Final Quick Draw Collective Post

Here’s my illo for the last Quick Draw ever. (!!!!!!)  This image is about my personal growth as an artist thru QDC over the past 3 years (and how much joy it has brought me!).  I am so grateful for this collective and each and every artist that I’ve gotten to work with; I’m so lucky to have these guys as my friends.

Much love to all the QDC members and to everyone in ~*cyber space*~ who has followed along with us.  💛💛💛💛  THANK YOU!

-Julia

2015 Year in Review

Here’s my favorite illo from each month of 2015✨

 

Definitely not my best year by any means but I’m going to reflect on the best from my personal and professional goals: 

Personal - Taking care of my health. Stephen and I joined a gym and have been going at least 3x a week! I never really lifted or have done anything other than dance/yoga classes (that were free in college), and I really love it! Along with this I’m drinking a LOT more water and less caffeine and alcohol. 

Professional - Working with my local market. The coolest jobs I got to work on in 2015 were local gigs out of New Orleans. I’m super grateful for this community and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

Thanks for following along! Happy New Year!

#WarbyHoliday Holiday Buttons for Warby Parker!

Warby Parker is just the best!  All around the country Warby Parker hired illustrators to do live button drawings in their studios.  On December 9th and 16th I visited the New Orleans studio and drew people's pets, family members, inside jokes, shrimp, a sloth wearing a santa hat...anything the customer wanted!  I also made some holiday illustrations ahead of time in Photoshop, because drawing on a 1" button was a challenge!

Thanks again, Warby Parker! 

"Unfinished Business" for Big Class Haunting Supply Co.

This month I had the honor of creating an "Unfinished Business" To-Do notepad for The Haunting Supply Co.  

"The New Orleans Haunting Supply Co. will supply the ghostly denizens of the Crescent City with souls, human disguises, t-shirts, and other goods and services for the non-corporeal. Following 826 National’s award-winning model, the storefront provides a unique portal for Big Class students, families, volunteers, and supporters."  (from big class.org)

Follow Big Class on Instagram and Facebook for the next pop-up location!  Soon there will be a permanent storefront in the Crescent City, keep your eyes peeled!

"Fireball Planet!" Illustrated for Big Class NOLA!

 Thumbnail sketches and Character notes created in class with the author, Melven!

Thumbnail sketches and Character notes created in class with the author, Melven!

From August to November, the 3rd and 4th graders at Akili Academy wrote stories based on a new made up planet they created in class.  The writers were tasked with creating their own characters, setting, and story and I was tasked with bringing a story to life in pictures!  I got the chance to meet Melven, a 3rd grader who loves to write about people with different super powers.  His own characters in his story, Fireball Planet, had some pretty cool powers!  Timmy, the hero of the story, has fire powers, water powers, and can super kick!  When I met with Melven to brainstorm and discuss his illustration, he thought it would be cool to show the heroes discovering the evil TJ's army of fire robots!

 The final  illustration.

The final  illustration.

 The finished book!!

The finished book!!

Thanks to Eliza for putting together this project and a special thanks to Melven for writing such an interesting and creative story for me to illustrate! I hope we get the chance to work on another project in the future.

If you're reading this and would like to make a donation to keep these (free) Big Class workshops and projects going please visit this link.  We are working on a BIG fundraiser this year and the deadline is in December, your $5 will go a long way!  THANK YOU!

Less than 100 Pop-Up

Louisiana has the worst pay gap in the U.S. at 66 cents for every dollar that men make.  This pop-up mirrors the pay gap, male shoppers pay 100% of the retail price of any item (all made by women artists and makers!), and those who identify as women pay 66% of retail price. 

The shop opens today and is open Tues-Sun 12-7 over at 1612 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans.  The shop also hosts various events like free negotiation workshops and Electric Girls demo thru the month!  See full list of artists and event calendar here!

Here's what I have available in the shop:

Special special thank you to Tammy Mercure, Rebecca Diaz, and Elana Schlenker for getting this project up and running in New Orleans.  I am so honored to be apart of this project!

Friendly PS:
Support women and worker friendly legislation in your federal state and local government this election season!

