I didn't post this before the holidays - oh, the busy, busy holidays! - but here is the christmas card I illustrated for my parents this year. My parents love birds - my Dad in particular knows all of the regional birds and has several bird-feeders, built to fend off evil squirrels. So the theme this year was a New England Christmas wreath, featuring some favorite birds:
One of the best things about my job is that I have Photoshop open all day long, and oh how I have grown to love that crazy, complex tool. All day I'm popping images in and out, resizing, coloring, adding text, layers and textures. Today was just such a day...
We work with these lovely gentlemen out on Madeline Island in Wisconsin, who make soy candles that smell really, really nice. Today they needed a lifestyle image of their Travel Tin Candles for an email, and we only have stand-alone product images of the travel tins, like this:
We do have a great camera but it's been rainy and gray, and doing a big photoshoot with the right lighting would take a lot of time. So for now I decided to use Photoshop.
I started with a found image that was labelled for reuse with modification:
Adjusted the hue -
Increased the width of the table:
Popped on some products (after using Magic Eraser to erase their backgrounds) -
Added some more products - (creating closed tin by stretching an image of the label across the top)
Now most importantly - I grounded the objects by adding shadows -
And popped on their logo to complete the look! This image is now email-ready.
This year I was lucky to receive a second commission from a nice woman named Nicole - I had made a Little Monster ABC illustration for her son Calvin, and now she was looking for a unique gift for a friend. Did I make 1-2-3s, she asked? Great idea, Nicole! She sent me information about the family (Jets fans, love music, cupcakes, quilts, Eric Carle, etc), and I made my first Little Monster's 1-2-3s:
I'm not even LOOKING to see when my last post was... as I am sure that it was over a year ago. It has been a very busy art year, with my web design internship slowly making its way into a full time job... and now I would like to get back to some blogging/posting of art projects, design comps, sketches, commissions, illustrations - the big old mess of art & design stuff I am working on.
Here's an illustration for my friend Marilyn, who I've worked with on various projects since we met at Somerville Open Studios in 2011. This illustration was for her friend Cat, who lives on the beach, and wanted to feature two beloved pups. The tricky thing about this image is that her house actually directly faces the ocean on a straight road, her front door behind her as she stands and looks at the water. In order to show both her beautiful home and her view, I "opened up" the image to a 180 degree view, using Google Maps and taking screenshots as I "turned" in place. Thus the very curvy perspective of the road.
I will post more soon... I promise? No promises. But a desire to do so, yes.