Sunday, October 12, 2014

Guys, I'm So Fancy

I really haven't made any patterns in a whiiile. Mainly because I felt like I was always "doing it wrong." I knew there had to be an easier way! So I gave up...

But then I heard that Jessica Swift (I'm a documented fan girl, sorry) was hosting an online class on pattern design I immediately signed up!

Because I'm an overachiever, I took a class on on Illustrator to prep. Then I jumped in and spent the weekend with a group of very talented people (like, real designers) learning how to make patterns in Illustrator and Photoshop.
I decided to base my first attempts off this picture of a very fancy camel I found on Pinterest (here's my whole mood board). Mainly because I did a sketch of a camel last week soooo, yeah.

Above is one of my first attempts to make something a little complex. It looks so different that anything I've ever done so I was pretty happy with it.

Another pattern with a flower I drew on the tablet in a diamond layout.

This was definitely my favorite from my camel patterns in a half-drop repeat (don't I sound like I know what I'm doing!). I don't love the spiky boogers, but otherwise, pretty excited.

At any rate, definitely feeling pumped about this direction and will keep posting more! Super grateful to Jessica for sharing her passion for color and patterns (and answering all my crazy questions over the weekend). I'm totally making myself a camel cell phone cover ;o)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So sweet, and so cold

I'm very excited to share another piece commissioned by a friend. I vaguely remembered this poem from school, but I can honestly say that now I know it by heart.

And, just for fun, here's a compilation of many of my initial sketches for the project.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

He'd Just Bound, Bound, Bound and Rebound

Challenging times call for inspirational quotes… or so Pinterest has taught me. I have professed a love for all things Pixar in the past, and this particular quote comes from my favorite Pixar short, Boundin.'

It features a lamb and a Great American Jackalope. Sadly that link will only show you the first half, and not to ruin the punchline but this is what the Jackalope has to say to the somewhat downtrodden lamb. Anyways, basically, don't let the man get you down!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Warm Weather Knits

It is finally getting really, predictably warm outside now, hooray! That apparently didn't stop me from doodling something that looked a little bit like a chunky cable knit sweater...

So I tried something new to add a little color.
I thought these would make some fun cards, etc.
I may end up printing and hanging them in our new basement. What do you think?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Best Part About My Home...

I'm loving this trend of making things for other people. It's really cutting back on my closet full of old doodles.
So my aforementioned friend who recently became a homeowner gave me this adorable saying to draw.

I don't frame many of my doodles (they are stuffed in the aforementioned closet)(I'm really in to the word aforementioned today... sorry not sorry)(parentheses!) so it was awesome to see what the finished product looked like.

Alright, who's got something else for me to draw? Shoot me an email :)

Sunday, May 11, 2014


It must be wedding season because this is my second wedding-related post this year :) This past weekend we were excited to spend some time in Doylestown, Pa. with friends. Similar to other projects I've done, I wanted to give them a little bonus gift (in addition to some approved registry items, of course).

I decided to do another monogram. Below are some sketches I did while I was deciding on a style. 

And of course, one more glamour shot in the yard... (with the world's #1 watering can). 

Friday, May 2, 2014

It's a Bug Eat Bug World

Many of my very favorite movies of all time are Pixar so I decided to do another quick series of movie quotes for fun (here's my Wes Anderson series from a few weeks back).

I love Toy Story now, but my first favorite Pixar movie was actually A Bug's Life. I re-watched it while I was doodling.

Having grown up with labradors and golden retrievers, Dug from Up pretty much speaks for all my favorite puppy dogs. Squirrel!

Oh Edna Mode, so wise, so fashionable, so short. Love The Incredibles. Speaking of The Incredibles... I ran my very first 10K last weekend (6.2 miles for anyone wondering). As I was running along Rockville Pike, some folks wearing Mr. and Mrs. Incredible costumes gave me a high five :o)