I recently had the pleasure of participating in a fundraiser/inaugural event for Sugar Space Gallery, where artists from across the state created unique works on post-it notes priced at $10 each. It was a nice opportunity to take a break from my more time-consuming work and have fun with simple black ink sketches of some of my favorite things.
I've gotten so used to (happily) slaving away at handmade cards for all of my family & friends' birthdays and holidays that it never dawned on me to save time and energy by illustrating them digitally instead. So, for my mom's birthday I designed a simple illustration as a clear and concise way to convey how cool I think she is. It may not be pen on paper, but at least I incorporated a grunge pattern texture to give it a bit more of that handmade vibe.
Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop CS6
Can you tell I have a thing for nostalgia?
While Time to Pretend, MGMT's synth-soaked 2007 hit from the formidable Oracular Spectacular, is nothing more than a satirical cliché of rock star dreams and the lives of those in the spotlight, the weight of this middle verse has been tuggin' at my heart strings since the early days of high school.
(I based the landscape in the background of this sketch on my favorite Gustave Baumman print, Palo Verde and Ocotea, 1928. I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on it at the IMA's Baumann exhibit earlier this year.)