Another illustrator I discovered through a student of mine is Bindi Booth. I fell in love with the Tea Time print and the little cupcake nestled among the cups. Do you also see the owl cup? So cute! Her style has a great mix of sweet shapes, beautiful line work, and fabulous splashes of color. Speaking of color, her soft palettes are such a treat for the eyes. I want to have all her work plastered on my walls so every day I'm surrounded by adorable, calming, and sweetly beautiful images!
My favorite snowboard video of all time is Forum's That. Please watch the intro and fall in love...
I do every time. I could seriously watch it every day and be happy. I also really enjoy Forum or Against 'Em. The Forum team is definitely my favorite group of boys in the snowboard industry with a close tie between Stevie Bell and Eddie Wall being my all time favorite [guy] rider. They just bring together awesome riding skills, sweet style, and adorable humor. And even though I was sad some of the team left for DC and it is minus Travis Kennedy, you can check out clips of Forum's new dvd, Forever and download the whole thing from ITunes for only like $7 bucks!. It may not be snowing on the east coast, but go run to Starbucks, pick up a gingerbread latte, and come back to enjoy some talented boys showing off their awesome riding skills... cuz that's what I just did!
Or if you're being lazy you could watch a clip of Stevie here. I not only love his carefree riding style but also his positive outlook and thoughts about life. Enjoy!
In my Introduction to Graphic Design course I had my students research and give a presentation about a designer or illustrator that they found inspiring. I love the assignment because it allows them to browse through a lot of great resources and find what they like, but also because sometimes they bring really awesome stuff to my attention. One of these instances is James Gulliver Hancock. I am in love with his hand done aesthetic, beautiful color palettes, and especially his hand done typography. So so lovely right?
The following year, 2008 I wanted to be a pinup girl again. I just loved the look and getting all dolled up in vintage pin up attire. I was going to switch it up a little and be a sailor girl instead. However I wasn't really finding any good outfits and the weather report was chilly. So 2 days before halloween I sketched out my masterpiece cupcake. I went to JoAnn's, got a ton of pink felt, some plastic foam for sprinkles, a styrofoam ball for the cherry, and posterboard and a crinkly silver fabric for the base. I put it together in one night and in my opinion it was thee best costume ever.
So I have a lot to live up to this year. In true Melissa fashion I've had no time to get anything together before today. I have an idea in my head, we'll just have to see how it turns out! What are you planning on being?
I have a little spare time today so I thought I'd catch you up on my life. Yes I've been super busy teaching but I was able to squeeze in a bit of fun. Let's start with the beginning of October when the art department at Shepherd took a trip up to NYC.
We stayed at SoHotel right in the center of SoHo. I adore the lobby. The combo of exposed brick and that beautiful mustard color were perfect!
We walked around the Chelsea Gallery District and looked at a lot of interesting art. Below is a detail of one of my favorite pieces I saw that day.
We found the Baked by Melissa cupcake stand. I got three of these petite delights. They were pretty tasty, the mint choocalate was my favorite.
Then finally this past weekend I helped Kristin and the local AIGA chapter, Blue Ridge set up the exhibition that goes along with FLUX, a student design competition. There was a lot of beautiful work to see and we had a great turn out. Here is Kristin and I with some of our awesome students!
So, that's my busy October. It was a pretty insane month work wise, but I am glad I was able to squeeze in some fun as well.
Thank you for being my best girlie for the past decade. Even though for most of our friendship we've lived in different cities, we always find a way to stay in each other's lives. You are such an amazing, talented, beautiful woman and every time we are reunited I fall for our friendship all over again. I admire your strength, adventurous spirit, sweet heart, and unique soul. I am inspired by the way you approach life and am excited to be a part of your story. Thanks for all the hilarious memories, silly inside jokes, and always being there for me. I know we both get super busy with our daily lives but I know there is a reason we never lose touch. I hope your birthday is as amazing as you are beautiful. I can't wait to see you soon. I love you! Happy birthday Monica!!
What else could be delivered in a box like that besides beautiful and fabulous snowflake riders! Today I was sent one of the 2009/2010 Roxy boards I designed the graphics for. The box arrived on my front door this morning and I couldn't wait to check it out.
It's the Roxy Envi BTX banana-traction snowboard. The board is a directional twin design that has a raised nose which makes floating through powder like scooping into melted ice cream. All the materials and processes used are green and sustainable. Like Envi's of the past, the topsheet is bamboo. But this year we stepped it up a little by having a painted blue overlay with dicuts of chrysanthemums. Since it's not yet snowboard season on the east coast, I placed my new baby on the wall to display her like the art she is!
This weekend the boy and I went to "The Great Frederick Fair." I guess county fairs are a big thing in Merry-land. It's not just a carnival with rides and good food... there are barns and barns full of farm animals. I fell in love with the adorable bunnies, pigs, and alpacas. There were even newborn pigs that were only a week old. I love piglets and kind of wanted to take one home. But once I was reminded of the beasts they turn into, I decided against it.
We hillbillied out a bit and for dinner we decided to get a giant turkey leg. I felt as if it was something I had to experience in life. It was somewhat tasty and somewhat gross. I enjoyed it, but am glad I never have to eat one again. We also had butterfly fries (that I coated in Old Bay) and of course a funnel cake. The night was topped off when we peaked through the fence to jam to the end of a Billy Ray Cyrus concert... and yes he played Achy Breaky Heart.
As you may, or may not know, my design roots are based in the snowboarding industry. I started designing the graphics for Roxy Snowboards right after graduating from the University of Delaware in 2004. Being a snowboarder myself, I was all about making graphics that were inspired by the art of riding a board on snowflakes. I looked at those boards as empty canvases rather than advertisements plastered with logos.
A little while ago I was contacted by my #1 favorite shoe company, Vans (the brand of the shoe I painted on) to appear in their new book, Vans: Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals. I was included in the DIY custom section. I was super excited about having my shoes published in such an important book!
Just when I thought I reached my limit of moola spent at Target this month... they break out the Anna Sui. Anna is the newest designer to partner up with Target and her collection is beyond fun! Anna's muse for this collection was the tv show, Gossip Girl. I've never seen the show but the designs are fabulously adorable. There are sweet details like splatters of gold, delicate lace, and intricate patterns. Most of the pieces have a great vintage feel. One of the dresses looks exactly like one my mom has in her closet from the 70s.
The only minus is the items are a little pricey (by Target standards at least). I saw a good amount of the collection at my local Target this afternoon, but the line isn't set to be released until September 13th. Here is a taste of the collection [pictured below], check out more here. I couldn't find pics of some of my faves! Check out your Target to see which ones you like the best!
Just wanted to share with you, my lovely readers, one of the pieces I worked on this summer. This was a t-shirt graphic I designed for one of my new clients. I was super excited with how it came out. I love the combination of the vintage photo with watercolor textures and bold patterns. This is definitely a style I want to experiment with more in the future. What do you think?