Posted 11 March 2017 at 3:47 PM | Comments (0)
Mayflower Creations was on the verge of finishing their film, Mercy’s Blessing, when they contacted me for a logo design. Since their name was inspired by the may flower (not the ship, but the actual petal-and-stem kind of flower), they wanted me to use that for inspiration.
The may flower is delicate and pretty, but I wanted to find a way to integrate it into a film concept. A film strip? A camera? And then I got it. A lens shutter. Could I find a way to make a may flower look like it could be turning, like a camera shutter with an eye in the middle?
We were happy with the end result, slapped it on the film title, slapped it on some business cards, and voilá.
Since then, Mercy’s Blessing has won ten international awards, and counting. It was an honor to have been a small part of their project.
Posted 8 July 2016 at 9:24 PM | Comments (0)
I’ve mentioned before how much I love illustrated projects. When a client actually wants me to spend my time doing Photoshop brushstrokes, you can bet that I am in project bliss. So I guess you could say that baby Angelina* was introduced to the world with bliss from all sides—from her family, obviously, but even from this stranger, who pretends to be an artist from time to time.
*Names will always be changed.
Posted 4 September 2015 at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)
A couple of years ago, I designed this simple seashell birth announcement. It’s one of my favorites, to be honest. So when the adorable family of three asked me to design an announcement for their latest addition, it was a no-brainer to dig into the archives and have it complement the first.
For this announcement, we went with a family of flowers, featuring the littlest one in white.
*Names and details have been changed.
Posted 27 July 2014 at 8:35 PM | Comments (0)
When author Sieni A.M. approached me about designing the book cover for her second novel, Scar of the Bamboo Leaf, she pointed me toward her library of visual inspiration on Pinterest. I spent some time looking at the images and almost immediately knew how to approach the design. I knew it had to be illustrated by hand, because the novel’s main character, Kiva, is an artist, and her story is told with beautiful and detailed descriptions of her art.
I also knew it had to include an image of Kiva, but because the story spans years, her image should be approached in a way that wouldn’t be too telling of her age. Neutralizing her age was also important because it would widen the audience of readers. So I decided to go with a silhouetted profile. (And then I put a bun in her hair because A.M.’s Pinterest board hinted at pretty buns.)
The silhouette, on its own, was okay but felt too simple for a girl with a creative spirit; I gave her a crown of bamboo leaves, but still it seemed stale. A.M. suggested adding flowers, and leaves blowing around her head, and it added just the amount of energy that Kiva’s profile needed.
When I got started on the title, I went through typeface after typeface, unable to find anything that complemented the image of Kiva and her bamboo-leaf crown. So I decided to draw the title by hand as well. It took time, but the result was worth it. Custom type almost always pays off.
Then, the cover went through so many iterations that it would be crazy to post them all, but all of the rough drafts were wilder than the final design we chose, and most of them were blue. Early on, we thought blue would be the right choice for the cover.
When we finally came to a decision, both the author and I agreed that this design was the right one. The warm color and the more simple silhouette were a better choice for this magnificent story.
Here’s a low-resolution view of the full cover, front and back. Notice the lemon-lime color on the spine and back—I thought it injected more life into the design and alluded to the tropical setting where the story takes place.
Of course, there have been other social-media promo pieces, like these for the author’s Facebook page.
Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. is now available at Amazon. It’s a story you will never forget. Buy it now.
Posted 10 July 2014 at 4:31 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 3 July 2014 at 5:14 PM | Comments (0)
When it was *Natalie’s turn to tie the knot, we took a completely different approach from her sister’s. For Natalie, we went softer, prettier, and used the lavender plant as our theme. I like how it turned out. Design doesn’t always have to elaborate to be good.
*Names have been changed.
Posted 26 May 2014 at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)
When the hostess contacted me for a baby shower invitation, we talked about the mama-to-be: cute and girly. So that was the direction I went, constantly thinking about a mingling of contemporary and shabby chic:
The hostess was so thrilled that she asked if I could also design a matching cover for the baby shower scrapbook.
A month later, when the mama-to-be was preparing for the birth of her darling girl, we did another matching design—this time for her birth announcement!
*Names and information have been changed.
Posted 25 May 2014 at 9:03 PM | Comments (1)
This may be my favorite wedding invitation I’ve ever done. No, it’s definitely my favorite.
I don’t know how it happened. Conversation with my clients just flowed. They were getting married in Catalonia and wanted the region to inspire their design.
Initially they asked me to incorporate “castellers” in the design, the Catalan tradition of building human towers. We looked at the concept together, and I considered it very seriously, but I was skeptical. I liked the idea—people working in unity to build something strong and beautiful—but didn’t know how to make it elegant and suitable for a wedding.
So I pushed back a little, asking if there was anything else that was very Catalan that they would be happy with. We looked at pictures of the mountains, which still didn’t feel quite right. Church windows, interesting enough. And then it just clicked.
Gaudí, the Spanish Catalan architect whose distinctive style influences not only the entire region, but the entire world. We specifically thought about his intricate mosaic work in Barcelona’s Park Güell. The couple was mostly interested in nature themes, and the groom wanted me to incorporate a sun, so I thought, “Why not paint an entirely mosaic scene?”
So I did.
It was exactly what we all wanted. I couldn’t believe it came together quite so perfectly. It really felt like late spring in Barcelona—or at least the storybook version.
Here’s the invitation, which was self-enclosing. You can kind of see the address on the back and their initials on the flap.
And here’s a closer view of the inside.
We decided to use the initials as their personal logo, so the couple was able to use it in multiple ways, most importantly on their wedding website.
And the sun and flower elements also showed up in various places, including their ceremony program. Eventually I’ll offer these individual illustrations on Etsy so you’ll be able to use them as clip art!
*Names and dates were changed.