Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Something Totally Different

A week ago, Edson and I did our first collaboration. The end result is definitely a hybrid of both of our styles! We were approached to create illustrations for AVENUE magazine. The article we were to illustrate was about a snotty Madison Avenue book party. These two illustrations are the end result. Edson whipped up several of his stylish fashion figures and I designed the apartment backgrounds and furnishings. The color palate and the fabric textures applied to each figure's outfit were decided by both of us working together, scanning in various textures. I think we're pretty happy with the end result...but even more so, we're thrilled that we can work together successfully! It really requires careful compromising and sensitivity to work with another artist. I'm glad we didn't step on each other's toes!

The illustration above was the opening illustration of the article, and an introduction to the party crowd. The illustration below depicts the main character, a stylish Charleston, South Carolina woman visiting New York, and how she took pleasure in the fact that the host was unaware of the mousy salesgirl who was ruining a priceless designer desk with a rusty cash drawer.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

WOW! A Unicorn!

This was my first attempt creating a Mythfits strip. Obviously, the robot hasn't shown up yet.

That turd might show up again later. I like him.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

...Then a Robot Appeared.

Here's part two of the beginning of my strip. I hope you like it.

Note: first panel best viewed while imagining Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra" (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) playing in your head.

Yeah, yeah...I know, that's a tired cinematic cliché, but it makes it all the more ridiculous.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

In The Beginning, There Was a Drunk Unicorn...

I like unicorns that drink to kill the pain. :)

This is my attempt to materialize my new endeavor (mentioned a couple posts below). I hope you like it. I think it will be an on-going series. A friend alerted me to a similar concept being developed out there in the zeitgeist, so I thought I'd boogie to get mine started.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Happy Anniversary, baby

Okay, so it's only been one year, but that's a good start. I want to do a tribute to my sweetie, my boyfriend, on our special day. He came into my life almost exactly a year ago, and everything has been wonderful since. Having originally hailed from Brazil, He exudes a warmth that I feel lucky to be the recipient of. He has taught me so much about life, living in a new city (the Big Apple, no less!), art, fashion, and the culture of Brazil. On top of being such a kind person with a good heart, he is undoubtedly talented and inspiring. Oh, and if I may so so, I think he's such a hottie too! Ha ha...or as you'd say in Portuguese, a "lindo Gato". But that is just the tip of the iceberg, because with him, I feel like I've found someone to really connect with, spiritually, intellectually, artistically, and humorously as well. I hope we get to celebrate many more great times together.

Here's a sampling of my gatinho's work. I am so proud to have a boyfriend with such talent and style. He has even given me pointers on my wardrobe, which I eagerly welcome! Hanging out with him is like hanging out with a sweet, fun-loving Project Runway star (yet much more demure). He has an excellent eye for design and I admire that. It's been nice to share artistic visions with another artist different from myself. I can rock the cartoons, and he really rocks the fashion creations. His elegance as a designer...and as a human being is effortless. Definitely not of the "put-on" variety.

I first met him at the Phoenix Bar in the East Village. As far as bars go, you can't really get less laid back and attitude free than that. That's what I love about the place. I might be wrong, but it has always seemed like the kind of place where real, pretension-free guys stop to grab a beer and catch up with friends. It's casual, a little bohemian, a little rough around the edges.

Anyway, I happened to be there with a friend one night when I caught a glimpse of him across the bar. We didn't talk that night, but the following week, we saw each other again. He approached me in the cutest way, and I got the sense that this guy was really sweet and really real. What can I say? After that and a date, we were glued at the hips. The cool thing is how natural it all felt and continues to feel. I normally don't like to gush online about my personal life, but darn it, this makes me wanna put up a banner. I promise I won't get all mushy on ya folks (is it too late for that?). I just thought I'd spend a few moments sharing what brings me a smile each day. And if you're reading this, I love ya babe. I can't wait to toast over dinner tonight!

Monday, August 06, 2007

A New Endeavor

As an Illustrator, I get told what to draw a lot (duh). It's not usually what I would sit around sketching at home, so lately I've been experimenting with character creation. For some reason these two little guys keep showing up in my doodles! I always loved unicorns. I always loved robots. Maybe I'll do a little cartoon with them.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

mooooorrre Kid's Show Art!

It's fun creating art for kids. I find that I can be as colorful and whimsical as I want. Here's more backgrounds for the show...some as sketches and some as finals. Hope you enjoy.

During one episode, all the the puppets magically travel into one of the character's mouthes to watch a film on dental hygiene. Here's the "mouth theater" as a sketch and then as a final animated background.

Lastly, I think it's amusing when small, small buildings have impossibly LARGE floorplans. For instance, this floorplan above is for the Playhouse below!