So I wasn't going to post these, because everyone has already... but I've been trying since March and finally can't resist. (Besides, even if you have seen them already, don't you want to look at them again? I thought so.)
Jillian Tamaki's finished covers for Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics:
Yup, still awesome.
click for more info and to see them larger.
I mentioned a while ago that I was working on a site theme for the wonderful Aeolidia.com. I'm happy to announce that my under-water circus theme (featuring Ms. Aeolidia, the sea slug, herself) is up!
And in case you were wondering, Aeolidia is a great design company:
“We specialize in making standout shop websites for crafters and other small businesses, but we do about a billion other things, as well. Just ask us!”
I cannot recommend them highly enough!
I got to do a bunch of illustrations for a Time Out New York Kids feature article on gardening. Back when I was drawing, these sunny days, and anything green, seemed so far away. But then we had an amazing weekend, and now it all seems right around the corner!
Being in the business of drawing things for money, I think about this a lot. The push and pull between creating beautiful things, while actually making a living. Depending on the project and client there can be a lot of give and take. The goal is to do my best to consistently marry the two. Any thoughts?
Video found through the wonderful illustrator Tim Gough's site.
I actually didn't realize those little guys we're going to be on the cover, so it was a nice surprise! (I drew the birds, bees and flowers.) Plus I have this full page illustration on the inside:
Quite fitting as I was a nanny myself for years. Oh how I miss those girls in Brooklyn!
Thanks Time Out New York Kids! What a fun job...
I've been swamped around here. --Trying to finish up an online animation project, visiting New York last weekend! a few weekends ago and (still) getting the place in order.Lately, I've gotten to do some lettering for various jobs. Its something I haven't done much of in the past and its been really fun.
One of those projects was for t-shirt designs for the annual Lower East Side Kids' Art Bike Parade. Some first drafts:
Mostly, just fooling around with the lettering placement and different bikes.
In the end they wanted ribbon lettering to go with the "2008" ribbon. I think it came out really cute. It was printed in black on yellow shirts.
The parade was a few weekends ago and from the photos it looks like it was a huge hit:
I probably should have posted about these before the conventions...But...I didn't. Never-the-less: the drawings I did of the Presidential Candidates for Eleni's bakery in New York, are now on sale as cookies!
For the last six Oscar seasons, I've done drawings of the Best Actor/Actress nominees for their "Conversation Series" cookies. This is one of my favorite jobs to do every year, so it was really fun to get to do these as well!
I always send my grandmother a box of them, and I think she was excited to have these for the convention. The cookies themselves, besides their obvious novelty factor, are quite tasty--perfect little sugar cookies, with the images printed on sugar paper, which melts in your mouth...
So head on over and pick out your favorite candidate, or maybe his rival?-- Then you can really bite into them! Yum!
Yep, we all made it back safe and sound from Austin, Texas. And I'll be posting lots of photos etc. We really had a great time at SXSW. But first, I have some exciting news. The illustrations I did a few months ago for the new coffee shop, Tazza Mia, have been installed and they look amazing!
I'm really happy with how they came out. The lovely and incredible Art Director, Risa, who I love working with, also sent me photos of the rest of the shop.
Doesn't it look amazing? Not only did she design the whole thing, she even helped with blowing the glass lamps! Congratulations Risa! I hope I can visit some day. Don't you just want to curl up on one of those comfy chairs with a huge latte in one hand, the Sunday Times in the other, and a sandwich in your lap?