Illustration

LAST February Creativity: Day 33….Finish Something!!

Indeed. I have finished the second illustration in my new Zodiac series! I started at the beginning of the year with Capricorn, and then Aquarius. I will be working diligently over the next few months to finish them all! Stay tuned to see more!

capricorn_webAquarius_web

Stay tuned this month for more new illustrations. I am working hard to bring some great work together to sell in my shop!
These two will be available on Etsy later this month with other new things in my illustration collection!!

Keep checking back! And thanks for following my February Creativity posts!! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have 🙂
AMber 🙂

February Creativity: Day Sixteen….Don’t Give Up!

Ok, so I decided to skip day 15 (Collaborate) because I feel it is just a combo of day 13 (Surround yourself with creative people) and day 14 (Get feedback). Basically, work with others, get their opinions, bounce ideas off them with will in turn give you ideas = CREATIVITY… and all will be peachy. Got it.

Ayyyy….

Don’t Give up….

Well. This one is pretty much self explanatory. And for me it was a slap in the face.
SO….I worked on a series of acrylic paintings on canvas this summer. They were painted in a post card style, of cities where my husband and I have lived together..Madrid, New York, and Istanbul. I included things that were my favorite part of that city, using colors I felt represented it. I wanted to include a cityscape and important landmarks in the paintings. New York and Madrid came out great , and it was a fun idea…….

 postcard

………….until I met Mr. Istanbul. I had all these ideas but when I put them on the canvas I couldn’t make it work and got disheartened…and put it aside.
My husband is so funny. At least once a week he will ask me if I am going to finish Istanbul. It drives me crazy, but he is right! I should finish it and I shouldn’t give up on it. Just because it is a personal project and not for any client doesn’t give me leave to just give up on it, nor permanently place it on the back burner.

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Here and now I pledge….to finish my Istanbul painting. haha. Maybe it may even be my Day 33? haha, we’ll see 🙂

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Practice! Practice! Practice!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Five….Be Otherworldly!

What does Otherworldly mean?
Yes, I needed clarity so I went to: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/otherworldly

oth·er·world·ly  (/ˌəT͟Hərˈwərldlē/)

adj.

1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of another world, especially a mystical or transcendental world: “The effect was dreamy, otherworldy”(Gioia Diliberto).
2. Devoted to the world of the mind; concerned with intellectual or imaginative things.
3. Concerned with an afterlife, especially when inattentive to the present.

I also went to: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworldly Funny thing here is at the end of the definition explanation there is a comment box. Seems like I am not the only one to be posting about the 33 Ways to Stay Creative! Many people are doing the same thing….weird!

I am going to run with definition TWO, part TWO for my purposes: “Concerned with intellectual or imaginative things.”
I am a big fan of the fantasy realm, and apparently, most things otherworldly…as long as they are not scary. Ever since watching the midnight showing of “The Ring” my senior year of High School….well, let’s just say I’m not a fan. But I do like otherworldly things and/or beings that spread the love 🙂

Today I am developing an illustration idea that I have had in the back of my mind for a while, and since VDay is approaching it seems most appropriate. I am a huge fan of mermaids…I suppose most girls my age are since I think Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was in its peak when I was a snot-gobbler….But I must give most of my my mermaid-love credit to My Auntie Stefie. I love her. 🙂 ANyhoo….

Below you have a few progress sketches. There wasn’t enough time today to finish it. But I plan to do it in watercolor and maybe some digital coloring. I will post the finished illustration this week 🙂 Hope you like it!

mermaidSketch1

mermaidDetailSketch

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Quit Beating Yourself up!
To see the full list go HERE.

Finney’s Happy Customers…

Just a quick note to share a few pics from Happy Finney Customers. It feels great to put so much work into a project and be rewarded with happy readers 🙂 Thanks Everyone!

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Illustrated Children’s Book – “Finney’s First Flight”

FINNEY’S FIRST FLIGHT PUBLISHED AND READY FOR PURCHASE!

Finnegan Fox was a freckle-faced fellow . . .

A determined young lad from a bygone era pushes past the naysayers of his village to make his dreams come true. An inspiring lyrical book for any age.

Project Details:
Project: Illustration of a Children’s Picture Book
Author: James T. Lanier
Publisher:  Team Publishing
ISBN:  0988628708
Specs:

  • 8.5″x 8.5″, 36 pages and 15 spread illustrations
  • Designed the layout and typesetting
  • Books were drawn by hand with India ink and dip pen, digitally colored.

Here you have a link to a post about a few happy customers 🙂

If you are a bookseller – FINNEY’S FIRST FLIGHT is available through Team Publishing.
ISBN# 978-1623950934.

