creativity

A Super Boy battles a Super Foe….while coloring :)

A good friend of mine has an amazing little boy named Landon, full of love and compassion. This little super hero happens to have cancer.

Our super hero just received a special package from me.
A coloring book featuring him as the hero and his cancer as the foe, and the epic battle that happens.

Please visit this link to learn more about Landon and his story.

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Here are a few pages from the coloring  book:

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ILLUSTRATION – FRENCHIE FOOD TRUCK ‘MURAL’

LE PINCHE FRANCÉS

By far this has to be one of the COOLEST projects I have ever been a part of!

Picture this: A french business guy….and a mexican doctor gal fall in love….
The French guy moves to Mexico to be with his beloved….
The French guy opens up a “taco truck” that serves French food in Ensenada!!!
They hire THIS GAL to draw a mural that covers almost the entire surface of the taco truck. (SO COOL)
Everyone lives happily ever After!

Check them out!! https://www.facebook.com/LePincheFrances

Project Details:
Project: Illustration of a “taco truck”
Customer: Le Pinche Frances Restaurante
Location:  Ensenada, BC Mexico
Specs:

    • 7′ x 21′ side of a truck plus back door panel
    • Only Requirements: French and Mexican Stereotypes
    • Sketched by hand, then vectorized in Illustrator for optimum large format printing on vinyl

Truck Before:

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Some sketching:
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Final Sketch:

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Truck After:

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Truck Closeup:

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French guy and Mexican gal (left) on opening day <3
AND THE CAKE !!!!:

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Let the Party go on! and on! and on!
I wish you guys all the best with your frenchie truck!

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Check them out!! https://www.facebook.com/LePincheFrances

Latest and Greatest Wedding Portrait Completed :)

Congratulations to Rachel and Anthony on their Destination wedding!

This was a really fun project, including the “City Lights” theme in the background.

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To see more Custom caricature portraits click HERE.

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Provide me a good caption…and I gift you a card ;)

Hey All! I just drew this today as an idea for a new Greeting Card but Im lost for words…I need all my moms out there to help give me a short and sweet caption that I can use on the card that goes with the message. Don’t hold back!

The person with the best caption will receive a free downloadable greeting card of their choice from my shop!

Please post your caption on my Facebook page (to keep it all together in one place 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-by-Amber-Rose/217565974990095

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Happy Birthday to my Hubby <3

This weekend was my husband’s birthday. He is a pilot, which makes for really fun content when thinking of gifts for him 🙂 I’m sure he is getting tired of my airplane motif but I havn’t yet! heehee! This weekend in addition to his favorite homemade lemon pie…he was treated to chocolate chip airplane pancakes :))

It was for my dear hubby…now it is available for all!
Enjoy!

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Earth Day Color-A-Page

Hey Everyone!

Next Monday is Earth Day. It makes me a little sad that we only celebrate our mighty earth one day a year…it makes me even sadder that the other 364 days we are destroying her. I am just as guilty as the next person 🙁 I am too selfish to give up the commodity and ease that our modern life has provided us with even though I know how detrimental it is to our planet. But how do we change this? How do we revert back to a time without those commodities? Is it even possible?

Can we live without our bottled waters?… meaning we need our own well source, or going to the river each day to gather the day’s water ration?
Can we live without our vehicles?… meaning riding your bicycle, horse, or walking to and from the places you need to go?
Can we live without our computers and paper? … meaning we need to write on bark or rock walls and communicate in person?

Are we humble enough or physically capable to revert? Can we undo what knowledge has been done? I don’t think so.
I mean, this very project….Color-A-Page, encourages people to use their computers and print on their paper….I am just as guilty as my neighbor.

I think the more realistic question is… are we capable of using the knowledge we have to BETTER the way we live? To utilize our “advanced” noggins to come up with a non-destructive way to live with the commodities that we have? I mean, all the other “inferior” species on this planet have not destroyed our habitat. The deer and the trees and the fish in the seas… they live and they die, the circle of life. Our GREAT species seems to try and change that circle, and in the process eliminating all the other living creatures…why?

…..We truly will be the end of ourselves and it makes me really sad.

Sorry to be such a downer, but this is such a horribly depressing yet realistic topic.
But on a somewhat happier note, this weeks Color-A-Page is an ode to our Mother Earth, and Earth Day. May she live long.

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Color-A-Page Anyone?

Hey all!

I am just curious if anyone has downloaded any of the recent color a pages and has colored them?

If so….EMAIL ME your colored version as a jpeg, your name, age, and city you are from and I will share it on my Memoir!

