The J&R Cupcake Ornament Collection debuted in stores across the nation this Christmas. I'm satisfied to see the sketches (24 chosen from over 50 conceptual pencil drawings) come to life in the retail world.
...here are a few conceptual & directive drawings...and the retail-ready results...
"Tree Treats" designed by JK for J&R Holiday Collection 2012
Time is grief’s worst enemy & ironically grief’s most loyal
Strength of character is often developed through these
trials of hardship. Cliché: because the most common certainty.
Giving thanks for heart and mind tangled by adversity and
pain, takes enduring patience + hope. When the grief occurred, unexpectedly and
unexplained, the devastated hopes and fears struck my heart crippled and
paralyzed. Amidst the drowning hurt, I discovered giving thanks was my oxygen.
Instead of focusing on the disappeared, deceased and
no-longer-exists, I focus on (sometimes stink-eye-ing) the distant light. Bright or
dull, always a glimmering flame, ready to ignite the superfluous reasons I should-be
/ am / need-to-be grateful.
I can see color (Note, I can see.) I can walk across a busy street without a wheelchair. I can
drive a car. I can run on the ever-changing edge of ocean. I can go home to a
pantry full of food. I can call my father, and he will answer. I can walk
without pain. I can brush my hair. I can make choices. I can hold my baby
niece. I have a job, that pays me on time. I have friends I trust. I have siblings
I admire. I have nice shoes, clean sheets and fresh water.
This week I spent moments thankful for moonlight reflecting
and dancing on lagoon’s quiet water. I was thankful for safe travels. I was
thankful for fresh lemon wedge in fizzling cocktail. I was thankful for warm
sunshine in cold wind. I was thankful for uplifting text message. I was
thankful for belly-laughter together with friends. I was thankful for peanut
butter smoothie (thrice.) I was thankful for the impact of Romans 12:12. I was
thankful for an overabundance of crisp hotel feather pillows. I was thankful for
fresh flowers. I was thankful for existing, despite the pain of its definition.
Being thankful for things most often
expected/taken-for-granted helps the dead heart breathe again.
So while time lags, I will continue to be thanksing.
How a Pattern Design was created for Jillson & Roberts' Gift Wrap Christmas Collection:
Always begin with hand-SKETCHES. I explored a few playful looking reindeer and then began to rebuild digitally.
Step 1 build body with ears and freckles - someone told me freckles are cute.
Step 2 study slash look at a photograph of a real live, breathing maybe hunted and shot reindeer and examine if their is something a cartoony creature needs to convey its re-al-it-tee (a lighter, furry, boasting chest)
Step 3 add antlers and highlights to the already everyone thinks are too cute freckles
Step 4 create the face. this is where the sketches before hand will help direct the 'personality' of this cutefreckledeer.
Step 5 add a scarf because cute animals are cuter with scarves and cuter-er with freckles.
then i applied the cute reindeer to the cute items in J&R's collection and made a great line for their customers/clients/people-in-need-of-the-cutest-reindeer-ever-under-their-Christmas-tree
Available in: Gift Bags, tissue, gift wrap, gift tags, money holders, padded mailing envelopes, and gift cards