If you are a customer and your local bookstore doesn’t have Finney in stock yet, please ask them to order your copy (and an extra for the store).

If you don’t have a local bookseller, FINNEY’S FIRST FLIGHT is available on CreateSpace and Amazon in paperback.

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FINNEY ACTIVITIES

Wallpapers

wallpaper_finney_ian  wallpaper_finney_falling

Color-A-Page

ColorAPage_FinneyFarrier ColorAPage_FinneySheep

Puzzles

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Stationary Design & Illustration – Boarding Pass Wedding Invites

Just to show a bit more of our wedding fun here are our finished invites designed and illustrated by Yours Truly, and printed by Poor Richards Press in my hometown, California, USA.

Project: Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation

Event:  Amber & Alvaro Wedding

Theme: Our wedding is a dual theme, peacock and travel. We are a very international couple, American and Spanish living in Turkey so it seemed to fit us 🙂 The invite also had to be bilingual seeing that most of the groom’s family and friends are coming from Madrid and other parts of Spain. What better than a boarding pass invite?!

Specs:

  • 4×9  Pocket invitation in Bronze by Paper Presentation
  • #10 mailing envelope in Olive also by Paper Presentation
  • 2 custom illustrations: Custom Couple illustration on opening panel and custom event map on back of accommodations page
  • 2 double-sided “boarding pass” invite cards including: invite/pattern and accommodations/map place in pocket of invitation
  • All invites sealed with an authentic peacock feather from Fabulous Feathers
  • Custom Wedding Logo with names and date
  • Custom rubber stamps with wedding logo and return address and bronze ink stamping pad from Rubber Stamps
  • Design: All layout, patterns, illustrations, logos, and text placement designed by me 🙂
Click below to scroll through images of the completed invitation!

New wedding pattern

So…I decided for my invites that I needed a pattern as a background element. Using our logo and our combination of themes from before I came up with this repeatable pattern. I have never made a repeatable pattern before  but it was a lot of fun!

Later on, I’m sure I can find more uses for it other than the invite, like napkins and backs of pages…all kinds of hidden places 🙂 Enjoy!

To see more of my work click here!

SNAIL TRAIL EXPRESS #02

#2 in the Snail Trail Express project is a Belated Birthday card for one of my favorite Australians. Here is a sneak peak of the card…She hasn’t received the card yet, so until she does this will have to whet your appetite! Enjoy!

November 9, 2011: Ok folks, my friend has received her card so you may now see all of it 🙂

Specs:

Title:
Skinny Bitches

Date:
October 25, 2011

Mailed to:
Gill Moxham

Where:
Montrose, Victoria  AUSTRALIA

Snail Trail Express #01

Here is the first fruit of my labor for my Snail Trail Express Project. A postcard. I drew this on the airplane on my trip to California this summer. Some of you may have experienced a transcontinenal flight…but those of you have not let me fill you in. It’s horrible! Imagine a 12hr+ ride in an armchair made of cement. That about sums it up. However, I am eternally grateful for the ability to fly such a long distance in such a short time. My life has been forever changed being able to take advantage of the technology.

With that said…I live in Europe and my family in North America, so I have flown MANY times transcontinentally. But this time was the FIRST time that I had one of those BODY SCANS…..yeah, you know, the one where they scan your body in a box cubicle thing while you stand with your arms above your head, legs spread on the painted footmarks on the floor, head forward, WITHOUT MOVING or your body will be turned into moosh scanner…..The one where you show your world the the unknown person(s) behind the secret screen….

Another thing, I was not scanned prior to entering the US. No,no, I was scanned before a 45 minute local flight from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo on a plane that can only hold 20 people. SLO, population 50,000…..threat?  Zero.

But that’s cool, Im all about my security…Im sure others feel super uncomfortable, but I thought it was pretty cool; like I had done something wrong and got away with no punishment, heehee. I had always wondered what it felt like to be frisked by the police…this was the closest Ive ever been…minus the frisking…pity. But anyways…. THANK YOU LAX, for keeping it fresh and exciting for me <3 See you next year (wink, wink 😉

SNEAK PEAK | My New Children’s Book

My client and I are currently in the process of publishing our newly finished treasure so therefore at this moment I cannot release any specific details about the book or storyline for copyright purposes. However, I can say that it has been a pleasure working with fine material and a fine client for the past year and I can’t wait until I have a real copy in my hands!

Project: Illustration of one Easy Reader Children’s Book

Author:  James T. Lanier

Storyline:  Can’t tell you yet! …But I can say it is centered around an innovative and determined boy, eager to make his dreams come true.