Two New Cards – “Happy Mum’s Day” and “I Wuv You” Birthday

Two cards this week! An assortment of chrysanthemums for all the mums out there 🙂
And a little pup for those lovey-dovey birthdays coming up!

Both available on my Etsy site as a printables.

Enjoy!

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You can see more of my greeting cards Here.

This Week’s Color-A-Page: Swiss Sechseläuten Spring Festival!!

In the United States the 15th of April is a dreaded day….TAX DAY. I thought about drawing about that…but how boring is tax day? So I sniffed around the internet a bit and found this great Swiss holiday!

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The Sechseläuten (Zürich German: Sächsilüüte) is a traditional spring holiday in the Swiss city of Zürich celebrated on the 3rd Monday of April, since the early 20th century. Following the parade of the Zünfte (guilds), the climax of the holiday is the burning of Winter in effigy, in the form of the Böögg, a figure of a snowman prepared with explosives. The custom of burning a ragdoll called Böögg predates the Sechseläuten. A Böögg (cognate to bogey) was originally a masked character doing mischief and frightening children during the carnival season. Popular tradition has it that the time between the lighting of the pyre and the explosion of the Böögg`s head is indicative of the coming summer: a quick explosion promises a warm, sunny summer, a drawn-out burning a cold and rainy one. The shortest time on record is 5:07 minutes in 1974, and the longest in 2001 with 26:23.

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NEW! Custom WEDDING Caricature Portraits!

Wedding season is almost upon us!

Are you getting married? How about a custom illustration (maybe from an engagement pic?) to display at the wedding….or use as the center of a large “Guest Book” signable framed mat to hang on your wall?

Are you already married? What a unique and fun way to display one of your beautiful wedding photos! It would be a great conversation piece with guests!

Is someone you know getting married? How about gifting them a Custom Illustration of themselves? They are sure to treasure it!

 

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Click HERE to see more examples of Custom Caricature Portraits!

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Color-A-Page is heeeeere! “Qingming” whaaaat?

Qingming Festival. aka “Tomb Sweeping Day”

So I read about this really cool festival in some parts of East Asia…..Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and some places in China.

Ever thought to respect the memory of your dead ancestors? I must admit I havn’t….until now! I think it’s a great festival! Who are we without our family and our history? So it has officially been added to Color-A-Page!

There are many traditional activities involves with this festival as stated in this article. But the most intriguing to me are the kites!

Flying kites is a traditional activity on Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day. People like flying kites on Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day, no matter in the daytime or at night. In the evening, they attach strings of little colorful lanterns to the kite or the thread, which look like twinkling stars in the sky, giving them the name “sacred lantern”. In the past, some people would cut off the thread when the kite flew to the sky, letting it drift to wherever the wind took it. It is said that this can cure diseases, prevent disasters and bring good luck.
~http://cn.hujiang.com

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Illustration – Custom Caricature Portraits

Made just for you!

Illustrations are hand-drawn with pen and ink by artist Amber Rose Francis, and then digitally colored and edited to match the photos provided.

For more information, or to get your own Custom Caricature Portrait Illustration visit my Etsy shop!

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New Mother’s Day Card – “Mothers Are Like Flowers” <3 <3

Another week for mom. This was inspired by my own wonderful mama, she LOVES Stargazer Lilys! I hope your mama enjoys it as much as mine will 🙂
It is available on my Etsy site as a printable.
Enjoy!

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You can see more of my greeting cards Here.

This weeks Color-A-Page!

Its that time of week again! Hip hip Hooray! Color-A-Page!

This week marks the beginning of Semana Santa in Spain and in many other Catholic/Christian countries, ending with the infamous Easter Sunday. In commemoration of this renowned holiday I give you this week’s “Easter Cross” Color-A-Page.

Enjoy!

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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!

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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 Thirty Two….Have Fun!

Well…I most certainly DID have fun! I had so much fun last Sunday…and the rest of the week that I didn’t finish my blogging!

Last Sunday my husband came home after being away for a week. So we spent the majority of the day together! After he unpacked we caught up on the American Idol episodes that we had missed (Just because we aren’t in America doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy it too!)

Then we went out for lunch at a local turkish place. It was goo, but not the best. The whole time Mr. Man and I are chatting an catching up. I DO really love that guy!! Afer lunch we walked over to one of our favorite cafes nearby to do one of our favorite things together. ok..ok…its one of MY favorite things for us to do together, but he puts up with it. I LOVE playing backgammon. Its a super Greek and Turk thing to do, but usually its the men. They even have “men only” cafes where they smoke a fruity hookah and play for HOURS. But I like it, and the cafe knows it too. They see us walk in and they immediately serve us tea and “tavla” (turkish for backgammon.).

