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La Va is a cute little coffee house at the corner of 21st and South Streets in Philadelphia. I have been working with the lovely owner Liron on revamping her chalkboard menus and beautiful antique mirror that is hung above their extensive coffee bar. Here are some concept sketches I have laid out in photoshop. The chalkboard is quite large, about 6x4 FEET! The mirror is about 4x2 feet. This is going to be no small job! I believe my best plan of action is printing out the sketches, drawing a grid, and going from there. If you have done large chalk jobs before please tell me your methods! This is my first chalk job of this size.
Above is an actual picture of the mirror above the bar at La Va. Here is an easier-to-read version of the above sketch concept. There are a few items missing (like hot tea...oops!) but overall this is the basic layout:
In order to create the above concept sketches in photoshop, I first used the wonderful website and resource dafont.com to download various fonts. They have some really nice script ones for fair use. Of course I am going to be drawing all of the fonts so they are just references for me to look at, and then ultimately do the job by hand. After creating a text-based image in InDesign I exported the file over to Photoshop, deleted the white background, inverted the colors (because these boards are going to be done in all white chalk markers,) and then layered them over an appropriate background. What do you think?
My parents donated money to a biker fundraiser or whatever, so they get a name on the back of a shirt. Not sure if I'll get a shirt yet, we'll see. They needed a vector graphic so who better to ask than their daughter with the degree in art education!? I didn't have illustrator. But now I do! And I've never made a vector before so what better time to learn?
The Shamrock I used in the design has this creative commons license.
Here is an illustration I started in about 2010 or so, never really finished it. I worked on it last week before I went to sunny Florida! Now I am back in Philadelphia and it is raining and snowing. It's almost APRIL! So without furtherado, I present to you THE PINK LADY!
Also I have been picked up to teach 1 week at UARTS summer program. I will be teaching painting and drawing to 6-8th graders and I am very excited for the opportunity.
Be sure to follow me in instagram (the pics and links are to the left) and check out some of my pics from florida and some sketches I've been working on.
In the interest of the "BOSSY" Controversy: One time, when I was about 8, I was in the gifted program at my elementary school. We had to do a group project on a book. It was a huge undertaking that involved bringing in food, writing short stories, creating artwork, etc. all involving our book.
I got called into the principal's office one day, which totally bewildered me. Apparently a little boy I had been working with in the group (or more likely his parents,) thought that I was too "bossy" while working with their son on the group project. That's the word they used, bossy, and I was horrified and humiliated for being perceived this way. Mostly because I had NO IDEA that I was doing something "wrong." OF COURSE I wouldn't have acted "bossy" if I thought it was a bad thing. I thought I was leading the group since no one else was stepping up to the plate.
Well, That's what leaders do. That kid is a follower, and we probably wouldn't get along today. I've been reading about this "bossy" controversy and it had made me rethink how I feel about this story. For years now, because of this, I have really consciously tried to not be perceived as bossy. But I have changed the definition to making an effort to hear other's points of view before arguing why mine is better. Some people find this abrasive. Others may even call it "bossy." But in my mind, if it's really your viewpoint, you have REASONS to back it up. Therefore my reasons could debate your reasons and we could come to a nice conclusion.
However, more often than not, people cave and just say "you're right" or "let's do it your way." Hey guys, guess what? If you do that, I'm not being bossy. You're being submissive. Probably because of a lack of reasons for your viewpoint. This fault is not on me but instead on the many kids (and now adults) that I grew up with who weren't taught to debate. And that's not my fault. I'm now bossy and proud, cause I wanna get shit done and move forward with solutions. And if you have something better to offer, you should suggest it. Loudly.
As you can see, I've been reading several articles about the controversy over the word "bossy" lately. Presumably because of the following website:
Ok, so after reading about that for a bit I saw a few related articles online, and I have to say I'm more inclined to agree with these pitches:
I decided to post on Facebook the above story, which I have edited for language. So what do you think?
So last week it was my birthday, (the 17th), and I spent it in one of my favorite cities, Washington DC! It was great to walk along the mall and see many museums and some of my favorite museum exhibits in the world. (Don't miss the prehistoric mammal bones in the Museum of Natural History - they will blow your mind!) We visited a wax museum, the museum of natural history, the portrait gallery, and the national gallery. All were great!
Unfortunately my camera's battery completely died the first day we were there, and I have to buy a new one. The radioshak didn't have the battery I needed, so therefore the only pictures I got are on instagram. Oh well! I had a great time celebrating Valentine's Day, my birthday, and President's Day all in one swooping, fast, weekend. In that order.
I also have been sketching some pencil stuff lately, here is one I finished from before...