Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
A few weeks ago as I was driving through Savannah's beautiful city squares after class, I couldn't help but notice the ashes: almost every pedestrian I saw had a gray smudge right in the center of his or her forehead. Ash Wednesday... mid-day mass at the Cathedral must have just let out.
I grew up Catholic but haven't practiced in several decades (am currently non-denominational Christian)... couldn't remember the symbolism behind the ashes, so I looked it up. As far as I can tell, wearing ashes is an ancient practice associated with repentance.
Seeing all of those faithful Catholics, foreheads smudged, was rather lovely... it inspired me to create the above image as a Spring mailer. Rather than settling on a simple portrait, I set the ash-wearing woman next to a young girl in an Easter bonnet, to show the span of lent (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday), and to symbolize the hope of Easter, which follows the sorrow of the cross. Easter, after all, equals hope: new life, abundant life, eternal life. Joy!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I made this image Tuesday afternoon on a very quick turn-around for Jason Chiu a the Globe and Mail. The illustration, in today's issue, accompanies a Facts and Arguments essay written by a woman whose father recovered from a brain aneurysm. She likens him to a cat with nine lives; no matter how many times he falls, he always seems to land on his feet.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
It may seem like a small thing, but in the past month, I have re-introduced black to my palette. For years I shunned it, color and value alike; not sure why, anymore. In an effort to be BOLDER, allow me to say, Hello, Black—it's nice to have you back.
I saw this adorable student pedaling through one of Savannah's beautiful squares on my way to a coffee date the other day. Whoever you are, dear, thank you for the inspiration.
More to follow...
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Following the advice of illustrator / pattern designer Julia Rothman, guest writer at design sponge, I did a repeat-pattern demo in Portfolio Class at SCAD today. The resulting image (above) is more of a sketch than anything, but to be sure, the exercise was inspirational! I mean to try again soon.