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We then spent the rest of the evening snuggled up in each other’s company. Can’t get any better than this!

But….where’s the creativity? Should this inspire a backgammon piece of art? hmmmm….

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February Creativity: Day Thirty One….Clean your Workspace!

Are you a messy worker? Are you “functionally” disorganized? Me too!
It’s funny though… I can begin a new project on a messy desk, but I cannot begin cooking with a messy kitchen…weird? I think so.

I believe having a clean workspace when starting a new project takes away some subliminal stress we carry in messy zones. Starting with a clear workspace gives me a clear mind free of distractions to begin without any hinderances. And without those pesky hinderances I can be more creative! TA-DA!!! win win.

That being said…I cleaned my desk 🙂 (applause)

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ok…so maybe you don’t see much of a difference because we have a lot of stuff and not a lot of space, but…

…I feel like….
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Go on…try it out!

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

February Creativity: Day Twenty Nine….Stop Trying to Be Someone Else’s Perfect!

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Again, I feel like this is one of those truths that is easier in words than in application.

All I can really say is…just do it folks, Do your best to be yourself and do more of what makes you happy…not what others deem important, necessary or what is and isn’t perfect. Perfect in not attainable, stop trying and just be you.

’nuff said.

 

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Got an Idea? Write it Down!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Eight….Create A Framework!

What the heck is a framework?

frame·work  [freym-wurk]

n.

1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.

ahhhhhh…..
A FUNDEMENTAL STRUCTURE.
Basically, TIME MANAGEMENT and TASK PRIORITIZATION.
ok, got it.

We all need structure to complete what needs to be done. Without structure we wander aimlessly….
SOmetimes the structure needs to be broken, essentially it is just a set of guidelines to help keep us on track. To keep our creative priorities at the top of our lists by creating a structure that allows for productivity, and not time wasting on the non-productive aspects of our lives/jos.

I read this interesting article on Creating a Framework for Productivity, and I am totally going to steal his basic principles and apply them to my situation…gotta love appropriation right? He basically says you need to set time aside for both the “mundane” and “creative” tasks in your life to “get them out of the way” and to make more room for “real work”, the projects your want to finish. Some people just say it better 🙂

Basic Concepts:
1. Create a system for the mundane/repetitive tasks that you do everyday. A checklist or folder…..
“Taking care of the simple and mundane stuff everyday is a key part of creating your productivity framework. Without it, you will always have that sinking feeling that something is “falling through the cracks”.”

2. Block out time for the creative tasks you do everyday.
 “These are things that I need to do everyday to keep my creative energy flowing and to allow myself to do something other than think about “real work”.There are a couple of creative tasks that I have now that repeat every single day including writing 750 words and working for at least an hour on my web app idea. This time is blocked out everyday, so no matter what I am doing two things that benefit my spirit and sanity.” 

3. Move your projects forward and accomplish your goals.
Management Tips to increase productivity
  – Prepare in advance (lists of the days project goals
– Schedule your time
– Start Early
– Be organized (at least have a system for your functioning disorganization 🙂
– Utilize your Prime Time (the time of day when you work best)

I am now revising my daily schedule. It is hard being freelance because it is SO EASY to change my schedule on the fly, have coffee with a friend, etc. It is hard because when people know that you work from home they assume that you are automatically free at any moment. But if I want to REALLY be truthful…I am the BIGGEST TIME WASTER OF ALLLLL TIIIIIME!!!

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I have a hard time with this….So I will reivise my daily schedule, my framework, and be FIRM in keeping to my “working hours”. (which really means eliminating my Facebook time…and reading time…and staring into space time….) (PS> Facebook is the DEVIL!)

Here I go!
Good luck with YOUR new framework!!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Stop Trying to be Someone Else’s Perfect!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Seven….Read a Page of the Dictionary!

It’s crazy.
I DO NOT own an English dictionary? Really?
Apparently I rely WAY too much on the internet……
So I improvised to day with one of the dictionaries I DO have. My mini Turkish-English Dictionary that I carry around in my bag everyday 🙂 I also have a Spanish-English dictionary but since Turkish is more of a minority language I thought it would be more fun to share!

photo-4But then after reading the page I was disappointed because I knew all of the words…the English ones that is….
But what is the creativity purpose of this Day? To learn new words and maybe use them as fuel for creativity no? hmmm…
Well, there are no new English words for me here…but I am surprised that “skittles” is in here? WTF?

I guess I need to invest in a good English dictionary!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Create a Framework!
To see the full list go HERE.