Thursday, February 27, 2014

Making Patterns and Mailing Packages!

Taking a break from my Parks & Rec binge to post a little something about some things in the works! Just a little look at some of the pattern working I've been doing for my senior project! I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm having fun. Two more months of insane work and then it'll all be shown in my BFA show at the end of April and beginning of May! And then a week after that, I'll be graduating! What.

In other news, my Life Aquatic print has been selling like hotcakes on Etsy! And by 'hotcakes,' I mean I had 3 orders this month and that's more than I have ever had!! Two of the three orders coming from the UK too! *~International Art Superstar!!!~* ... Kidding. But still very excited about that.

My favorite thing about Etsy orders is adding extra cute cards and handwriting thank you notes and wrapping the package in lots of washi tape! I probably have a little too much fun with sending off mail...

Anyways, I'm off to dream about becoming a full-time Etsy artist, pretend I'm April Ludgate and nurse this mad migraine I've had all afternoon!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Hold the phone! SAY WHAAAAAAT?!

Once upon a time a couple weeks ago, I was asked by the VisCom faculty to send in some of my art to the Society of Illustration competition. This in itself, was a big deal to me and my friends and I joked that if I SOMEHOW got in, we would all go to the NYC gallery opening. Fast forward to yesterday at 2:30 pm when my teacher congratulated me for getting a piece in. Wait, what.

After I cried a bunch, took a nap and finally told my parents, it kind of all hit me. I'M GOING TO NEW YORK CITY TO SEE MY ART IN A GALLERY.

I think the title of the post kind of says it. I'm in a blissful shock. The piece that got chosen is a little bit dated, but I'm still so happy! It's called "Nurturing Nature" and it's amongst some of the most gorgeous pieces of art I have ever seen! I can't wait to see everything in person and meet their creators!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bloggin' like it's 2005!

I haven't used my blog is actual years. I used to post angsty things back in high school and upon uncovering this ancient URL, I did have a good chuckle at the woes of 17 year old Danielle. (I can be quite dramatic.) Although hilarious, I've cleaned the slate! I plan to put this blog to good use. Hopefully with less whining, although that can never really be guaranteed... Anyways,  I decided to get back to blogging because a lot of really great artists blog about their work and process.  I, myself, have high aspirations of being thought of as "really great" by people other than my mom... and my cats. (I just referred to my cats as people. I don't know.) But hey! Let's catch up.

I've got a MAJOR case of heart eyes.
So stoked to be holding six awards in front of two of my pieces.

This past Friday was the University of Arizona's 38th Annual Visual Communications show. These shows are always really cool because we plaster the walls with the selected art and you're surrounded with the year's best pieces. A lot of the projects you haven't had the privilege to see because you're in different classes than your peers, so it's always exciting! This year I guess 300+ projects were submitted (our biggest yet!) and 60ish were selected for the show. I somehow managed to get five of my pieces in and ended up winning (alongside my best friend, Emily) the Best in Show award! I also won five others in various categories! It's always a surprise being picked as a winner because nothing of yours seems to compare to the beauty of something new someone you respect created. As always, I am very grateful and humbled that people like looking at things I create. Thanks, guys!