For the past few months, this blog has been focused on art and design. It has been a great outlet to show both my work and my process. However, as much as my life revolves around design, there is so much more to me and my life that I’d love to share with the world.
Not only am I an artist and a designer, but I’m also a lover of craft beer, an avid listener of music, an online shopping aficionado, and, as of just recently, a doting cat mom.
I am a huge advocate of the phrase “yes and…,” a proponent for personal growth, and I always try my best to remain positive and move forward. I am devoted to trying new things and I would love to share my experiences and discoveries with all of you!
For this piece I decided to make a hand lettered gif. There were a few different steps for this piece!
The first step was sketching out some ideas and choosing which one to ultimately go with. Some of my ideas were all cursive but I chose the latter because I liked the contrast between the styles of lettering.
After the style was decided on it was then brought into my iPad where I brought it into the app Procreate and reworked it a bit so that it was cleaner and aligned better.
A few more of these were created to be used in the frame-by-frame animation. The colors were changed via gradient maps and the final version can be seen below!
While still searching for the right job post graduation I’ve been trying to keep myself as busy and as creative as possible (while also still trying to relax a bit!) I’ve been catching up on some much needed me time, which has been really incredible. In that me time I’ve been lucky enough to find an incredible amount of inspiration.
I’ve been trying to spend a decent amount of time in new places and just outdoors in general. Growing up in Fairfield, Connecticut I used to go to Westport far more often than I do now. Recently I went back for a day for the first time in years and it was like going back for the first time but it also brought back a lot of nostalgic feelings!
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Coming home from an exhausting day I realized that crafting and DIY projects were something that I had been neglecting a bit lately. It’s easy to stick to digital design because of all the useful tools and resources the computer has, but it’s so therapeutic and fulfilling to create something tangible.
Today I woke up and thought, what can I create? I love plants and was super inspired by all of the ones I saw the other day so I decided why not create something plant related. I went to the store, picked up some new plants, pots and macrame cord and got to work.
I worked on some macrame hanging plant holders and I’m super happy with the way they turned out! There are a few imperfections but that all comes with learning and may I just say that all those years doing Arts and Crafts at summer camp really paid off! I created a few different versions of the plant holders. They varied in size, paint color and pattern of the macrame.
The macrame plant holders and pots can be purchased here!
Even though I’ve been keeping somewhat busy with some freelance work I still have a decent amount of time to work on some side projects. I hadn’t done a geometric poly art piece in a while so I figured I would try my hand at another one.
When thinking of subject matter I decided to go with something summery. I chose to do a grapefruit and blend the geometric shapes of the grapefruit with the realistic background. I tried to tie them together further by adding slightly less opaque white geometric outlines over the background.
For a while now I’ve wanted to learn how to create clean isometric designs. Today I decided to dive into the process of learning. I began by watching a tutorial on Skillshare by Hayden Aube. He does a great job at explaining the basics and providing you with the tools necessary to get started.
I decided to start with something small and simple as to not get too frustrated while just learning the basics. A table seemed like a good place to start. I decided to add some screws over the legs just to practice with the perspective of round objects. I’m pretty happy with this as a first attempt and will definitely be creating more in the future!
Something I’ve been trying to work on lately is making my designs bolder and more colorful. So today in my free time I decided to play around with bright colors, shapes and gradients. The designs I came up with were fairly simple but I feel as though they are effective. On some of them I decided to do some illustrations on top of them as well to make them more interesting as well as give them a bit more depth.
Going from being a full time student, an intern and a manager in a few different orgs to now being a graduate on the hunt for jobs I have a bit more free time on my hands. In this time I plan to keep creating and designing and really trying to teach myself new things. So I’ll be starting a new segment of posts called “In my Free Time,” to showcase what I’ve been working on and learning.
Also in my free time I’ve been rewatching Twin Peaks from the beginning. This gave me an idea for a new animation project. I watched a few tutorials on how to morph shapes/images in After Effects and this is what I came up with.