Happy Halloween friends! Hope you get all the treats.
Friday, October 26, 2012
I always really love seeing process posts of other artists, so I thought I'd start documenting my process a little more. First, I do a lot of research online and collect reference images. Then I do a preliminary sketch, translating the object into my own visual language of drawing:
After I work out the initial sketch (and usually thumbnail out a tiny composition sketch at the top of this sketch), I'll lay tracing paper over it and refine the sketch until I'm happy with it (this one below is the second revision sketch):
Then I'll take this sketch and transfer it onto bristol board with transfer paper, and start painting from there. Sometimes I'll use a lightbox instead, depending on the piece. Transfer paper leaves a blue or grey mark that can be hard to cover up, depending on what medium you use. I used gouache, which is an opaque medium, for this piece so I didn't worry about it.
Sidenote: often before painting, I'll scan this refined sketch and do a quick photoshop color comp (which will save you a TON of time and expensive paint) but for this piece, I had a pretty straightforward idea of what I wanted to do with color so I skipped it.
I painted the gold dots and peony pattern on two separate boards, then scanned and combined them in Photoshop. After I got a design I was happy with, I used this method for making a repeat pattern.
Feel free to use this pattern for personal use, such as your desktop wallpaper or twitter background. Download the repeatable version:
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I've been busy working on a bunch of new stuff behind the scenes lately, which is why there hasn't been much new work to share lately. I've been putting up lots of sneak peeks on my Instagram though, so make sure to follow for some fun and color in your day.
A lot of it is putting together a soft launch of my paper goods line, the beginning of a big dream of mine. I'll share them individually as things come together, so check in often!
The whole line will debut at an upcoming craft fair here in LA in December, but products will be slowly launching online early as they come together. For example, this weekend I will be shooting two new products that are ready to go up in the shop on Monday morning! So exciting! Hope you love it.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Last night I watched Katy Perry's Part of Me and it was so good. Have you seen it? I was excited about it when it came out, but never got a moment to catch it until yesterday.
It's really inspiring to follow someone's journey and hear about all the struggles and deep dark low moments that are part of chasing a dream; and even after making that dream a reality, there's the challenge of keeping everything else afloat too.
Anyway, if you need an inspiring, feel-good kind of film, definitely check it out. Let me know if you have any other recommendations for inspiring, feel-good films!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This past weekend Ryan & I headed out with our friend Allison to Riley's Farm in Oak Glen. There was apple picking, pumpkin patching, candle making, and bbqing, just to name a few activities. And because this is southern California, there were also still strawberry and raspberry picking, and marigold fields for flower picking.
We stopped at the Hawk's Head Public House for lunch, which was like stepping back into colonial New Hampshire - complete with historical singing and metal steins filled with cider. We brought back a bag full of apples and five pound pie that will do for breakfast for the rest of the week.
If you're in the LA area and itching for some real fall activities, I'd definitely recommend a visit out to Oak Glen!
Monday, October 22, 2012
I love Halloween and all things a little creepy, but I'm also kind of a chicken when it comes to horror films - which can be challenging because my fiance loves them. The spooky-themed films below hit the sweet spot for us - just Halloween enough but not too scary to keep me up all night, jumping at every little noise.
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Frighteners
6. The Craft
7. Sleepy Hallow
8. Mad Monster Party
9. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
10. The Addams Family
Wouldn't it be great to have a movie marathon watching a film a night for the ten nights leading up to Halloween? What movies do you watch every Halloween?
Friday, October 19, 2012
I've been busy this week planning, sketching, illustrating, and producing collection of paper goods for launch this holiday season. It's been a big huge fat dream of mine to have my own line of products, so I'm just starting. Going to just put one foot in front of the other and hope you love it.
With that said, I have to thank everyone so much for the immense support of my Bad Girls Throughout History postcards. Your purchases, kind words, emails, blog posts have all meant the world to me, and given me the push to make the next leap.
And finally, a musical gift from me to you this weekend: I have been listening to Tristan Prettyman's new album Cedar + Gold non-stop. If you are a lover of sad songs, like I am, then you will love Cedar + Gold. It's the perfect bittersweet album, the kind for when you want to wrap yourself up in nostalgia of past heartbreaks. My favorite song is Never Say Never.
Spotify users, you can listen to it here.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
My favorite outfit right now at Ruche.
And if you found me via those posts, then welcome! I hope you take a seat, subscribe to the blog, and stay awhile.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Happy Monday! This is one of my favorite banana bread recipes - so much so that I have the recipe I had found in college still taped into a recipe notebook I keep, despite the water spots and blurred ink.
It's pretty healthy in that it doesn't have butter or oil, and uses just one egg. Oh, and that I got it out of Self magazine. See? Picture of health. It's kind of a perfect bread to keep in your breakfast arsenal for these cooling fall days with a hot (!) coffee.
Banana Berry Bread
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 large really ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup almond milk
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.
2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the middle.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together bananas, milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Fold in berries once mixed.
4. Pour wet batter into the well of the dry ingredients. Fold together until combined.
5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Well, I didn't do so great on the Summer To Do List. But luckily it's the start of a new season, so let's call it a blank slate and focus on the fall!
1. Carve pumpkins & decorate the house for Halloween
2. Bake some pumpkin goods, like mini donuts and pumpkin cheesecake
3. Have a Harry Potter themed cocktails & movie night
4. Go apple picking
5. Redesign blog
6. Ride the carousel at Griffith Park
7. Spend my birthday weekend in Vegas
8. Visit Disneyland during Halloweentime
9. Have a fun Halloween movie night (with faves like Hocus Pocus and Mad Monster Party)
10. Make an awesome Halloween costume
What's on your fall to-do list?
Monday, October 1, 2012
I'm excited to share an idea I've been cooking up for the last couple weeks - The Monogram Project. For 50 clams, you can order your own custom hand-painted monogram! Perfect for a baby room, kid's room, studio space, wedding gift, the possibilities are endless...just about everybody loves a monogram, no?
You can pair em up for first and last initials, or for couples as a gift. Check em out for yourself here, and let me know what you think!