September 28, 2013

BBQ BLACK BEAN PIZZA




























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

INTERVIEW WITH SASHA PROOD



This is a poster I made in the style of my design hero for a school project. 

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.


2.  With the amount of detail and precision you put into your work, how do you find that translates into who you are as an individual? Do people who know you see direct links from you as a person to you in your art?

My work is very personal to me, so I suspect that different aspects of my personality show through in each unique piece.


3.  You are a very detailed artist and use a variety of media such as pen, pencil, and watercolor. Pencil and pen are very precise media. What surprises me is your love for watercolor, a medium that is very hard to control and unpredictable. Still the way you use watercolor is very controlled.  Can you explain how you learned to appreciate such a temperamental medium and make it work for you?  

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.


4.  A lot of your work revolves around letterforms and alphabets. As an illustrator and designer, was it second nature to try to find a way to combine these into shapes? Does your love for letterforms stem from illustration or design?  

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.


5.  As a freelance artist, how did you get your work out into the world? Was there any turning point that helped you to realize exactly what career path you wanted to take? What advice can you offer for someone who is graduating in a few months?

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 08, 2013

MARBLING PAPER









I have been wanting to marble paper for a reaallly long time and this summer I finally got the chance! Marbled paper is just so beautiful I could honestly hang it up and frame it as is. There is just something so special about marbled paper, all the intricate little patterns and swirls. I went a bit crazy and marbled over 40, 17 x 11, sheets. Yikes!

 I have special plans for these.

September 05, 2013

WINTER OLYMPICS




















































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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARDS






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!