Art, Graphics

artist watch // jordan andrew carter

I absolutely love Portrait Design and I especially love when it’s an iconic figure expressed in a modern and pop fashion.  Jordan Andrew Carter is a London-based artist and Illustrator.  He explains that he takes a tactile approach to his work with the juxtaposition of intricate hand drawn pencil work against mixed graphic media. His work is so amazing and eye-catching.  The colors are so fresh and magnificent. I would hang any of his portraits in my home. Here is a glimpse of his work…

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Graphics, Portfolio

graphics // hatch show print

Hello. It’s been a moment since I blogged. I miss you all!  I wanted to share my latest project with you.  My client {Shawn} wanted me to create a custom Hatch Print Show Style poster.  For those that don’t know Hatch Print – Hatch printing originated in 1879 in Nashville, TN by William Hatch. Hatch ran the famous print shop – Hatch Show Print.  Country musicians to magicians and various rock stars have all turned to Nashville’s historic Hatch Show Print to create amazing showstopping posters. Hatch preserves the art of traditional printing.

I created the same design for my client {Shawn} but varied the options through color.  He pretty much left the design totally up to me, but just required the day of the dead skull and an outline of the state of Tennessee. All info and details were provided. Here is a glimpse of the four options I provided for him….

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Design, Food, Graphics

Link Love

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Just a few notes…

Side Bar. I love this site. Each day they post 5 creative design links.

On the Grid. Love the graphics. It’s your local guide to all city neighborhoods curated by locals. You will love this. This is an essential tool for exploring any new city.

Rosé all day!  Check out these Rosé donuts

31 activities that will make you happier every day!

Lastly, love this illustration collection by Anshuman Ghosh.  His playful illustrations transform an iPhone into an Imaginative World.

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Brand, Graphics, Portfolio, Typography

graphics // six three zero

Hello and Happy Tuesday.  six three zero is bike company in California. They had contacted me to design their Brand + Style Guide.  I honestly love doing this type of work.  This guide documents the brand through a set of guidelines and rules that support their identity. It’s the voice and personality of a company in visual form and addresses how the brand is represented and communicated through social media, advertising and design.  This was a great project to work on.  You must check out their bikes. Their mission is to ‘make people’s lives better…one bike at a time’.  Here is a glimpse of the six three zero brand + style guide…

 

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Beauty, Graphics, Portfolio, Typography

graphics // social lashes

Social Lashes. My first project I wrapped up for 2017.  I was lucky to partner with a lash boutique – Social Lashes.  The need was for a modern graphic look book that showcases the 5 lash styles – Socialite, Bold, Fearless, Daring and Sassy.  I loved working on this project – Beauty and Graphics – two of my favorite things.  The result was an all black and white look book that showcased a mix of typography both with a fashion feel and bold handwritten statements and also mixed with casual beauty editorial photography.  Here is a glimpse…

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Beauty, Celebrity, Color, Design, Fashion, Graphics, Infographic, Invitations, Pantone, Photography, Portfolio, Typography

2016 // top posts

Hello. Happy New Year’s Eve! You know I love my eves! 2016 was a really good year for me. I made transitions with my career and couldn’t be happier.  My business is doing very well and I love, love, love all the projects that I worked on this year.  I’m looking forward to what 2017 will bring.  Celebrate the last moments of the 2016! Thanks for allowing me to share my blog with you.  Here is a glimpse of the most popular Sparkle is the new Black posts for 2016…

Top post for 2016

 1. GK Krew //photoshoot

2. dom + elle Look Book

3. Save the Date Infographic

4. High Fashion Save The Date

5. graphics // Wedding invites

6. Pantone Fashion Forecast 2017

7. makeup monday // refined romance

8. Backstage at Rodarte

9. California Love

10. makeup monday // golden globes

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Graphics, Portfolio, Typography

graphics // mama maria

Hello and Happy Monday. I’ve been working on so many amazing projects. I just wrapped up 5 menu designs and wanted to share the Mama Maria Brunch Menu with you.  A few weeks ago, I shared the Sol Mexican menu.  For this menu, I wanted more of a rustic modern feel and incorporate illustration into the design. The logo was provided so I didn’t want the other elements of the design to compete and take away from the logo.  These menus have been so fun to design.  I love playing with typography and mixing it up with the illustrations. I provided two background options to the client. You can decided which one you like best. Here is a glimpse…

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Graphics, Portfolio, Typography

graphics // sol mexican

Happy Friday! Lately I’ve added a new type of Graphic Design to my portfolio. I partnered with a new company headquartered in Boston and they specialize in menu design for restaurant re-branding.  I worked with them to design a series of various menu types.  One of them was for a Mexican restaurant – Sol Mexican.  The inspiration came from Cantina type graphics and  the idea was to keep the color palette minimal but to really play with Typography and allow for the design of the text to pop and me the star of the show. I loved working on this project. The menu format was a traditional 8 1/2 x 11 flip menu book. I didn’t design the logo so I’m not showing the cover. Here is a glimpse of the Sol Mexican menu…

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Fashion, Graphics, Invitations, Typography, Wedding

graphics // fashion STD

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I have been busy with wedding graphics lately. I have another Save the Date for you, but this one combines my two favorites – Fashion + Graphics. {Kaven} found me through my freelance work and had a vision to create a Save the Date invitation with a high fashion edge.  Him and his fiance took several photography looks with a high fashion vibe and the idea was to use these images as a series for their wedding suite. Loved working on this project. They really made my job easy with their amazing photo. Here is a glimpse of the first round of options + the monogram options…

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the end result…

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