Posts tagged design
52 Week Art Challenge: Week 11

Week 11 birds for my 52 week art challenge. It's been a very busy couple weeks in the studio. I've been working on launching our Mother's Day, Father's Day and Graduation cards. The main page of our website just got a little facelift and a new wholesale catalog is in progress. Phewww. More coffee is in order. Needless to say, it took me a little longer to get my Chickadees done. A very tropical design is in the works already for Friday, so stay tuned. 

I created this week's art first with a sketch on paper then I inked the design with a Micron pen. After that I scanned my art and brought it into Photoshop, where I added color and texture. 

Hop over to Instagram and use the hashtag #spankysartparty to see what everyone has been working on. We have so many people participating now! And it's not too late to join us. Jump in at any point, it's okay! Just do what you can. You can always go back and catch up later if you want to. Make sure to tag all of your work with our hashtag #spankysartparty so we can all find it.

Read the original challenge post here.

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52 Week Art Challenge: Week 10

Week 10 finished art for my 52 week art challenge. I love humming birds so much. 🌸 They are beautiful and really funny to watch interact with each other. We have lots of them that live near by and they are always zipping around and chirping at me. They zoom around me in circles, probably warning me to move on, but I can't help but laugh. They are fiercely territorial and will fight off anyone that gets in the way of their next meal, you know, in the cutest/tiniest way possible. For such small birds, they sure do have the courage of lions. 

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I created this week's art first with a sketch on paper then I inked the design with a Micron pen, as usual. After that I digitally painted the design with the Procreate app on my iPad. From there I took the piece into photoshop to adjust the layout and do the finishing touches. I love this one so much. It's going to be added to my spoonflower shop very soon. 

hennel paper co hummingbird sketch

Hop over to Instagram and use the hashtag #spankysartparty to see what everyone has been working on. We have so many people participating now! And it's not too late to join us. Jump in at any point, it's okay! Just do what you can. You can always go back and catch up later if you want to. Make sure to tag all of your work with our hashtag #spankysartparty so we can all find it.

Read the original challenge post here.

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Pickles!

I've been doing a little sketchin' lately, ok a lot of sketchin'. This one started out as a "quick & simple" design for this week's Spoonflower contest. Half an hour max.. I was only going to draw the jar. Haha, right. Four hours later I had an entire page filled with everything the word pickle could bring to mind. I lose hours in my sketchbook. One minute it's 10am and the next thing I know Steve is in the kitchen making dinner. It's a very magical thing. 

This week's sketch hit the scanner and quickly turned into just the darn cutest pickle pattern I've ever seen. I love the little sprigs of dill and the polka dot spices in the background. If you're on Spoonflower, hop over to vote in the contest. It will be open for the next few days before they announce the winner.

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Happy Fall, Y'all!

We have a few new cards in the shop to celebrate the wonderfulness that is autumn. It's just starting to feel like fall here in Charlotte and I'm loving it. The leaves are starting to fade to yellow and fall from the trees. We've been spending our weekends touring the local (and not so local) cider mills. It's the best time of the year! Bring on the cider and donuts :)

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Making Our Wholesale Catalog

I've been hard at work lately on making a brand new wholesale catalog for the shop. No small undertaking, believe me. The process started with updating the look of our shop and taking all new product photos on a white background. We were previously using a cream burlap and although I liked it, it was washing out the paper color too much. We use a really nice natural recycled paper to make our cards and I wanted that to show in the photos. The white background is nice and crisp and works much easier for laying out things like the catalog. There is no burlap background boxing everything in. See what I mean.

Once the new photos were ready, I created a grouping of editorial style photos to add to the layout and highlight each section. Doing the styled photoshoot was so much fun. I loved laying everything out and spent way too much time at the craft store finding the right pieces to put in each shot. The best part about it though is seeing it all come together with the content and designs that were added to each photo.

Photoshop is a magical thing. I absolutely love how the photos turned out and kind of can't believe everything worked so smoothly on the first run through. I'm not quite sure if it was good planning or if I just got lucky. Maybe a little of both.

Much like my Instagram account, the theme of the catalog is all about the sketchbook. That's where everything starts and I wanted to emphasize the process that makes us unlike anyone else. A drawing style is much like your own handwriting. Everyone's is different. It's visibly recognizable in it's own way. Seemed to me like the perfect way to market our designs and create a unique, recognizable message for our buyers to connect with.

Are you a retailer interested in seeing the whole catalog? Send me a message and I'll get you all set-up.


