Author Archives: erika

Editorial Work – Digital Nomads.

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Make Art that Sells (MATS) Bootcamp is now officially over.  I learned so much about my work process and how to work with direction thinking of the end in mind.  I need to put my finished pieces in my portfolio too.  The last piece was an editorial assignment based on a magazine article about digital nomads.

If you are considering taking any of the courses, I think bootcamp is a good place to start because you get to experience different art markets.

The Denver Zoo.

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Filed under Life, Out and About, Photography

My oh my has this place changed. It was my idea to go to the zoo and Addy was just as excited. I’m the biggest kid of us all sometimes. So we went earlier this month and it was beautiful. Gorgeous weather and I guess we have been out of the loop because some major renovations have taken place since we’ve been gone. I love all of the little artsy touches like the new area for the elephants, a carousel, a little train, etc. So. Nice. The animals actually look happy and they are so close up that you don’t necessarily need a long lens to get any decent shots. Here are some of ours.

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I’m entertaining the thought of getting a membership and I’m not a member to anything, not even the art museum (my absolute favorite).  Also I started a new challenge of 10k steps a day with Raul, the day of the zoo we had 10k-11k, it was awesome.

Konmari.

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Filed under Illustrations, Organization

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I am obsessed with the Konmari method and I’ve seen great results so far by following the book. One thing I’ve been working on within myself for awhile now is organization. Being a tidy person has always been a struggle for me. I think it was more rebellion when I was growing up and living at home. The rest of the house was put away but when it came to my room, that was my identity, my own little world that I could leave how I wanted so I usually opted for untidy. When I moved out this continued and I was too busy being my twenty-something self going to school full-time and work full-time so my car and home were filled with papers, water bottles, etc. When I had free time I was out partying, not tidying up my spot, no way!

Raul and I started dating and then that trumped everything as well, I am a clean person, don’t get me wrong. The clutter piles would just always come back because I didn’t want to make the decisions and actually deal with the item. I either left it for later or kept it stored for whatever reason. Now fast forward to two kids later and wanting to time manage, I don’t want to spend my time reconciling piles of any kind. The worst thing ever is to have the weekend arrive and we are spending the whole weekend cleaning up the house from top to bottom. No thanks.

I highly recommend getting the Konmari book and following the steps if you have come to a point where you just have too much stuff and you need to know how to pare it down. It’s a journey but you see quick results. Marie Kondo sets the expectation of 6 months but it doesn’t take long at all to feel a difference.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have the same struggles too.

Flower Girl Watercolor Video

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Filed under Illustrations, Process, Video

I had some technical difficulties with getting this up but better late than never right?  It’s a little quieter than usual video but I hope you hang in there.  The raw footage has Zoe crying and Addison talking but it is all muted by movie magic.  You will see Addy’s hand pop in for a few seconds.  She was pointing to all the colors saying, “are you going to use this one? this one? this one?”  My cuties, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Flower Girl is now in my shop.

May MATS Bootcamp – Marine Mashup

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The MATS (Make Art That Sells) assignment for this month was a marine mashup of marine life and pattern for a plate design. I focused on the following crustaceans: shrimp, crab and lobster. I researched online, looked in my marine life book, doodled and sketched them first. Part of the instructions in the mini was to illustrate the crustaceans in a dark color and then work on vibrant patterns as well. Even though it is the biggest sin ever to use black watercolor (ivory), I used it for this because I was using it by itself and not mixing with other colors to get a dark shade. I discovered I love working with it and it was fun to work with pure values, black and white.

So once I got that done I worked on my patterns. I used my compass to draw circles and then I painted the backgrounds using cool toned sea-glass colors. Lastly I painted the hand lettering as well. I scanned in all of my elements at 600 dpi and once I got the compositions the way I wanted them, I merged them together in Photoshop. I completed the finishing touches as a mock-up design using this tutorial. I love my final result and if any of my favorite stores like Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel are interested, it would be a dream come true to stock these in your shops. Just sayin’.

Hope you’re having a great day!