Thursday, December 09, 2010

'Tis The Season

Did I forget to mention I drew a new Christmas set now available at starvingartistamps.com. It's called 'Tis The Season, and I used a few of the new stamps (plus some from Christmas sets past) for a few cards I put together last week.

These are for my small list of clients. I inserted a starbucks card and a small note in each as a token of my customer appreciation.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DoodleFeltery...or DoodleFeltory?



I've made another needle-felted DoodleFactory character! Head over to my other blog to see the in-progress photos of this guy coming together (wordpress lets you make neat slideshows, but it shrinks the photos...I have to figure out a better way to share an abundance of images in one post).

Thursday, September 02, 2010

DF Ghoulies

I just wrapped up a couple of Halloween sets, and since time is ticking, Tracey's already posted them to the shop.

This year, we wonked (no, that's not a word) up the DF style even further, and here's what came of it:

For those of you who aren't into creepy cartoons, I've also done a small set of good old gourds n' pumpkins for the autumn season.

Speaking of autumn, I'd really love to see the change in seasons this year. I'm actually leaving on a 9-Day trip to Hawaii today, but when I get back, I want to start planning a road trip that will take me to see some vibrant fall foliage. Any west-coasters out there that can point out areas where the leaves get nice and festive. When does that even happen? My entire life of living in static climates has severely dampened my knowledge of the seasons.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

DoodleFactory Birthday!

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the DoodleFactory gang show up at your birthday? Last month, Crissy Page of dearcrissy.com hired me to design the invitations and cake decorations for her son Evan's first birthday. His party was this past weekend, and I was thrilled to have my creatures at this milestone event.

I custom designed the invitation, but Crissy had them professionally printed and the final product was phenomenal. The colors were just as vibrant in real life as on the screen, and the rounded edges and watercolor stock added a nice touch. Here, I've photographed the invite with two sculpey characters I made as cake toppers. These two weren't the final ones - I'd never used sculpey in this way before, so there was a bit of a learning curve.

Here's Crissy's photo of the actual toppers that made it on the cake:

This is where Crissy went all out. I designed some character buttons that she printed, then painstakingly cut out and assembled on what looks to be about 1000 cupcakes:
Evan's cupcakes, originally uploaded by dear crissy.

The Tower de Cupcake:

See more of Crissy's party photos on her blog. You'll probably want to poke around and add her to your favorites. Her site is always filled with gorgeous eye-candy (she's a professional photographer) and lots of great giveaways.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Sitting Pretty

See the post below for my rambling ruminations on the latest DoodleFactory® release to debut at StarvingArtistamps.com. By now, you can see the entire set at the shop, and even partake in the 3-Day sale going on. I only have two examples to share so far, but you should check out the design team's creations on the StarvingArtistamps blog.

As I mentioned earlier, coloring in people is a ton of fun. In fact, I spent so much time coloring the characters [I have about 5 others already inked up] that I ran out of time on the actual card-making process. All of the characters in these [two] sets are drawn in a seated position. They're made to coordinate with other sets like the DF Boudoir and DF Classic Decor, but as you see below, they can work entirely on their own as well.

First up is "Penny" from the Sophisticates: Take a Seat set. The Sophisticates are kind of the evolution between the DoodleFactory Grace Girls and the limited number of people I've ever drawn before on the DF line. The set of buildings in the background of this card is the DoodleFactory Neighborhood.


Next is "Daphne", who is probably my favorite character because I wish I could pin up my hair in curls like that. She's kind of a nymph and when I was rooting around for ideas, I pulled out my FlowerSoft snow globes that Tracey had sent me a few months ago. When I paired the image and globe with some flowers, I instantly thought of an iconic scene from a movie a few years ago. 50 imaginary points to the person who guesses what scene I'm thinking of. The fur is incidental - I threw it on the top of the card as an easy way to embellish the front, but the flowers [in red] are key. I even had to color a bunch of the flowers myself with my red copic pen since I didn't have enough in my supply.


That's it for now. I didn't get a chance to show you any of the images from the "Cutie Kids" set, so here's a look at everything you can find in these two sets. Make sure you stop by the shop to take advantage of the 3-Day 15% Off Sale and check out the SA blog to see more samples!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Antidepresstamps: GBB&B" Blog Hop

Yay! It's time for the Antidepresstamps Giggle Bears, Birds and Bees blog hop! These new stamps have been designed by someone who always puts me in awe. Nina Aaslund is not only an extraordinary card-maker, but a fantastic illustrator as well. I know I will never do the same justice to Nina's stamps as she does with mine, but I'm very proud to be a part of this release and give you a glimpse of what you can do with this line.



