Quarantine Postcard Set

Illustration and Art Direction

During 2020 many of us were (are) quarantined at home and feeling ready to mingle but with health-minded restrictions we are limited. With more time on my hands and a desire to help lift moods and create connections among people, I decided to design a set of humorous quarantine-themed postcards. The United States Mail service is also struggling a bit so this is a great opportunity to make a difference by sending postcards to those we can’t spend time with right now.

Each postcard was lovingly conceived, designed, and printed in my downtown Los Angeles, CA home studio. I hand-illustrated each drawing with ink and highlighter. I then digitally scanned and used software to create final designs.

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Branding, Editorial Design, Typography, Social Media Marketing
  • Client:

    Amy M Huber Shop
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Dear Lois Magazine

Vote ‘Cause You F^cking Care

Poster Design & Concept

Voting is an important part of the democratic process. People have fought, marched and died to have the right for their voices to be heard and to be able to implement leaders and laws best representing them. Even if a process has flaws we must keep voting because we care and because we believe in change.

I’ve created this poster to share. Please feel free to print and posts around your city.

All I ask is that you a) don’t take credit b) do not make a profit off my design c) do not copy and take as your own design.

  • Disciplines:

    Typography, Hand-Drawn Type, Poster Design, Illustration, Art Direction
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Dear Lois Magazine

The Adventures of Kona & King

Book Design & Illustrations

“The Adventures of Kona & King” is a book delightfully written by Joanne Cooper. The original illustrations – created by her 11-year-old grandson Zachery Cooper – are accompanied by hand-drawn and digitally altered backgrounds by me. The book design and layout were also created by me.

It is an interactive book written in a rhyming poem format, asking questions to stimulate children’s imaginations and initiate conversations. The two stars of the story are two real-life Labrador Retrievers named Kona and King.

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Branding, Book Layout, Editorial Design
  • Client:

    Joanne Cooper & Zachery Cooper
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The Adventures of Kona & King Children's Book

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Dear Lois Magazine

Good to Be Alive

Album Cover Art

Peter Donovan of the Seattle band, All the Real Girls, approached me to design the cover of his upcoming single “Good to Be Alive.” As I learned more about this project I was elated. As a part of the Bushwick Book Club – Seattle, Peter based his song on the popular children’s “Frog and Toad” book series by Arnold Lobel. “Frog and Toad” was a favorite childhood book of mine and I asked Peter if he wanted the album art cover to be based on Lobel’s illustrations. Since Peter’s lyrics beautifully echoed the book series I decided to use the naturistic subject matter and 1960’s color pallet in my design. I used a flat illustration style, hand-inked drawings, and textured watercolor-painted paper strips which I combined – along with type digitally.

The lovely animation was created by Bradley James Lockhart.
Song by Peter Donovan & Elijah Ocean

Hamilton Boyce – Harmony Vocals
Peter Donovan – Vocals
Zach Jones – Piano, Harmony
Vocals Curren McDowell – Drums, Percussion
Elijah Ocean – Guitars, Bass, Organ, Harmonica, Harmony Vocals

Digital Media

Inspiration – Frog and Toad

Alternative Cover Designs

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Dear Lois Magazine

Social Distancing

Coloring Pages

Here we are. It’s the year 2020; the world has a human-based virus and (hopefully) we are all doing our part by staying home as much as possible and flattening that curve! I wanted to find a way to make our home stays a little easier. If you have kiddos or are a kid at heart, this project is for you. Feel free to print and share coloring pages for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Also, feel free to tag me on social media with your completed pages. Just please refrain from selling, stealing or making a profit from these. They are my gift to you and I can’t wait to see how your creativity shows itself.

Love,
Amy

 

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction,
  • Client:

    Humankind

Spring Book Club

Wildflower Garden

Garden Dance

Download/Print

Kitten Garden

The Gardener’s Truck

A Vase Full of Cheer

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Dear Lois Magazine

Medium.com

Editorial Illustrations

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Writing
  • Client:

    Personal Project
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Naturistic

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New York Short Film Festival

Plant Portraits

Hand Drawn Illustrations

Plants clean the air in your home and give joy to your soul. They give you something to take care of and bring life to a dull space. One of my personal projects is to create illustrations of the plants in my home and frame them with vintage frames discovered at thrift and antique shops. Recently I’ve enjoyed finding ways of weaving these hand drawn and painted plant portraits into the digital world.

  • Disciplines:

    illustration, Art Direction, Personal Branding, Personal Project, Series,

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Billabong

Dear Lois Magazine

Illustration and article

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Writer
  • Client:

    Dear Lois
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Quarantine Postcard Set

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Miri’s at Golden Gardens

Branding and Design

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Plant Portraits

Transpose

E-Book Illustrations

Transpose, a Seattle-based start-up, aimed to make everyday data storage more simplistic.

When they came to me looking for illustrations for their new e-book, I was excited. Together we explored concepts for imagery that would best support their overall company message. We settled on the theme “consolidation is key” for the chapter header illustrations. Using a keychain as a metaphor, I created a series of images supporting the idea that digital consumers store their data in too many places and that by using Transpose’s online services, users can pair down to one platform. The fox—Tranpose’s logo/mascot—holds the key.

