Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Work: Sticker Sunday - "Baby Toys"

Moving away from the birthday theme a bit, but continuing with more in baby theme this week. This is a lovely simple sticker sheet that I had a lot of fun drawing. It's actually a little hard to choose toys that can be universally recognized and not specifically branded, or at least finding a way of representing them generically. Of course, I have the most fun with the rocking horse. And what a lovely production surprise, several icons in part or wholly in molded resin - very 3D indeed!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Work: Sticker Sunday - "1st Birthday Girl"

Continuing the birthday theme, here is the matching girl counterpart "first" birthday boy that I posted a couple weeks ago. The layout is very similar, kind of "flipped" if you will. The base icons are also the same, but patterns and visual themes have changed, as well as the individual toy element (here a horsey, on the boy sheet it was a truck). I didn't choose colors, but boy/girl themes are uniformly blue/pink respectively, so I pretty much knew what to expect. Again, it's a nice surprise to see real string elements and epoxy included in the production.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: CHICKEN

Yay! I finished an IF, just under the wire (in my own time zone anyway). I've recently been experimenting with a new style and decided to keep playing with it on this. It's all just for fun and experimentation.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Work: Sticker Sunday - "Happy Birthday Party"

Happy Birthday to me! Sticker Sunday falls on my actual birthday this year. :)

I've chosen my most recent birthday theme released by EK. Not that it's one of my favorites. It's kind of boring actually - but I say that only because, as I've mentioned, I've done countless birthday themes and it all gets rather dull after a while.

I did complete the color selection and vector work myself, but I have not seen an actual sample of this yet, so I don't know if they did any special production materials like epoxy, vellum or glitter, etc. I'm curious to find out though.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

New Work: Sticker Sunday - "1st Birthday Boy"

This is my birthday month, so I'm going to concentrate on some of my more recent birthday/baby sticker themes. My nephew's birthday is also this week, so I'm kicking things of with a birthday boy theme (even though he's much older than 1). Birthday themes come up a lot in stickers and I've done so many birthday sticker sheets I can't even count them anymore. Sometimes they get a little more specific, like Birthday Cakes only or Birthday Candles (both of which I've done in the past). It can either make things easier or more difficult… the later as with this one. A "first" birthday is very specific, and with a child so young it's more of a birthday/baby combination. Thankfully I was asked for both girl and boy themed sheets which also makes things a little easier.

Once again, being a Jolee's/3D sticker I was not involved with the vector art, color or production of this sheet - so it was a nice surprise to see the finished product. I happen to like these colors, but they had to recreate my text work and I'm not fond of the results. This was before I was delivering the vector text files with my final sketches - which I do regularly now.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Work: Sticker Sunday - "Holiday Snowflakes"

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve… and recovered well on New Year's Day! Is it snowing where you are? It hardly ever snows where I am, and I do miss it.

These stickers are part of a very fun collection called Parcel (based on vintage Christmas decorations)… named after and developed with a shop of the same name in Montclair, NJ (just around the corner from where I used to live). It's an adorable shop that sells vintage items and paper goods of all kinds. If you live nearby, I highly recommend a visit. As you can see, the final product changed from the original sketch in favor of larger icons. Seeing the actually samples was also a surprise, sometimes I never know what to expect from the translation from sketch to 3D production. They certainly are beautiful… (if I do say so myself).