Sunday, December 02, 2007

Directory of Illustration, No. 24 is Here!

Directory of Illustration, No. 24

Check Out Page 426!

Last week I received my copy of the Directory of Illustration, publication number 24. I bought a half spread advertisement spot; check out page 426. Included in DOI's advertisement package was 1500 copies of my page and space for 30 images on their website.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Studio Friday: Dots or Stripes?

The challenge: "The question of the hour...polka dots or stripes? Or both? Or neither?"

Little Houses on Islands

Little Houses on Islands - detail

I repeated the "little house" theme, but this time, instead of rolling hills, I decided to create rolling water. No stripes in this piece, but there is a polka dot house!

I used the small orange paper pieces that I mentioned in an earlier post as materials for this image.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Little Paper into Little Houses
Illustration Friday: Grow

Little Houses

As I was creating this piece, I channeled the artist Charles Wysocki. We had a calendar of his art...I like his style with the miniature village life.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday: Control
Studio Friday: Orange

IMT Challenge: "This week at Inspire Me Thursday, our theme is Control. Take this topic in whatever direction you wish, perhaps thinking about your creative process and what you control and what you don’t control..."

SF Challenge:"Since Halloween is fast approaching, and it's fall, let's focus on the color orange."

Small Orange Paper

Since my suggestion was used for Studio Friday's challenge this week, I thought I'd better KISS (Keep It Small, Stacia)...literally!

For my "orange" entry I found these small orange patterned papers. Each piece above is about 1 x 2". Small papers for a small image!

I decided that IMTs theme of "control" would relate to my tight time schedule with future creative projects. To participate in challenges will mean keeping projects small and easy.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Penguin Book Cover

Penguin Book Cover (Berkley Publishing)

Last November I was hired by Berkley Publishing to illustrate a book cover for their Prime Crime Mysteries series. It was published this month, October 2007. If you'd like to read about the story authored by Jeffrey's for sale on Amazon.

Final Version

This was my final version sent to them in January 2007. They made some modifications for their book cover (see above) with my approval. They also asked me to create a logo for their series. The two ticket stubs was their final choice.

Overall, it was a good experience working with Berkley Publishing!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Art at Atherton Library

Today, George and I installed my artwork at the Atherton Library in Atherton, CA. This is my sixth "show" with 16 images installed above the bookshelves. It will be showing for the next two months, until the end of October 2007.

Atherton Library

George Hanging Artwork

Art in the Library

Other places my art has been installed:
Sunnyvale Library with SCBWI art critique group in 2003
Saratoga Library March and April 2006
Main Street Coffee Roasting Company October 2006
Woodside Library March and April 2007
Sequoia Hospital June and July 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

IMT Featured Artist

IMT's Featured Artist Article

I just found out through a comment on my latest post that I'm the featured artist this week at Inspire Me Thursday. Click here to see the entire article.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Illustration Friday: Visitor(s)

If I Knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake

Another Day of the Dead, skeleton inspired image after the song by Georgia Gibb. It's paper and digital collage.

Lyrics for
"If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake"
SPOKEN: Come in! Well, well, well. Look who's here. I haven't seen you in many a year.

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band, grandest band in the land
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band
And spread the welcome mat for you

Now, I don't know where you came from
'cause I don't know where you've been
But it really doesn't matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, hired a band, goodness sake!
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a hall, great big hall, band and all
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a hall
And spread the welcome mat for you

Now, I don't know where you came from
'cause I don't know where you've been
But it really doesn't matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, hired a band, goodness sake!
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday: Watercolor
Studio Friday: Favorite Item

Inspire Me Thursdays challenge: "This week let’s have some fun with watercolors. Experiment with watercolor paper, watercolor paints, watercolor pencils. Or, for the computer savvy, how about digital watercolor painting?"

Watercolor with Digital Effects

For IMT's challenge I painted a monochromatic watercolor and scanned it. Once digital I opened the image in Photoshop and added the watercolor filter to see the effects. I like the textures the filter created!

Studio Friday challenge: "Favorite item in your studio/craft space - why do you love it and how does it inspire you (art or journal and photo)?"

Watercolor Original

I decided to dedicate Studio Friday's challenge to my corner punch. Since I'm in the mood for fall, I created this Halloween card to show the corner punch in action.

