Sunday, December 04, 2011

EK Success Sketchbook

These are some of the drawings from the communal sketchbook project at my job. You can read more about it and see one of the drawings I did for it here:Futuristic Vampire Speed Sketch

The themes represented here, left to right are:

first set:

Robot Vs Monster
Head Full Of ...

second set:

What's Under The Bed?
Castle In The Sky
Robot holding a Teddy Bear

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas!

Well, the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally (?) when people start putting out the Christmas lights and tree...there were some homes in my neighborhood that had them up on Thanksgiving. So what better time than to post some Christmas art that's currently in the stores. I drew and vectored the Santa here for the 2011 Recollections Designer Corner Christmas line, which went on sale in Michael's stores a few weeks ago. (The art was created over a year ago, but I'm just now able to post it.)

It was used as a graphic on the dimensional stamp set pictured below. Most of the artwork used for our Christmas line was supplied to us from a style guide, but we needed to embellish it with other art, hence the Santa. Besides the Santa,  I also supplied a poinsettia, ornaments, wooden soldiers and a few other elements.  I later combined the Santa here in Photoshop with some of the art from the style guide.  For next years line (which we're currently working on) we're creating the style guide ourselves (with some supplementary supplied art).

Below are pics of the actual finished ski (including a photo of the display in Michael's). On the finished set shown here, besides the Santa, I just illustrated the ornament above the standing Santa. Craig Parrillo illustrated the candle and the other ornament below it. The rest of the art was supplied by Michael's and we used it to create the layouts and designs.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Some Recent Sketches

The monster on the far left is the creature in 'Night (or Curse) Of The Demon,' from 1957. The guy at the bottom started out as Richard Ashcroft from The Verve, but it morphed into something else.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sketch A Day Journal days 1-4

Picked up this small journal at Urban Outfitters. I like the way the pages are broken up, with each one split into two sections. Unfortunately the paper is fairly thin, so if you do any inks or even darker pencils, it follows through to the other side. I'm going to refrain from inks for the most part for this book...I might have to skip over and just draw on the two right pages...we'll see.

Here are the first four days worth of drawings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Speed Inking a Futuristic Vampire

The theme for this sketch came from a list of ideas that's part of a communal sketchbook art project at my job.

Coordinated by one of our art directors, he had about twelve of us at work sign on board to each fill up a 40 page Moleskin sketchbook...there's no set formula and you can draw whatever you like, but as inspiration he came up with a list of 44 different ideas and pasted that list on the inside of the sketchbooks, which he handed out to each of us. I liked the concepts and ideas and knew it would push me to draw things I normally might not.  This page just said 'Futuristic Vampire.' I've done five so far, including this guy, as well as 'Robot Vs Monster,' 'Goth Fairy,' 'Currency,' 'Good 'Ol Barbarian chick or guy,' and 'What's Under My Bed?'  I'll post some of the drawings I do on this blog as I do them, but for the majority, I'll wait until the entire sketchbook is filled up before posting anything.

Here's a video for this one; I hadn't thought of filming the pencils, so it's just the inks.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Recollections - Halloween 2011 Vampire Lenticular Stickers

This lenticular Vampire sticker set was one of the more fun projects I've had the opportunity to work on over the last year. It was part of a large Halloween collection that's made it's way to Michael's store shelves this week. Lenticular stickers are the kind that change their image when you move them from side to side, allowing for a transitioning picture.  Check out the movie to see how it works. I used public domain portrait photos from the 1800's that I painted over in Photoshop to create the Vampire creature effect.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Inka Dinka Do Halloween Clings - Scary Pumpkins & Haunted Night

Here are two more of the stamp clings I did last year for Inka Dinka Do.  The final vectors for Haunted Night were done by Craig Parrillo.  The gargoyle door knocker is all his.

Scary Pumpkins

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inka Dinka Do Halloween Clings - Witches Brew

I worked on a bunch of Halloween cling stamp designs last year, while freelancing at EK Success.

They've  finally made their way to Michael's, Joann's and other craft stores and the Inka Dinka Do website, where you can buy them online, if you so choose.  This one sells for $4.99.

Here's a direct link for Witches Brew on the Inka site:

Witches Brew

Thursday, August 04, 2011

For Alex

These were done inside copies of my Monsters and Graphic Art books, for a co-workers boyfriend.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Jolee's Boutique - Halloween 2011 Dimensional Stickers

These are a couple of the dimensional sticker designs I worked on for Jolee's Boutique® last year, which just went on sale at Michael's, JoAnn's and other craft stores this past week.  I only did the pencils for these, while the factory in China did the finished vectors before the actual production. I worked on two others - Vampires and Costume Party. I'm not sure about Costume Party, but the Vampires design wasn't produced, although the factory did do finished vectors for it.

I've also included one of my sketch pages when I was working on the Witches sku, with some unused elements.