I've been going through all my new designs from the past year, getting ready for this summer's every-single-new-collage-sheet subscription. Working by myself, it can be very easy to get lost in day-to-day minutiae, or spend weeks and weeks on a project and then forget it as soon as I move onto the next one. So it's been fun (if not exhausting) remembering all these projects and all the work that went with them. Here's a select few.
On the flip side, one of my least favorite parts of licensing is mocking up products with my designs on them, like this set of vintage florals I created above. There's something about twisting and warping my images to fit on pretend products in Illustrator that I must be doing wrong because it's just not fun and definitely not easy. Totally up for suggestions if anyone has any.
Make Art That Sells." Before starting I had pretty low expectations for a couple of random reasons (I'd already done quite a bit of licensing; I have a very different style from Lilla's artists, etc.), but I was actually pretty blown away by what I learned and would definitely recommend it. Above are a few of the designs I created during the 6-week-course, some of which have already made their way onto other products.
My entire November and part of December was spent researching, buying and restoring nearly 1000 new holiday images as part of a proposal to a major greeting card company. Yes, I completely love having any passable excuse to buy more vintage ephemera.
the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there's a whole new set of laws that must be negotiated when working with foreign works, so I've been slowly re-researching all 600 of my mid-century travel posters. The pin-ups above can also be very tricky, but this year I finally was able to acquire the rights to my very first Gil Elvgren images. So happy!
new subscription, I compiled every single new collage sheet (above left) and digital image (above right) that I sent out in the summer of 2013: over 50 digital sheets and 100+ full scans in 90 days. Yikes.
Besides making me feel both tired and excited--because man, that's a lot of new work--seeing everything all together made me realize two things: First, I should try to make more time for creating my own digital artwork, since that is often when I'm having the most fun. And second, I am so lucky to have a job where a good chunk of my day is spent doing exactly what I love: buying/restoring/researching and creating art. It really doesn't get much better.
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