Monday, July 13, 2015

cherry on top

I was totally going to start doing these sparkle foods weekly. I think I maybe even promised that on this very blog? Okay yes I just went back and looked and I did indeed bandy about the word "weekly". The problem appears to be that I have a hard time keeping up with ongoing personal projects because I get VERY EXCITED about other person projects/paying jobs. 

Anyway, I'm now saying that sparkle foods will be a semi-regular series. And here's the latest edition! This started as a photo:

And then some super cool buddies of mine suggested I turn it into a sparkly gif! Challenge ACCEPTED of course, and then I realized that I would have to figure out how to make the food move - all the other ones have some sort of moving part besides the sparkle. Eventually I called to mind our old place in St. Paul, where a tree right outside our windows would make these suuuuper dreamy leaf shadows that quietly swayed back and forth.

It took me... awhile... to figure out how to actually make that work in animated form. Have I mentioned before that I only took ONE animation class and that was all the way back in like 2006? I'm not a very good animator you guys.

For reference, here is my insane-o work screen. I wish I would have taken screenshots of my process so you could see the whole thing, but this should sum up the craziness. Does anyone else like seeing how people lay out their Photoshop? I am VERY interested in it, in a weird voyeuristic way. #showmeyourphotoshop 

yeah yeah I hardly ever name my layers, yell at me now.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

game on (part 2)

my favorite alphabear so far: Easy Bear!

It's been awhile since I did a little roundup of all the games I'm playing, so here's another list! Even though I'm not in school anymore I still get a little thrill when I get some summer leisure time... and that includes reading tons of books and playing tons of video games. This summer seems like it's been particularly good to me, so thanks to the video game gods.

Alphabear (iOS) | Spry Fox is the studio behind my #1 time-waster, Triple Town, and when they announced that their new game was available yesterday I hopped RIGHT on that. The graphics are gorgeous, the bears are cute, and it's a word game (my sometimes weakness). 

Diablo 3 (PS4) | This is not a new game to me or the world in general, but after a long hiatus Bryan and I finally picked up a copy so we could do some more couch co-op. I still think it's a tragedy that there aren't more games that you can play with someone in the same room. Diablo manages to be consistently fun and exciting without being too hard. Also my character has some totally rockin' armor right now.

Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4) | Will I ever finish this game? Will my character ever stop looking both awesome and silly because she is so tall? Will Josephine ever not be my gorgeous girlfriend? These questions are timeless. But seriously, I've been playing this game for AGES and I think I still have a lot of work left to do. It's awesome and fun and complicated and you should totes play it.

Lifeline (iOS) | Oh man, this was the PERFECT game to follow up me finishing a book about being stranded on Mars (The Martian by Andy Weird, if you wanna check it out). The game is a sort of choose your own adventure style interactive story about another astronaut stranded on a strange planet. I can't say too much without spoiling it, but if you want a game that doesn't require much time input and actually FORCES you to take breaks, then this is it. Be ready to be creeped out.

p.s. speaking of creepy video games... the very first video game I worked on is available on the iTunes store now! At Night: The Dead was designed and programmed by Gregor Holtz, written by Lisa and features backgrounds by me. Will you survive the night? 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

drink up

This post is dedicated to all you folks out there who have this Friday off work. Go ahead, kick back! Watch too much TV, read a book, talk a long walk to that place with the iced lattes you like... and bring me back one! I'm a sucker for an iced latte.

I'm also a sucker for a tasty cocktail (duh). Last weekend I got some ingredients together for a greyhound slushie to make with my ladies and came home with plenty of extra supplies! That's when I realized I also had various fruit seltzers, and thus this modified greyhound was born.

This isn't exactly a breakthrough in cocktail science or anything, I just took a greyhound (grapefruit juice + vodka) and added some fruity seltzer, but hey! It was an excuse to draw more cocktail ingredients, which I'm still obsessed with. If there's a publisher out there looking for an illustrated book of cocktails LEMME KNOW. I would be so down for that.