 

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Branding
  • Client:

    Transpose
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Naturistic

The Garden Series

Personal Illustration Project

The Garden Series, a personal project, is inspired by the imaginations of children and how we often lose our sense of wonder as we grow into adulthood. In my home I’ve acquired many plants, and my partner and I have small figurines scattered throughout them. In this series of paintings, my houseplants become jungles and miniature toys become adventurers in strange lands.

 

 

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction, Personal Project, Textiles
  • Client:

    Personal Project

The Garden Series is essentially a progression of personal projects I’ve worked on over the years. What started as a sketchbook series quickly became larger and more focused.

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The Vestibule

The Vestibule

Gallery Show and Window Display

The Vestibule, a unique family-owned space, is both a neighborhood gallery featuring local artists and an Airbnb accommodation.

When owners Kascha and John Snavely approached me, they were interested in showing my nature-themed illustrations from my Morning Sketching collection. The gallery’s primary presentation space features a mini window-display that passersby can enjoy even when the space is not open to the public. In addition to showing pieces from my existing series, I wanted to add something special for the space. The gallery is located near a secret beach in Seattle’s Ballard area, and I gathered specimens (driftwood, seaweed, and kelp) to draw as hanging artworks in a window installation. On the lower half of the window I painted line-drawings representing the tides that brought to shore the objects I collected and drew.

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Veelo

Vintage Truck Portraits

Original Illustration Series

I have a small obsession with vintage trucks, which I blame on growing up in Texas. This ongoing personal series started unintentionally as I found myself taking Instagram shots of the vintage trucks and trailers around my Seattle neighborhood. Across the city many displaced people live in these trucks as homes. At the same time, my father, who lives with extreme mental illnesses, was also living on the streets, and I wanted to find a way to help those experiencing homelessness in my community. With my limited monetary resources, I began painting my Vintage Truck Series based on the photographed trucks with the goal of sending a portion of the art sales to a local organization advocating for those experiencing homelessness in Seattle. I approached the owners of the boutique Velouria with the idea of a fundraising event, and they were immediately on board to host.

A portion of all Truck Portrait sales continues to support Facing Homelessness, and if interested, you can purchase an already created illustration or request a truck/car portrait of your own. See more details in my online shop or donate directly.

There are so many vintage trucks in my neighborhood, at least one or two on each street. Some are campers. Some are peoples’ homes. Some are work trucks. Some are primary use vehicles. But they all seem to have stories.

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Zulily

Naturistic

Illustrations for Science Series

Naturistic is an online educational film series exploring biology and ecology by scientist Nash Turley, PhD, and musician/composer Hamilton Boyce.

The two friends brought me onto their team to create illustrations. We discussed what areas in the video would benefit from diagrams, small animations, and more focused visuals, and I worked with Hamilton to create line drawings that clarify and support each episode’s topic. To reflect the accessible and light-hearted mood of the series, I gave the hand-drawn illustrations a slightly comical yet realistic style. We then layered the drawings over foliage-rich background photography and video to create a multidimensional feel.

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TCS World Travel

Calendar Illustrations

For over 25 years, TCS World Travel has hosted guests on adventures of a lifetime. Their high-end, all-inclusive journeys deliver unparalleled and meaningful experiences in unique destinations around the globe.

Each year, the company collaborates with an illustrator to create a calendar for their clients that celebrates world travel. In 2016 they hired me to create detailed illustrative snapshots of their beautiful featured vacation destinations. I brought scenes from around the world to life using bright colors and a style I adapted for a more realistic depiction of the locations. I created the illustrations using a combination of gouache, watercolor, and my favorite black Sharpie pens, with any edits made digitally.

  • Disciplines:

    Illustration, Art Direction
  • Client:

    TCS World Travel
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The Garden Series

Velouria

Window Display & Gallery Show

Velouria is a small Seattle boutique and gallery chock-full of US and Canadian-made goods. Their pieces are made by folks who are dedicated to beauty, quality, and sustainability.

In February and March of 2016 the wonderful ladies of Velouria and I collaborated to create a window display featuring my Morning Sketching illustration collection. The installation consisted of two parts. First, we decided on five black-and-white sketches to feature as blown-up backdrops providing wallpaper for their display mannequins. Then I implemented hand-painted designs across the front window panels to create a multilayered aesthetic. Inside the shop, Morning Sketching drawings were exhibited, and a reception was held during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk (in conjunction with local jewelry artist Angela Delarmente’s beautiful jewelry). To create an evolving design, we followed up the February installation with added color elements in March that complemented Velouria’s new spring clothing lines.

  • Disciplines:

    Environmental Design, Illustration, Window Display, Gallery Show
  • Client:

    Velouria Boutique & Gallery
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The Black & White Phase

Gallery Show

Springtime Color Updates

Details

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San Fermo

Signage and Environmental Design

San Fermo is an Italian restaurant in Seattle situated in a newly renovated historic house.

The interior design features a mix of both vintage and clean modern aesthetics, and the owner reached out to me with the idea of using hand lettering for their signage. I started with the exterior sandwich board using imagery referencing the aged cutting boards that the owner and his wife had collected over the years. Finding inspiration for the environmental design in the space itself, I took visual cues from the vintage European tableware that the restaurant uses. For any detailed design elements, I created stylized typography that reflects the modern/vintage feel of the restaurant.

 

 

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Velouria