This is the sweetest set full of fun and expressive characters. The bears are so cuddly, but I love the bees the most, especially the wide mouthed one who looks like he's got a smug little secret. I also liked the ice cream cone and how absurdly fun it is to create your own flavors by coordinating with the background papers (or maybe that's just me).

There's so much to do with these stamps, and I know you'll see so many more incredible examples on this blog hop. Your next stop is actually Nina's very own blog. Make sure you visit ALL of the stops because someone is giving away the entire set for free (TODAY ONLY)!

Here's the entire blog hop map in case you get lost, plus the direct links to the shop if you're already convinced you absolutely need this set in your life:
RIGHT NOW:

Start (@ the company blog): http://starvingartistamps.blogspot.com
Irene: (You Are Here)
Nina: http://krumelurkonst.blogspot.com
Donna: http://www.deesstudio.blogspot.com
Juliana: http://www.stampinwinkyfingers.blogspot.com
Lydia: http://www.understandblue.blogspot.com/
Jenn: http://www.jennmcmillan.blogspot.com/
Dawn: http://www.dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/
Laura: http://www.adayinthelifeofthepaperpoppy.blogspot.com
Lori : http://www.inkingaloud.blogspot.com/
Eva: http://muffinspyssel.blogspot.com
Tracey : http://www.stampomatic.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Something Different



A good friend asked if I'd be so inclined to help her decorate the walls in her daughters' room. I was a bit apprehensive. I've always envied those who could paint, but alas, I never learned myself. Since painting is not my strength, I figured I'd work with what I have, which happens to be a lot of decorative papers, and what I know: drawing silly characters. I came up with 3 collage pieces. The larger is 9"x12", the smaller ones closer to 5"x7".

You might notice the Doodle Factory Neighborhood in these scenes. I drew a few more buildings on the computer and printed, then cut them out. The characters are all hand drawn and mostly colored with pencil and some markers.

I don't know if this is what my friend had in mind, but I hope she likes them!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Return of the Felties

Remember when I tried to learn needle felting? It's been almost a year since I first (and last) took a stab at it (har har), but I got the sudden itch to craft some creatures this weekend.

I used one of my favorite characters from the Creatures II set as my model. My first attempt came out a bit too small, and didn't allow for the detail I wanted, but he made a good little brother for the second, larger one I tried.

DoodleFactory Feltie





You guys, this may be my favorite thing I ever made with my own two hands. Who should I make next?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Danbo!

[also x-posted to my other blog]

It ("It" being my OCD obsession of the day) all started when my boyfriend showed me this adorable photo of a tiny box person helping a tinier box person over a sidewalk ledge. The image was so enchanting, I had to know more.

That particular photo was taken by Anton Tang, but it seems to be part of a larger phenomena involving many different photographers and their own box people. The little cardboard robot(s) are actually plastic figurines from Japan, based on a comic character named Danboard, or Danbo.

A little internet sleuthing turned up literally hundreds of Danbo photographs on the web. [HERE] [HERE] and [HERE] just to name a few.

I wanted a Danbo figure to play with too! Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I was too impatient to eBay one from Japan, so I made my own, with some modifications to this handy template someone else made. I deleted the colors and printed it on some recycled paper. Folded, glued, and stuck his head to his body with a toothpick. I modified the face, arms and legs just a bit, and he's got dirty toes, but he still came out cute as a button. I know I'm really late to the Danbo party, but who can resist playing along when even a rip-off version of this little guy is so darn photogenic?



Friday, May 21, 2010

Antidepresstamps



The uncomparable Nina Åaslund has lent her talents as a stamp illustrator to Starving Artistamps with a fun and fabulous new stamp release she calls Antidepresstamps. Check back on Wednesday, June 23 for some samples, a blog hop and a look at the whole set!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Wedding Card



It's wedding season...or at least we've been invited to two weddings within the next month, and I whipped out the craft supplies for a couple of simple cards. No stamping, but some papers, buttons, ribbons, and a couple of beautiful paper flowers sent to me by Tracey from www.starvingartistamps.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Other Half

Want a peek at what I do when I'm not drawing DoodleFactory characters? I started a new blog for my design work since I haven't put together a portfolio or website yet.

www.irenesilva.wordpress.com
Lady Gaga - Fame Monster USB


Let's see if I can keep this one updated more than once a month :)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I Wonder if This Will Give Me Superpowers

I'm really terrible at updating this blog with any regularity. In part, it's because whenever I'm working on DF stuff, it's shrouded in secrecy. By that time a release comes out, it's been a few weeks or months since I last made those drawings and I've already moved on to the next secret thing I can't talk about.

