Kvass: Veggie Drink Drawings

A few months ago, my friends at Curious & Co. reached out to me for some freelance illustrations of veggies for the labels of Zukay Kvass, a natural, fermented vegetable drink. For you raw foodies out there, you’ll be able to see my illustrations in Whole Foods and other specialty natural foods stores. I wanted to give you guys a glimpse of some of the veggie sketches and inked drawings I provided to Zukay.

Here’s a snapshot of the final product (professional promo photos to come!), which the client ended up simplifying, rather than going with my more detailed, inked versions.

As a side note, I promise I’ll start picking things up around these parts again! Last week was my first week at my new job at Generocity, so I’m excited to share stories and all of that good stuff with you guys.

What’s new with everyone else these days?

Artist of the Week: Gemma Correll

Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I head to Gemma Correll‘s website for an instant smile. She’s a super cute illustrator and comic-maker from the UK who has a trusty sidekick named Mr. Norman Pickles the Pug. Sometimes I feel like she resides in my brain because she comes up with drawings that I relate to way too easily (like referencing “smizing” for you rare Top Model readers). If she makes you giggle too, head on over to her blog and Tumblr to stay up to date on all things Gemma.

Have any of you seen Gemma’s work before? I have a major illustrator crush on her. Anyway, enjoy your weekend everyone!

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

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This weekend marks the Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar, with festivities beginning this Friday night, November 18th with a VIP preview party from 6pm to 9pm for $25. My friends at Love Me Do Photography will be providing photobooth fun, so be sure to check it out! The craft show will be free and open to the public on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday the 20th from 11am  to 6pm at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia. I am looking forward to attending with friends and afterwards, we plan to make our own holiday wreaths inspired by the talented Philadelphia area craftsters. I’m all stocked up on yarn and can’t wait to get started and share what we’ve made with you guys. I am hoping mine vaguely resembles a wreath by the time I’m finished, but if it ends up being a bundled mess of hot glue and yarn, I can always give it to my parents to hang on the fridge (only half serious, mom). Hopefully this will inspire me to give our front door a fresh coat of white paint since it is looking sad and yellowed.

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Anyway, if you are in the area, be there or be square! I haven’t attended the holiday bazaar before, but I’ve been to all of their summertime craft shows in the past and they’re always a hit—especially when it comes to scoring original items for your friends and family.

Coming Soon: The First Person Arts Festival

TEDxPhilly was today and while I’m too tuckered out to recount the exciting, educational happenings, I wanted to mention another event that will be taking place in Philadelphia from November 10th to 20th. The First Person Arts Festival will be hosting their 10th annual celebration of memoir and documentary art. I really enjoyed the storytelling by R. Eric Thomas today and I’m hoping to check out his First Person Arts Festival performance, “Will You Accept This Friend Request?” which is happening at the Khyber Upstairs on November 14th and 15th at 7pm. I’ve been to the First Person Arts Festival before and it’s always a treat, especially if you enjoy provocative storytelling, documentary films and author readings inspired by real-life experience. Another one of my favorite performing acts from TEDxPhilly will also be participating, so be sure to check out the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement show if you want to hear brutally honest and beautiful lyricism from some of the brightest young poets around.

If you want to save on tickets, consider becoming a First Person Arts member and supporting one of the most spirited, creative non-profits in the city of Philadelphia.

Have any of you attended a local TEDx event in your area? If you were at today’s show in Philadelphia, who were some of your favorite speakers? Shout out to the lovely Marisa of Food in Jars for killing it and making me want to start canning for holiday gifts!

Newyorkland by Temporary Distortion

My brother is about to go on tour with Temporary Distortion‘s latest show, Newyorkland. Their first stop is Calgary, followed by Seattle, before the guys head back to New York. I couldn’t be more excited to see the production in mid-January when it hits NYC.

Newyorkland Trailer from Temporary Distortion on Vimeo.

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From the website:

Newyorkland is an intertextual assemblage that combines cop movies, popular TV police procedurals and firsthand accounts of real-life police officers. Director Kenneth Collins’ personal interviews with police officers in his immediate family are mixed with found text and William Cusick’s explorations of cinéma vérité, documentary realism and pure fiction.

Newyorkland follows four police officers struggling with the demands of their chosen profession, the day-to-day realities of life as a cop and the high costs of working within the fraternal and secretive society of the NYPD. Merging film, performance and visual art, the production is staged in one of Temporary Distortion’s signature boxlike installations.

Artist of the Week: Theo Jansen

Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds “strandbeests” from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland. The graceful creatures evolve over time as Theo adapts their designs to harness the wind more efficiently. They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind’s energy in plastic bottle “stomachs” to be used when there is no wind. According to the artist, “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.” Absolutely breathtaking and inspiring.

Artist of the Week: Lucky Jackson

As part of her 365 Lucky Days Project, Lucky Jackson is going to make a new piece everyday for one year. Her hoop embroideries are incredibly charming and capture some of my favorite people (Joan from Mad Men and Lloyd from Say Anything!), amongst other adorable things. Be sure to stalk her Etsy shop as well if you’re interested in purchasing originals.

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