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Winter Wine Wedding – Invite Preview

It’s very nerve-wracking for me to design something for a friend or family (then why do I do it so much?!). I think the hardest part is they think oh I’ll ask Kylie to do this for me, she can do it no problem! Ok so that’s the flattering part, the hard part is that they already have built up in their minds what they want and a lot can be lost in translation when it comes out their mouths–and this can get even more muddled if they try to draw it out. And I guess that’s not even the hardest part, the hardest part is now taking that sketch and re-drawing it myself, designing it on the computer and then presenting my design to someone. This is where my nerves start jumping, was I able to take what we talked and sketched about out of their head and into my computer?

Case in point, Sarah’s wedding invites. I was so excited to help her have beautiful, custom invitations instead of some cookie cutter design from Staple or Michael’s. We looked at samples online extensively, had many brainstorming sessions over a glass or two of wine and eventually came out with this sketch:

Which then became this sketch:

Which turned into this computer sketch:

I told the bride she would see a computer sketch on Friday, and then I got too nervous and did some more versions and finally sent a couple to her on Saturday. Then I waited…

A couple nervous hours went by until I got this text

I LOVE the invites!!! Danny isnt home but I can’t wait to show him.

Phew! There is definitely more tweaking to be done on my part, and quite probably on the bride and groom’s part but we have a solid base and I can’t wait to see the finished product printed on lovely paper!

I looked at a ton of vintage ski posters trying to get an après-ski influence but in the end what inspired me most was this beautiful illustration from www.onedove.ca.

I love the sketched look of the waves and especially how the images are the negative part of the design instead of being the parts in colour. I tried that with Sarah’s invites but it didn’t work as nicely for me. Instead I chose to go with purple imagery and the champagne colour is hopefully what the paper colour will be. Originally my design had a tree in it as well but on second thought I took it out and am so much happier with the result. I love white space in design which is a big reason I love onedove’s work so much. The light texturing put into the Pray For Japan illustration appeals to me as well but I’m hoping Sarah gets some nice textured paper that will do the work for me!

Speaking of working for family and friends, I’m off to update my mom’s website for the last time this school season…

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Pop of ‘Puffs

Need a pop of colour in your spring wardrobe? How about a Pop of ‘Puffs?! I was very excited to open my email recently and see the newest release of a Creampuffs photo shoot prominently displayed!

As amateur set designer and accessory assistant I had a lot of fun with this one. GG’s wonderfully playful mind wanted some spunky Rihanna-esque style to this shoot and I had this awesome vision of our model floating on a cloud of balloons. We were blowing up balloons (thankfully with the help of a machine) and I kept thinking more, we need more! I’m not sure anyone agreed with me until we trying attaching them together in a “cloud” shape. What a mess that was! Eventually they were strung together and laid out around a table. The table was draped in white to blend in and piled high with balloons. I gotta say I was not entirely impressed with the floral background but you gotta work with what you have, and I am pleasantly surprised with the result! It’s like Rihanna, the Little Mermaid and Up and combined into one pin-up shoot! This one has GG and Creampuffs written all over it!

Check out more Pops of ‘Puffs at www.creampuffbygg.com.

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Winter Wine Wedding – Invite Inspiration

My last blog was about the colour palette for Sarah’s wedding, which I hadn’t known had given her a mini bride heart attack when I said the colours would define the rest of the wedding…whoops! Sorry Sarah! But it all worked out, we have a colour palette and now it’s time for something to be drawn in those colours.

We first turned our attention to some invites the Bride and Groom had seen online and were attracted to. It was my job to pull out of them what they actually liked about each invite. “I dunno, it’s just nice” doesn’t cut it for me–Nor would I settle for the word “pretty”.

I love how the text block is offset to one side, the spouses to be loved that it was this was a ski pass themed invite without being too over the top with the theme. They were also attracted to the typography of the date.

These three were selected for their fun cursive typefaces, nothing over the top and illegible, just nice and curvy!

This beautiful wedding set was chosen for the shared love of purple, as well as the use of the wine glass stain.

And finally, if I wasn’t around I think the bride and groom would be totally happy with this wedding set. The illustration style, type set into a defined block and simple colour palette work wonderful together–and it doesn’t hurt it’s a mountain theme as well! Now my challenge is to come up with something that will blow this one out of the water–or off the mountain!

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Winter Wine Wedding – Colours

My best friend is getting married in Sun Peaks next year and we’re busy racking our minds trying to come up with a way to combine her wine theme with the mountain. A wine theme–now that’s my kind of wedding! Even better I get paid in wine to design her invites!

So the big question is how to design an invite that has snow, mountains, and wine elements that is cohesive. Ice wine, frozen grapes, après ski; these are the images that came to mind. So let’s start with a colour scheme. The bride is set on a dark purple for the bridesmaids’ dresses so that’s the main colour. Now for some colours that will bring the winter wine theme together with the purple. To help inspire some frozen colour ideas I found a great ice wine picture and pulled some cool colours from there. The result is a winter colour palette that has wine coloured undertones and a champagne colour that was taken from the sash on the bride’s gown.

Now with the hard part figured out we turn to the actual invites. Hmmmm, on second thought maybe the colour scheme was the easy part…

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Personal Robots

After being inspired by the robots in Machinarium that I blogged about yesterday, I decided to sketch up a couple of my own. The first one is supposed to be me; with a roller as feet she’s fast but a little unsteady on her “toes” and as such tends to be clumsy. She also has a paint can hat that has inadvertently decorated her head and body. And the glasses help her poor junk yard eyes see better, plus they double as fire starters!

