September 28, 2013
I have made this BBQ Black Bean Pizza the last three days in a row and I'm still not tired of it! I found the recipe on one of my go to food blogs called Budget Bytes. The recipe is so simple it literally takes 10 minutes (besides preheating the oven) and is so satisfying. Just make sure to poke some holes in the tortillas before you bake them or they will puff up. This is delicious.
September 27, 2013
I've been back at school for a month now (but it feels like a lot longer) and one of my first assignments was to interview my design hero. Sasha Prood's work came to mind. I first stumbled across her work on Behance and was immediately entranced. If you are not familiar with her work I highly recommend you check out her website. Her precision to detail and her typography with watercolor is absolutely stunning. I was so excited when she responded to my questions and am so excited to share them with you below! The second part of the assignment was to create a poster in the style of our hero for the presentation we will be giving to our class. This poster truly made me appreciate her abilities, because trying to control watercolor is not easy.
Interview with Sasha Prood:
1. In this digital era, how much time do you spend working off the computer vs. on the computer? Do you like to keep a balance? Which do you prefer and why?
I tend to work on and off the computer about 50/50—this balance works well for me. I like the combination of making things by hand and then using the computer to refining and arrange them. I don't prefer one medium over the other—for me, it is fun to mix them all up and work in a variety of different ways throughout each week.
My work is very personal to me, so I suspect that different aspects of my personality show through in each unique piece.
I like watercolor because it is applied to paper, you can create amazing colors and you can only control it so much. I love that unpredictable, organic aspect of painting with watercolor. Unlike many other mediums, watercolor, graphite and ink can be used in a 'messy' way or a clean way—I have always seen these mediums as having a good balance.
My initial passion for letterforms stems from my time at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design learning typography. My transition into illustration was through hand lettering and overtime has evolved to include non-type illustrations and patterns as well.
I promote my art in a variety of different ways including having a personal portfolio website, a Behance portfolio website and being a part of my representation's portfolio websites. I participate in interviews and features with books, magazines and blogs. Additionally, both my representation and I sends out promotional material.
My career path developed organically. I started off as a print designer doing marketing materials in-house for fashion retail brands. While doing this work I got back into drawing and painting, which is something that I have done all my life. These drawings and paintings began to work their way into my designs and eventually I transitioned to full-time freelance as an illustrator.
My advice to new graduates is to find your unique visual voice and apply it to everything that you do.
September 05, 2013
The 2014 Olympics are coming up and they are taking place in Sochi, Russia! I love the winter Olympics. I think ski jumping is my favorite sport to watch, closely followed by bobsledding.
On a more serious note, Russia is banning all propaganda that supports homosexuality. This means anything that supports LGBTQ athletes will be punishable by law. While LGBTQ athletes are still able to compete this is a hinderance to their performance. To support those affected, a friend of mine, Kyle Franklin, is doing an online art project for the 2014 Winter Olympics called Golden. His project is based on propaganda that will be band at the Olympics and gives support to the LGBTQ community. Anyone is allowed to submit their posters to the project. Please check it out!
This poster is my contribution to the project.
July 27, 2013
Two birthdays in one week!
I decided to make the same card but use different colors. My boyfriend's mom recently let me borrow some of her really awesome metallic acrylic paints. I wanted to try them out and this was the perfect opportunity! I drew the type by hand and then cut it out with an x-acto. Painted the paper with the metallic paint and glued it to the front of the card. After that I made the envelope and added a bright festive color to the inside. Ta-da!
July 14, 2013
Before: My sister bought a pair of shoes that she thought fit her. She was in denial. Lucky for me though, because I got a free pair of shoes! The only problem was the elastic was slightly to big on my feet and the double crossed bands were too busy. Looking at them NOT on a foot I really like the way they look. But as soon as I put them on all the line quality disappears and looks ....awkward.
Plan: The plan is to make these shoes less busy by removing some of the bands.
Action: Because these were elastic I felt confident I could easily fix them. And it was easy! All I had to do was remove the stitching on the heal of the foot (where all the elastic was sewn). Next, I figured out how I wanted them to overlap and what I wanted to remove. I trimmed some of the elastic off so it fit my foot better. Sewed it back up again without the second set of bands. To remove the extra bands that were glued into the shoe I heated it up with a hair dryer (to get the glue hot). Then all I had to do was pull out them out.
After: I'm excited to wear these out. This is a huge improvement. And considering I have never altered my shoes before, I'm happy with this experiment.