I was so happy that Minted chose these two prints for Editor's Choice awards! These two, and ten other dog breeds, are now for sale on their website in eight different sized prints, framed or unframed.
Here is the final map incorporating the two European illustrations I showed in the last post. This project was a little different than most of my maps, because it included places from all around the US and across the ocean. Although the icons are laid out roughly in relation to each other, we decided that a storyboard look would be more appealing than trying to make a to-scale map. I love how it turned out, and as always I love creating meaningful art pieces for people to give as gifts!
I've been working for the past few days on my first map with international locations. Definitely do not mind looking at these pictures while sketching! I'll show the final map in a few weeks!
I am very happy to announce that I have a new line of wedding stationery for sale. Because these invitations have a different style and feel than my map illustrations, I created a new website and Etsy shop to sell them, under the name Charley Paper Company. (Tip: invitations are less expensive through my website, because I don't have to pay Etsy their 3.5% commission!) I have been working on the invitation line for about four months - designing, finding printers and envelope suppliers, getting samples, photographing everything, and creating the website.
I used to create custom calligraphy invitations via my Etsy shop Megan Lacey Design, but then decided to focus more on maps. I found the maps more enjoyable to make, and more of a unique offering. Eventually, I decided to get back into wedding invitations by making a line of pre-designed stationery suites that incorporate the types of design elements my custom clients kept asking for, like modern calligraphy, hand drawn florals, vintage illustrations, and watercolor. That way, I could still offer wedding invitations for sale, but did not have to go through the tedious and lengthy process of designing everything from scratch.
See the rest of the line here!
I just completed this custom illustration for a couple to use at the bottom of their photobooth strip photos. They are getting married this summer at The 1909 in California.
Because this project was on the simpler side, I thought it would be a good change to show a behind-the-scenes look at the design process, and how the piece evolved from first sketch to final product.
Jessica first approached me on Etsy to ask for an illustration of the wedding venue, which included a house, amphitheatre, and meadow, with calligraphy text below. We talked about sizing and colors, and she sent me some pictures of the venue.
A few days later, I sent her the first sketch:
We jointly decided to get rid of the amphitheatre part of the sketch - it was hard to tell what it was and looked awkward. I also moved the meadow to the right side of the house, and Jessica found two fonts she decided to use instead of hand-drawn calligraphy. Those changes resulted in the following second sketch:
We both liked the layout of this one better, so I made the final ink version. On this one, I changed "Topanga, California" to the calligraphy font, and worked on kerning and leading (spacing the letters, words, and lines) to make the text look balanced and finished. That resulted in this final, third version:
Then, all I had to do was apply a clipping mask with a gold foil texture to get the final design to look like it was done in gold foil.
That's it! The whole process took about a week, and about twenty five emails, which is pretty standard. There's a lot of back and forth with all my clients to make sure everything turns out perfectly!
Jessica left a very kind review on my Etsy shop:
"Gorgeous illustration of our wedding reception venue!!! I can't wait to see them on the photo booth prints!! So happy of how it turned out!!"
I also can't wait to see how they look on the photobooth prints! Hopefully we will get to see some pictures, and I can post an update later!
I recently created new logos for Lucy Munoz, an amazing photographer with whom I have worked on several editorial wedding shoots. Her work always turns out amazing! It was great to work with Lucy on a slightly different project - redesigning the logo for her photography business and her blog, Le Coup de Foudre.
We used gold and gray and a soft, sweeping calligraphy font. I love how it turned out, and think it really fits her brad and the overall feeling of her photographs.
I really love this custom map I recently made of the Caribbean island St. Barth's. It makes me wish I were on a beach somewhere! This map was incorporated into a welcome brochure for guests arriving to a destination wedding. I think the fun illustrations and lettering style, along with the soft, beachy pastel colors, work perfectly for a caribbean wedding.
I am really excited about adding flat cards with my city map designs to my shop. They are available as single cards, or in packs of six, and come with matching white envelopes. They are printed with archival inks on thick, 100% cotton paper - the same quality as my art prints.
