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)

Sloth

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.