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>> sketchbook glimpse part 3

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A glimpse at a sketchbook spread I’ve been working on a little bit at a time over the past couple weeks and just completed. I love the airiness of the left page and the cluttered organized chaos on the right, a nice balance, I think. The left was drawn on site during a walk at Lancaster County park which I frequent often and is only five minutes from home. The right began with a group of fish and coral clusters and just exploded into an undersea exploration of imaginary creatures and sea life. This sketchbook is not even a quarter of the way filled, but it might be my most favorite one ever ever. More glimpses to come!

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>> happy spring

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It’s finally beginning to feel like spring with perfectly crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons that transition to cool evenings. If it could stay like this year round life might be perfect. I’ve been inspired by all the color that has been popping up due to April’s rainy but warmer weather. Here is a glimpse in my sketchbook where I was painting on site at Longwood Gardens where their tulips are currently in peak bloom.

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>> a new year!

Happiest of New Years dear friends! 2013 was a pretty spectacular year and I’m hoping, wishing, dreaming and striving to make 2014 just as fantastical. A turn of the new year is often a time of reflection, resolutions, and goal setting. This very time last year I made a list of things to accomplish. Simple things to keep in mind each day. I would often refer to it in a mundane moment and feel inspired. On the left I wrote things I wanted to do, on the right- how I would go about achieving those things. 2014 is no different except some of the to-do’s have evolved. One of my favorites is to create more and share often. 

 

Here’s to 2014, 12 months full of potential! 

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>>a long overdue Hello Niccoco update!

It has been literally four months since my last visit to this blog. Time has swirled past so quickly, I can hardly believe it is December and the New Year is right around the corner. One of my last posts I mentioned I took on a position within the admission department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. With that I’ve been trying to carve out my time for my own personal work. Though I’ve been keeping busy with creating and selling I’ve neglected to share exciting news here!!

First I’d like to share about my interactions with AllPort Editions, a company based on the West Coast in Portland Oregon. I initially reached out to them this past spring with some of my latest work, particularly the illustrated maps. They were on the hunt for pieces inspired by states and cities and I felt my style and subject matter lent perfectly with what they were seeking. After making contact, time passed by as it typically does… I must say it was a great “pinch me” moment when I heard from AllPort in August. They expressed an interest in licensing a handful of my state maps for a greeting card collection. Below is a peek at some samples they sent me along with our contract. I can hardly wait until spring 2014- my cards will be in production and available for vendors to purchase! i will be receiving a handful of goodies from AllPort once available!

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The next bit of news is equally as exciting and I do believe I will update with another post showing a little bit of my process. I was contracted by Southern Living magazine to create three illustrated maps for an article about the South’s most traveled roads during the holiday season! Another “pinch me” moment right there! I’ll save the details for my next post but below are the finished pieces in the magazine which came out in November issue.

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So stay tuned for my next update (which I promise won’t be in another 4 months)!

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>> goal #8

Nearly a month ago I celebrated my 27th birthday & decided to compile a “Things To Do/Accomplish While 27” list.  I love to write down lists as it helps me to visualize my goals and allows me to reference them as a happy reminder whenever I need to. Most of the goals are personal in the sense that I simply want to become more aware and actively pursue them in my day to day life. Goal #8 is to draw from life more often. I tend to, especially with my map series, search for reference photos because it’s quick and  easy to do while I’m researching. Though I will still work this way, I’ve begun a sketchbook that will solely be observational drawings. It forces me to unplug (another one of my goals!) and to carve time out to really observe, as well as improve my drawing skills. I bought a new fine-tipped ink pen and got started! Inspired by a sweet package of seashells all collected from the Gulf of Mexico- I thought they would be the perfect subject matter to study first. Here is a glimpse at the first two pages (with a little addition of watercolor!!!)!

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>> collected & studied

Last Saturday was the first day I had off that felt like an actual spring day, sunny with temps in the 60s- just perfect! Matt and I enjoyed a walk at the Lancaster County park on our favorite trail the follows alongside the Conestoga river. We brought our walkin’ shoes, cameras and a ziplock bag to take home treasures. We found so much inspiration tucked in that bag that what we got home we assembled and reassembled our collection to showcase all the different colors, shapes and textures.

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We both proceeded to take our favorites and really study them, each in our own way. My favorite drawing tool of choice is of course my medium point sharpie pen. I did some fairly quick studies in my new sketchbook and am pretty pleased with the page. Finding time to draw like this is really such fun!

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>>halfway

Over the weekend I reached a milestone on my illustrated map series… number 25, the halfway point!! I can hardly believe it! It feels great knowing that as I continue with the next state, I’ll be more than halfway done.

The lucky state is… New Jersey!! This print and the 24 others can be found in the hello niccoco etsy shop!

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>> nostalgic flashback

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of my alma mater’s (do people still say that??!) Open House for perspective students. As an alumni, I helped to represent the illustration department along with another past student/current professional and all the faculty I remember so fondly! It was really an interesting experience chatting with students (and their inquisitive parents!)- mostly high school age and finding out what they love to do and showing them what I love to do. Along with current work I brought a handful of pieces that I created as a student there… and wow! I’ve always though it was fun to look back on designs I created last year and notice big changes, but these are from FIVE years ago. F-I-V-E. They seem ancient, yet I can see my future self in them. Though I work differently now and the finished designs are digital, I still hand draw everything. My line work is something that I loved then and love now… it’s quite curious to see how it’s evolved. I’ve decided to share this peek into my past as a reminder to myself to be proud of where I once was and how much I’ve grown since.

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>> new designs

In between the project of designing all 50 states (I’m currently on number 21 now- Colorado!!) I have had this need to create something else, something completely inspirational. Adventure is brewing deep inside me and I can hardly wait for warmer temperatures, sunny days turned into sunny evenings… so, I turned to some favorite naturalist quotes and decided to illustrate them!

The first that sparked my desire is John Muir’s quote “The mountains are calling and I must go”.  It might be my favorite of the newest designs because it was the first or because its overlapping with bright bold colors or… the connection to the words, to be surrounded by something larger than life.

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“The bluebird carries the sky on his back”… I found this quote to be so sweet. For the longest time I thought if I could be any creature in the world for just one day, I would choose a bird. The sights they must see…  just priceless.

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The third quote is absolutely a popular one, with good reason! “All good things are wild and free”, so simple and oh so true.

Each of these nature filled designs are listed as 8×10 prints in the hello niccoco Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and feel inspired to make your own adventure!

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>> wedding collab part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of the Matt and Nicole wedding gift collaboration!!

We chose to create the piece on a nice sheet of bristol paper- it was more fitting for the couple and the quote we decided on. Can I just say how much I love the irony in the gift/quote. The bride and groom literally have been together forever, and have such a sense of humor that we knew this was perfect (I kind of want to make a print for ourselves, is that bad?!).


Like the previous collaboration, Matt designed the type layout and I created the decorative border of frames. As I was inking inside the frames, I was inspired by our very own home decor and included things we have on our walls- like maps and our initials… can you tell we had such a blast designing these gifts?

Really can’t wait until we work together again- maybe this time it’ll be for us to keep!!

 

 

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