Sunday, October 25, 2009

Free Worldwide Shipping On Prints!

From now until October 27th, you can get free worldwide economy shipping on any orders through my print shop! That's right, free shipping to anywhere in the world. If you've been thinking about buying anything from my print shop, now would be the perfect time to take advantage of this offer.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Inspirations: Vintage Books no.3

I found this book during one of my used book shop hunts. The inside of the book contains reproductions of ship sailing cards that were used for advertising specific ships and voyages. However, what really drew my attention was the cover. The solid shapes and color scheme are reminiscent of the designs that many screenprinters and digital vector artists try to replicate today.

Yankee Ship Sailing Cards: Volume III, copyright 1952 by the State Street Trust Company in Boston

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dog Portrait - Collaboration

Jeff and I collaborated on this dog portrait as a wedding gift for some friends of his. They're getting married this weekend, and instead of asking for wedding gifts they're asking for people to make a donation to the animal shelter that they adopted their Boston Terrier from. This portrait of Spencer will be sitting on a table at the wedding.

Jeff did the black and white drawing and ink wash painting. I added all of the coloring through digital painting in Photoshop.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Inspirations: Vintage Books no.2

I found this 1950 Random House book about The Pony Express in a used book store in Rochester. The design of it just really caught my eye, with the relatively simply graphic design cover and the inside illustrations. With the exception of the inside double page spread on the cover, the only other illustrations are spot illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. However, I find the simple color scheme of black, white, and the faded yellow as the midtone, to be very appealing. I would like to experiment more with this super simplified approach to color.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sketchbook Page - Erie Canal

It was finally sunny yesterday, after about a week of cold and rainy weather. To take advantage of the day of sunshine, Jeff and I went to the Erie Canal area in Pittsford and did a little bit of sketching. Below is a sketch from my Moleskine sketchbook, done with a ballpoint pen. Also, if you find yourself in Pittsford, I highly recommend stopping by The Coal Tower restaurant for their seasonal pumpkin soup - it's delicious!