That’s right, new year, new website.
From now on I’ll be posting at Coco Connolly on squarespace. I like the clean presentation options for showing portfolios. I hope you find it easy. And you will be able to purchase original paintings starting in April 2018.
Setting up the SHOP situation proved to be a little more daunting than I expected. But, hey, I’m the art person, not the bean counter. Having to research Terms, Shipping and Privacy Policies …wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had. Of course, there’s a place online I found that generates this legal copy. Termsfeed was helpful. Although I did rewrite some of it in my own voice. It was good to have a basic template. And don’t get me started on shopify vs woo vs etsy vs jimdo … ACK.
Enough of that. The fun part. Working with designer Karen Kopacz. Yes, even though I am a designer, it was challenging to work on my own site. Karen made the task so much easier. She helped create a beautiful environment for viewing the artwork.
I worked with photographer Seth Iverson and stylist Meredith Warner on a series of photographs that feature the art in a lifestyle environment. Below is one of many shots we captured for use on the website. Dream Team. I could make things with those two all day.
So there you go. I hope you can stop by the new site. Let me know what you think via my new Contact form : ) I’m looking forward to getting back to arting.
New look book for Friend and Johnson artist representatives
Collaborated with artist Rinee Shah on the cover of this portfolio of work showcasing 19 fabulous illustrators and photographers. Design challenge to show the diverse work in one 84 page 6 x 6 inch book format. Printed on McCoy Silk from SAPPI paper. Beautiful stock. Shapco Printing in Minneapolis produced the books on time and on point!
VIEWING BLUE MAY SLOW YOUR HEART RATE. BUT WHAT BLUE? SO MANY BLUES.
I gathered some random blue thoughts to run along side the illustrations. I liked the idea that blue could possibly calm the heart rate. I could use some of that this week…I’ll say no more! You know what I’m talking about.
BLUE IS A COLOR THAT SUGGESTS PEACE. AS THE COLOR OF THE SPIRIT, IT INVOKES REST AND CAN CAUSE THE BODY TO PRODUCE CHEMICALS THAT ARE CALMING AND EXUDE FEELINGS OF TRANQUILITY. INDIGO, FADED INK, TWILIGHT, BLUEBIRD, CORNFLOWER, DENIM, SAPPHIRE. LIGHT BLUE IS THE COLOR MOST LINKED TO CREATIVITY. SKY BLUE IS THE MOST CALMING SHADE OF BLUE.
SKY BLUE INSPIRES SAFETY AND SERENITY. 53% OF THE WORLD’S FLAGS USE BLUE. AND SO MANY CORPORATE LOGOS. DARK BLUE REPRESENTS KNOWLEDGE, POWER, INTEGRITY, AND SERIOUSNESS. THE BUSINESS POWER SUIT, BLUE UNIFORMS OF POLICE. GREEKS USE BLUE TO WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE. IN AMERICA BLUE IS SOMETIMES SAD, FEELING BLUE, SINGING THE BLUES. IN GERMAN TO BE BLUE, BLAU SEIN, IS TO BE DRUNK. BLUE IS A FAVORITE COLOR OF PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. AZURE, BERYL, CERULEAN, COBALT… WHICH BLUE ARE YOU?
design: COCO CONNOLLY
Who doesn’t need a few drink coasters on their desk? This one sports Tim Tomkinson’s smoking scorpion.
Now printed and ready to go, Drink Coasters featuring illustrators from Friend and Johnson. The artist representatives use them as give aways at portfolio showings. Super simple to create and order at Vistaprint online.
Sometimes challenging to fit 10 artists on a two page spread! And they are all so talented…oh to have a single page for each of them. What fun that would be!
Mailing now! Thank you to Jen Sheeler, Creative Director at FAME for including me in this worthy cause. Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I painted the originals in watercolor on 140# hot press Arches paper.
Experimented on scan with curves in photoshop. Interesting, but client was looking for the more traditional look of fashion illustration.
Just out, the latest work from Friend and Johnson.