Lettering & Calligraphy Pens

Lately I have been practicing my lettering and calligraphy skills. I picked up this Pigma Calligrapher pen set a few weeks ago and love them! I have been practicing my letters, flourishes, and words. One of my favorite resources is The Postman's Knock, she has a ton of free worksheets along with paid classes if you want to really up your calligraphy game. Practicing everyday is something that isn't hard to do when the subject is this fun, as you can tell by my instagram feed being full of drills and lettering projects lately.

My Sunday morning work space

My Sunday morning work space

Incorporating illustration and calligraphy

Incorporating illustration and calligraphy

Summer is Coming, Upcoming Pin Project

Now that the weather is warming up, I have been focused on creating new print projects full of color and fun! I recently did a small letterpress card in magenta/purple ink, and I have been working on a new pin design featuring colorful popcycles for my Etsy shop! 

Sketching ideas, playing around in Illustrator to finalize the vector illustration for the pin design!

Sketching ideas, playing around in Illustrator to finalize the vector illustration for the pin design!

Small and sweet, perfect size for a little note to brighten up a friends day!

Small and sweet, perfect size for a little note to brighten up a friends day!

New Season, New Projects!

As spring is slowly coming into view, I have been diving into new creative projects! My goals for this year included learning how to letterpress and setting up an Etsy shop for it...and I did it! I had private lessons with a letterpress expert and became a member of Spudnik Press here in Chicago. Check. After I had enough prints made, I opened my Etsy shop and listed a few of my favorite pieces, each one of them is pressed on the Vandercook using a custom polymer plate I had made! I love the feel of the punch of the press on the paper, there isn't anything quite like it! I am excited to engage my illustrative and design skills in this new medium.  Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwinpopPress

Breakfast Buddies 5"x7" Flat Card 

Breakfast Buddies 5"x7" Flat Card 

Pizza Pup 8.5"x11" Print

Pizza Pup 8.5"x11" Print

Teatime Kitty 3"x5" Flat Card

Teatime Kitty 3"x5" Flat Card

Drawing Food is Fun!

Lately I have been sketching and drawing all sorts of food. From sketching some tasty donuts and coffee to illustrating a gooey-cheesy slice of deep dish, I have been exploring the creative side of my foodie habits. Here is a few illustrations I ended up using for food related event invitations for students at JMLS. Food is one of my favorite subjects to draw, if you need a special food related illustration let me know, I would love to do it!

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Coloring Page Freebie

One of my favorite sayings is "Look at the flowers in your garden instead of focusing on the weeds". Yesterday I was sketching and came up with this coloring page full of flowers and a positive message. One of my goals for this year is to Spread Kindness through Creativity, and this is the first of many projects to come. Feel free to download, color, and share.

2017 Calendar Design

It is time to find a new calendar for 2017! I love finding a new, unique calendar to hang up in the office and at home.  I have designed this year at-a-glance calendar that features flowers and adorable foxes. This will be available on my Spoonflower shop soon, where you can make it into a tea towel or a unique wall hanging.

I took this sketch of a fox and a few floral elements and transformed them in Illustrator into this calendar design. The fabric design version that is going into my Spoonflower shop doesn't have the floral repeating pattern in the background.

Ready for School?

As summer draws to an end, and fall is right around the corner I felt inspired to draw a corgi getting ready to go back to school. This was a really fun illustration to do, I started in my sketchbook with a pencil,  and then finished coloring it in Photoshop and cropped the original drawing down to this layout.

Women in Science Illustration of Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton is a computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was a part of a team that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program at NASA. Her contributions were an integral part of the successful moon landing, and I bet you have never heard of her. I was inspired to do this illustration of Margaret after listening to this segment on Science Friday about her and the all female team of coders working on the Apollo 11 mission. I started off by doing a rough sketch using a blue pencil, and finished it on my Surface Pro using the Bamboo App and finally Photoshop to add in a few finishing touches.

Learn more about Margaret and other women in science who deserve to have their stories told.

Hummingbird Study

This weekend I was inspired to study hummingbirds. With their bold, beautiful colors, and spirited personalities, they seem to embody spring for me right now. I wanted to draw them and capture the spirit of movement without loosing too much detail.  Sketching them with quick lines and spring, pretty colors seemed appropriate. I drew these three birds on my Surface Pro using the pen in the Bamboo app. It was really nice to get the lines just right using my reference photos of right there in app. I also really liked the intuitive, transparency of the marker setting to add just the right amount of color to finish up the sketch. I can see myself continuing this study working in watercolor, and working in Illustrator to create a surface pattern design for my Spoonflower shop.

Here's to studying something new, and stretching our creative muscles.