I wanted to share photos of my most recent window display, up at Rare Device! I made life-size flamingos for the summertime and they’re SO happy! You can read about it here and check out some detailed photos below.
I like using lots of different mediums. Lately it’s been markers- a combination of Prisma, Copic, and Tombow to be specific. I think everyone’s first reaction to “markers” are flashbacks to the Crayola Washables- but I assure you, markers can be quality! This whole marker-use started fairly recent and was a result of my friend moving to New York. She was clearing out everything she owned, wanting to make her move across the country easy-as-pie, and I ended up leaving her apartment with bags of goodies. When she handed me this box of ($$$) markers, I was super hesitant to just take them (like I said, $$$!) but my super sweet friend insisted! So thank you, Lauren! Your incredibly generous gift has changed my art-game!
I love how easy it is to just start a piece! Having a bag full of markers and a sketch pad is an incredibly portable art medium. I tend to do my best work at a cafe (have I mentioned how much I love that cliche?), on the floor, or on my bed. As much as I tried- painting in bed doesn’t work. I’m prone to coziness, what can I say. So this particular medium is pretty perfect for me.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been producing lots of work in this style. I haven’t felt this motivated to illustrate since art school. It’s so satisfying finding a formula that work for you.
Eeek. Did it again. Totally let this blog slide. I’ve said this before, but professional bloggers- I have mad respect for ya’ll.
I’d like to say that I was just SO busy with work or that I went on some monumental life-changing adventures to explain my absence, but the reality is that I’ve just been posting everything to instagram and completely neglecting this site. It’s just too easy, that instant gratification of posting finished work (and I’m definitely guilty of using emojis in place of actual sentences for my captions.) Yeah, I’m totally in. Pretty deep. So while I’m absolutely going to make an effort to get this blog running again- I’m still gonna be on instagram. SO you might as well check that out too. Follow me @likelylexi
All that being said- I really do want to be better at blogging! So here I am (again) playing catch up.
Let’s tie up some loose ends:
Sleeping Fawn // Winter 2014
Handmade from Cardboard, Watercolor Paper, Graphite, Ink
Photos By Derek Macario
Holiday Window Drawings // Winter 2014
Drawn on Glass with a Water-Based Paint Pen
Photos By Derek Macario
There’s also a really nice interview post about both holiday windows I did for Rare Device here. I sadly never got great photos of the other two windows I did- but I have enlisted some very talented photographer friends to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I currently have my Valentine window displays waiting to be photographed (!!)
Thanks for being patient with me, whoever is reading this. More soon.
I made FOUR holiday window installations in the span of 3 weeks! I KNOW! I’m insane.
But I love it.
Here’s some snippets of what I was working on. Materials range from felt, paper, paint-marker, and cardboard. Styles range from installations, hand-drawings, draping, and typography. Full photos soon, but for now some teasers.
We’ve had a few beautifully dreary days in San Francisco and I hope they keep coming. We’ve also still had lots of hot days. Haven’t you heard warm sun and blue skies? I have too many cozy sweaters and spend too long by big windows to deal with you. Plus, overcast chilly days are my ideal work days. Here’s some fall themed etsy love.
The color palette of this print is so dreary good. That dog. That pipe. <3
I don’t knit, but yes I’ll take this fox bowl to hold my yarn please. (I have yarn regardless of not knitting. That crafty.)
Give me this ghost pin.
I think I’m becoming obsessed with beautiful ceramic mugs. These blue and gold glazed mugs are so cozy/dreamy.
I want to spend lovely lazy days like this. Yelena you are too good.
I’ve cranked out a good bundle of baby felt cacti. I’ll be bringing some to the CCA Holiday Fair this Saturday, November 22nd and I’m selling some on my etsy. PS- I gave them names:
// Gossamer //
// Pink Baby //
// Sunflower //
// Little Buds //
// Happy Monster //
I’m also planning on bringing some flower crowns (surprised right?) , some art prints, pug totes, more cat bobbi pins and brooches, and hopefully some ornaments! Trying to pull off 4 holiday windows and a craft fair this month, eek (!)
More PS- Pictured in above pictures is my gold washi tape wall! I think it’s the happiest!
Made some pink ladies.
And I think I’m gonna whip these prints up:
So that time I did two Halloween windows and never talked about them. Here we go!
These ghosts!!! I know, crazy spooky scary. This was my Halloween window for the Rare Device//Noe Valley store. It had to be done rather quickly, so I stitched up these ghosties. I kept the gold diamonds that were up with the Cactus window because, why not, they’re cool. I like this last photo, it looks like they’re having a party and they”re singing.
I hung up my original creepy girl drawings at the Divisadero store. It was probably the simplest installation I’ve done, but it still took me forever. (People who install quickly, so impressed with you.) I also printed up some postcard sets and 8 x 10 prints.
I created the window installation for the new Rare Device store in Noe Valley! I had the idea of filling it with decorative cactus pinatas. Here’s a peak at the window, but please check out the full post here!
I was beyond thrilled when photographer, Sarah Deragon, took some up-close photos of my window cacti. I wanted to share some of my favorites (so hard to choose!) to show some more detailed shots of what’s hanging in the Rare Device//Noe Valley window!
Thank you SO much Sarah, for the beautiful photos! You are magic! And thank you Rare Device for being so cool and rolling with my window ideas!!
*All photos by the amazingly, talented Sarah Dereagon
I have the best boss who took my whole team to 3 Fish Studios for a work retreat! We spent all day carving out our drawings and learning how to make these print reliefs. Literally all I ever want to do is spend all day with a bunch of lovely people (in an amazing space, like Eric and Annie’s!) and work on art work together. It was the coolest!
I knew I needed something a bit more graphic for carving, and decided on carving this doodle of a pink haired lady I had drawn a while ago. Here’s a few versions:
This was so fun and I really like the idea of incorporating this technique in future projects. After refining this pink lady a bit, it inspired me to work on some of my other pink lady doodles. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come!