that the second week of Make Art That Sells was going to involve "odd pods" I almost fell over as succulents are most definitely odd AND are among my favorite things in the world.  Early in 2013 I decided I was going to collage one succulent a month and then at the end of the year I'd have enough to make a garden. Yeah…well I made NONE untillllll this week! The class is formatted so that on Mondays & Tuesdays we are working on developing art that will be flushed out in the assignment given on Wednesdays.  


I let myself experiment here. The assignment was to design a plate collection (2-4 coordinating pieces) and I've never designed plates before so this was something new for me. I really enjoyed the whole round format thing that comes with plates.  I knew I didn't want it to look traditional and I knew I wanted a funkier approach that utilizes my collage technique in a slightly different way.  I worked for hours and am so happy with the results.  It helped that Tristan and I have 2 windowsills dedicated to succulents in our apartment, so reference was never far away.  


Probably the coolest thing for me so far about the course is that I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT.  I was on a phone call for about an hour during the week, and throughout the call doodled this leaf like design.  As soon as I was done with my call I plopped it on the scanner and used It as part of my collage. You can see it here, on the dessert plate that is part of my collection: 


Here is the final grouping I made in the end.  I got so into it that I had to see it on a bowl and mug as well.  The submission requirements were only one plate though, so the watering can option was posted to the classes Flickr group.


So so so so looking forward to week 3! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing all the dad's out there a fantastic Father's Day.  Too bad you're not as great as my dad! ;-)



Friday, June 14, 2013

Sister Style!


Last Saturday I took part in getting my sister to her engagement! She had to be at the Bow Bridge in Central Park on June 8th, at 5pm. To get her there, looking great and ready for a nice dinner and party after, I told her we were doing a Sister Style photoshoot for my friends Elsie & Emma's blog. IT WORKED! Anyway, here are some photos from our primping and photoshooting day together before her now fiancĂ© popped the question! 







Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Back to School!


Last week began Lilla Rogers' e-course, Make Art That Sells. The first week focused on studying mushrooms and pyrex and then turning the illustrations into bolt fabric designs. I had so much fun with it, and I hope it shows in my work. A challenge I had was limiting my colors. I am an every-color-under-the-sun kinda gal, but a recent portfolio critique suggested I limit myself more and with the number of color restrictions of fabric in mind, I took it to heart. 



Another challenge I had was not filling up an Etsy cart with zillions of vintage pyrex dishes. They're so pretty and researching them made me want to collect, but due to apartment living I refrained. ;-)

The course has been truly amazing so far. The talent in the class is unreal. Scrolling through the Flickr group or the Facebook group images literally looks like I'm at a gallery. I can't wait to see how the rest of the class unfolds.

An interesting twist for me has been that I haven't aimed my designs at children. Up until pretty much last week, I have worked 99.9% in children's markets. I dream of illustrating children's books and I work as a children's accessory designer, so this isn't really a surprise I guess. I just never thought about my illustrations on adult, lifestyle product, but the past week and a half has really opened my mind up to it. I have full intention on making a pot holder or 20 (haha) with my week 1 illustrations that would go in a grown-ups kitchen, not a play-sized one! I definitely definitely definitely plan on exploring this territory more.

On a personal note, I'm extremely proud of myself for setting the alarm clock and rising with the sun every week day since this course has begun. My husband sets the coffee timer (I love him) and I put on my bumpin' playlist and get to it without hesitation. I do work full-time and I have a side job as well, so mornings are really when I can dedicate a few uninterrupted hours to this course and I'm taking full advantage. I'm not going to lie and say I don't get tired. I do. At times, flat out exhausted. But, I plan on sticking to it and putting my hours in to achieve my best work possible. AND the best part about it is that I love it. Hey, maybe I'm destined to become a morning person?!?!?!

& those are my week one thoughts!  I am uploading all of my pieces to a Flickr Set, so feel free to follow my progress here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/icedgrandesoylatte/sets

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Sister Is Engaged!



We had a really exciting weekend around these parts. My sister and her boyfriend got engaged!  He surprise flew into NYC where she was visiting my family and proposed on a bridge in Central Park.  

It was so much fun to be in on the surprise and stand on one end of the bridge watching Adam get down on one knee and be part of the crowd cheering after!  

Congrats Rachel & Adam! I couldn't be happier for you guys! 


Monday, June 3, 2013

Illustration Friday- Sweet


Nursery Rhymes are pretty sweet! Posted for Illustration Friday.