Tag: Illustration


Punch Drunk Love

February 3rd, 2011 — 5:42pm

I always have fun working with Marsha McBride, the owner and chef at Cafe Rouge Restaurant (& Meat Market). She has a fantastic sense of humor so each project is guaranteed to make me smile. Here are two of the pig characters that I created for Cafe Rouge’s house wine label some years ago. Over time we’ve been able to adapt these funny illustrations for all sorts of things; ad posters, signs, even holiday cards… and now Valentine’s Day!
Here is the Valentine poster I created, hung on the front door of the restaurant.
I never tire of these funny little pig characters!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, don’t forget to make a reservation!

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Special Delivery!

January 20th, 2011 — 3:57pm

I wanted to share this birth announcement that I created for a friend/colleague. It is inspired by a wedding invitation design that I did, featured in Brides Magazine, last year. The theme was “vintage schoolhouse” printed on old school paper, mounted to old file folders, and packaged in manila envelopes. The look had such an old fashioned sweetness about it… also perfect for a birth announcement!
On the front of the envelopes I silkscreen printed my stork illustration and found the perfect use for my vintage “Special Delivery” labels.

On the back of the envelopes I played with the same “schoolyard song” as I had for the wedding invitations, only taking it a bit further… first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…. Jameson!
I had so much fun creating schoolbook-like illustrations and hand-lettering. Using a clock for the time of his birth, a scale for his weight, and a ruler for his length measurement. I like how the parent’s names cradle each side of my baby Jameson illustration.

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Wedding In Oaxaca

September 30th, 2010 — 2:50pm

I have always wanted to tell the story behind my dear friend, Maria’s, wedding invitation design. The above image is the incredible reference/inspiration material that Maria first brought to me. She had found this invitation, from Mexico circa 1939, amongst her Grandmother’s things. The moment I saw it I knew I had died and gone to heaven! The design is so spectacular and unusual. The hand-lettering, as well, is so interesting… I had never really seen anything like it. I loved studying every detail and recreating the design for Maria and Darius.

Here is the invitation that I created. I hand-lettered the new text which remained written in Spanish. The translation of the wording is so beautiful, with both the parents of the groom (on the right) and the bride (on the left) inviting you to “witness the interlacing of their children”. Just the word “interlacing” conjures up such romantic emotion! The vine dangles symbolically, separating the bride’s and groom’s families until the mention of their wedding day, at which point, the vine ends and the text comes together to create a singular point. The initials at the top also create a “crossing over” with the groom’s initial on the bride’s side and vice-versa … such symbolism! I replaced the initials with an “M” and a “D”… for Maria and Darius.

Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

I redrew the header illustration and decorative elements. Their wedding took place in Oaxaca, Mexico so we decided to have the header illustration feature a church that is very prominent there; Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

Here is the RSVP card. I love all the unique decorative symbols mixed into the wording.

I love how the return address design fit the flap of the envelope perfectly.

Here is the menu for their wedding day feast! I was so fortunate to attend this wedding, truly one of the most amazing weddings ever! Thank you Maria, love to you both.


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Carmel Valley Wedding

September 2nd, 2010 — 3:59pm

The weather is so dreamy today… it seemed appropriate to post about this wedding invitation. The wedding took place on a beautiful ranch in Carmel Valley… almost one year ago to the day. I love how the illustration became a dreamy backdrop for the invitation wording, creating an inviting scene which draws you in, walks you through the trees and along the path to a magical event. Happy Anniversary Michelle and Peter!

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Botanical menu

August 9th, 2010 — 5:06pm

I have always loved old botanical prints. I created this menu cover for a intimate wedding feast. I used a black and white image of tulips from an old book and hand-lettered the bride and groom’s names in the ribbon banner. There were a small number of guests attending this dinner so I was able to hand-paint the tulips on each menu.
The results were beautiful. Each guest receiving their own little painting.

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Aya’s Wedding Inspiration

August 1st, 2010 — 11:40pm

Aya Brackett is a very talented photographer and dear friend. She did the photography for my website and my work has never looked better! I was also lucky enough to work with her on her wedding invitations. She had wonderful ideas and reference material and we had a great time working together. I am a true believer in having bride’s provide inspirational material, stories, photographs, etc. to inform the design of their invitations. The results are so personal, special, and unique. Designing for weddings is the best form of story telling I can think of… it satisfies and inspires the romantic in me.

Aya brought me this gorgeous business card from her favorite Patissier in Paris. We both loved the symbolism in the intertwined branches, the fresh color palette, and the lettering style of “Laduree”. Aya & Corey married in the quaint ‘ghost town’ of North Bloomfield, in the foothills of the Sierra’s. Their ceremony was held in a beautiful meadow surrounded by woodlands and lots of wild blackberry! I loved illustrating the spirited intertwined branches with flowers, berries, and bugs!

A playful return address for the invitation envelope.

The reply card. I love the little reaching caterpillar!

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2 Foot Yard – Album Artwork

August 1st, 2010 — 10:52pm

One of my most enjoyable projects that involved a lot of hand-lettering was for 2 Foot Yard’s album, Borrowed Arms. The music is hauntingly beautiful and I feel very privileged to have worked with such talented musicians / artists. I drew inspiration from Natalia Goncharova, a Russian avant-garde artist that I admire very much.


Here are 7 of the 13 track names. It never ceases to amaze me how expressive typography can be.

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Pizzaiolo – 4th Anniversary Poster

August 1st, 2010 — 3:24pm

If I had to choose I would say that Pizzaiolo is my favorite restaurant. Charlie’s food is delicious, the atmosphere is beautiful & relaxed, the music is great… I can’t say enough good things about it. I have been lucky enough to work with Charlie, the owner, on some great projects. One of which was designing their 4th anniversary poster. I chose to post this in ‘Illustration’ because I don’t think of myself as someone who can draw people, however, I love the way this illustration turned out. If you know the restaurant,  you’ll recognize the character ;-)

This was a fun ‘take off’ of a socialist propaganda poster, the Italian headline translates to “Feeding the people for four years!”

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