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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Monday, November 25, 2013

Corel Painter

I did some more experimenting today.  Here are my attempts at combining traditional and digital.  Which do you like the best?





Saturday, November 23, 2013

Experimenting

I did some experimenting in Adobe Illustrator today.  I like to create art with traditional media and then figure out how to replicate it in Illustrator.  Today's experiment was obviously India Ink and a brush.  I'm pretty excited about the results and will definitely be incorporating the techniques into my upcoming work.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Dinos in French!

I was googling myself today, (what doesn't everyone do that?) and I happened upon this version of my Dinosaur paper craft book printed in French.  I'm really excited because I've never seen any of my books in another language.  I hope someone is making my dinos in Paris.  That would make my day.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pantone resistance is futile

What is it about Pantone's licensed product line that makes it so hard to resist?  I want everything they offer.  Yes, I have a Pantone business card case.  Yes, the Pantone journal is on my Amazon wish list.  I've always had a special place in my heart for those little brightly colored pieces of paper.  Whoever thought of putting them onto product was a genius.  Check out these adorable Pantone Christmas bulbs!  Are any other designers out there obsessed with Pantone's products?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New Fashion Designer List

As you know I love fashion and I love a fashion show.  But I can drive myself crazy trying to keep up on ALL the fashion shows during the NY, London, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks on style.com.  Consequently, I have a list of my must see designers and I am constantly working on narrowing it down.

I did a lot of culling of the list this past fashion season.  I judged on innovation, beauty, and influence on trends.  My own bias towards color, pattern, and the unique greatly influenced the list.  This is my updated list.

Absolute must sees, not to be missed:
Altuzarra - NY
Anna Sui - NY
Balenciaga - P
Balmain - P
Burberry Prorsum - L
Chanel - P
Commes des Garcons - P
Dolce and Gabbanna - M
Dries Van Noten - P
Duro Olowu - NY - A
Fendi - M
Isabel Marant - P
Issey Miyake - P
Jeremy Scott - NY
Jean Paul Gaultier - P
Kenzo - P
Louis Vuitton - P
Manish Arora - P
Marc Jacobs - NY
Marchesa - NY
Mary Katrantzou - L
Miu Miu  - P
Moschino - M
Moschino Cheap and Chic - M
Paco Rabanne - P
Prabal Gurung - NY
Prada - M
Preen - NY
Proenza Schouler - NY
Rodarte - NY
Thakoon - NY
Thom Browne - NY
Tsumori Chisato P
Victor and Rolf - P

If your eyeballs aren't bleeding after watching all those shows continue on with this bunch.  But don't beat yourself up if you quit with the above.
Alexander Wang - NY
Alexander McQueen - L
Alice and Olivia - NY
Costume National - P
Creatures of the Wind - NY
Elie Saab - P
Emilio Pucci - M
Emporio Armani - M
Giorgio Armani - M
Givenchy - P
Gucci - M
Helmut Lang - NY
ICB Prabal Gurung - NY
Just Cavalli - M
Lanvin - P
Marc by Mark Jacobs - NY
Meadham Kirchhoff - L
Missoni - M
Oscar De La Renta -NY
Robert Cavalli - M
Stella McCartney -P
Thakoon Addition - NY
Tibi - NY
Valentino - P
Vivienne Westwood - P
Versace - M
The Row - NY
Diesel - NY
Helmet Lang - NY
Badgley Mischka - NY
Dior - P
Donna Karan - NY
DVF - NY 
Vera Wang - NY
Stella McCartney-P

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2013 MoMA cards

My new MoMA cards are up on the The Museum of Modern Art's website! Here are the newest cards that I illustrated. The Penguin Skiers was inspired by many great times at Ski Sundown with my childhood friend Sarah Hoffman.  Along with the new cards I have four older styles for sale too. Check them out here: MoMA Cards.  Or pop into their Museum store in NYC to see them in person!
 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sephora

I went to Sephora last week to find a new face wash to combat my shiny summer face.  I was blown away by how knowledgeable the sales people are there.  The guy I talked to knew everything there was to know about oily, sweaty, and sensitive skin.  He recommended Boscia's Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 and Boscia's Clear Complexion Cleanser.  I love both.  I am particularly impressed with the moisturizer.  It dries completely matte.  I think I'm going to have to go back to get the night moisturizer too.

He also figured out that part of my shiny problem was that I had run out of the Bare Minerals veil and was using the powder without it.  Apparently the powder is very shiny without the veil.  I think he said it was because of the mica.  But I could be wrong.  I am annoyed about this because the last time I went to Bare Minerals to buy more powder the sales woman said the veil wasn't necessary and don't bother spending the $$.  What?  Anyway, I bought some more veil and was pleasantly surprised to find out it now comes in a travel compact.  Hooray! 

So the next time you see me make sure to notice how cool and matte I look in the hot summer heat!


 bareMinerals - bareMinerals READY™ Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fall rtw 2013 Highlights

Here are the highlights from Fall rtw 2013 in no particular order.

Duro Olowu
 

This is a long post.  Please click on the "read more" to see the complete post.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Aqua Treadmill is clever

Have you seen this Aqua Treadmill?  Basically, you propel it across the water by running inside of it.  It is seriously clever.  I first saw it on Urban Outfitters.  They have it there for $480.  That price is not a typo.  It's as expensive as it is cool.  Here's a video so you can see the awesomeness.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bi-color roses are clever

I was searching the internet today and an advertisement came up for FTD's new bi-color roses in University colors for grads. I think they are so cool and I want the Syracuse one!! How on earth did they color these roses? I'm intrigued. This is a very clever gift!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Airplanes that fly!

Peter Pauper Press just released a photo of the cover of my newest book "Paper Craft: Airplanes" on Amazon.com. It comes out June 15 and is currently available for preorder for here. I was responsible for the illustration, paper engineering, and aerodynamics on this one!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

As seen on TV

The Crossword Clock I conceptualized/designed was on the TV show Modern Family last night!  I'm really excited I can now say, "As seen on TV".  Attached is a screen shot of the scene.  If you feel the desire to own your own Crossword Clock they are available online at Target http://www.target.com/p/crossword-clock/-/A-14052497 .  It is currently only online, not in-stores.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Disney World is inspiring

I just returned from a trip to Orlando, FL.  Where I, of course, spent a few days at Disney World.  The parks always inspire me.  There is art in every nook and cranny.  Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed. 

I know it's weird but I don't like taking photos when I am on vacation.  I prefer to experience my vacations not observe them.  Consequently and unfortunately, I don't have any photos to show.  But I managed to find some photos on disneyworld.com of the most inspiring attractions from my past trip.  Here they are:

Finding Nemo-The Musical
Finding Nemo – The Musical

Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King

The new ride Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid
Under The Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

If you want to see more photos from the new ride, there are a ton on InsideTheMagic.com .  These are my two favorites:
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland 

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland

You should definitely hit these three attractions on your next trip!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Reality TV

Have I mentioned lately that I love reality TV?  It appeals to the kid in me that always wanted to be able to read people's minds.

Here are the shows I'm currently watching:
Project Runway
Making Mr. Right
Shahs of Sunset
Snooki and Jwoww
Buckwild
Catfish

Have I revealed too much about myself?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Artists' night out

I had a fun "Girls' night out" with the talented artists Elizabeth Matthews, Lesley Withrow, and Tiphany Giles (not pictured).  I guess you could call it an artists' night out too!