whew! happy friday, all!
so, today i wanted to show some back story to my work... since i actually have a lot of people ask "how do you make what you're making" or "do you draw this stuff on the computer" – i decided to show a little behind the scenes process...

below is the beginning of my Home Love poster:

• first i'll map it all out by drawing and redrawing what i want to make over and over. (as you can see on the left) taking from doodles i make for weeks or sometimes all in one sitting.

• once i'm satisfied, i'll redraw it all again with my Staedtler or Micron ink pen.
(hey, you can see some of my Chemical-free Home doodles there on the same sheet of tracing paper!)

here's a photo below of it close up – all nice and tidy.
then i scan it in, vectorize, break it apart, and add color! see the finished piece here...

{little tip: it's so funny how some people think tracing paper is for jerks or cheaters. haha, i say! no way - it's the best way to work! especially if you're afraid of a blank sheet of paper in a sketch book. if this is you – you're not alone - but you're thinking about it all wrong. just start you're doodling and be free. find what you like about the first drawing and trace it on to the next. example: you draw a bird and you love the head and beak - but got the body all wrong. don't crumple it up and start all over! simply trace your head and beak and work on the body until you get it right.}

ok, next is my latest work in progress –
i was commissioned to create a really unique and fun wedding invitation for a couples small ceremony in april... we decided on making a large poster inspired by one of my and their favorite artists. (alphonse mucha) so, a poster will be mailed to friends and family as a piece of art to be framed as well as the invite to their wedding.

below you can see the process began like this... first doodle on the very left. the couple took photos and made vector images of their silhouettes and i created the poster around that...

and here it is all vectorized and colored... so beautiful! it's kinda modern/folky twist on a mucha poster which is exactly what i'm aiming for in life overall – so this makes me super happy and proud to have accomplished.

well, hope you enjoyed this little journey into my life and work! feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions – or if you want your own crazy cool custom wedding poster invite! xoxoxoxoxoxox

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