Check out my new addition Le Chat Collection. Le Chat is a Cat with a 100 personalities. He can wrap you around his little paw with his loving looks, and when you are not looking he turns in to a "rascal of a cat". Le Chat, "The Master" of the house and his loving keeper, "The Servant" was designed for all of us cat lovers who are forever serving their endearing "Ball of Fur".
It is always nice to have a good response to my art. And, I am happy to say my Mythology Series of Illuminated Drawings, inspired by Dante's Inferno have been well received. A dear customer and avid collector of art sent me this picture of how they framed the series. They live in a contemporary home in beautiful San Diego overlooking the waterfront. I love the simplicity of the frame they chose keeping with a modern theme and fresh look putting two prints in one frame. They have the drawings leaning against the wall on a marble counter near where they serve wine to their guests. They told me the drawings and the meaning behind each rendering sparked a serious and lively conversation about The Divine Comedy and Dante's journey through Hell.
Thank you, to my friends Chuck and Joan for sharing how the work found a place in their home. I love it when my clients show me where and how they display my art.
For those interested, here is a link to where you can purchase these frames.
When minds meet…
there is an uncanny resonance that takes place between two people. Thus was the development of Teri Whittaker’s Personal logo in which I had the pleasure of creating and illustrating. (image below).
Teri had a great sense of who she was as a Production Designer. This created a clear foundation to start with. We talked, I did some sketches and the project started. As a client, Teri was great for she allowed the idea and the expression of that idea to unfold creatively over a two week period.
During the process, nuances and symbols arose that were not in the original sketch. As the art evolved and with each iteration we were getting to know Teri's inner personality.
The process, the art, the style and the expression had a life of its own that unfolded the story of Teri Whittaker. She and I let go of fixed ideas and stepped aside trusting the process.
It was truly a fun project that didn’t have the angst of adhering too soon to a fixed vision that had not yet matured. Each evolution held the essence of the original idea that ultimately came into full expression as
the mystic and magician within the mind of Teri Whittaker.
One of Three Original Rough Sketches Presented to Teri
Semi Finished Sketch for check-in approval for Teri's feedback.
Some minor details were adjusted with approval to move to
This is the Final Inked Drawing that was then digitized and cleaned-up
to create a master used for production. The Master is saved in black
and white allowing for easy changes and addition to drop in color
for more illustrative expressions.
Finished Medallion Logo for Teri's Website. The panel illustration will be used for other promotional materials.
(c) TM 2015. Teri Whittaker. All Rights Reserved
This was really a fun project for me. I have known Teri for many years and have a high respect for her craft as a Production Designer for the Music Video / Entertainment and the Advertising Industries. She knew what she wanted and I had a good idea how to interpret her vision. As a designer and manager Teri gave me a lot of freedom to create these two pieces of artwork for her new website and business communication materials. I designed it so these two pieces of work had flexibility to reproduce in various formats and expressions, such as these simple black and white, two color versions and illustrating the work in a variety of full-color applications. We even talked about silver foil applications to the gears and having them animated for her site.
Last week my dear friend Ellen came to visit me in Pasadena. She and I were neighbors when I lived in the Sierra Mountains so I don't get to see her very often. Ellen is a biologist / botanist and photographer so for entertainment we visited The Huntington Gardens and Exhibitions of Art.
The Huntington is absolutely inspiring and awakens one's awareness creating a multi-sensory experience. The Japanese and the Chinese Gardens are incredible. The pictures cannot begin to describe the bucolic landscape settings, colors, fragrances and sounds. The architecture is grand and the art collections include illuminated drawings to European Masters, and periods of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Their are sculpture gardens, restaurants for high tea, and a newly expanded gift store that is to "die" for.
My friend Ellen and I were pleasantly exhausted after our visit, but left truly inspired with new ideas to explore. Here are a few pictures.
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