Saturday, March 31, 2012

Caricatures at Yelp's Drive-In

This post is coming a bit late, considering that I drew at this Yelp event in October 2011, but I just found all these great photos and reviews today. I enjoy drawing at all sorts of parties, but this one was truly one of my favorites, as I got to dress up in my '50s garb AND draw everyone else in theirs. Also, lots of great local food and drink samples. Here are some of the caricature reviews that were posted afterwards:

"Honorable mentions have to go out to Robin the amazing caricaturist."

"Three Stars for the caricature. We got there early and got an over the top rendition of the G's."

"Something I wasn't expecting but thought was so cool- the caricatures! I'm obsessed, and she did such a good job. The line was long but that was okay."

"Although I did not take advantage of it because of the line, the caricature drawings looked fun. Friends of mine had a drawing done and it looked good."

"The caricature drawings were a blast a very fun surprise. The line was a bit long but it was worth the wait."

"The photobooths and caricatures were, as usual, a big hit with the crowd."

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bryana's Best Salsa Labels

I recently designed this series of salsa/sauce jar labels for a small, homemade salsa company based out of Stillwater, MN. The main chefs are Suzanne Schilling and her niece, Bryana. All profits from the salsas go directly towards Bryana's future education. These were a ton of fun to do!

Ricky Rubio Sketch

Here is a working sketch of Minnesota Timberwolves player Ricky Rubio. Currently attempting the digital version.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blue Genie Studios

While I was in Austin, we went to see a show at a venue called the Blue Theater. Lo and behold right next store was Blue Genie Studios, a place I have researched in my CNC Router work and didn't correlate to being in Austin until I accidentally biked to it. The bay doors were wide open, so I went in and got to talk to one of the workers and take a look around the shop. It was fun to see how they are using small models, a laserscanner and the CNC Router to create really dynamic, large-scale works. I love peaking into other shops' processes! Click here for a more in-depth blog post about their process.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Caricatures from McNally Smith SXSW Day Party

On the last day of SXSW I set up shop and drew caricatures for tips at McNally Smith's Day Party, held at the Liberty bar in Austin. It was a packed show (over 2500 people throughout the day!) with a fantastic vibe and great lineup. And as expected, I had a busy line for caricatures. Lots of drunk people, lots of hipsters, lots of fun. These are a small sampling from the day.

Flatstock 33

One of the highlights of my trip to SXSW was the chance to check out Flatstock, the semi-annual rock poster convention showcasing the work of over 80 screenprint artists. Although I don't make prints as much these days, I still appreciate the drawing and design work, color and technical proficiency that goes into creating every poster. I finally got to meet Jay Ryan and even bought some postcards of his. I also got a rad spray painted racoon "R" by Mig Kokinda and some awesome squirrel earrings by Dan Stiles.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The City Museum

I knew for the last 3 years, ever since I had heard of this place, that I needed a voyage to the City Museum in St. Louis, MO. This week, on a road trip down to SXSW in Austin, TX, my boyfriend decided to take me there for our 6 month anniversary and it was INCREDIBLE. I'm not even sure how to describe this place and the pictures don't do it any justice. Essentially it's a huge playground for both kids and adults. Every space is climbable and touchable and there is no single way to navigate. There are nooks and crannies, holes and tunnels, stairs and slides, caves and crevices and you can climb through everything. There is even a 10 story spiral slide! It made me feel like a kid again. If you ever get the chance to go through St. Louis, make sure you take a trip to the City Museum!