Specs:

  • One 9″x9″  32 page children’s book
  • Illustrations: 15 spreads, 1 single page, one spot , covers front and back
  • Illustrations: hand drawn with ink and dip pen, scanned and colored in Photoshop
  • Design: All layout, cover, and text placement designed by me 🙂
Click below to scroll through some snippets of the completed illustrations to whet your appetite for this thrilling and inspirational story by James T. Lanier, coming soon!

Illustration – Snail Trail EXPRESS Postcards

Snail Trail EXPRESS, cheesy I know, but that is what my new project is called.  For me, the name came from the idea of snail mail (obviously) and that like a snail, I am DRAGGING MY TAIL with promoting me and my art. Just thought I could use this SNAIL MAIL to leave my TRAIL express-like! (haha, I crack myself up) Here I go! This is ME coming OUT of my FUNK!

Goals: I have been looking for a way out of my ongoing funk to be creative outside my work projects and I was inspired by a current project (Wandering Poste) by Amanda Wallace, a former art colleague from uni days. She has been illustrating postcards as a way to keep herself sketching and also a way to express her current ideas/feelings in life with possible use in future projects. I LOVE IT!  So…I am finding inspiration from the wisdom of those who came before me and I am appropriating the idea…

  • Draw a little every day to keep the creative juices flowin’
  • Share what I do with others
  • Brainstorming what could possibly influence future projects
  • Creative outlet apart from work

Specs: Each stationary item will have:

  • A one of a kind illustration on some kind of stationary item: postcard, greeting card, etc.
  • Be stamped with a custom Snail Trail EXPRESS stamp
  • Be dated, signed, and numbered.
  • Customized message written by yours truly…

Project Guidelines

  • To begin August 1, 2011 until… ?
  • In theory, weekly an item will be drawn
  • Drawings can be from any genre I deem worthy of drawing or writing
  • I will post an image of each item drawn on this blog as part of the documentation process
  • Items will be mailed after being thoroughly documented and photographed
    • Those who are on my Snail Trail EPRESS Fan Club address list will receive a postcard or some kind of stationary item at some point in time. Send me an email to idrawprettypictures@gmail.com with your name & address to be added to the list.
  • Art may be replicated or sold by it’s owner “Art by Amber Rose” at any future date.

A big part of this project is YOU! The readers, family, friends, the unknowners, or whoever… so take part!

Check back in August for the first item!
To view ALL STExpress posts, click HERE.

#01:Postcard

Title:
Keepin’ it Fresh

Date:
August 15, 2011

Mailed to:
Sally Mitchell

Where:
Wilton, CT

More here…

#02:Belated Birthday Card

Title:
Skinny Bitches

Date:
October 25, 2011

Mailed to:
Gill Moxham

Where:
Montrose, Victoria AUSTRALIA

More here…

Illustrated Children’s Books – “Jeanettie”

It is Jeanettie’s family’s hope that someday everyone will treat each other equally and that the disabled will not be labeled as retard, cripple, dummy, or even noticed that a disability exists. The truth is that whether you’re disabled or not, everyone should be treated with equal respect.

Project: Illustration of a series of Easy Reader Children’s Books
Author: Charlotte Lozano-Blackmore
Publisher:  Publish America
ISBN:  978-1-4560-1541-1  (Jeanettie Learns About Teasing)
978-1-4560-1483-4  (Jeanettie Is Called Retard)
Specs:

  • “Jeanettie Is Called Retard”, 8.5″x8.5″, 34 pages and 25 illustrations
    “Jeanettie Learns About Teasing”, 8.5″x9″, 26 pages and 20 illustrations
  • Designed the Logotype “Jeanettie” using the character’s braids as inspiration.
  • Books were drawn by hand with micron technical pens and digitally colored.

If you are a bookseller – FINNEY’S FIRST FLIGHT is available through Publish America.
ISBN# 978-1623950934.

If you are a customer and your local bookstore doesn’t have Finney in stock yet, please ask them to order your copy (and an extra for the store).

If you don’t have a local bookseller, FINNEY’S FIRST FLIGHT is available on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, & Publish America in hard cover and paperback.

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JEANETTIE ACTIVITIES

Wallpapers

wallpaper_jeanettie_retard     wallpaper_jeanettie_teasing

Color-A-Page

ColorAPage_JeanettieDance       ColorAPage_JeanettieStroller

Puzzles

crossword_jeanettieRetard       crossword_jeanettieTeasing

Recipe
Piñata Cookies by
SheKnows

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Mini M&M candies
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (frosting)
  • 2 teaspoons milk (frosting)

-Make the dough.
-Color the dough.
-Layer the dough.
-Wait.
-Cut the cookies.
-Create the hidden pocket.
-Assembling the piñata cookies.
*For the step-by-step and photo assisted recipe, go here.

