Monday, October 29, 2012

21st Birthday at 57th Fighter Group

Cam's gift to me for my 21st birthday was a "mystery" dinner. 
All I was told was to dress up and he'd take care of the rest.  
To my surprise, we were picked up in a fancy town car and then whisked away towards the Atlanta airport.  
We pulled a sharp right and suddenly old fighter jets came into view.
He had taken me to 57th Fighter Group, a WWII aviation themed restaurant.  
We walked in, enclosed on either side by feed sack stacked, trench-like walls.  
We then found ourselves in a European farmhouse, the back wall of which was made entirely of windows showcasing a view of Hartford International's finest taking off and landing in the twilight.  
Needless to say, I love this guy, and he knows me so well.  
We split a bottle of wine snuggled in a cozy booth facing the planes, and occasionally put on the headphones attached to the wall that allowed you to listen in on air traffic control.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I Do Love a Good Venn Diagram

So much truth--I want to show this to every client, just so that we're on the same page.
Props to the designer, Colin Harman.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mid-Surgery on Lady with an Ermine

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I know she looks really bad right now---showing you this is like a surgeon showing you the patient mid-surgery.  
However I thought it might be fun to show everyone how paintings change and what goes into "building" up your layers.  
I've spent six weeks working on her, and I've had to reinvent my enthusiasm for the piece every Tuesday and Thursday when I sit down at my easel.
She's not there yet, but I'm proud to see how far she has come, and for sticking to it. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bunny Key Fob

My new key fob from Brooklyn Love Designs came in the mail the other day.  
It is sturdy and adorable, and I love being able to have my keys on my wrist.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Website Design for Optick's Paintbox

My second big project for Advanced Graphics was to construct a website for an imaginary company in Photoshop.  
I kept in my style and made "Optick's Paintbox", a luxury watercolor supply company.  
I wanted to make a site that embraced and lauded the texture and transparency of watercolor, making any sentimental artist turn away from brand-cheap Dick Blick and pine for a Paintbox.
I was inspired by the title page of Newton's Opticks: or a Treatise on the Reflexions,  Inflexions and Colours of Light.
I loved the font, and the science and history behind the work, and I used it as a springboard for my design.  
This is my secondary page for the site.
Here's the title page of Newton's Opticks.

Needle-Felted Owl

I'm teaching myself to needle-felt, and this little guy, Frederick,  is my first attempt.
Needle felting is a technique in which you stab wool roving with a barbed needle, causing the fibers in the wool to tangle together and allow you to sculpt.  
It is incredibly easy and addictive.  
I made this owl from a kit by Woolpets
It was a great beginner project, and now I feel confident enough to make my own creatures.

Graphic Chocolates

For critiques in Claudia's classes, we bring in home-cooked treats.  
This tradition is the perfect reward after hard weeks working on a single project, and ease the tension of critique.  
These little goodies were amazing, and made my long morning so much sweeter.  
They were filled with raspberry, coconut, and a mysterious and delicious flavor that reminded me of sweetened condensed milk.
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