The corner punch has been my best friend as of late since I've been in production mode with baby announcements. I rounded all the corners on 80 announcements and their components to give them a softer finished look. The baby announcement will be posted at a later date.

My only gripe I have for my Corner Punch Marvy is the button! I wish it had a soft grip instead of hard's murder on your thumb if you cut too many corners at one time.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Illustration Friday: Moon

Destination Moon

I bought a few songs by Dinah Washington, one of them being Destination Moon. I love that song! It went along nicely with Illustration Friday's theme this week, moon. The celestial sky I created for my last image, My Roots, was reused for this one. This image is paper and digital collage.

Lyrics for Destination Moon

Come and take a trip in my rocket ship
We'll have a lovely afternoon
Kiss the world goodbye and away we fly
Destination moon

Travel fast as light 'til we're lost from sight
The earth is like a toy balloon
What a thrill you get ridin' on a jet
Destination moon

We'll go up up up up
Straight to the moon we two
High in the starry blue
I'll be out of this world with you

So away we steal in a spacemobile
A supersonic honeymoon
Leave your cares below, pull the switch, let's go!
Destination moon

There once was a time when the colorful thing to do
Was to call for a date on a bicycle built for two
But cars and trains and even planes
All have had their day
Now the time is due to call for you
In the modern atomic way

We'll go up up up up
Straight to the moon we two
High in the starry blue
I'll be out of this world with you

So away we steal in a spacemobile
A supersonic honeymoon
Leave your cares below, pull the switch, let's go!
Destination moon

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Studio Friday: Favorite Resources
Illustration Friday: Poem

The challenge: "What is the most favorite resource you use to seek encouragement, understanding, enlightenment, inspiration, strength, to gain further knowledge or fun? Is it a book or a magazine, a quote, a website, a photo, another artist?"

My Roots

I started this piece several weeks ago for Inspire Me Thursday's challenge for the word roots. I've been so busy lately with being the Treasurer for the Norcal GAG chapter, and with the Sequoia Hospital art installation sales that I've neglected my creative side.

I find inspiration in words, either through a clever phrase, lyrics, from a single word or a paragraph in a story. My inspiration for this image came from the phrase "pushing up daisies."

"Keep not your roses for my dead, cold brow
The way is lonely, let me feel them now."
- Arabella Smith, If I Should Die To-Night

"Do not stand on my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in the circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."
- Anonymous

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying."
- Robert Herrick

Monday, July 23, 2007

Final Week at Sequoia Hospital's Art Corridor

Has it been 2 months already? My art show at Sequoia Hospital's art corridor is coming to a close. If anyone is interested in purchasing an image off the wall, contact me sometime this week! This Sunday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m., I'll be taking down my art installation. It was installed on June 2nd and since then, I've had lots of positive feedback. A few more pieces that people showed an interest in were these:

Super Phil's Red Cape

Virgo: Nature's Meticulous Maid

Blue Heron Fishing

A Wedding Moment

Alioth's Star

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Client: Blueyes

Blueyes Logo and Business Card Design

I've taken a small break from my illustrations to work on client projects. I just finished the Blueyes design package for Mindy Harmeyer, a jewelry designer. Her design niche is "modern heirloom"; it's what you wish you found in your grandmother's box of baubles.

Mindy already had a firm idea for her business logo, so I gave it a good polishing, incorporated it into a business card design and also into two different sized product tags, one for necklaces and one for earrings. The two product tags fit nicely into a business card format, which can be cut apart as needed...and saves on printing!

Blueyes Product Tags in Buscard Layout

Baubles by Blueyes
The Stacia necklace with matching earrings

Baubles by Blueyes
The Stacia necklace in detail

Baubles by Blueyes
The Mimi necklace

Baubles by Blueyes
The Mimi Earrings

Mindy and I had an agreement to exchange some of her jewelry creations for my graphic design work. I usually don't do this type of thing, but I love jewelry and just had a sense when I met Mindy, that she had great talent. After I was done with the graphic portion, we met for lunch so I could shop through her collection. So many cute things it was hard to choose. The two necklace/earring sets above were my ultimate favorite that I absolutely adored. It was a real treat to know Mindy named the yellow crystal necklace after me!

