I designed the marketing materials for the regional premiere of Steve at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. I created the vector illustrations and used a vivid color palette to match the comedic nature of the play. It opens tomorrow, March 1st and runs through the month.
See more in my portfolio.
Idaho is state #7 of the 50 state postcard design challenge. I didn't know much about Idaho before illustrating this card. I learned that they have a huge agricultural industry and besides producing potatoes, they also grow onions and supply mint to a variety of businesses. They have gorgeous state parks, fossils, a rich Native American history, hot springs and lots to do for tourists. They have an animal called a fisher who strangely don't eat fish, but are related to weasels. They're pretty cute. My illustration doesn't do them justice. Next up is Utah!
Are you joining along with the 50/50 state postcard challenge? Tag your posts with #5050postcards on social media. Feel free to go at your own pace. I'm playing catch up, but having fun!
I developed the illustrations and color palette for this show last year while working on the new art for the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. This year I applied the art to the marketing pieces to promote the show. I love how this turned out and had a blast designing it. The colors are so vivid and they match the high energy of the show. I created a whole series of promotional pieces including two posters, two postcards, digital ads and other print and web pieces. View more on my portfolio.
Go catch the show in San Francisco playing now through June 10th. Buy tickets here.
I am feeling so inspired by spring this year. Everything is waking up—the trees have leaves again and the fruit trees are flowering sweet and fragrant. The roses are in bloom in every color, shape and size. The annuals are at the peak of their extravagance. Here in the Sacramento valley, the heat will doom them soon, but for now everything is beautiful. The pansies, petunias and snapdragons are thriving. Bees are constantly buzzing around the Spanish lavender with their bold purple flowers. Select succulents are sending out long-stemmed flowers and bursts of petite floral clusters. There’s a family of blue jays in a fig tree peppered with figs. I can hear other baby birds chirping in a neighbor’s tree. It’s very serene and perfect at 70 degrees. If the weather could stay like this through the summer, we’d really have it made. Unfortunately in less than two months we’ll have continuous blaring heat that limits patio time to mornings and evenings, guzzling ice water and wishing the bay area wasn’t so expensive.
That said, this time is idyllic and I’m grateful since parts of the country are still struggling with snow (!!)—a foreign substance that very rarely falls here, although we had a pretty stellar hail storm two weeks ago that left my garden covered in piles of hail and caused some damage, especially to a young lime tree’s leaves, killed some seedlings and left scarring on my jade plants. It comes as no surprise that I like plants—they are prominent in my work. I am an OK gardener. I am still learning and every year my skills get a little better. It’s a struggle with the poor soil quality, droughts and brutal sun that are part of the Sacramento Valley landscape. I’ve nearly given up growing vegetables (they require so much water and space!) and instead have focused more on succulents and flowers that can take the heat (hello Zinnias and Sunflowers) and don’t need nearly as much water.
Browsing the rows at the plant nursery is a favorite past time of mine, next to taking the plants home and finding the perfect pot for them. I’ve been out with my sketchbook on my patio and garden, making studies and drawings, noting color palettes, the shapes of leaves and petals, and integrating them into my work. Who knew my gardening trips and hobby would turn into research! In the days to come you’ll see some of the work that has come from my recent inspiration. I hope you enjoy it and this peek into my creative process.
Here we go again, number 5 in the 50/50 state postcard project is Oregon! This is a state I've visited and spent some time in. I particularly love the coast and the diverse creatures residing there. Oregon is another big wine producer (not pictured, as last week's state Washington is the second largest in the USA after California), but it does host many family run dairy farms and is home to beloved creamery Tillamook. This explains why the Oregon state beverage is milk! The state includes vast forests, coast, rivers, fauna, agriculture and industry and there was plenty to chose from to represent our 33rd state. Next up is Nevada.
More about the 50/50 State Postcard Project.
This watercolor fish pattern is now available on Spoonflower! The fish are drawn by hand, inked with India ink, colored with watercolor and scanned and arranged in Photoshop. I had a sample printed on fabric through Spoonflower and love the results. This design is available for purchase on a variety of fabrics and gift wrap.
Today I'm introducing a new personal project that I'll be posting weekly to the blog. The 50/50 Project, or 50 State Postcards in 50 weeks, is where I'll share a new original state postcard that I created. I've decided to use it as a fun creative project to explore illustration and as an opportunity to learn more about all the states. I'll be posting the first entry today, and each new state will appear on Wednesdays. States will start in the west and move eastward. It's the third week of the year, so this project will run through the end of 2018. I'm excited and a little anxious about such an ambitious project, but it's all for fun, to learn and practice my illustration and design skills and learn some new tidbits about the states. I hope you enjoy it. If you feel so inspired, join me on this journey! If you do, please post a link and use the hashtag #5050postcards.
There are no rules to join in. Go at your own pace, start at whichever state you like, maybe starting with your home state. Use any medium(s) you prefer. I'd love to see what you create! Again, if you join in, add #5050postcards to your posts on social media.
I designed a custom thank you card for my friend, chef extraordinaire, caterer, and cookbook author Jenn de la Vega who just released her first cookbook called Showdown Comfort Food, Chili & BBQ. It's available now, so pick it up on Amazon or your favorite local book seller. She wanted a card that matched the style of her book, so we worked together in creating this fun grilled steak illustration and design. We went through a couple variations before settling on this one. I had a blast working on it. I also created some patterns which I hope to share shortly!
Below are some early versions that weren't chosen, but show the process of this project.
Last year I debuted the Summer Sweets fabric collection on Spoonflower. Its been getting a little love over there, so I thought I'd share again. I'm proud to announce that I plan on expanding it this year with more exclusive designs! This is one of my favorite sets with playful illustrations of delicious ice cream cones and Popsicles. It has a retro color palette and is even more brilliant in person. You can buy it on a variety of fabric types, wallpaper and gift wrap at Spoonflower. Go ahead, treat yourself.
I made a set of napkins with Sprinkle Cones printed on my favorite Kona Cotton. They're super durable having been in use for a year and washed many times with no noticeable fading. They definitely bring a nice POP to my napkin collection.