I recently spent a week in Austin and had such a fantastic time I decided to draw about it. Spending time with friends who just moved down there and knew the lay of the land was the added bonus, as we got such good insider knowledge on where to go (and eat!).
While my little illustrated thank you card to our fabulous hosts has a few inside jokes, for the most part, I think I captured the spirit of our trip with our adventures in learning the Texas Two Step at the honky tonkest joint I’ve ever seen, going to a UT Football game (the first time I’ve ever been to a college game, oh lordy), waiting in line for the most delicious brisket I’ve ever tasted, seeing the bats come out from under the bridge at dusk, enjoying live music and tasty beverages on Rainey Street, and playing a little bar trivia (and that’s not even mentioning the time we spent on the East side!). In addition, I thoroughly enjoy Austin’s mid-century modern style which can be found across the whole town in its architecture and interior design. Such a treat to see classic neon signage and amazing lettering used so well in so many places. Such a fun place, I’d like to draw it even more.
I am moving again (something some friends of mine know too well, as it happens rather too often).
I made my typical “I’ve moved” graphic (see above), but realized I never did post the little animation I made for when I moved (about this time) last year – my first big step moving from Silicon Valley into San Francisco proper. In fairness, it was designed to be mailed via snail mail, and I was super excited to use my awesome die-cutting machine to cut the intricate “monuments” of SF in card stock, then glue together to make one large fold-out card. I mean, I still could, but time never quite permitted that last year, so I turned the art into a quick HTML5 animation instead (click the image to see it in its full glory). For laziness continuity, I have kept the same Golden Gate Bridge image in place for both graphics even though neither apartment is near or in sight of the iconic bridge.
Oh well. Here’s to (at least) another year in the beautiful city by the bay.
I just finished up another piece, this time a baby shower invitation. The art direction was very simple: they are expecting a boy, the mom is using teal as her primary color, and she loves zebra stripes. So, working with that criteria, I picked a hue of teal I liked, paired it with a nice opposite salmon-like tone, and threw in a nice warm gray/clay color to work as a neutral balance. To make the zebra striped background, I printed a 50% gray over the teal, as I thought black was going to be too harsh for anything baby related. The font I chose for the header is “Weston,” and I really liked how it was almost block-like, but still had the nice rounded edges. Literally reminding me of the blocks I used as a child. The body copy is “Banda,” which I felt matched the header copy, and looked complimentary to Weston when in lower case (the Weston I have does not have a lower case option).
Once we finalized the design, I gave my client 2 options. One was to just print the image as is, the other, more obviously awesome option, is to take that design and use cut paper to add some texture and dimension to the invite. My client readily agreed that the more tactile option was the way to go, so got to work converting my proof into the cuttable sheets based on the different shades of card stock I bought.
While it definitely takes more prep, time, and glue, I find the results with using the combo of printing and cutting to be worth the effort.
My friend that I painted the mural in her baby’s room for did finally have her baby (oh… 5 months ago now). Just got the announcements out last week. I wanted to keep with her owl theme, so took one of guys from the wall and put him on this announcement (she named them all, but I don’t remember which one he is). I put my lovely die-cutting machine to work again to build his name into the branches of the tree, and she picked 4 pictures of him as he grew up from birth to 3 months, and they sort of grew up the tree from there.
I initially built it so that the whole tree and parts were glued down flat to the green background, but it seemed too flat, so I added a very small pop-up to the top half of the card. All the leaves (thank you again die-cutter) are glued down flat though.