I also made a mate for my robot to reflect my real beau. He is very smart as you might be able to tell by the (energy efficient) light bulb illuminating the top of his shiny domed head. Springs for legs allow him to jump to great heights and bound forward at lightening speeds. He has long monkey arms that I worry would get caught up in his spring legs so these arms have an adjustable length!

{Excuse the poor cell phone photos of my sketch book but I plan on jazzin’ them up in photoshop anyways!}

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Wrapped in Foil for the Holidays

OK little braggin’ moment here. My sister was in her first newspaper ad! Creampuff creator GG Endean has a line of dresses called Foil out in time for the holidays, and what holiday dresses they are! Ali looks amazing in her first professional photoshoot, doesn’t she?! Little holiday ornaments were used at props (and were in turn used as decorative drawn touches in the ad). The ad itself is fun, young and flirty perfect for a holiday party with the girls! I got to exercise my creative brain bits with some styling of the jewelry, props and shoes–even used a pair of the shoes I wore to the shoot! The ad debuted in today’s issue of the North Shore Outlook and the dresses can be see in Favourite Gifts at the Lonsdale Quay Market.

Congrats Ali!

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‘Puffs Shoot

When I was in elementary school I loved colouring and crafting. When I was in high school I loved drawing and sculpting. When I was in post-secondary I loved designing and illustrating. But aren’t these all the same thing? Colouring becomes drawing which becomes illustrating… The name changes so that now I’m an illustrator instead of a drawer. I don’t doodle anymoreI sketch. I’ve learnt many different art forms, and I have to say that while I’m most comfortable with a pastel in my hand, I was very fortunate to have a made the acquaintance of Gerry Gail a local fashion designer in Vancouver. She gets different creative juices flowing. Advertising, marketing, photo shoots!  I’ve found a new niche that I’m comfortable with. Being behind the camera (or in front of it design the set) talking out my creativity. It’s an interesting concept to have all these ideas and meld them with all the creative visions of the talented people I’m surrounded by. it’s incredible to work together with hair and makeup artists, fashion designers, photographers, models and to each have your own vision but to see if come together as one finished product. To be one piece of the final product. So I have to thank GG for bringing me into this world and letting some different creative juices flow through my brain!

The whole concept behind Creampuffs are girlie, feminine, strong, carefree, comfortable and fun. These qualities can be applied to the designer, the product and the energy of these things is truly coming through in these photos!

 

Thanks to the whole team for putting this together!

Check out more lovely creampuffs at http://www.creampuffsbygg.com/.

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Creative Diploma?

I was asked by a family friend a while back to design her a diploma she could give students of her classes. I scoured the net looking for some inspiration that was outside of the norm. What I  got was a lot of super scripty and gothic text, intricate line borders–you know the stuff that you could draw with your Spirograph when you were 8. I found it difficult to be different and professional at the same time. There is reason some things just don’t change, certain things are so ingrained in the North American brain that it would seem proposterous to change them.

I had forgotten about this project until I was recently emailed by Jason Rewald of the freshly squeezed www.jfrewald.com asking to share what I came up with. Well here ya go Jason! Some inspiration from our friend Google and some of the options I had originally come up with.

This one works well for a Graphic Design graduate but I don’t think it would be applicable to much else:

This is not a diploma but a Spa Gift Certificate, I pulled some inspiration from this one in one of my options:

And here are three that I had come up with, not too far off the norm but in my opinion still professional looking. I will include the logo here as well which I didn’t create but mirrored the shape of in the borders to create something cohesive.

 

 

 

I hope this can inspire some creative diplomas from you!

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Hi My Name Is…FIFA

I have revitalized my venting project “Hi my name is…” for the World Cup. About a month ago or so I posted people with names tags that could be filled in. Like “Hi my name is…Joe’s boss and I don’t how I have survived this long without him, I should give him a raise”. Or you could fill it out a little meaner if you really needed to get some venting off your chest.

Venting or making excuses, I don’t know which one fits the World Cup these days. Either way, here is your very own FIFA Ref to vent on.

How about inserting “FIFA REFEREE…who needs to get his eyes checked, or maybe just his pockets…” I think a lot of English would like that one after yesterday’s non-goal by England which would have at that point, tied the game up with the Germans.

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How to Vent like an Artist

Everyone needs to vent about something every once in a while. My poor boyfriend, I just call him up randomly or, like early this morning, text him to go off about whatever it is that’s bugging me. Texting is probably the way to go about this because then you can say what you want to somebody but not have them interrupt your rant or try to fix it. Smart boy that he is just texted back “I’m sorry some people are idiots”. Exactly. Some people are just idiots. And before I turn this entire blog into a giant rant, let’s just get to the point.

Because art is what I do, I vented in the form of my best friend Adobe Illustrator. I created “Hi my name is…” people to vent with. They have name tags where I can insert such things as “Hi my name is…Kylie’s boss and I’m an idiot!”* or “Hi my name is…Kylie and I’m not allowed to think outside of the box!”. It’s amazing how something so childish makes me feel so much better. It’s the artist’s version of the punching bag that won’t fall over, or the face tacked up to the dart board. Maybe venting or ranting is childish itself so the only want to let go of these feelings is in a childish way.

I think I’m really going to get good use out of these name tag people.

Click the images to get a larger version for your own personal rant.

*Just so you don’t get the wrong picture, this was an example. Technically right now I am my own boss…
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