Youtube kick

I've been on a huge youtube kick as of late. I'm talking everything from Kid President, to dogs greeting their masters coming home from Iraq. Emotional, I know. Every new video I think; "ohhweee. who can I share this with!? Who needs a pick-me-up? Who would appreciate this?"

 Anywho, I found a super cool artsy one today! I have never had to think on such a large scale, so graffiti is absolutely fascinating to me!

Check it out:
Enjoy.

SPAIN!

Remember when I bought that spontaneous flight to Brazil... Well I'm back at the spontaneous spending friends. I bought my flight to Spain today! I have to admit the purchase of this flight was just slightly more premeditated than my ticket to Brazil. I've known that my brother will be studying abroad in Spain this summer and naturally, the traveling soul that I am, I knew I had to visit him. Oh, and it's his 21st birthday and he will be in a country without a legal drinking age... the irony! I'm excited to visit and celebrate his birthday though!


This time around, I will be traveling with my roommate, Erin, and we're really excited to see a lot of Spain. You may remember that I did an illustration for my Brazil trip... this time around I depicted our travels within Spain. We fly into Madrid to stay for a day or two, then take a train to stay in beautiful Barcelona for a few days, and then we meet up with my brother in Malaga for his b-day celebrations. Next, we visit Seville for a day (maybe two because I've heard its gorgeous), then head back to Madrid for the flight home. I have never traveled in such a nomadic way when going abroad. My previous experiences include; studying abroad in Italy, in which our trips were planned by other people for the most part, and Brazil of course, where I stayed with a friend and was in Rio for almost all of the trip. I'm really excited to get a different, less planned, travel method under my belt; all the while sipping sangria, eating chocolate covered churros, followed by a wonderful Spanish guitarist. Hey. A girl can dream.

3Doodle

Check this out y'all : a 3-dimensional pen. UM. What!?


How does it work you might ask... click on the above photo for the original site.

I'll put it like so for you: Imagine a glue gun, but with plastic that sets almost immediately. Got it? It's kinda like that!


Desktop Love



A little something I made for myself this week! 
Feel free to download it for your own desktop

Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Gifting

All my mom asked for this Christmas, was some personal art! She wanted something fresh to hang in the new kitchen... so I crafted up this little trio and framed them for her!




{ a photo of them hung on the wall to come... when all construction is complete! }

Inspire







How clever? Evan Robertson, the artist, has been underlining quotes in novels that really spoke to him for sometime now. It's through these illustrations where the type and the graphics interact to bring the writer's words to life. I absolutely love these!

{ More herehere }

Fancy Friends #3

Let me tell you something... I have some really awesome friends! Yes, yes, let me brag a bit cause they're really great, I swear it! You may remember, last year I blogged about a couple of my "fancy friends" in different posts, but recall my two friends who made a cookbook together in "fancy friends #2"? Well the designer from that endeavor has started a little something I'd like to brag about cause it's super neat!

Meet Adam:


But they start out like this:

The next step kind of look like this:

And then they turn out a little something like this:


I think it might be a little more interesting and informative from his perspective so I asked him to tell us about his process: "I start every piece the same: I roughen up the wood, paint it, stain it, paint it, then stain it again. I've discovered a unique painting technique that enables me to achieve the 'vintage look' that I've been embracing. I then work with the purchaser to design exactly what they're looking for; whether that's colors, city information, or a completely custom design." 
"I print the design and match it to a piece of 'vintage wood' that I think will work best. Next, I do a matte medium transfer of the print to the wood, and once that's finished I seal it. Then I draw on it, or use marker, or I paint it, or spray paint, and I sometimes use stencils. I then add on some final details to make the composition more dynamic and give the piece more depth. Lastly, I put a final gloss seal on it and ship it off to my (hopefully) happy customer via the pony express."

How's that for a process? Sounds fun, doesn't it? They look really awesome, and watching him make a couple was interesting and really inspired me. When I asked him why he was embarking on this little business adventure, he said "It lets me explore and create by instinct, and not so much design principle learned in school, although I believe it does influence a lot of my aesthetic decisions. I have fun playing with mixing the different mediums to figure out how they interact and the different effects you can achieve with them. It's exciting because even if someone orders a design that's on that site or one I've already done, every single one is different. I learn something new with every print, and it keeps the process interesting."

Now that you know allllll about Adam's schtuff you need to check it out, design one, and order yourself or a friend one!

Monday



I'm loving these colors! I repined a cute little outfit board onto my "Brazil 2012" pintrest board {yes, I feel the need to pin really awesome stuff in anticipation of my adventure} and I just fell in love with the combo! It sparked some inspiration, so I did a quick little illustrator file to make me smile. What are your current faves!?

As for my weekend, it was definitely a hot one and I somehow managed to stay outdoors for most of it. From the pool, to a barbecue, to the bars, and back to the pool — it was a wonderful weekend regardless of the heat!

Spontaneous spending




Spontaneous spending for me these days seem to be tickets to concerts, plane trips to visit friends, and many road trips for new adventures! My most recent purchase was... 
{drum roll please} 


A TICKET TO BRAZIL! 


Are you nuts?! I asked myself this very question just after purchasing it, but then became incredibly excited! I am going with a good friend, Catie, to visit one of our friends from college who is living and working in Rio de Janeiro. Call me crazy, but I think it could be classified as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The trip is in October, so I think it's much too soon to begin a countdown... maybe 20 or so days out it can begin :)

Inspired

I was feeling quite inspired today to create something in my down time at work. I came across a little tutorial {http://nicolesclasses.com/free-tutorials/} and decided to test it out. I am almost embarrassed to say I had no idea what "live paint" was, nor that there was a simple way to send portions of letters behind one another with out clipping and recreating them over top of one another (yikes). I suppose that's because in school I was taught a ton about inDesign and less about illustrator. I also preferred working in inDesign and I still do, but only because I know it so well - today I am branching out... fancy that my friends... fancy that. :)



Ohh my. I also just realized that this is really the first post of something I created. Hm. I have shown things I have done for work but I am an artist & designer outside of work too! This is a blog about anything I do, see, love, or create – silly me, I'll have to include posts about little things I like to do on the side as well!

Grafitti

So I don't know anything about street art or graffiti... other than it looks really cool and I like to photograph it! But there's something about letting lose with a spray can in these white rooms thats seems oh so intriguing to me! Teach me please?