Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Website Hand Drawn Icons

When we made our website, slatefallspress.com for our books, we thought it would be neat to draw the icons. So I did and here's the originals.
 
 
I don't know how many people will notice that they are hand drawn, but now you will!
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drink Coaster Design Contest entry for Dr. Dog and memories of the past....

I heard about a design contest for a band my daughter and I both enjoy - Dr. Dog! I originally wasn't going to enter it, but I got an idea and decided to try just before the deadline. The design had to have the name of their tour and date on it 'Flamingo Hotel Tour 2015' also. So I began with some sketches, flamingoes are neat animals. Their mouths look similar to a baleen whales....

 
It had to be a maximum of 4 colors and in a 4" circle. It also had to be in vector on the computer. The title seemed like a retro 50's kind of theme. I like that because most art back then was hand done.

 
Here is the final. I don't know if I will win, but it was fun to make.
 
 
 The band is from Philadelphia. I actually lived there for a time. I was trying to find my way in the world after college and could not find work related to art, let alone any job. It was hard for me to find somewhere where I could fit in since the hand lettering sign industry died and that's what I grew up doing (although I didn't really grasp it at the time). So I was a bike messenger there, which was a neat experience. It was an interesting time. Anyway, fun, creative good music, see you at the show!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blackcap Bear Illustration

Here is another illustration I made for one of Joanna's knitting patterns that she came up with. The pattern is hand knitted shawl with a ribbon tie named Blackcap Shawl.


 It kind of reminded us of a black raspberry. In rural New Jersey, where we both were raised, you could fine wild berries growing all around. We would pick them and make pies or just eat them. The black bears like them too. So that is the setting and animal I thought I'd use for this one...

 
And this is the finished illustration...

 
Here is a closer view...
 
 
Here is junior bear gobbling up all the berries in reach...


 
If you would like a copy of this illustration or any others, we have prints for sale in our Etsy store.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Website Spot Illustrations

I thought I would show some various spot illustrations I made for our original website. We thought it would be neat to have a picture for each of our tabs for our children's books.


Here is Phoebe typing, we had that on our original 'Phoebe on the Road' blog where we had photos of the Phoebe knit doll from around the world and in interesting places.
 
 
This was for our book signing calendar...
 
 
This one didn't make the cut so it didn't get finished...
 
 
The dog is like an old time phone operator. We used this for 'contact'.
 
 
This one is on our order forms...
 
 
Most of these are still being used on our current site: www.slatefallspressbooks.com.
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorado Rocky Mountain Mural

I was asked if I could paint the Colorado Rocky Mountains on two, textured walls in an office area with a few corners and doors. The project needed to be completed within 3 weeks. So, as usual, I quickly started out with a sketch....

 
After I sketched it onto the wall with charcoal I began with a faded sky...
 

Then four different base colors for the mountains....
 
 
 Then the foothills...
 

 
Shaded the clouds, added some trees and dimension and it's finished.
 
 
 I used latex paints. They worked well because they don't have strong fumes as I had to work around the receptionists.

 
  It was hard to get a photo of the whole scene, this one gives the best view of most of the layout.
 
 
 Here are some detail shots...
 


There were many outlets and vents I tried to hide in the scene...


 

 I was able to complete it in only six work days, well ahead of schedule!



Friday, February 22, 2013

Nevada-Reno Game Day T-Shirt Designs

I met some big football fans in Reno, Nevada one time who asked if I could create a game day T-shirt design for the Wolfpack football team. They gave me some ideas of what they were thinking of and I did what I always do, started with sketches....


'Alphie' is the name of Reno's wolf mascot and the 'pistol' is a reference to name for the Wolfpacks offensive line.
 
 
Navy blue is their main team color so most of the desigins were on a navy shirt. This is one with the Fresno Bulldog...
 
 
 I made a related front pocket design for most of the designs, I thought this one was funny...
 
 
There is a fierce rivalry between Nevada-Reno Wolfpack and UNLV Runnin' Rebels and they have an old tradition. The team who wins the football game gets to take an old, restored cannon which was Captain John C. Fremont's on his expedition through Oregon, Nevada and California in the mid 1800's. They paint the cannon in the victors teams colors and keep it for the year.
 
 
Reno won 5 years in a row... 
 
 
It's been looking bad for the Rebels... 
 
 
And so it was. These are some of my favorite designs I did with them, they are fun to do and great people to work with!