Hi! Unfortunately it has been a while since I've had any time to do any actual design work. My time has revolved around teaching art and painting and improving myself in these areas whenever I have any free time. Between all this and making sure I'm looking after my health and wellbeing (this is really starting to become one of my priorities), my days are usually full.
Before leaving on Christmas break, I made a long list of the things I wanted to work on during this time. One of these things was working on personal design projects and incorporating illustration (which I feel I have done more of recently) into some type of collateral design. Sooo... after doing some brainstorming, I decided to create a logo for an imaginary cat lounge/coffeeshop. I started by dedicating some of my time to do research about these types of establishments and learning as much as I could about them. They are becoming more and more popular in the U.S., which I think is kind of awesome.
I wanted to share my process with you, starting from pencil sketches to finally vectorizing and refining the logo on my computer. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create the font for the logo myself. I also wanted something different from the stuff I found online, making the cat elements a bit less obvious and in-your-face, while still maintaining a degree of playfulness and novelty.
Next, I am going to be working on a menu design which will incorporate my own original illustrations! I will be posting about that later.
Happy New Year! Have a great time celebrating!
I'm such a foodie! Can't help it. I really need to continue practicing painting animals and faces in different angles. Here are a couple of paintings I worked on today. For the egg on toast piece, you can see the pictures of the progression from how I started with water-soluble colored pencils and moved on to adding more vibrancy and values with watercolors (Koi pan set). For the face I used only watercolors (Pentel tubes). Thank you for visiting my site and have a good one!
Ok... so by now you probably know that I really love painting food. Nonetheless, I have done my best to continue practicing drawing faces (in pencil and charcoal) whenever I have the time and decided to take it a step further and try to do a watercolor portrait. I made two failed paintings before this one, and I know that I still have a long way to go, but it's progress and any progress is great! Right?
It's funny, even though I enjoy painting more realistic style still life art, I really love looser styles when it comes to portraits....Hrmm....
Hi there! Thanks for visiting! Today I felt like a challenge and went for a savory dish. The ham was especially difficult for me! My thin white paint marker died on me yesterday and I decided to do final highlights with acrylic paint. I need to buy another one. That one didn't last much at all. Why do I love painting food so much?
I made this painting yesterday which I am giving to someone as a Christmas present. I is the first painting I put in a picture frame. It turned out pretty nice, I think. I hope he likes it. :)
Hello! Here is something I started doing late last night in one of my small sketchbooks. This is one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors and I thought it would lend itself for a good hand lettering experimentation (its length was going to present a good challenge). I actually had to use two different pages of my sketchbook for this and I am missing the quotations because they didn't fit in my pages.... Whoopsy!
I am finally on winter break, which means that I will have plenty of time to continue drawing and painting. I had been wanting to paint a doughnut for a while so I decided to make it my first vacation piece. Yesterday I was playing with my calligraphic pens because I am going to be working on redesigning my logo and I want it to be based on a handwritten font I did myself. I am very interested in hand lettering design and I want to continue practicing. Cheers!
Well hello there! Yesterday I went out to buy some small gifts for some coworkers who have helped me out a ton throughout the semester and decided to make my own watercolor "Thank You" cards. I think they turned out pretty cute, don't you think?
Good morning (or afternoon wherever you are)! This is something I finished last night which took me 4 days to complete. It was the first time since I started with watercolors that I forced myself to go slowly. When I came home from work I advanced it for about an hour and then left it to be continued the next day. It was hard for me, but I think that the result was well worth it. I have been watching a lot of YouTube watercolor tutorials in order to improve and continue with the process of discovering my style. The YouTube channels I have been frequently visiting are included here at the right ------------> (just scroll down a bit to get to the "Sites & YouTube Channels I Frequently Visit" section. I admire all of these artists and illustrators so much and am SO grateful that they do what they do to help us learn and get inspired. Thanks for the visit and I hope you come by soon!
My students' Art Show just took place last Friday and first semester is quickly coming to an end. I can't believe that this was my ninth time organizing and setting up a student art exhibit! They seem to be getting better and better each time, which is my goal. There were a lot of people and a lot of positive comments.
This year, there is FINALLY another full-time Art Teacher in the school, which means I am no longer alone and have someone else that understands the hard work involved in teaching this wonderful subject in a school environment. Here are some pictures of work created by my students. If you are interested in knowing anything about any of these projects let me know. I am willing to send over keynote presentations, templates and any other information you may need to make these happen!
Most of these projects are ideas of my own or variations of projects found online.
You will notice that project titles include a QR code. During the exhibit, parents are able to use iPads in order to see videos of students explaining each project. These videos can be found at my teaching YouTube channel (just look for Erika Lancaster).
Have a great week!
I just had my ninth student art exhibit last Friday, and it was amazing. As always, the hard work paid off. I will post pictures this week! Finally, after all the long hours and weekends of work, I had time to finish up some paintings which I had left undone. Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for more! I plan on using a lot of my winter break to keep practicing.
See what I am up to on: