Update to post from last week. I was able to spend a bit more time on the textures of the building and am now working on a second. Going for more of a decrepit ghost-town sort of vibe. Loads left to do, but pleased with where it’s going so far. The additional textures were a huge addition.
So, apparently it’s wedding season. I am in the middle of working on an invite for my brother-in-law. It’s a little different because they are having a joint wedding with his bride-to-be’s brother. Because of this there will be a little more copy, so we are printing a tall card (~9″ x 4″) that will fit in a #10 envelope.
The personal elements that I was given that I picked to include are: the capital letter ‘M’, maps, Sego lilies, gold, and a general theme of unity/addition/ampersands, etc. Though it is very simple I was please with how it turned out. I think it has a nice, classic feel. It will be letter pressed with deep teal and gold ink, so it should look really sharp. Unfortunately, my soon to be sister-law (who, I should mention is super awesome) has hesitations and feels like it doesn’t really feel right.
“I don’t know really how else to describe it because it IS classy, other than it’s just not my style; nor my sister-in-law’s, who, although more casual than me, also likes things more antique or cutsie (but elegant) looking as opposed to the more stylistic.”
So, this is where I need your help. I will fully admit that I don’t know how to do cutsie, and to be honest, in my mind cutsie and elegant are not compatible. However, I really want her to be happy. It is her wedding, after all. Any ideas on how I can change this in a way that you think might be more what she is looking for? (Ana & Holly, I know you’re out there). I would prefer not to start from ground zero again.
Holly who? I know, I’ve been quite MIA from the Co-op lately. Sorry guys. It’s been a crazy couple months. To roll off my list of excuses: I got engaged in May, my fiance moved to NYC and started his new job, we’ve been trying to find an apartment for both of us, all the while trying to plan a wedding for August 31, 2012. Yes, we are crazy. My next few posts will probably be wedding-related, just warning you.
So, I’ll start off with our wedding invitations. Due to timing and resources we emailed our invitations. We used Eventbrite as an RSVP method, but I chose to send the invitations from my personal email (rather than having the invites come from Eventbrite). The email contained the invitation as an image that linked to Eventbrite so guests could RSVP.
For the most part, it worked out well, and the response has been great! Even if circumstances were different, I still think I would choose email invitations. It was just easier and much less of a fuss. Even though I designed the invitations somewhat quickly, I’m in love with them. Nate gets the credit for the writing, of course. For those of you who don’t know, Nate is a sports writer, and to me, the absolute best writer I know I cried when I read the invitations. If you need constant Knicks coverage, feel free to follow him on twitter.
I’m working on a series of customizable Thank You postcards. So far these are getting a good response and I’m sure will gather more “hits” as the collection gets bigger. Plus, I’m enjoying these little, no pressure projects.
Last week we started a kickstarter campaign to raise money for the movie we’re shooting in September. I really hate begging for money, so that has been really uncomfortable. But we’re getting a pretty good response so far, and hopefully we’ll continue to gain momentum. Here’s the cardboard lettering I did for the title.
I also finished up the cardboard Shakespeare portrait. I thought about layering it, as Anna suggested, but it seemed like a lot of work. Then I got the idea of using vegetable oil to add some contrast and give it more depth. It’s pretty subtle, but it helped a lot.
I also wanted to make portraits of the primary cast members, so I bought a bunch of scratch board and tried to mimic the style of those Barnes and Noble illustrations by Mark Summers (not to be confused with Marc Summers). That guy must be the most patient and steady-handed human alive. I had a lot of fun making these portraits. Can you recognize the artists, or at least the subject?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I haven’t been gone, or overly busy. Just got out of the habit of posting. Hope to fix that in the coming weeks.
Currently I’m working on a side project for another mixtape here at the office (big surprise). The theme is “Big Sky Country” which is the state description (motto?) of Montana. I’ve never been to Montana, so this has been a bit more difficult for me. I’ve started down a concept path that I’m happy about and hope to show more work-in-progress images next week. All I’ve got so far is an image of one of the buildings. It still lacks some detailing, but the basic structure is there.
I know, it’s not much to go on yet, but it’s coming together…
I also know that Thursday isn’t my day, but I’m out of the office tomorrow and wanted to have something up this week
I wanted a little break from my Shakespeare project, so this week I’ll share a video from a little family get-together in Spokane. I’m borrowing my dad’s Nikon D7000, to decide if I want to buy it now that his D800 arrived. We’ve got lot’s of great Nikon lenses in the family, so I can’t really switch to Canon.
The only thing designer-y about the video is the title card, and it’s pretty simple. I’m still learning how to get the best picture while shooting video on a DSLR. It throws me off to have the shutter set to 1/50th, but I’m getting a better feel for my aperture and ISO settings.
My kids and I spent part of last week getting our Renton Rocks Summer program off the ground. Things tend to slow down for us rock painters in the winter, but when the sun finally turns up we are once again out and about planting our silly rocks.