New York, New York!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month, but I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening reception of the Student Scholarship exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, in which my illustration was a finalist. It was super surreal to see one of MY pieces hanging in an exhibit in NYC. I did not win any awards at the reception, but it was fantastic to be there and I’m really honored and humbled.

I took terrible photos (it was a very crazy, chaotic 24 hours that I was there) but fortunately, some of my former classmates traveled to NYC last week and they stopped in at the museum. One of my former teachers took these photos of my piece, and I am very happy to have nice, quality photos of it hanging in the gallery!

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I also  happened to be BACK up in NYC over Memorial Day weekend to attend a few Broadway shows with my sister. We saw Cabaret (with Alan Cumming!) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (with Neil Patrick Harris!). I love Cabaret, and I was so excited to be able to see Alan Cumming reprise the role (and he stood like 4 feet from me in the audience!) but… I was especially excited to see Hedwig. My first tattoo, on my hip, was the Origin of Love symbol used in the film. The show.. blew away my mind and both elated and destroyed my heart. The movie is fantastic, and I was skeptical that the show would give the same feels. But Oh. My. God. The show blew the movie out of the water. It was meant to be a stage show. Everything made so much sense. NPH played both the role of Hedwig and Tommy and after seeing that, I had a metaphorical head slap moment of going, “Of course he plays both roles. It makes so much sense! It’s his other half! He is his other half, is other half is him.” I still adore the movie, and I immediately watched it the first night I got back, but I don’t think anything will come close to what the show made me feel.

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I love NYC and I have enjoyed my time up there this past month, but it’s also a city that really stresses me out. And it’s expensive. I’m looking forward to a few trips and visits this summer, but keeping it fairly low key from here on out. It’s very hard to save for a wedding when you’re traveling. Time to simmer down.

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Don’t Blink!

 

News!

Well, this is a surprise.

I received an e-mail from an instructor of mine at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh that apparently a piece of mine was accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators 2014 Student Competition! I wasn’t aware I even had anything entered, as only faculty can submit. I was apparently the only AIP student to make it into the show and I’ll admit that, until he confirmed which piece it was, I thought he may have the wrong girl. Confidence has never been my strong suit, which he knows. So I am extremely grateful to him that he had my back and submitted this piece without my even knowing!

The piece that made it into the show is my Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Mini-Cooper illustration. I’ve posted about that piece before. It’s funny – the piece itself didn’t win the competition it was created for, but it has earned me a freelance opportunity for a similar poster and now has earned me a spot in a show produced by the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators.

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I’m extremely humbled and happy!

I will hopefully be able to attend the event in New York in early May, where my piece will be hanging in the show. Awards are given out and I will have the opportunity to tour the Society’s museum, which has original Rockwell and Wyeth’s just hanging on their walls. Dream!

You can view my piece, and all of the other winning entries, here!

It’s a very exciting opportunity and I’m grateful that, despite my own lack of self-confidence, I apparently have supporters who believe in me and my work. I have been struggling a lot with my art lately, as I’m so out of practice and it’s discouraging. But this has given me the spark I needed to get back into art shape. I may design for a living, but there was a time when art was also my hobby and a day didn’t go by I wasn’t at least sketching. I need to get back to that place, because I was much happier when I was there. Project “Art from Sun Up to Sun Down” – GO!

[Late] Sunday sketch. More like Monday.

Here’s the thing:

Doing what you love for a living is fantastic. It’s great and I wouldn’t trade it. But, when it’s a creative field.. sometimes that means you can get burnt out and not want to do any personal work. I design allllllllllllllllllllll day long and it’s a dream – but it also means that when I come home, I don’t want to be anywhere near the computer or think about much art at all. I’ve been way out practice with my drawing and it’s been ages since I did a digital illustration.

I’ve been working on this freelance project for months and months – or I should say, it’s been in the works. And I’ve just dragged my feet on it. Not because the project isn’t cool, but because when I get home from work – I’m lazy. Period.

But, deadlines happen, as they so often do, and I have been pulling some late nights to get caught up on my workload – it’s a bit too soon for me to have this feeling of being in school again, losing sleep, but at the same time… it’s a little fun. But it also takes away from my previous commitment to posting a Sunday Sketch every week.

So, in lieu of that, here’s a very rough sneak peak into what I’m working on: cars! Not really my forté, but.. at least it’s art.

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I win the award for messiest, most vague layers.

P.S. You’ll find that this design is very similar to my mini-cooper design – and you would be correct! That is how the client heard of me and asked me to create them something very similar to that. Since my mini illustration was not chosen for the contest it was created for and therefore never published, I figured… why not! It’s also inspired me to do a series of posters in this style.. except, probably not more cars. I’m really not a huge fan of cars. I think I’d like to do other objects and perhaps even animals if I’m feeling adventurous enough.. hmmm…

Good Design Day

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To try and get back into the “Good Design Day” tradition (for which I am trying to come up with a more clever name…) I’m going to break from my usual self-depreciating habits and spotlight one of my own pieces!

This was an illustration I did for a contest for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It was a poster to highlight the MINI for the 2014 Grand Prix. Mine did not win the competition, but it was a finalist. I love the wallpaper effect and have been creating a series of these posters in my head with various objects – and even animals. So to motivate myself to finally get around to doing some more wallpaper style pieces like this, here’s my first!

You can buy a print here!

Equaliphants (Elephants for Equality)

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This was a spot illustration I did for a political article that was highlighting Republicans in support of same-sex marriage. But no matter your political party, these are a pair of adorable, gay elephants everyone can love!

Digital illustration.

Buy a print here!