Grieving and Technology

 
 Thumbnail Sketch

Thumbnail Sketch

Death has been on my mind a lot lately.
Stephen and I recently watched Black Mirror on Netflix and we put off watching the one about the dead boyfriend robot because death is a touchy subject with me.  I'm already super emotional and I knew this episode was gonna suck. 
We did watch it eventually and it wasn't as sucky as I thought it was going to be....  but it did get me all moody about death and all my friends and family dying.  
Another thing that's happening in my life: my grandma has been asking me what I want when she dies & sometimes she just hugs me tight and says that she’ll miss me when she’s dead….
yeah. 

Black Mirror showed some cool pros and the ugly cons about staying in touch with the deceased through AI.  I think it would be kinda cool if we had some sort of hologram technology that pulled from social media / video files.  I feel like that would help me a lot in my grieving process.

PIZZA EVERY DAY?!

BRAND NEW 100 page meal planner notepads in my shop! 
I'm pretty excited about these!  They started out as a joke between me and my partner: when we moved in together a few years ago we ate A LOT of pizza.  Not only do we live 30 seconds away from Mid City Pizza, our favorite pizza joint in New Orleans, we also perfected the art of pizza making at home.  And we got really good at it, if I do say so myself.

Obviously we don't eat pizza every day, we reduced our weekly homemade pizza to once a month.  It would be SO EASY to just eat pizza every day.... in a perfect world, right?

(BTW If you really ate pizza every day, I'm guessing you wouldn't need this meal planner at all )😉

Support Local Artist Buttons

New Orleans is such a wonderful place to live, especially as an artist.  Strolling through Frenchmen Art Market various shops throughout the city and its many festivals makes my heart feel so full.  Two great stores recently started doing business with me, too.  So I had to share my love by making something and sharing it with others. 

The Future!

This month Quick Draw looked into the future and collaborated with the talented artists at Square Carousel! Allie Rotenberg and I teamed up with a sketch swap. 

 Allie's Sketch

Allie's Sketch

 Julia's Final

Julia's Final

 Julia's Sketch + Allie's Final

Julia's Sketch + Allie's Final

I’ve been a fan of Allie’s work since my children’s book professor shared her picture book, Ollie the Day Owl, with me ages ago!  I’ve always enjoyed her work, so I was thrilled we were paired for this challenge.  Thanks for lookin into the future and ~*mind melding*~ with me, Allie!  It’s been a blast 👾 

Storyville: I Heart City Park

Last month I had some time to submit two designs for Storyville's City Park themed contest!  I normally hold off when it comes to contests, but this little t-shirt shop is locally owned (by AWESOME people), the prize they hand out is nice, and a percent of the sales from the winning tshirt is donated to City Park.
New Orleans City Park is one of the oldest city parks in the country, and definitely one of my favorite places in the city.  For this contest I chose to focus on my favorite spot in City Park, the Botanical Garden, specifically the lily pond in front of the beautiful Conservatory.  I live around the corner so it's a nice escape if I'm feeling stressed in the middle of a work day.  It's usually empty in the middle of day and I have the garden to myself--  I just love it there.

Here are my two designs:

I'm proud to announce that Storyville chose my Conservatory design as the winner!  They are now available in unisex tanks and toddler tees in all Storyville shops.

And here are some lovely pictures of City Park!  The vintage ones are WPA photographs and the modern shots are from Google Images.
 

Thanks again to Storyville and the wonderful New Orleans City Park for being such a beautiful muse.

Slidell Little Theater Poster: The Snow Queen

It's still very chilly in southeast Louisiana!  Normally I'd wish to draw something sunnier and warmer when it's this cold but I'd do anything for my beloved Slidell Little Theater! :)

I really wanted to focus on the hand lettering with this poster.  Below are some of the steps of my creative process.  

1. I always start with a few thumbnail drawings and work up some details on tracing paper.
2. After the sketch is more developed I use my light table to work on the lettering and final drawing.
3-4. Inking!
5. Coloring in Photoshop.

Here are some close ups:

Thanks again, Slidell Little Theater!