Hand Lettering & Happiness

I'll tell you what – some days I am waaay more productive than others. As my mom always says, it must be the weather. I always laugh this off, but seriously, I've noticed I'm more productive on sunny days. It's like the perpetual Seattle clouds just suck all the drive and creativity right out of me. 

So to recap: we've had some great, beautiful weather this week, and also I've crossed a ton of things off my list this week. Coincidence? I think not. 

Congratulate yourself on making it through the week

Congratulate yourself on making it through the week

This morning, after I accidentally fell back asleep until *cough* 10:30 am *cough* I made my way out to a coffee shop and finished this fun hand lettering piece. I love art that makes me (and hopefully others) happy. I love sunshine and bright colors and coffee and I think we should all sleep till 10:30 am every day so our creativity tanks can be filled up to the brim! 

My goals for the weekend include continuing this pattern of extra sleep, soaking up some sun, and seeking out inspiration in this beautiful city. What are yours? 

– A

Queen Digital Illustration

I've always loved playing cards, and am fascinated by the beautiful, intricate illustrations. Not only are they fun to look at, but playing cards are also a great example of exceptional usability design. Designshack has a pretty comprehensive overview, if you want to learn more. 

Lately I have been trying to focus my personal illustration projects with a design centered approach. I wanted to explore symmetry, unique shapes, and geometry while maintaining a fun and whimsical vibe. I used a relatively limited color palette and employed geometric shapes and pattern to add visual interest.

Hope you enjoy! 



Photographing Your Creative Products

DIY Product Photography is crazy time consuming but also has the potential to be really rewarding. It allows you (the artist/creator/innovator/business owner/boss person) to have complete creative control over how your work is presented. It also requires access to all the necessary tools, so I totally get it if you choose to hire out.

It helps to have a studio assistant.

It helps to have a studio assistant.

I lucked out and have a husband who dabbles in professional photography, so I enlisted his help to create a make shift studio in our little apartment. We set up our kitchen table against a wall, taped the backdrop up to the wall, then flowed it down the table. We got out all his lighting equipment and camera(s), and at this point realized that all this stuff took up the majority of the room, with little space left for us to actually move around. #citylife

I made a checklist of each photo I wanted and gathered some different props. In between each shot, I found myself ducking under lighting equipment and tripping over the cat; I imagined I was in a craft store obstacle course with ribbon traps and glitter bombs ready to go off the minute I lost my balance. I persevered.

It took us a few nights and only minimal bickering, but we made it through my whole list and I am so happy with the results! I kept thinking back to a section in Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss in which she talks about painstakingly styling every one of her photo shoots for the vintage pieces she would sell on Ebay. I felt I was channeling my inner Sophia and taking control of the whole creative process, rather than a single part. After pouring so much into each piece of artwork, it was great to take control of how I wanted each piece positioned and styled to best reflect my brand.