Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hand-drawn Designs for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing Company

Recently, I created some graphic designs and art for one of my regular clients, Cupcakes and Pastries, a Los Angeles Children Clothing Company.  It was fun drawing butterflies and and hand-drawn letters to help them convey their message. Below are some of the web ads and banners they created from my graphic designs and art.  I've shown the originals so you can see how they converted them.


The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries, children's clothing site with my hand-drawn lettering and butterfly.

My original hand-drawn lettering.

My original butterfly drawing.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn lettering and butterflies.


The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries site using my hand-drawn butterflies.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn butterflies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wolf Monsters Tumblr Features Artist in LA LA Land Wolf Man

I'm always tickled to discover when one of my paper puppets is featured on a website.  A couple days ago I found out that my Wolfman paper puppet was posted on a Tumblr account called Wolf Monsters.   It got 60 notes on it with lots of likes.  That was fun to see.  If you like wolf monsters, you may want to follow them.  If you want my Wolfman, you can download the PDF and print him at my Artist in LA LA Land shop here.

Wolfman Paper Puppet can be downloaded and printed from my Artist in LA LA Land shop.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Look Book for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing

Cupcakes & Pastries is a children's clothing company based in Los Angeles and is one of my regular clients.  Below are a few pages from the fall/holiday 2014 look book that I created for them.  I thought you might enjoy seeing all the cute girls in all the pretty clothes.  I sure had fun adding subtle hand drawn elements to the look book. Let me know what you think.






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search: My Illustration Entry

Did you know the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search 2014 is happening now?  I decide to enter it.  I didn't realize you'd have to do assignments.  I thought the studio would just look at your work and decide if you had the talent they wanted.  Well, the assignment was to create wall art that was inspired by terrariums.  It could be for children or adults.  Below is my entry and I wanted to make it appeal to children.

My illustration entry for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014.

I didn't make it into the semi-finals.  But you know what?  I like what I entered even if it didn't make the cut.  There are some really great pieces that were entered.  You can check out the 50 semi-finalists at the Lilla Rogers Studio blog.  There were 999 entries from 50 countries.  Now, that's a global talent search with steep competition!  Are you going to follow along and see who wins?  It could be fun to watch.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Halloween Printables & Paper Puppets Are Back at Artist in LA LA Land Shop

I can't believe it's almost Labor Day and time to think about Fall.  Time flies.  I've had customers inquire about my Halloween printables and paper play, so they're up and ready for you to purchase.  It feels too early to me, but here's what I saw at my local grocery store:

Halloween ceramics at the grocery store in August.

Aren't they cute?  They made me smile.

Find all the Halloween printables, paper puppets and paper play at Artist in LA LA Land shop.

Have a great Labor Day and enjoy the rest of this great summer before we cool down to Fall.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wedding Invitations Update: Owl and Pussy Cat

The bride who hired me to create her Owl and the Pussycat wedding invitations just sent me a photo of them printed out with the envelopes.  I appreciate that she took the time to share this and send me an update.  


I like how she brought out the colors in the invitation with the envelopes.  What do you think? If you received this invitation, what kind of wedding would you expect?  It looks fun to me. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Design & Lion Paper Puppet to Promote this East Coast Biking Trail

It's been a while since I last posted.  I really didn't think I'd ever become one of those artists or designers who had more work than time to put into their blogs.  But I'll call it a blessing to have these art & design projects coming out of my ears.

I designed the Facebook promotion for this East Coast Greenway Alliance photo contest.
My lion bike critter paper puppet made his appearance on it to get everyone excited about it.

One thing that I recently designed and that used my lion paper puppet artwork was the promotion of this 4th of July weekend photo contest.  It's for those who love to bike and who are using the East Coast Greenway for their 4th of July family fun. Take a photo & see how to enter this contest here.  They thought my lion bike critter would get everyone excited to get out and enjoy this hot, summer weekend.

Whatever you do this weekend, I wish you a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Summer with Mermaid Paper Doll

I'm still working on my clients' book projects and they're taking up a lot of my time, but I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and I hope you're having a great summer.  


On my lunch break, I'm going out and basking in the warm sun and gazing up at the blue sky.  I love feeling the sun on my face and watching the fluffy clouds go by.  Birds chirping make me smile.  Wind blowing through tree branches sound like a happy sigh.

