Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

And…on to the MIID Summer School Advanced Track, Brief 2: Tribal Collage. Of all the Brief 2 tracks, this was my favorite. It didn’t specify any particular tribe or tribes to draw from, so I went back in time, back to one of my ancestral lands—Scotland—and drew my inspiration from the Picts. The Picts were […]

Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

The second brief for the Intermediate Track of MIID’s Summer School program again fell within the overarching Confluence theme. This time, however, the sub-theme was animal prints. Like the second Beginner’s brief, this theme wasn’t one that had me jumping up and down with excitement. I’ve never been a huge fan of animal prints, except […]

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Last week brought three new MIID Summer School briefs. I’ll be honest; I was considerably less-enthused about these, than I was about the first briefs for each track. (Speaking of those first briefs, you can peruse everyone’s posted results for round one in all three tracks, here.) This week, the over-arching theme that encompasses all […]

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | 2 Comments

I had all these dreams and visions of sharing my inspired! creative! approach to Brief 1 for the Advanced Track of MIID Summer School. I played with all sorts of materials: watercolors, gouache—even torn up pantyhose. But with limited success with all three, and a looming deadline, I ended up at the computer, and, I […]

Back to School – Part 2 – Tropical Paradise

Back to School – Part 2 – Tropical Paradise

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

And…more work for the MIID Summer School program. This time, I’m focusing on the Beginner Track, Brief 1. Unlike the Intermediate Track design I put together, this design required a lot of time in the sketching phase (and a lot of time getting converting paper and pencil to digital). After about a zillion hours creating […]

A Change of Pace – Back to School – Part 1 – Retro Geometric

A Change of Pace – Back to School – Part 1 – Retro Geometric

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here on the S’Wicked Blog. All sorts of good stuff has been happening for friends, family, and myself over the last couple of months. One of those good things is my decision to participate in the Make It In Design (MIID) Summer School program, where I […]

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 3, Booth Behavior

So, you’re at NSS or SURTEX. You have all your gear and product samples, not to mention your booth furniture and accessories. It’s all set up beautifully, and is sure to draw people in. Sure to draw them in, that is, if you are as welcoming as your booth is. It pained me to walk […]

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 2, Booth Set-Up

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 2, Booth Set-Up

Admittedly, booth set-up is a topic best handled earlier in the year, when folks are planning their spaces, and I plan to re-run this post early in 2015. But, I figured I’d throw a few things out there for anyone making last-minute tweaks to their space. Signage Standard Booth Signage Yes, your product is the […]

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 1, The Stuff You’ll Need

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 1, The Stuff You’ll Need

In five days, the booths will be up, the Javits humming, and all sorts of movers and shakers in the stationery and illustration industry will be, well, moving and shaking. In the meantime, I figured I’d share a few tips based on: my experience (a billion years ago) as an event planner; the time I’ve […]

Gartner Giveaway Winner!

Gartner Giveaway Winner!

Last night, using an extremely sophisticated selection process (my husband reaching into a salad bowl and pulling out a name), the winner of the first-ever S’Wicked Blog giveaway was chosen. The lucky winner of MARA-MI’s The Pocket Diary – New York City is… Patti Congratulations, Patti! I’ll be in touch to get your contact info, […]