Friday, September 26, 2014

Pastel mess

Here is the page from my sketchbook that resulted in the mess I described in my facebook post .  To summarize, I did one hour of pastel drawing which resulted in this drawing and pastel all over my desk, ground into my rug, smeared inside my sneakers, and covering 7 pairs of socks.  Oh no, I just realized it's smeared on my scanner now too.  I think I'll be working in digital pastels from now on.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Catalog season!

It's catalog season and I love to catalog shop!  Well actually, I love any kind of shopping.  But catalogs are fun because you can tear out the pages and make a big pile of all the lovely things you want to buy.

When I first set out to be a product designer I dreamed of seeing my creations in stores.  It never occurred to me that I would someday see my products in catalogs!  This month was an especially exciting one for product spotting.   My products showed up in the MoMA's Design Store catalog and the Art Institute of Chicago's gift catalog, two of my favorites.  Hooray!

Art Institute of Chicago page 26:
 MoMA Design Store page 64-65

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wacom Inkling

Fortunately I bought a Wacom Inkling this week at a great price.  Unfortunately the great price was because it has been discontinued.  Here is my first ever sketch with my $50 Inkling.  After I drew the sketch I exported the drawing as an Illustrator file, simplified the strokes, cleaned it up, and changed the brush stroke.  Sadly it didn't didn't come out of the pen looking like this which is probably why the thing has been discontinued.  I think it's a really great tool with a lot of potential.  I wish they had tried improving it instead of ditching it.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Today is the perfect day to announce my new new book Standups! Presidents. I hope Lincoln would have enjoyed my paper craft depiction of him. I also hope that somehow, someday President Obama sees my depiction of him. This book was so fun to create. I think it's one of my favorites that I've done. I hope I get to do more paper craft caricatures soon!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Rustic Automata" video

This quirky little video about "rustic automata" creator Blair Somerville is very inspiring.  It makes me want to create some useless paper automata.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colored Pencils

Can eating too much turkey make you want to draw with colored pencils?  I think it can because it happened to me last week.  I really don't know much at all about colored pencils but I own a set.  I don't know why, probably from college.  I was inexplicably overcome by the urge to use them and this is the result.  After completing this drawing the feeling vanished as quickly as it came.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Such nice people

I was thrilled to see a list of really nice reviews of my Pop Quiz clock on the Art Institute of Chicago's Museum Shop website today.  I'm so happy to hear people are enjoying the clock.  These really made my day!

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