|Cuckoo Card; Ukulele; Wool Blanket; Tote Bag; Herbarium|
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
One thing I miss about going back to school every fall is getting all the new school supplies. I love a freshly sharpened pencil. These Mechanical Colored Pencils from Anthropologie would for sure have been in my trapper keeper this year. Do they even still make trapper keepers?
Oct 25, 2012
I wasn't exactly sure how to even attempt to get ahold of them, but I found an email address for their record label (which they own). It probably wasn't the best way to get their attention, but it was the only way of contacting them that I found. So, I wrote up an email proposal explaining what I do and how I would like to create something for them, but I quickly realized that I didn't have much grounds for collaboration without an example of what I do. It's been so long since I've worked hard on a project for myself, so I didn't have anything that represented what I've learned how to do in the last two years. I decided I would just make a sample animation from a portion of one of their songs to show them what I'm capable of creating. Very quickly into the process, I realized I wasn't going to be able to stop after a small portion, so I just decided to animate the entire song.
It's always dangerous when you're working on an animation for yourself without a deadline, because you can always add more. Fortunately for me, a surprising turn of events transpired very soon after I began animating. Jamie and I discovered through Roy, the bass player's, blog that while they were touring, he was offering bass lessons to anyone who lived near the area he was playing. I was extremely excited about it, but I haven't been able to get any of my bass guitars out to California since we got married, so I basically just forgot about it. Jamie knew this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up though, and my birthday was in September, so she decided it was time I got a new Bass and started playing again. Needless to say, I was floored! We picked out a bass and put a whole kit together for everything I need to get playing again.
I really have the greatest wife in the world. Not only did she buy me a brand new bass, but she also booked me a lesson with Roy for three weeks later. That's when I realized that I would probably never have a better opportunity to give my animation directly to a member of the band, which gave me a strict deadline. It worked out perfectly though because I was knew when I had to be finished, and I was able to hand it to him in person. Our lesson was great; it jumpstarted my passion for music and I've been practicing again.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that Roy actually came to our apartment for the lesson; how cool is that? One of my favorite bassists from my absolute favorite band giving me a one-on-one lesson in my own apartment? It was surreal.
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for...here is the animation I put more time and effort into than probably anything I've ever created.
Click here to watch in HD.
To wrap up this story, Roy loved the animation, and showed it to their lead singer who also thought it was great. He told me that they're keeping me in mind for future graphic needs. My hard work paid off, and I've got a new piece that I'm proud of for my demo reel.
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Some more work from Quill & Fox is just the way to start the season. I know I post a lot about them; it's just that I love their stuff and I want to share it will you. I hope you don't mind.
Oct 19, 2012
I was also over on Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard this week. Be sure to check out my Fall Package For a Friend post.
And just in case you missed it, there are some sweet Halloween printables that I got to design for The Sweetest Occasion over on there blog.
Oct 18, 2012
So without further ado, here are the halloween printables I designed for The Sweetest Occasion.
|Photos by Alice G. Patternson|
Oct 17, 2012
I also read a really great interview with her in Matchbook Magazine. I'm kind of a sucker for artist interviews. Its like a little peek into their lives. You get to see how and where they work. It's so inspiring to me. The pictures of her working in her studio with globs of paint on her easel make we want to grab a brush and try my hand at oil painting.
I had a really hard time picking only a handfull of paintings to post. They are all so lovely. So be sure to check out all her other paintings on her website and in her shop. Don't you think a Dalmatian would be perfect for her next subject? I would even let Pixel model for her if she wanted.
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
|In Haus Press, Snap + Tumble, Rifle Paper Co., Ello There, Amanda Jane Jones,|
Things are Better With a Parrott, Likainen Parketti
Oct 12, 2012
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Oct 11, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 9, 2012
Here at the Bartlett house we love a good cup of coffee; but something we love even more is a well designed coffee brand to go along with it. Handsome Coffee Roasters is one of the best I've seen yet. It's rustic, handmade and definitely handsome. That's about everything I need to enjoy a good brew.
Oct 8, 2012
I successfully avoided going grocery shopping all weekend. I'm not the biggest fan of this chore. However, since this week calls for cooler weather, I'm going to go fall food crazy. Here are a few items on my list. Do you have a fall favorite food?
Oct 5, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
I've been gone the last couple days visiting family. It's been a year and a half since I've seen most of them. My little niece and nephew are getting so big. I had so much fun with them. My nephew has the cutest smile that melts me every time and my niece says the silliest and sweetest things.
While visiting, the weather in Colorado was beautiful and perfect. The air was cool and the sun was warm. It was a nice taste of fall. I am really looking forward to going back for Christmas this year.