Archive | January, 2013

Lucky, lucky me! (part 1)

24 Jan

So, in addition to all the other reasons I’m lucky, right after Christmas I found out I was one of three winners of the grain edit Holiday Giveaway Bash! If you aren’t familiar with grain edit, it’s an amazing blog focused on classic graphic design and illustration work from the 1950s-70s as well as contemporary design drawing inspiration from that time period. It’s my FAVOURITE. I can’t tell you how many amazing designers and illustrators they’ve introduced me to… both from back in the day and from now.

The holiday giveaway consisted of three awesome and generous prize packs – I picked door #3, and shortly afterwards the mailman started showing up nearly every day with exciting goodies for me! It’s tapered off a bit now, although I know there’s more to come. In fact, I just arrived home from a meeting with my accountant (ouch!) to find a slick polar bear print from Josh Brill/Lumadessa. Lovely surprise on a gorgeous sunny frigid day.

There’s too much to show and tell in one entry, so I’ll break it up into at least two … and update as the sweet surprises continue to arrive.

Well, to begin with:

Image{It’s called Fancy Antique Display and it comes courtesy of Morten Iveland/Infamous Foundry. It’s inspired by French decorative alphabets from the 1940s and 50s. Love it!}

I won several beautiful books! Henri’s Walk to Paris by Saul Bass, of the cool animated film titles, and Wondering Around Wandering – Work So Far by Mike Perry, just for starters:

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More books I can’t wait for a few lazy hours to wander through:

ImageImageSweet Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory

ImageImageLittle Big Books: Illustrations for Children’s Picture Books by Robert Klanten & H. Hellige – my goodness, I think they made this book JUST for ME!

ImageImageSign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon – through profiles of professional sign painters, outlines the decline of this once common skilled trade, as well as the current trend to revive traditional sign painting. Fascinating! I’d already received a copy of this great book for Christmas – so I’m spreading the luck and giving that copy away to someone else!

My prize also includes MANY screenprints and posters… WOW! Here are just a couple that I’ve received so far.

ImageMary Kate McDevitt‘s High 5 screenprint came in the cutest packaging.

ImageHere’s a detail of Javier Garcia‘s “Hail to the King” print… will be a great addition to my daughter’s room as she’s big into princesses, castles and dragons.

Well, I wonder what will come tomorrow?

Huge thanks to grain edit and their lovely sponsors!!

Winter Party Illustration for Humpty Dumpty Magazine

13 Jan

Last fall, I scored a really fun assignment for Humpty Dumpty magazine – a full spread illustrating a poem about a wintry night in a big city park – where a big birthday bash is set to begin. Keeping in mind one of my favourite places in the whole world – Central Park – I had a blast doing this – playing around with the effects of streetlights making halos of light on the snow and adding the gently falling flakes. Also hiding all the objects in plain site… trying to figure what would be just challenging enough for a 5-7 year old. My 4-year-old, who’s EXTREMELY advanced (of course she is) got about half right – I figured that would work out okay. Anyhoo, it was fun to get the printed copy in the mail the other day. Have a look! Can YOU find all the hidden party paraphernalia? Good for you!humpty-print2 humpty-print1 LW_HumptyDumpty_Winter-Party_final_REV1_wtype

Two of my favourite blogs….

10 Jan

Happy New Year!

This week I was lucky enough to get lovely profiles in two wonderful blogs – ad works, written by my good friend, art director Alexandra Douglas, and Simply Fabulous Chic, written by my new friend, Inge, from Bruges, Belgium! Alex writes about all kinds of fun, cool stuff – design related mostly, but whatever grabs her attention that day. It’s a great read and you never know what you’ll find!

Simply Fabulous Chic is the creation of Inge, a lovely Belgian mom and interior design nut with “an incurable passion for interior design and writing”. I love her blog because she combines a great eye for fresh, gorgeous home design with an infectious enthusiasm for everything she writes about, along with personal details about her life in Bruges. Also, she said some really sweet things about my Etsy shop 😉

If you have a minute or an hour, drop by either of these blogs for some eye candy and smiles!

xo