If anyone would like to contact Mindy regarding her designs, let me know! I'd be happy to send you her way. Email me at stacia at espialdesign dot com.

Good luck with your upcoming trunk show, Blueyes! I already have my eyes on a bracelet...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Published in Artful Blogging Magazine

Artful Blogging Cover
Premier 2007, Volume 1, Issue 1

Studio Floor Plan
Page 104

A few months back I received an email request to publish my "Studio Floor Plan" image in Stampington's new magazine called Artful Blogging. This is their first issue published for August 2007 (I just got my complimentary issue a couple days ago).

I originally created "Studio Floor Plan" for a Studio Friday challenge to help me plan the layout for my studio space. Stampington used it in conjunction with their article on Studio Friday and it's creator, Tine Wiggens. Check out pages 104 - 107 if you get the chance to peruse their latest magazine.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Positive Feedback cont...

I've sold another image this week with two more as future transactions. Everyone has favorites for different reasons and I love hearing what draws each individual to a particular image. Most of the work I've sold thus far have been older pieces, which surprises me! Here are the images of interest this week:

Ballet series: The Nutcracker

Heart Quilt series: A Chocolate Solution!

Cat's Cradle

Again, thanks everyone for your awesome and inspiring comments! I've been so busy these past few weeks with client work and personal projects that I have been negligent in creating new artwork. I have several things brewing and hopefully will get them done to display at Sequoia Hospital's art corridor before the end of July.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Positive Feedback!

I've had lots of positive comments regarding my artwork currently installed in the Sequoia Hospital's art corridor. Thanks to everyone who's left the wonderful feedback! It's uplifting to hear that my work is being enjoyed by so many.

I've made a couple sales just today and a pending transaction for early July. A portion of my sales from this show will go back to the community through the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. Below is the artwork that has sold so far:

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Art at Sequoia Hospital

Yesterday, I installed my artwork at the Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. This is my fifth "show" with 60 images installed in the hospital's art corridor, which totals 150 feet of wall space. It will be showing for the next two months, until the end of July 2007.

Sequoia Hospital's Art Corridor
Click on image for a larger view.

Posing by Hospital Sign in Corridor

Last Minute Touch-ups

Other places my art has been installed:
Sunnyvale Library with SCBWI art critique group in 2003
Saratoga Library March and April 2006
Main Street Coffee Roasting Company October 2006
Woodside Library March and April 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Production Time at Espial Design

Baby Shower Invitations - Front and Inside

Baby Shower Invitations - Production Area #1

June is turning out to be a very busy month for Espial Design! I'm in the middle of making 30+ baby shower invitations that I hope to get mailed out this week. Very hectic getting the guest list, addresses and correct name spellings from the guest-of-honor so I have a good idea of how many invitations to make. It always seems like the numbers keep dribbling in so I find myself making 1 big production effort with a few little ones that follow. Standard procedure. This design is the same as the Expecting Mother greeting card but with invitation details inside.

Matting and Framing - Production Area #2

On top of making 30+ handmade cards, I'm also prepping my artwork for an installation at the Sequoia Hospital's art corridor. It's 150 feet of wall space so my calculations tell me I need to have about 60 pieces printed, matted, and framed for this event. They will be hung this Saturday so I still have a lot of work to do! I need to make name cards for each, get storage boxes for hauling, and pack the tape, glass cleaner, hammer, and nails.

If that wasn't enough, I have a couple client projects that are just starting up for logos, buscards, and stationery. When it rains, it pours! What an exciting start for the summer!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Illustration Friday: Citrus

Freshly Squeezed

Here is my second image I've done while on vacation! Using a roller-ball mouse is proving to be a challenge while coloring. I'd love to add highlights and shadows but just don't have enough control.

My only supplies are my blue gel pen, my digital camera, and access to a MAC laptop with the roller-ball mouse. I'm drawing on the back of scratch paper which is why there is lettering showing in the top right corner. The edges are blackened because of the flash while taking a close up picture! All part of the "rough" process.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Studio Friday: 3 Wishes

The challenge: If you had a magic wand what 3 creative issues would you solve? Maybe they are space issues that you are experiencing in your studio or issues about creating itself?

Three Wishes

The first thing I dream about is space...a lot more space than what I have now. Good lighting is a must too. Natural light during the day and efficient lighting for the evenings. I also dream about a variety of creative supplies. Enough to choose from and inspire creative exploration. If I had a fourth wish, I'd have nice furniture allowing for perfect organization.