What are your plans for the 4th? Mine involve an American flag vest and probably tater tot hot dish - it was a hit at the last BBQ I went to, probably because nobody in Los Angeles has ever heard of it!

p.s. Here's a preview of a fun 4th of July piece I made for Bright's newest campaign. Check out the whole thing here!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

hot child in the city

If I could I would just draw pictures of food and make pretty maps and get paid for it for the rest of my life. When I got this awesome assignment to make some fun neighborhood maps and cocktail recipe illustrations for the LA Time's Summer 2015 Entertainment Guide I was obviously pumped.

Plus now I have a collection of cocktails to make and places to visit! Who wants to go to with me as I make my first pilgrimage to Diddy Riese?

Here are a couple of the illustrations! The rest are available to check out on that link above or on my website! YAY!!

(That slice of watermelon is on my Top 5 Best Things I've Ever Drawn list)

Monday, June 22, 2015

ice ice baby

It's officially summer! It's been feeling VERY summery here in LA for awhile now - especially according to my computer, who starts the fans up around noon every day. It makes me so nervoussssss.

Anyway, I made a sparkly ice cream cone to celebrate the changing of the seasons. No matter where you are I hope you can grab a cool, tasty treat soon! These little sparkly food gifs (I've been calling them #sparklefoods) have been really fun for me to work on. I might try to make it into a weekly series! Is there a kind of food you'd like to see next?

Friday, June 19, 2015

flower power

HAPPY FRIDAY! Oh man, did you ave a good week? My Trader Joe's finally has strawberry Kefir back in stock, so that was my big win.

JK GUYS, I've been hard at working doing a TON of promo work. After I made this baby shower invitation for my etsy shop I realized it might also work great as a ~*~*~motivational quote~*~*~ to send to potential clients, so I worked that up! Don't you feel the good vibes coursing through your veins? 

Alsooooo - can you believe it's June? I MEEAANNNN when did this happen? Perhaps it was the whole "planning a wedding at the speed of light" thing, but I am feeling like this year has been flying by.

To celebrate such a thing, here are some photos from lyfe.

fun outings & tasty eats: Mini Golf at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, exploring Graystone Mansion, egg sammies at Eggslut, donuts at California Donuts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

melon head

Etsy has clearly been on my mind recently! Shopping there of course, but now I'm delving back into selling a little bit.

So I whipped up a couple listings and did a little "soft open" of my shop last week. Currently there are only two items but I'm planning on doing more invites soon. If there's something you'd really love to see let me know!

One of the two items available is this fun fruit themed party invite above! Who doesn't love a good pineapple to start the party? I've had such a great time making little party paper freebies in the past that I wanted to do something new to coincide with my shop's opening.

Without further ado I present to you: MINI WATERMELON BUNTING!
(download here, for the impatient)

Seriously, the possibilities are endless for these tiny babies. I just hung them on my wall, but you could make a cake topper or wrap little gifts in it! Or just wrap your entire self int them and live a watermelon-y life.

Making them is super duper easy too, and if it's coming from me (my craft is.... sub par?) it must be true.

What you'll need:
  • The printable file from yours truly
  • An exacto knife or scissors 
  • Twine or string in whatever color your heart desires
  • Glue! I used Tacky Glue and it worked like a charm.

What you'll do:
  1. Cut out the little watermelon diamonds!
  2. Fold on the dotted line - if your paper is a little stiff like mine was you can try making a veeeery light score with your exacto knife. That way your paper won't tear!
  3. Outline one of the triangles with glue. Make sure to get the glue in the crease! I applied it slightly away from the outer edges so that it didn't squish out in the next step.
  4. Place the open diamond where you'd like it to be underneath the twine and squish it together! 
  5. REPEAT!!!

 Now you have fun party invitations and fun party decorations... all you need is some cake and you're set!