What are you doing?  Are you swimming in the ocean and following the mermaids?  Here are some summer paper dolls that I've made to help you if you can't find any mermaids and sea turtles where you're swimming.
  1. Mermaid paper doll & sea turtle paper play set --- $4.00 for printable PDF
  2. Sea turtle & sand castle paper doll, paper play set  --- $4.00 for printable PDF
  3. Tropical fish paper doll & sea turtle paper play set --- $4.00 for printable PDF

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Before & After: Using Photoshop to Change a Mistake in a Painting

I may not be posting as much as I usually do because I'm in the middle of working 2 big book projects that need my illustration and graphic design skills.  It's been a lot of fun to get these projects, but it has forced me to be much more organized about my time.  Below is a little peek at 1 of the watercolor paintings I created for 1 of the books.


For this book, I'm creating the illustration in watercolor.  After I painted the portrait of this woman, there were a few things I didn't like about it.  I wished I could go back and change them, but I thought it would take too much time to do it over again.  Then I realized I could easily do the changes in Photoshop.  


Mostly, I wanted to change the position of the mouth and to elongate the chin.  No problem in Photoshop.  Once I started making these changes, I decided to do a few more.  I made the brows a little more angry.  I pushed up the nose a little.  I added some white highlights and finally I faded the edges of the painting.  What do you think of the changes?  Have you ever used Photoshop to do some quick changes to your artwork?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Creating Designs & Products: The Process from Drawing to Completion

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may have already seen these designs.  But I recently put together photos of 3 different designs to show the process in 3 steps.  

It always starts with a drawing.  The next stage is taking that drawing into Adobe Illustrator and cleaning it up and adding color.  The final stage is printing it out on a tee shirt or assembling it into a paper play toy. What do you think of seeing the process?  Have you recorded your process before?  

Headphone Lego Tee Shirt Design for Brick Shirts can be found here.

2 Headed Ring Master Circus Paper Puppet can be found at Little Gatherer here.

Paper Fairy Mobile for Little Gatherer can be found here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Graphic Design & Illustration for a Hair Color Ad

A couple weeks ago, I created these packages for "Color Express" a hair coloring product.  Now, here is the ad for it.

It's fun doing graphic design and illustration for products and ads.  Here's another example I created for "Color Express", a line of hair color.  I still want "Think Pink" Wednesday.  What about you?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Whiskey, Karaoke & Souther Salazar Art


I've been venturing out into Portland (PDX) to make new friends and see new things.  This past week, I went to a whiskey tasting at a Karaoke Bar, Voicebox.  I actually came for the Karaoke with designers and creative folks.  But I was happily surprised by the whiskey and the artwork.


The Compass Box Whiskey Company hosted the whiskey tasting.  I am no lush, but I don't mind tasting and trying new things, so tried a few.  I had no idea that whiskey could be so delicious.  Some of them tasted more like dessert wines they were so sweet.  Others were deeply smokey and seductive. I'd honestly wouldn't mind buying a bottle and slowly sipping it straight up on the rocks.


When everyone had some whiskey in their veins, we started singing.  I wasn't sure what song to choose to sing among total strangers.  It would have to be something that would be enjoyed by all---or at least a few folks more than myself.  I decided on a Beetles song.  When "Twist & Shout" came on, I was ready to sing by myself, but a bunch of folks jumped up and sang it with me.  I was happily surprised.


I knew the place for this whiskey tasting would be at a karaoke bar, but I didn't know there would be Souther Salazar artwork everywhere.  He had painted murals on many of the walls.  I've enjoyed his artwork for a while, but didn't know he was living and contributing to the art community in Portland.  So again, I enjoyed a fun surprise.  I really had a great night.  What happy surprises have you experienced when you've gone out?

Friday, May 16, 2014

3rd Time's the Charm: Creating Mail Art & Card for a Family Loss

This month for Mail a Smile, the mail art group I've been a part of for over a year, we sent our mail art and cards to a family who has suffered the loss of a dear family member.   The theme for this month is "Your Favorite Flower".  It seemed very appropriate for our recipients.  I've never created a sympathy card before and I had a card time making it.  It took me 3 tries before I was satisfied with the results. 

Attempt #1:  I started with some paper cutting to make a sympathy card, but I didn't like the cut letters.

Attempt #2:  I switched to watercoloring, but I felt like my card was too generic and bland.


Attempt #3:  I tried watercoloring again, but just let things flow, giving the flowers a lost & found feel.  I liked it because it conveyed what I felt and what I wanted to portray.


In fact, I liked the sympathy card so much, I decided to do the same thing for a congratulations card I had to make for a friend who is graduating this weekend.  I made a custom envelope to go with the card.  I think my friend will like it.

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