Three Wishes was inpsired by Gilbert Ford's work. I just became familiar with his style while looking through UC Berkeley's Centennial Edition of California magazine (issue March/April 2007). After I saw his image in the magazine, I was inspired to just draw, using a ball point pen. This is a good way of not getting hung up on mistakes and to go with the flow.

I'm currently away from my home studio and all my supplies (computer and Wacom tablet included). I drew the image in pen on a piece of scratch paper (printed on one side) and took a digital picture of it. The flash accentuated the printed side causing it to show through on my image side. I did have access to a laptop that had Photo Effects and a roller-ball mouse. What a challenge coloring the image with a roller-ball mouse!

The exploration of creating in a new environment with new materials and different tools allowed for a completely different style to emerge. Very different than my usual digital collage. A refreshing change!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Studio Friday: Seven Deadly Sins (Sloth 2)


Earlier, I posted my entry for Studio Friday's challenge of one of the 7 Deadly Sins, sloth. Just recently, I've started illustrating monsters to represent each sin and am now backtracking to posts for challenges I've already done. Sloth is my fourth illustrated sin. Check out Wrath, Envy, and Gluttony.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday: Words
Studio Friday: Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony)

Inspire Me Thursday challenge: "This week, let’s take a look at words. Words found in the pages of a book, on a sign, in a handwritten note. Let the words inspire you..."

On Inspire Me Thursday's website this week was a blurb about The Visual Dictionary, which has photographs of signage, ads, and other things. This reminded me of the photos we took while in Prague several years ao. We laughed quite heartily at the two below. Indeed, these are inspiring!

Sign for Ice Cream Shoppe

Ad for Sausage Brand

Studio Friday challenge: "Gluttony is the excess of eating or drinking. What are you gluttonous about while in your studio?"


Gluttony is my third monster representing the Seven Deadly Sins (see Wrath and Envy). The photographs above inspired me to create Gluttony...a combination of Cream & Dream and shoving food into one's mouth set the tone.

I try not to bring little snackie things into my studio, but sometimes they find their way there. Small sweet or salty treats are hard to resist!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Studio Friday: Seven Deadly Sins (Envy)
Illustration Friday: Remember

The Challenge: "What do you desire that you are lacking and someone else has? If you could have it would you really want it or is it just a notion? How come you want to have it? What can you do to still that desire so that there is no need to be envious of any thing or anybody?"


Remember the Seven Deadly Sins? They are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. I've decided to create a monster for each cardinal sin just for fun. Wrath was my first and now Envy is my second.

NorCal Guild Committee Member (GAG)

Once again I'm an active member of the Graphic Artists Guild's Northern California Branch. I had a short term with the luncheon committee, an even shorter term doing the Featured Artist postcard (my own!) and am back in the saddle again. This time with a more permanent position. As of March 8, I've embraced the Treasurer positon. I've been happily balancing the books and writing checks ever since!

Other volunteer positions are open! Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Web Designers, Animators and other creatives are encouraged to join. What are the benefits? How do you join? How do you volunteer for the open positions? If you're interested in this great organization, check out the Graphic Artists Guild website to learn more!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Studio Friday: Seven Deadly Sins (Greed)

The challenge: "What is it you are greedy about or feel greedy about? Is it material or is it a behavior? Are you greedy for emotions? Do you hoard? How do you want to change for the better? It can be small steps or do you rather take a big step to change?"

Fabric Galore!

I think I could be classified as a fabric junky even though I don't sew nearly as much as I used to...I will save old clothes in hopes of reconstructing them one day or cutting them up for block quilts. I buy fabric that is appealing even though I don't have a project in mind, and keep the tiniest scraps for some unknown reason! Needless to say I have bins and bins of all types of fabric, some never touched, some old apparel, and some projects not finished.

I have to pat myself on the back and say that I did take a big step forward by going through my beloved bins and sorting out things I know I'll never use...mostly the old clothes and bits and pieces that are too small for anything. I donated the old clothes (bulky jeans, outdated skirts), tossed away the scraps and freed myself of a full garbage bag of stuff I haven't looked at twice in 5 years! Felt good to unload...

...and make room for new....shhhhh!