I just turned in the latest set, which is something Tracey has been asking me to draw for ages. It's something new*ish, and sort of unlike anything I've drawn for Starving Artistamps before, but nothing crazy or out there as far as the stamping world is concerned. I'm not sure when this set will release, so I'll distract you from asking me any questions I can't answer with this picture of my lunch yesterday.

I have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to brag about my culinary skills. There are a few meals I can make without destroying, but I'm no Martha in the kitchen. On the other hand, ever since I bought this amazing and affordable little blender, I've discovered a penchant for smoothie making. What could be easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a little machine and pressing a button that pulverizes it all together? Plus, look how pretty:

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Creatures: 2010 Edition

My gig as a rubber stamp illustrator started in 2005 with the release of my very first set: DoodleFactory Creatures. Five years, and literally hundreds of DoodleFactory drawings later, I'm back to the beginning with a new spin on 10 more creatures to add to the DF family.

You can see the full release and all of the StarvingArtistamps.com design team cards at the company blog. Here are my two cards introducing you to Zed, Spinkle and Elbo:



Friday, March 26, 2010

Digi Doodles

About a month ago, my boyfriend bought me this fabulous wacom BAMBOO pen tablet. He thought it would help with my doodles, and maybe save the time in the 3 step process of sketching on paper, scanning, then digitizing.

I have to admit, I mostly used the pen tablet this month to digitally sign the PDF contracts of my freelance jobs (though that use alone has made this an invaluable little gadget!)

Recently, I fired up my Adobe Illustrator program and gave the pen a whirl. I used to have an older, much cheaper version of the pen tablet, and it was pretty much useless. Drawing with this is a much more pleasant experience, though I haven't quite mastered it yet.


There are a lot of ways you can customize the sensitivity, smoothness, shape and size of the brushes you're working with in Illustrator, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I find the perfect settings that work for me. Who knows if I'll ever trade in sketching with a pencil for a fully digitized work flow, but it's definitely fun to make these little digi-doodles for no particular reason.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Coming Soon!

It's been over two months since this new chapter in my life has started. Sorry for the long absence, but I must say that time has been flying by.

As I mentioned in my last entry, I lost my job working as a graphics manager at a music company, only to take on a role as a freelance designer for that same record company. As a freelancer, I'm now my own boss, which has given me a lot of new freedom and autonomy. It seems like all the extra time I've saved not commuting to work has been eaten up with learning the ropes of being self-employed. I now have to be my own accountant and keep track of invoices and billings per job instead of collecting a handy salary check every two weeks. I've been stalling on getting my professional website running and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get it all done.

As you can guess, I've taken a bit of a breather from churning out DoodleFactory® sets as my focus has been elsewhere. However, I'm happy to announce that there will be a new release at www.starvingartistamps.com on April 1, and I'm not foolin'.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the new characters joining the DoodleFactory family:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ch-Ch-Changes

Time for a personal update!

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted. 2010 got off to a rough start with my very first traffic ticket earlier this month. I failed to make a complete stop before turning right at an intersection, and despite being nicknamed a "California Stop", it's illegal to do, even in LA! One expensive lesson learned.

The other lesson I'm currently in the midst of learning is that one can never be too secure in anything. The short story is that I lost my job at the company I've been with for almost 9 years. Even though there were whispers of layoffs circulating, I was still caught off guard on Thursday when I received notice that they were eliminating the Graphics positions in our department. Thursday was a really tough day, but I've already brushed myself off and I'm looking forward to the next phase in life.

I know that losing my job had nothing to do with my performance and it's actually been a great boost to my ego to know that my boss and coworkers were just as shocked and upset about the "change" as I was. I had so many supportive emails and messages from everyone I worked and I have many people looking out for me, and the potential for freelance work with the company to come. Financially, I think I will be fine. Personally, I only see this as a great opportunity for growth and a new direction in life.

I'm going to end this with a little photo-documentary of a hike my boyfriend and I did two Sundays ago. It was a six-mile loop to the Parker Mesa overlook and you can see from the photo below that "getting there" was quite a challenge to me. I'm not the most athletically inclined person, and I was willing to give up several times along the way, but my boyfriend made sure to coax me on to the top, which was completely worth it.













After the hike, we both felt great about spending time in the beautiful outdoors and vowed to do something away from our apartment every weekend. So far we've kept to that promise with a bike ride to the beach last week, and a group bike ride touring some community gardens in a nearby neighborhood today.

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And for those of you who actually come here for DoodleFactory news, there has been a new set release in the StarvingArtistamps.com shop. Those of you who liked last year's Classic Decor furniture set should definitely give the new DoodleFactory Boudoir a look.