So, I go to check my e-mail and find a comment from a Zazzle user (mind you this is the first comment that I have ever received on any one of my products). The comment states:
Congratulations! This design has been added to TBA – Zazzles Today’s Best Awards Website http://www.zazzlestba.com/ Please feel free to take a look.
Honestly, I thought it was some sort of spam-virus type thing…Then I did some hard core investigating (ok, so I did a couple of Google searches) and found out that the website and “award” were legitimate.
Basically Zazzle employees choose between 25-30 designs a day (from the thousands of submissions received on a daily basis) that they like and denote the chosen products as the “best” for the day. They are posted on both the Zazzle site and Zazzle Sellers TBA blog.
Kinda cool to know that someone out there really liked my little monster. =)
Well, hot damn. I’ve got an illustration update! How weird is that?
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve done a “complete” illustration. I spend most of my time these days just sketching, because frankly…I love to just sit and draw…I’m addicted to the initial creation process…
This is my monster. He/She/It is cute. I love my monster very much.
The whole concept for this friendly creature bounced around in my head for a long while…until finally one day I made a composite image and decided to ink and color it in Illustrator. I think half the time spent working on this piece revolved around me re-familiarizing myself with Illustrator. In all honesty, I’ve always been a Photoshop girl…Yet, my little monster cried out for birth via vectors and the rest is history…
This is the composite monster. Yes, yes…my sweet little monster started out as a couple of brightly colored pen sketches that were then smooshed together to create a generally pleasing composition.
This is like a mini-process post…except not really…Though you do get a sense of how I go from point A to B…kinda…except…not really…
Anywho! You can find this cute little monster on a variety of gift related items at my Zazzle Store!
I originally planned to use the unaltered image of the river rocks, but as I played around in Photoshop and got my art groove on I fell in love with more “abstract” versions of the photo to put on the shoes. I will probably upload the original work and sell it as a print at a later time…maybe even as a shoe…we shall see….
You can also find the green and orange rocks on other various fun products at my Zazzle store.
Below are two of my most recent shoe designs. The first is a high top Keds sneaker featuring a b&w photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. The second pair is imprinted with a downward view from one of the upper levels at San Jose’s city hall.
These two photographs can be found in their unadultered state in the portfolio section of this site.
Also, if you click the link “MRC@Zazzle,” to the right of this body of text, you can find alternative priniting options for the above images (posters, postcards, canvas prints, etc.) and various shoe designs embelished with more of my artwork .