Today is Valentine's Day and so I thought we would tell you a love story. It's all about how Eric fell in love with me because of my sweet disposition.
Alright, I can go along with that, tell me more about this story Julie.
Well, it all started in Advertising Design 101 when you noticed the prettiest girl in the world (that was me, by the way) and you asked her if she wanted to get together to share dye markers.
Wait a second, it was you that invited me over to share your dye markers.
Oh, that's right and it was you that invited my friend Jessica to join us.
I don't want to talk about that part of the story. Let's move onto your sweet disposition.
Ok, Ok. Now I have to admit, it started out as Eric's sweet disposition, but since it wasn't so sweet, I had to get involved.
It was AWESOME, that's what it was!
True, but it wasn't sweet. Eric and I have this pull back and forth. He wants to create art and I want to create art that sells to women. If the truth be told, and it only can be while I'm typing and refusing to read this line aloud to Eric, he is the more talented artist of our little duo. I'm just here to help pull it all together for you in a way that makes sense. So, on that note, here is the first bit of art involved in creating this line. An interesting thing about the above file is that it was in a folder called This and That. That was the first name we used for Sweet Disposition. However, the file name of the alphabet was Eclectica. That was the second name we thought about calling the line. There are lots of others including: Connect the Dots, Wallflower and Bits of Love. We finally settled on Sweet Disposition which was inspired by a song from The Temper Trap.
OK, so back to the creation of this line. I had this idea to use a lot of found objects, paper bits, different textures, etc. Where I usually begin is with typography. It sort of helps me figure out what I want to do. I scanned tons of random stuff like old maps, letters, book pages, sewing pattern covers, magazine adds, etc. I created a folder called paper bits and threw all these clippings into it. Then I went to Illustrator and started drawing the alphabet. I used a clipping mask to cut the paper scans into the shapes I had drawn. Julie came in and said, "I love it, but it needs to be a little softer."
So next, I created the hexagon pattern and filled it with the paper bits.
I thought the hexagons in old paper were brilliant! I love this paper!!
Next I created the polka dot pattern.
Then I got stuck and felt like I couldn't come up with anything that was working. I was ready to give up on the line, but Julie said she had some ideas.
So, I got Eric's files and they were HUUuuuuuge! By using the clipping path in Illustrator, each pattern design was something like 500+ MB. I couldn't have them all in the same document like I usually do because it would crash my computer. Having every pattern as its own document made it really hard to know if the line was working. It felt like we were designing blind. We never saw more than two or three patterns next to each other at any given point until the paper was printed.
I just continued with Eric's idea of making designs with ephemera and paper filled patterns until we had enough designs for the line.
Then we moved onto stickers and stamps. I actually borrowed from previous projects including The Boyfriend Collection and some work we did for Shutterfly making the art new by adding paper bits and updating colors. We also created new art like the borders, flowers and typography.
The tags are my favorite though and it was me, not Eric that drew the sunglasses... yep I'm pretty proud of that since I'm not known for my illustration skils.
When Julie and I were in college we took Illustration 101 together too. The teacher, Glen Edwards, loved Julie and treated her like his daughter. He's a fairly well known artist and during the class had painted portraits of many of the students including Julie and myself.
Julie asked him if he would give her the paintings and he declined saying he never gave them away. Our other professors confirmed this to be true. None of them had ever heard of Glen giving a student a painting. But, when the semester ended, Julie went to the Illustration room to pick up our sketchbooks and tucked in hers were the two paintings. On mine, it read, "You're really talented keep drawing". On Julie's it read, "You're really fun, I loved having you in class."
What can I say, I married you to supplement my illustration weaknesses. But, you have to admit, he was right, I am fun!