The cards are flat, with blank backs. I decided to do flat cards instead of folded so that you or whoever you mail them to can also use them as art prints. I know I am sometimes cutting my folded cards in half to display, so I thought I would do that step for you!
They're also a little bigger than normal cards, at 5x7, so that you can see all the tiny details. It's also already perfectly sized for framing.
The single cards come in a clear plastic sleeve, and the packs of six come in clear plastic boxes, sealed with washi tape.
See all twelve cities on flat cards here.
I recently re-colored my Portland map for a little girl's pink and purple nursery. I think this style of illustration works perfectly in kids' rooms and nurseries, and could be a great momento of the first place they lived.
Any map can be re-colored for free with purchase.
I just finished my store on Society6 with my city map prints. You can purchase the map designs on several different items, including pillows, shower curtains, laptop skins, t-shirts, and tote bags. I especially love how the pillows turned out, and they're only $20!
I've been working on a line of illustrated, calligraphy maps of some of my favorite US cities, and they are finally ready for sale! Right now they are just on Etsy, but soon I will have a website and some other outlets as well. I could definitely see these on fabric or home goods, like totes or pillows.
So far I've made maps of: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Grand Tetons National Park, New Orleans, Bluffton, Portland, San Francisco, Savannah, Skaneateles, and Washington DC.
After researching which landmarks I wanted to include for each city, I sketched the layout and illustrations using pencil. Once I got the layout just right, I went over it with a pointed calligraphy nib and black sumi ink. Then I scanned and vectorized the illustration, and colored it using Adobe Illustrator. The maps are professionally printed on 19-point white savoy cotton with archival inks, and come in three sizes. See all of them in my shop!
I recently made a custom map of Kansas City, Missouri for a couple, highlighting all the milestones of their life in the city - from their engagement, to their wedding, their first home, to the birth of their first child. Personal, meaningful projects like these are the best!
I have been working like crazy to create art prints of some of my favorite cities to sell as art prints. It's a lot of work to research the cities, narrow down which locations to include, draw a layout that looks balances but is somewhat true-to-life, and illustrate all the places, but I love the results!
I also spend a lot of time picking out the color scheme for each city. I try to really reflect the "feel" and culture of each city with the colors.
Here are some of the first samples of the prints, Charleston and San Francisco. I can't wait to share more soon!
From a page out of my sketchbook...
I have been working on a personal project for the past few weeks, designing, laying out, and printing my grandmother's memoirs. She passed away in 2009, and left behind a manuscript of her life story. She had an interesting life, living through the Depression, working for the war effort in Washington, DC, raising five kids and traveling all over the country and the world. She also writes about her parents' and grandparents' lives in the late 19th century as farming families of French Canadian descent.
The cover is a picture of my grandma standing in Lake Champlain, which is near where she grew up in Whitehall, New York. I chose this as the cover image because the landscape of upstate New York hugely shaped her life.
I used Adobe Illustrator to make it look as if the landscape wraps around the back of the book as well.
It was quite a big project to layout the interior of a 126-page book, but a great way to become really proficient working with InDesign.
The book also has about a dozen images, which had to be scanned, edited in Photoshop, and put in the book using InDesign.
I also created a family tree for the back of the book, and a map illustration for the beginning highlighting all the places she lived.
I printed the book using Blurb.com, and am somewhat happy with the results, although I chose the cheaper paper option and probably shouldn't have. Anyway, I am happy to have a printed version of Grandma Marie's life story, and am sure it will be treasured in my family for many generations to come.
If you're interested, a copy of the book can be purchased here.
My floral circle stickers are finally available for sale on Minted! I won Editor's Choice award for this design earlier this year in Minted's new sticker category. They come in five colors, and all text is completely customizable. I envisioned them on mason jars of homemade jam, but I can't wait to see how customers incorporate them into their own projects!
I am so happy to announce that my invitation suite was featured on Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog I have been reading for years. I never thought I would see my name in the credits one day! Lucy Munoz did a beautiful job, once again, with the photos. Take a look at the rest of the feature here, or by clicking the picture below.
Photo by Lucy Munoz.