Psst.. By the way since we opted to keep our catalog in an e-version only right now we found this this great template that we used for the top catalog photo. Pretty nifty, huh? Again, the magic of Photoshop.

 

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A Wedding in the Mountains
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I've been sharing little bits and pieces of this project for a while now on Instagram and am excited to finally be able to share the whole project on the blog today. I've been working with a wonderful lady on these for her and her fiancé. They are getting married on a mountain top in California and it sounds absolutely magical. They wanted to incorporate their ceremony location into the design of their invitations, so I worked to come up with a few custom concepts for them.

I really loved creating the hand lettered type design below. On the left is the inked sketch and next to it is the concept design. It's always amazing to me how much the inked drawings come to life once they on the computer and colored. It gives me the opportunity to adjust the layout and spacing and really define the elements that should stand out. 

Ultimately we ended up using the first sketch for a simple, clean layout perfect for their day. Below is the final invitation. I had so much fun working on these and just love how they turned out. I don't take on a lot of custom wedding designs each year, but am so glad I had the opportunity to work on this one. Congratulations to Jane & Ed!

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New Cards + New Adventures

Very excited to announce another batch of new cards now available in the shop. I've been as busy as a little bee lately with more new cards on their way, a full line of holiday cards almost ready for release (hooray for getting a head start this year), custom branding designs and custom weddings. I've also been working on refining the HPC brand and ferociously going after my 2013 goal of taking HPC wholesale.. meaning that HPC products would be sold in stores. How exciting would that be? The day I make my first wholesale order is going to be a day of celebration. But for today, we have brand new editions in the shop. And I have to admit, the new Holla card is my all time favorite thing I have ever created, ever.

I hope you like them!

Holla
Blank inside

 

It was always you.
And it always will be.

 

You <3
You make me incredibly happy.

 

Husband & Wife
Cheers to a happy life.

 

You win.
I've thought a lot about this and have come to a conclusion. I was wrong.

 

So.. yeah that happened.
Really sorry about that.

 

Gnome - Happy Birthday!
Inside: "Weeee"

 

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Life Lessons - Be Good

I'm back today with another life lesson. The last couple weeks have been quiet for me and I had to put down my sketchbook and pencil. Working all day and drawing all night has been putting tremendous strain on my wrist and I've been dealing with some carpal tunnel issues. So to rest and heal I have been limiting the time I spend sketching. This has not been easy and there has been more than a time or two where the husband has walked into the room to catch me drawing. And with that fact I think this is the perfect life lesson for everyone (myself included) today.

Day nine of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project: Be good - most of the time. I believe in being good. I am a rule follower by nature. I don't like to make waves. I think that you should obey the traffic laws and in general just be a good person. I also think there is a time and place to break the rules. I'm not talking about major laws here. I'm talking about the rules we as a society, and as individuals, put in place. The ones about how you shouldn't tell someone you don't like their new hair cut when they ask or keeping quiet just for the sake of politeness. Sometimes you have to speak up. And sometimes you just have to drink coffee at 1am. You know it's not a good idea at the time, but it doesn't matter. The fun you have doing it outweighs the consequences. The risks you take in life are often the things you remember the best.

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This life lesson is extra special because it has been submitted to the Minted + West Elm design challenge. Submissions close on 4/26 and voting will begin. If you get over to Minted keep an eye out for my lettering!

More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Daily Project Inspiration

I've been drawing a lot of inspiration lately from the daily creative projects of other designers. They range in subject matter and method of creation, but they do share one big common factor - to create. I am a maker by nature, I thrive on it. During my internet surfing it has really become clear to me that this is a great way to push yourself to create new work, build a portfolio of diverse pieces, learn new skills, expand your visual styles and show off your creative talents. Some of the daily projects that have inspired me are:

Daily Dishonesty by Lauren Hom
Hand Written Letters by Mary Kate McDevitt
The Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische
Daily Drawings by Chris Piascik
365 Patterns by Fifth and Hazel
365 Patterns in 2013 by Ollibird
#365 Drawing Project by Sarah Jane
Logo a Day by Dear Miss Modern (this is a little different, but same principle)

I've been thinking about starting one of my own for a while now, and have a few rules that I want to follow. 1.) I want to do something unique. 2.) I want create my work based on a theme. 3.) I want to showcase varied styles of work within that theme. 4.) I want this to remain a fun endeavor. I'm still hashing out the specifics like length of time, type of work, and how often I will realistically be able to post new pieces - keeping in mind rule #4, but I'm really excited about this. The project is going to kickoff on March 21st with full details and how to get involved if you're interested.   

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