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!
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!
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.
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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.
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…….
………….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.
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!
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Easy said…not so easily done. I like to think of myself as an open person…I do after all live in a foreign country with a culture and religion completely different than my own. In order to function I must be “open”…to doing things backwards (…er…in a different way :), to embracing a different living style and language, open to change (I just usually try to roll with it) and open to…..?
But inside of us all, no matter where we come from, there is an innate sense that tells us different is wrong, or should be challenged, no?
It could be culture, it could be art. I have taken MANY art and art history courses over the years. I mean come on….when you first saw artwork by Kandinsky, Klee, Miro or any other “modern” artist who draws like my three year old cousin…..did you honestly feel OPEN to it? If you saw it on the street instead of in the Louvre, would you call it art? I can be honest and say no, no I wasn’t open to it my first viewing. I thought it was stupid. I am still not a fan but I have come to appreciate their artistic and historical influence even though the style isn’t my “cup of tea.”
I believe that might be the key, maybe openess is acceptance, for what it is. For whatever it is.
All I am saying is that being open to new things is HARD, it takes PRACTICE. Maybe you all don’t agree with me…maybe it’s because some of you have a completely liberated mind free of bias and cultural influence. I doubt it. But if you are more open, ok then, power to you! I, however have to warm up to things. I had to warm up to living abroad, warm up to living in a city with almost 20 million people who don’t speak my language or even have the same body language, and I also have to warm up to leaving my comfort zone. But I do it, it happens…but not as often as I’d like.
I found this article online written Unlock 10 Ways to be More Open and I generally agree with what the author, Dani, has said. For me, One (Learn New things), Five (ignore your Fear) and Ten (Take your Time) are the ones most important to me and that I could work on. But I am generally a very outgoing, trusting, and accepting person. Of course everyone can work on being more open in general. I connect with people more or less fine; What I would like to learn is how to be more open with my art…my creativity. Where is the list for that?
But I’m not wholly convinced if there is a “How-To” be more open, and I’m not sure it would even be the same for everyone. Each individual has different things that hold them back from being open. My main hinder is fear. Yes, the F-word. It’s silly but true. Not necessarily fear of the new, but fear of failing and fear of bad decisions. Which again is silly since we all learn and grow from failing and bad decisions.
En fin, I will continue on the path I am on….trying to keep my eyes and creative “feelers” on the alert so that if a great opportunity to be OPEN in my life, or in my art, I will see it for what it is and and challenge it. I think it’s the best any of us can do, is it not?
What do you think folks? Do you have any exercises or suggestions on how to be more “open.” I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Surround Yourself with Creative People
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Ok, it’s been a while since I have posted but it’s because I have been OH so busy with life shenanigans…BUT, alas I am back on track. I am starting a new portfolio piece entitled “Itch to get Hitched” which will have all of my design for for the wedding of Yours Truly. Yes siree, I am gettin’ hitched to my wonderful Spaniard next August and I have all kinds of things to design and plan! whoot!
So here goes post number 1:
To kick off the design fun I decided to make us a logo that incorporates our theme and the both of us. It can be used on the invites a seal or stamp, napkins favors..you name it! Plus its just plain cute.
The wedding theme is peacock, but at the same time we are incorporating travel. Peacock because its colorful, graceful, feminine and a really fun pattern and palette to work with, design speaking…and travel because, technically, our wedding is a destination wedding. I’m from the states, the man from Spain, we are going to live in Turkey…but the wedding is in the states and almost everybody has to travel to get there…AND the man is a pilot! So, think travel and peacock. travel and peacock….umm, they have nothing in common!
Two logos, the same; one with date and one without. One in black and white and one in color.
UPDATE: The wedding has now passed and so I am adding pictures to the logos to show you how they ended up being applied 🙂 You can click on any image to view it larger.
LOGOS IN BLACK AND WHITE:
LOGOS IN COLOR:
LOGO APPLICATION ONE: WEDDING INVITATIONS
Our invites followed our travel theme by being Boarding Pass Invites. The logo was stamped on the mailing envelope with a rubber stamp in black/bronze ink. It was also placed on the main boarding pass invite card.
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LOGO APPLICATION TWO: ESCORT CARDS
Our escort cards were vinyl luggage tags that gave the guest’s name and “destination” a.k.a. “table name.” All the tables were named after cities where the bride and groom had traveled together. The logo was varied a little bit to accommodate the design. The words were kept within the “world” or the arc where the plane is rounding the logo. See below:
LOGO APPLICATION THREE: NAPKINS
The rubber stamp that was utilized for the wedding invitations was also used to stamp the dessert napkins with bronze ink.
LOGO APPLICATION FOUR: PHOTOBOOTH
The logo below is a variation made to accommodate the Photobooth strips that were given to guests for the guest book. It was printed at the bottom of every photo strip. See photos below 🙂
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