Hand Puppets  by EasyChildCrafts.com

Materials:

  • A printer–our template comes in pdf form
  • Construction paper, white printer paper or foam sheets (which is what we used to decorate our puppets)
  • Pieces of felt or material
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Glue stick, white glue or a glue gun (adult supervision required)
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils (your choice)
  • Download Hand puppet template (to the left)

Instructions:

  • Print out the template for the basic pattern.
  • Cut out the template. Pin it to a piece of felt or other fabric and cut out two pieces.
  • Glue or sew the two felt/fabric pieces together.
  • Decorate the other template pieces to your liking using either crayons, colored pencils, markers or colored foam sheets.
  • Use pictures as reference for the placement of the body parts on the hand puppet.
  • Create your own unique creature or person puppet.
  • That’s it….let the glue dry before you start playing and performing with your puppets!

Activities for puppets:

  • Act out a storybook and create a new ending.
  • Practice script to preform as a puppet play.
  • Watch YouTube videos of puppet plays for example.
  • Go to see a live puppet show.
  • Explore joke books to learn new jokes to use in your puppet skits.
  • Construct your own puppet theatre. Appliance boxes work really well.
  • Start a collection of puppets and define the personality traits they will protray in plays.
To see all posts about Jeanettie please click here
You may also be interested in Finney’s First Flight!

Book Design & layout – The Guitar Gym Workbook

This project was a fun one. The people of The Guitar Gym in San Luis Obispo, CA have come up with a great way to teach guitar…without notes or reading music! Its brilliant, and patented! So, do’t think you can steal their ingenious! neener neener! Gian and Chris Minardi are the owners of the Guitar Gym and they have a lesson plan for their 7-12 year old students called “Island Rhythm and Blues” where they use an island/travel theme to help the students learn a Blues chord.

When they came to me, their “lesson plan” was a bunch of haphazard papers thrown into a folder. Their ideas are abundant but their knowledge of of design and organization is a little less abundant 🙂 So,I helped them create a cohesive lesson plan booklet using their methods and my oranization skills.

Project: Island Rhythm & Blues: Guitar workbook

Client:  Gian Minardi, The Guitar Gym

Specs:

  • 8.5″x11″ workbook. Spiral bound for easy placement on music stands for playing guitar.
  • Color coded chapters to help with navigation
  • Each lesson chapter intro is an illustrated spread to introduce the new chord (character), and place the names of the chords with faces of children with whom the students can identify.
  • Illustrations include: 3 chord characters: Bob, Alex, Ed; The spinner and scroll, passport for lesson completed stamp
  • This project was my senior project in college in 2009, it can be viewed HERE
Below is a slideshow with the complete book for you to view, below the slideshow are a few single images:

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Progress on Jeanettie Books…

I thought it was time for a new post. And why not post how I am doing on the Jeanettie books! I know I have already given info on the first two books previously. I am having fun on the last 4. I am trying new things with the compositions, and playing with patterns in photoshop and using more detail to complete the illustrations. The detail is what takes the longest…but its also what makes the illustrations more engaging! Take a look! 🙂

Both of these spreads are from “Jeanettie Learns Mommy is Handicapped Too” by Charlotte Blackmore Lozano

Illustration – Greeting Cards

BIRTHDAY
C20Etsy_HatchDay_front  Etsy_PuppyBday_front Etsy_CaptainHeart_front

MOTHER’S  & FATHER’S DAY
C03Etsy_MomHome_front  C05Etsy_MomFlower_front  Etsy_MomMum_front

HOLIDAY
C01Etsy_NoBunny_front  C02Etsy_FavPeep_front

NEW BABY

All these cards and more… you can find and purchase at my online Etsy store, or you can click in the menu above on STORE.

New Jeanettie Books Website!

My client, Charlotte Blackmore-Lozano, just put up a website featuring the books that she wrote and I illustrated! If you have been reading my posts then you have already heard of these books…if not, then check it out! There are a couple more preview illustrations on my Illustration Folio page, but click the link below to check out the new site. Thanks all!

JeanettieBookSeries.com

Amber Rose Illustrations

These are the covers for Books one and two!

Jeanettie is on her way!!

Contract has been signed and Book One and Two of the Jeanettie Series is being published! Still no definite news on the Oprah dates but I will post as soon as I do know!! Be sure of that!

Amber Rose Illustrations

These are the covers for Books one and two!