I love designing business cards for the challenge of expressing an entire identity inside a 2×3.5″ space. My favorite people to design business cards for are fellow artists, and I happen to have lots of them in my family.
My father’s card was the more complicated of the two. For the front, I took a photograph of the heart signature that he stamps on the bottom of all his pottery, and based the logo and other elements on that. For the back of the card, I photographed a few of his pieces and chose this green vase because it fit the proportions of the card well, and it had a nice warm glow that I was looking for. In fact, I barely had to adjust the original photo. I added a bit of soft reddish-brown to the edges of each side to make the photo and logo stand out more.
My mother’s card was easier to produce. For the front, I used the same fonts from her website. Taking advantage of Moo’s Printfinity feature, I sampled ten different details from her collages for the back of the card. I like to do this for my own cards because it’s like carrying a mini portfolio around. Also, I can see which images people respond to the most.
This is another Colour Collective contribution. Last week’s color was blue-gray, which immediately made me think of an underwater scene. My original idea was to add collage elements, but then I thought of bioluminescence and went instead with red light to illuminate the colorless deep-sea murk.
I colored in this sketch for my first entry to Colour Collective, a weekly illustration challenge created by London-based illustrator Penny Neville-Lee. Find the rules and the week’s color on her Twitter profile. Use your Twitter account to post your illustration featuring the week’s chosen color (last week’s was MINT) along with the hashtag #colour_collective, every Friday at 19.30 GMT— make sure to adjust your time zone if necessary!
Here’s another slideshow for #inkpril, the latest drawing challenge I’m participating in. So far I haven’t been able to contribute daily sketches, but at least I’m sticking to my self-imposed theme this time. Credit goes to illustrator Liz Wong for creating this challenge!
This month I’ve been participating in yet another daily drawing challenge, #inkpril, which has the same premise as #inktober, except it takes place now. I’m a lot busier in April so I can’t contribute a drawing every day, but I am sticking to my chosen theme this time, which is unusual words pulled from The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words. So far I have only illustrated various manias, so it’s become an even tighter theme.
Oh no, I just looked at my sketch and their toes are in the wrong order. I blame insomnia for that one. Actually the alternate title of the book I mentioned above is The Insomniac’s Dictionary. It got me thinking about how wonderful and important it is for an illustrator to build up a good reference library. There is something about leafing through a book of obscure words or a field guide to beetles that Google Image Search and Wikipedia will never replace.
Spring is here! Let’s get lost.
Winter is almost over! Here is a tribute to the ephemeral snowman. I miss them already.
I sketch my dog every day, but I don’t share most of them because he’s usually in the same position, sleeping. Every once in a while he contorts himself into a truly bizarre pose and holds it long enough for me to draw him.
Why should Bride of Frankenstein get all the attention?
THINKING OUT LOUD ALERT: I’m debating whether to turn this into an actual wedding card. Although I’m a big fan of Lovecraft and his creatures, I felt even more sensitive and insecure than usual before my wedding, especially about my appearance, and I’m not sure how I would’ve reacted to a card like this. Maybe it needs a quote or saying to put the image in its proper context, which is NOT “Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! You look positively horrific!” To be continued…
Here is a detail of the shoggoth bouquet, shown slightly larger than full size: