Recently had lots of fun worked with Luna Lounge & Tiki Bar on their brand and signage. The Tiki Bar just opened in downtown Winston-Salem, so—do not invoke the wrath of the Tiki!— stop by and soak in the awesome Polynesian vibe, check out the outdoor patio and delicious specialty drinks as soon as you can!
Luna Lounge and Tiki Bar
Wed – Sat: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
701 N. Trade St.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
Sunday was the first day of 2013 on lunar calendar, the year of the water snake, and I spent the day printing New Years Cards for friends and family. Here’s a peek into my process for creating the card I’m sending out this week.
A sketchy concept: I expected this year’s design to be a bit of a challenge for me due to my **ahem** healthy fear of snakes. How to make a creature that can appear menacing into a friendly image? After doodling for a few days, I landed on a concept of two intertwined snakes that i really liked (above and here). Now I just needed a way to incorporate the idea of water. The weather was very wet and the image of a snake making her way down the sidewalk with an umbrella popped into my head, making me smile. I was already too in love with the semi-symetrical snakes, though, and adding an umbrella was just not working. I didn’t want to add anything that would turn my idea onto a pharmacysymbol. I decided to focus on the snakey love knot and sort the water side of things out later.
A hunt for inspiration: Sometimes the best way to move forward is to just start looking at things. I started collecting images that set the mood I had in mind and doing a little research into the lore of year of the snake.
I learned that people born into the year of the snake are intelligent and excessively bold, great inventors and full of discoveries. They are contemplative, cunning and can be very possessive. Some snakes you might know: Oprah Winfrey, Sara Jessica Parker, Picasso, Martha Stewart and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. For those of us who aren’t snakes, apparentlyquiet calmness is key to harnessing the good in the snake and avoiding danger. “For all signs during a Snake year, inner growth, spirituality, and discovering the hidden meanings of things come to the forefront.”
Here are a few images that came up as I wandered the web:
This print is part of the exhibit: BO GO – a show of Diptychs at Electric Moustache Gallery (at Krankies in W-S). Artist reception and opening tonight, Monday July 9th, from 7-9 pm. Stop by if you can for some coffee or a drink and some great art. A quick tour of creating this print after the jump.
Whew! I just wrapped up the last of four new Art*O*MatHankiePankie prints: Two Caterpillars. Here are a few photos of the process from sketch to finished Hankie ready to ship to Artists In Cellophane HQ (I’ll also have some hemmed hankies from this series for sale at the Hand To Hand market this Sunday!):