Lanyards printed! Clean lines, bright, sharp colors.
Slight change to this client’s logo…they are branching off and adding a new speaking series in November. So, why not add a small color detail to the logo which makes it POP! I think the leaf needed to be accentuated and it really is representing ‘growth’ as the client’s ideas are evolving into something more inclusive and …well kind of means they are ‘branching out’. 🙂
My Reiki Associates client is getting ready to hold their 2nd annual reiki conference this spring, entitled: “Enriching Me and My Reiki Community”. Speakers, workshops, exercises, and great food throughout the day will engage numerous practitioners, artists, and those seeking to learn more about reiki.
Looking to the future, for this to be an annual gathering, they requested a separate logo from their own branding. A substantial tree with numerous stars glowing through (they saw the light and energy of the stars to be representative of their community of practitioners and clients) is an image they wanted to employ.
The small shoot with two leaves growing from the base was suggested to add another layer of meaning to this logo. It was meant to represent new growth, change and re-birth; a fresh and organic energy which can be associated with the reiki practice. I felt that the smaller plant balanced out the larger and solid image of the tree.
A full-color ad used to promote the upcoming conference. I used the new logo and extended the colors to the rest of the space. Making each bit of information stand out on it’s own, with clarity and space so as not to feel crowded and without overtaking the main image was my goal for doing a small ad. The logo is completely scalable; keeping it sharp and appealing even when used at a very small size.
Some years back I drew this picture on a light yellow paper in black ink. Then before I thought carefully, I framed it at a good expense. Photographing it or scanning it before I did this would have been smart. But hindsight is 20/20!
It was part of a whole series of similar drawings using black and white, blank space, negative and positive space, real objects, natural objects, celestial objects, and imagined objects or beings. Most involved images interpreted from my own Mohawk background; clans, traditional clothing, myths, beliefs, common symbols and my love of the power & strength to be found in my people and the natural world (Mother Earth, animals, the sky, water, fire, etc).
By re drawing in Inkscape (a vector drawing program similar to Illustrator) I was able to play with the images. The new format allowed me to make reasonably priced copies, have the ability to re-size without losing any detail, and to add color if I chose. One would think that drawing on the computer would be a lot faster. It turns out to be somewhat more tedious and at times time consuming -a flowing whimsical thin line that grows gradually to become a thicker line made by using vectors becomes 10 times as long to sort out, were I to just grab a pencil and utilize my years of training, practice and intuition, it would be accomplished in 20 seconds!
Still deciding if it is complete. Contemplating a touch of color…maybe not. It was made to be printed out at 11″ x 15″.
I was commissioned to illustrate a cover for a conference agenda coming up in a couple of weeks. I emailed my printer to get a quote for something and instead he threw me some work. 7 Drawings, including this one, in 5 days or less (!)
I have swollen neck glands, headaches, stiff/sore neck, white spots on tonsils in back of throat…..but it’s WORK!! This is no time for wussies! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Started a new digital drawing. There are are positives and negatives to using vectors to draw. Some sections are tedious, frustratingly difficult to manipulate and a lot slower than using a traditional pen or pencil. On the other hand, mistakes are eliminated or reworked, and filling in shapes become instantaneous. As an artist you can play a lot more, move things about, reshape, resize and re color to your hearts content. And FAST! No leaving the house for more pens, searching for paper….although I still start with a rough sketch in the sketchpad…For the style I am working with right now, Inkscape is pretty nifty.