Creative Envy


JESSICA HISCHE = AMAZING.
Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:24 pm
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P henomenal is the only word that comes to mind over and over as I browse the work of artist Jessica Hische. Did you like that initial cap P I put right there? Cuz Jessica designed it. It is part of her current project called Daily Drop Cap, in which she is offering a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap everyday for our enjoyment or for “the beautification of blog posts everywhere”. Amazing idea.

I proceeded to get on Jessica’s website that showcases her work and my jaw hit the desktop when I got to the home page. Just the home page! Jessica’s style is right up my alley. It’s decorative and sweet and sophisticated and smart and simple and fancy and organized and vintage and classic. That’s a lot of adjectives, sorry. I was just gushing as I went through it. This girl is beyond talented! I’m not joking when I say her work literally raised my heart rate and kinda got me choked up because it’s so great to know that there are people out there creating such beautiful things.

Jessica’s passion is typography which is something I truly admire because type is tricky and she makes it look effortless. She reminds me a lot of one of my favorites, Marian Bantjes. Not only does she appear to know how to use type, the girl actually creates her own from scratch! Beyond that, she’s just obviously a kick-ass designer and illustrator.

Artists like Jessica inspire me like crazy. I love discovering people like her because they remind me of the quality of work for which I will continue to strive. Jessica also has a blog (that I will now be subscribing to).

An enormous “THANK YOU” is due to Christina over at Christina Likes for posting about the Daily Drop Cap project, introducing me to Jessica’s work.

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ELISABETH PEROTIN.
Saturday, September 26, 2009, 1:19 pm
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A few weeks ago I received an email from French photographer and illustrator Elisabeth Perotin, introducing herself. I love to hear from new artists, especially when they find me from all the way across the pond. Elisabeth’s work is beautifully dreamy. Her illustrations are lovely and I like how she juxtaposes them with her photography. She has both a blog and an Etsy shop if you’d like to see more of this talented lady’s work. Here are some of my faves.

Le jardin

Le jardin

Le manege

Le manege

La Normandie

La Normandie

Paris

Paris

Thanks, Elisabeth!



BACK TO REALITY, PRODUCTIVITY, AND MISSED CONNECTIONS.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 8:17 pm
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I’ve been back home from Disney since Thursday night; however, I’ve been taking full advantage of my remaining hours before going back to reality tomorrow morning. I’m not looking forward to that alarm going off at 6am. Disney was great mostly due to the fact that my brother had a kick-ass itinerary that we stuck to. My advice: do it. It makes it so much easier and prevents those grating conversations of, “What do you want to do next?” “I don’t care, what do you want to do?”. Ugh.

I’m bummed about returning to work tomorrow only because I’ve been so productive over the past few days with my personal projects. I sanded the chairs down (they already look 10 times better) and I got a great start on my Etsy shop (masthead designed and stocking the store has begun).

Friday gave me a lot of time to catch up on all my favorite blogs and thanks to Roadside, I came across Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall. Another amazing idea that I wish I had thought of; although I do not have the amazing illustration skills that Miss Blackall posesses. Sophie brings missed connections ads to life through her own illustrative interpretation. Here, she describes it better than I can:

Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.

Here are two great ones:

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In case you can’t make out the second one:
Monday, March 23, 2009
-m4w (Harlem)
Remember? Uptown A train. Sunday at around 9pm. I was the black dude reading Bukowski’s Post Office. You were reading the Arts and Leisure section. You passed wind rather loudly and started chuckling. I’d like to see you again. The flatulence wasn’t a turn-off.

Ha! So unbelievably clever. I love it.



MONEY NEEDS ATTENTION (AND DESERVES IT).
Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 4:01 pm
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If you’re watching the Olympics this week then you’ve probably caught the animated KeyBank commercial featuring gold medalist Diana Munz.

KeyBank Commercial Campaign | Metals

KeyBank Commercial Campaign | Medals

This series of spots created for Key’s commercial campaign is beautifully done. A collaboration between Digital Kitchen and Cramer-Krasselt featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Tim Tomkinson, the commercials use audio from real customer interviews. They are so imaginative, especially given the subject matter of what they’re advertising. You can watch all three here.