I was so excited to be invited by the talented Lucky Nielsen to participate in the Who Inspires Me Blog Hop! Lucky is based in Minneapolis. I had the pleasure to meet her through the Lila Roger’s Make Art That Sells course. Each week, I could not wait to see what Lucky uploaded to our Flicker group. Lucky’s color palette and character designs are spot on. Of course, after seeing her work in class, I had to scope out her website and quickly discovered her needle-felted critters. What a treat to see her amazing characters in 3D! Her work always has me drooling.
I’m also supposed to answer a few questions as part of the blog hop:
1) What am I working on?
My husband and I run a stationery shop called Doo Daa Studio and right now we are preparing for a couple craft shows coming up this fall. We are also getting into the wholesale side of things and are filling a repeat order from our favorite retro retailer, Modcloth. We have some other greeting cards and prints in the works and hope to share them soon! Before the holidays - pinky swear!
I have a degree in Graphic Design so most of my work is design based. I do freelance design work and hand-lettering for a few publishers. Also, working on a top secret app that’s due to release in early November and doing some fun illustration work with my new agent, Wild Apple Graphics!
I feel like such a lucky duck to be working with such talented and inspiring folks! Their passion for what they do really fuels my fire. I love having that energy in my life.
OH and most importantly - trying to plan some vacation time before the end of the year! Anyone want to watch our cats?
2) How does my work differ from other work of its genre?
Being a designer, concept is super dooper important to me and I try my best to have an idea or some cleverness in my work. Plus, I’m really big on the details - large or small. That detail might grab or catch someone and knowing that makes me happy and feel less guilty on spending extra time finessing and articulating.
3) Why do I create what I do?
Because I would cry every minute of every day if I was not creating something. Thinking, collaborating, assembling, designing, illustrating, problem solving - I realized over the years I need all six of those in my life. In my head I imagine a food pyramid with all 6 but I would make it look way schnazzier!
4) How does my creative process work?
I love the beginning, when I just get a new project and I’m immediately someplace else imagining and dreaming of what I will do. “Oh… can I do hand-lettering? Or what about using that texture to convey the intensity of the subject matter….. What about that new book I picked up last week? INSPIRATION! And that book, and…. Wow, is that peanut butter? Ohhhhh… SNACK TIME!”
But seriously now, I sit down and sketch away and pick up books that might inspire a new idea or approach. Then I clean up those sketches and present with notes on why I went in this direction. Hopefully the art director chooses one of my concepts. From there, I draw with my pencils, fiddle with color and composition, maybe scan and do a happy dance!
Of course I get plenty of those projects that start off with… “I needed this yesterday so you have 2 days to give me a final design! It’s URGENT!” A fire drill then goes off in my head - “IT"S GO TIME GIRL! WHY ARE YOU STILL STARING AT THAT SCREEN!”
Enough blathering about me! Let’s talk about some artists that inspire me, day in and day out out. First up is Jane Archer. She’s a super talented designer/illustrator currently living in Brooklyn (originally from New Jersey - FIST PUMP yeah!). I met Jane via a publisher she and I would work with. She has a fantastic energy and and I was smitten with her instantly! She currently works with an array of clients doing illustration, hand lettering and design. The lady knows how to compose a page, has a lovely sense of color, creates yummy patterns and lettering, speaks Italian and is one of the sweetest humans I know! I am lucky to have her as a friend and colleague.
Next up is another incredibly talented designer/illustrator based in NYC (originally from Pittsburgh), Jeanine Henderson. I met Jeanine through Jane and I am so grateful for it! She has created hand-lettering and Illustration for magazines, books, and ad campaigns and she seriously knows her stuff! Her sense of scale and composition shows her intent in each piece she creates. Also, her jewel-toned color palette, common in much of her work, really lends itself to the subject matter. I adore her lettering! So whimsical and organic! In addition to being super talented, she is ALSO one of the sweetest humans I know. She is a great friend and I am so lucky to have her in my life.
Thanks so much to Lucky Nielsen, Jane Archer, and Jeanine Henderson for allowing me to share their fantastic creations. Keep on gals! Your love for what you all do and how you do it keeps me going and inspired!