Monday, October 11, 2010


Okay. So I took a Calligraphy class from Melissa Esplin (so nice and so talented) during the ART WEEKEND and I LOVED IT. I was always interested in learning calligraphy but it seemed too hard to memorize all of the letters in a new way. That is why I loved Melissa's class so much because she emphasized the customizing of your own calligraphy style. A couple of days after the class I was brainstorming for a pretty card for my mom on her birthday when I realized that I should give my new hobby a try. So I found a beautiful quote and tried out writing it a bunch of different ways and this is what I came up with:

I was so pleased with how it turned out and my mom loved it too. I just wanted to thank Melissa for giving me the confidence to explore my own calligraphy style.

Alley Family Tree

I created this family tree for my dear friend Abby's wedding reception. Her special day was so beautiful and I was so honored to be able to participate.

Watercolor Birds

What a joyful subject to work on. I thought I'd try out watercoloring some cute little chubby birds and this is how they turned out.

Newspaper Ad Assignment

For this assignment we had to take the VERY generic name "Tandells" and turn it into a certain type of store. We chose R.E.I. so my ad is centered around certain items you may need for your next "Night Out On The Town". It was really fun to do the illustrations and thankfully, my sister Libby helped me with the copy. In the end, a very fun project.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Figure Drawing

For my Figure Drawing homework I had to draw three profiles. I drew Michael, Missy, and Jan.

This class has been very challenging for me but I am really liking the way it's improving my line quality and proportions.

P.S. I love how Missy is making her "relaxed" face. So great.

Screen Printing

Here are a few of the things I've been working on in my Screen Printing class:

Even though it is REALLY time consuming, I really love this class. My teacher has made some absolutely incredible images. She sells her stuff on Etsy under the name: Into The Woods. You should check it out!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wrapping Paper Idea

I thought I'd take my Christmas card design and turn it into a wrapping paper sort of situation. So here it is:

Monday, January 4, 2010

A German Christmas, Perhaps

I was itching to play around on my Adobe Illustrator 30-day trial during my entire Christmas break but wasn't sure what to do. So, while looking through one of my school notebooks, I found some sketches of snowflake designs that I'd done during a boring class and recreated one to my liking.

It was really fun (and time-consuming) to figure out the basics to this software. I can't wait to learn more because I know the possibilities are endless!

Campbell Bear

My family has gotten so large that we've decided to have a set schedule of a single person (or family) that we are to get a Christmas gift for. Michael & I had Nate, Robin & Campbell this year.

My immediate thought was to do a portrait of Campbell. Michael had taken the sweetest picture of her on Halloween and I decided that it was perfect for a portrait. So anyway, it is done on a circle canvas with acrylic paint. And I chose yellow because Campbell is like a little ray of sweet sunshine to me.

In the end, I really like how it turned out.