Design, Client Work

The Fit Fatale Logo & Website

TFF Business card Mockup

So I have a fun and exciting project to share

I have been working with Sam for a while now and am excited to show off the results.

The challenge with this project was in maintaining the wonderful visual look & feel her brand already had, while giving everything a bit of an update and to better reflect her current content. Like many creators the focus of Sam's work has shifted over the years and her new name/logo and website needed to reflect that. She wanted to promote health, wellness and an active lifestyle, but she also wanted it to fit her style and personality. She also needed something that she and her team could easily work with, that gave her the tools to connect with her audience and would give her e-commerce capabilities for all of her digital products.

So Silver Lining by S became The Fit Fatale and we worked together on the visual brand and website.

Check it out

The best part about working with Sam is that she really does have a clear idea of what she wants and what her audience is looking for. And while getting there took work, her understanding of her audience, her vision and hard work really helped things come together very well.

It was also great to not only get to work on the logo, textures and business cards, but her site as well. It's nice to be able to evolve a project and watch it grow with your clients needs.

Check her out online at The Fit Fatale

TFF Workspace Mockup

products, Design

Pixel roses

Just in time for all the crazy holiday sales over at S6 (seriously go check them out), I have uploaded a variation of my Pixel Roses to S6. 

pixel rose shams

Along with my Knitting Kit Tote, the Roses are my most popular item, to be more precise, the BATHMAT is my most popular item, who saw that coming? I didn't. 
 

One of the reasons I like Society6 so much isn't just the quality of their products and customer service (5 star) it's that I get to publish things to see if people like them, without having to make a huge investment or commitment. Sometimes the things we like the least do the best and vice versa. Things like the bathmat. I'm still learning and growing as an artist, so it's nice to be able to find my style without too much pressure. I want to make things that I like, but I also want to make things that other people are interested in.

It's also great cause lately I am really focusing on churning out content, getting things finished. I'll decide later if I like them or not, but for now, I just want to be finishing things and putting them out into the world to see how people react to them. Technically I had much more elaborate plans for this Pixel Rose, but I was having a hard time getting it just right. So I scarped the bigger plans and published it as is. and low and behold, I really like it, and so do other people. My mom even likes it! 

Design

New Designs and Products are live!

I put my first product up on Creative Market today and I couldn't be more excited. I make so much stuff that I don't always use, so it's nice to be able to share it with others and make a little money at the same time. Check it out!

I also added a new design to Society6

It's a black and white inky texture, and it's got that great minimal look without being boring. Society6 is great cause you can get some great art and designs by independent artist printed on high-quality goods.

Check them out!

Click here to check out my new Society6 design

Design

New beer labels in time for summer

With the coming of summer in Montreal, comes the summer beers. GD and I whipped up an American style Lemon Hefeweizen, and after bottling it and smelling all its fresh lemoney goodness, I couldn't help but be inspired. I whipped up these labels based on a photo I took at my parents cottage and a fun playful font. I have to say I am pretty happy with them and look forward to seeing them on the bottles and the beer in my glass.

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Check out my other label designs here

Hand drawn IPA logo

Cider Logo

Log Cabin Brown Ale

 

Steal like an Artist Journal

Steal like an artist has been really influential on me and work recently. I've been devouring anything by Kleon that I can get my hands on, and I particularly enjoyed this talk about journals.

Without really realizing it I have been carrying a journal for the past 10 years and this talk really made me think critically about the process of it all. I've really shifted recently from working almost exclusively digitally, to migrating a lot of my processes over to paper and trying to find a good balance of analog and digital. I've realized that list and getting my ideas out just works better with pen and paper. I've also started keep a digital and paper calendar, Digital helps me in the long term see what I have, while paper is for my more immediate concerns and thoughts. Using a notebook for my calendar has also helped me write more in my notebook.

I've also levelled up in terms of supplies. I've been pulling a lot of inspiration from bullet journaling so I got myself a fancy new leuchtturm1917  and have upgraded my nice-ish gel rollers to a sweet new LAMY Safari.

I'm now obsessed with fountain pens and sites like Goulet Pens (US) and Wonder Pens (Canada) and Jet Pens and am spending way too much money on nice ink and nice clear demonstrators pens.

Watercolour - Les Souliers vert

Took a Katie Rodgers Basic Watercolors: Learn Painting with Paper Fashion class on Skillshare and I wanted to share my step by step progress

 First pass sketch

First pass sketch

 Final product

Final product

I made the mistake that I often make of being intimated by my art supplies. I don't know what it is about nice paper, but the idea of using good quality paper for anything less than perfection give me anxiety. This is, of course, insane, and something I really need to get over.

So I used crappy printer paper.

Next step is to scan this baby into illustrator and see what I can make of it.

Marbling

Did some experimenting last week. Decided to use up a bunch of disgusting old nail polish for a higher purpose. Awesomeness ensued. 

 Marble bath

Marble bath

 The mess

The mess

Not sure what I will do with it, but for now I just like to look at it

Fan Art Friday

In honour of the X-Files coming back and the epic fan rewatch campaign behold: 

My first attempt at fan art

 

 X-Files "Pusher" episode fan art

X-Files "Pusher" episode fan art

Theres a whole speech in the episode where the bad guy talks about Cerulean Blue, so I decided to take the Pantone chip for Cerulean Blue and turn it into a episode poster.

Ananas

Tried my hand at freehanding a pattern for silk screening, for the first time this weekend.  I found a small picture of a pineapple online and used it as a guide. Obviously it came out looking completly different  

 First step

First step

Since I don't have my board all set up yet with the hinges and everything, I decided to just wing the whole thing and I put all three steps onto the first screen. Clearly not my best idea, but I was running on 3 hours of sleep and it seemed feasible at the time. 

 

 First two colours

First two colours

Seeing as I did no measuring or linning up of any elements they were a bit hap hazard, but I decided to roll with it and just kept going. I print a couple on some cards I had made out of  mixed media paper and then just one big poster sized one for fun. 

 

 Final products

Final products

It made a hella mess and wasn't as precise as I would have wanted (the gold detailing in particular did not come out well) but I feel like it has a certain amount of charm and will still make the recipients rather happy. 

Also, heads up to people trying this, the drawing fluid/ screenfiller method needs its own cleaner. The speedball kit I bought ( http://www.amazon.ca/Speedball-Super-Fabric-Screen-Printing/dp/B00251JO8G) comes with cleaner for the photo emulsion method but not the drawing method. So I had to run out and buy cleaner. Good news is that its cheap (5$) and still washes off 4 days after you make the screen. 

Beer Making

Beer making adventures

Triple Belgian

 A mixing the brew

A mixing the brew

Our second attempt at beer was much more successful, than our first

 

 SD bottling

SD bottling

 GD in the honey pot

GD in the honey pot

The results were super tastey

 

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 Triple belgian in the glass

Triple belgian in the glass

And boozey, this bad boys comes in at 8.75 %!