Monday, March 30, 2009

cool ads

this is one of eleven great examples of ads. you should check the others out.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


hm, these are not coming out exactly how I planned but I'm working with cut-outs like this for my ads.
the quality of these houses is pretty bad so i plan on rescanning and editing at school tomorrow
more than better scans, what I really need is feedback. the biggest question is...does layering the cut-outs like this show depth?
if not, i'm open to suggestions :)

+++++++++ my 5x5 idea: i'm pretending that these ads will be printed in magazines just before christmastime- vanessa's busy season. (these houses will look more festive for the real ad)
possible tagline: Mmmm...erry Christmas!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


This is something i whipped up really quickly for Rodem Choir of Marietta's concert, wish i had more time to work on it before I got it printed. :(

in case you're interested:

ShopVisible LLC was founded in 2006 by a group of entrepreneur revolutionaries whose perfect mix of new technology expertise and online marketing know-how is changing the way Web retailers do business. Driving heightened visibility and success for every new client, ShopVisible has become the sales, marketing and IT team MVP for smart online business owners across the country.

We're currently offering a hands-on internship opportunity to a top-notch graphic designer with a SHARP sense of style. This resume-building experience will include creating business-ready print collateral, including:

* marketing brochures
* ad slicks
* business cards
* banners
* powerpoint presentations
* diagrams and charts

Please, do NOT apply unless you are experienced with

* Illustrator,
* PhotoShop, and
* InDesign

Students with experience using flash, css, and/or html will have an added edge, and e-commerce or web usability experience is also a plus.

This opportunity is a PAID 20-40 hr/wk summer position. The hired intern will work in a fun environment on-site with the ShopVisible staff, an enthusiastic and well-connected crew that will be helpful in future networking.

Please send your resumes to for initial screening and have your portfolios ready. We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

ad possibilities

this is what i've come up with.
i plan to draw in scenes in the "photographs."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

toy design

a long time ago, i was seriously considering majoring in Toy Design.
did you know that there are some schools where Toy Design is a major in and of itself, pretty cool huh?

A toy designer is a very creative individual that is able to develop a completely new type of toy, game or children's activity, and then bring it to life. This means drawing, sketching or making a computer model of the concept, deciding how to make each detail, and then creating a prototype of the toy. Involved in this process are computer skills, possibility mechanical skills, creativity and originality and an ability to relate to the interests of children. Most toy designers spend a lot of time watching children play or thinking about modifications to existing games or toys that could be used for completely new projects.
Most toy designers have a background in graphic arts or design as well as a good working knowledge of computers. Since most toys are now first generated through various computer programs before they are actually physically made by having the ability to do this themselves the toy designer can speed up the development process. A toy designer must also market his or her new toy to a toy manufacturer, unless they are already working on a specific project for the manufacturer. To market the toy the designer must be able to do a cost analysis and have preliminary information on the cost of production and the expected retail cost.

A degree in Graphic Design can seriously take you far because it's applications are endless.
its been hitting me more and more that just about everything we see and walk by is Design.
i can't even walk by signage until i've taken a good look at it, ha

but anyway, here are some examples i found online of some popular vinyl collectible toys you can find at stores like metropark, (sometimes) urban outfitters, and certain toy stores. :)

Tokidoki is pretty amazing at creating patterns and scenes with all their different characters (maybe you've seen them on LeSportsac Purses?)

OH! and if you haven't been to the HIGH to see the terra cotta army, its pretty amazing but it's leaving soon!
It's only $5 for students (with student ID).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

red velvet cake

i'm not a baker by any means but i thought i'd give it a try just once to see if i could get a few good photos to work with :)

now back to work on the ads illustrations

Thursday, March 12, 2009

the beginnings of an ad

I've decided to go with illustrations!
My goal is to feature Vanessa's different dessert selections in snapshots of family/holiday memories.
The first sketch: i haven't gotten around to drawing the bodies yet.. ':)

Some inspiration...

i absolutely love this style. The illustrations are in the same style of the bakery's logo. I'm planning on going in this direction.

Claudine Hellmuth
I think it would be interesting to incorporate the cake-making process in an ad.

RIDICULOUS cakes- check it out >

I guess, that's it for now...
have a good weekend :)

Stationery Set Progress- the final stretch!

Earlier this week:

After some finishing touches, here is the result:

-The striped background will be making another appearance in my ads.
-The business card still remains a pop-up. I've got to scan in my illustrations asap!
-Any suggestions for the envelope color? I'm thinking about letting it be the paper's off-white color.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

or maybe this one

Balcony View

Friday, March 6, 2009

possible entry

Arthur Rackham's Fair Helena (1909)
from his series of illustrations for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Possible entry #1 is my rendition of Rackham's Fair Helena

Pastel, Charcoal, Ink Wash