Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Card 20 | Benjamin R. Thompson

Hoooray! 20 Cards!

This card comes from Ben Thompson, the creative director of Studiofluid - a branding and web design company in Los Angeles, CA. Go check them out!

I love this pencil work. I think we designers forget how awesome a pencil can be. Thanks, Ben!

Card 19 | Jordan Minton

Sorry folks! It has been a while. This card came a while back, but got buried in my desk. I am sure this has happened to you before. (yes, I mean you!)

Jordan Minton is a recent graduate of my alma mater, Texas State University - San Marcos. The Communication Design program there is incredible, and they are excited about their new MFA program for people who want to turn around and become awesome teachers. Jordan is active with AIGA Austin and is already out in the real world.

Jordan's card is really neat. Not only is it painted and inked, but it is cut out so the name and cat pop out. I took a photo that shows how it works. Little does he know, that even though I am not witchy, I do love cats. Thanks Jordan!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sabrina at the Beach!

My friend bought this for me when she was in Florida. While they are cheesy, I rarely find my name on anything, so I loved it!

I like the seagull with sunnies.

Card 18 | Codie Smith

I met Codie at Design Ranch and we've been playing all over facebook ever since. He told me he "cheated" by throwing my last name in, but I reminded him that there are no rules!

He like others, seemed to be glad to be drawing again. I don't even know how he got that brilliant color. It makes the cool hand drawn lettering just pop off the page. Thanks Codie!

Card 17 | Sean Carnegie

Look at this!

Sean Carnegie works as a principal in Austin, TX at LewisCarnegie. I had the opportunity to meet him when I involved myself with AIGA Austin as a student. Now I have been able to hang out with him and lots of AIGA Austin folk at the recent Design Ranch.

He told me that the postal service was giving him a hard time sending the postcard, but it got to me. I like to call the stamps flag-flag-kiwi, and it cracks me up. Notice that there is a card actually stapled to the postcard. I am glad that it didn't get lost. It's hard to portray with the scan, but when you tilt the card, you can see some additional markings in the light. I think the plasticity of that paint created an unexpected semi-gloss finish. Yeah!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Card 16 | Kristofer Delaney

Card 16 is from good old NYC!

Kristofer Delaney works at Ogilvy & Mather, a prestigious company that prides itself on building brands.

I am not sure why salt is considered good luck, but I appreciate it nonetheless and the two-headed dog is pretty awesome. I wonder if that picture is Kristofer. I also liked the huge envelope it came in. I couldn't just ignore that. Something about a sharpie that is just neat.

Card 15 | Jeff Caldwell

I sent about half my cards to California and always receive awesome work.

I found Jeff Caldwell from a list of people involved with John Bielenberg's Project M, and noticed that he is the main guy in a company called The Vega Project. Well, now I know that this is a project based off "Sabrina" I couldn't help but take note of a company with my last name in the title.

Now what is funny, is that if you compare this to John Bielenberg's card on this site, it looks like these guys both like a fine tip ink pen for their doodles. Ha.

Card 14 | Justin Renteria

This card hails from Aurora, CO from Justin Renteria. His illustration can be found at his website, and in your upcoming July copy of Communication Arts Illustration Annual 50. What an honor! CA was always the designer's bible turned shelf status when I was in school. Congrats to Justin!

He also has a blog here. Go check it out and get inspired!

I love this piece. There is a great texture to the piece and feels like ink from a screen print. It also says, "...yes, coffee!" hahaha

Card 13 | Erin Montoya

The other half of E&P Designs is Erin Montoya, (the strawberry).

The colors on this are fabulous. Reminds me of those old marquees that has the sequined arrows. mmm?

Make sure you look at Paco Montoya (Card 12) to see how they must be able to cover a lot of bases within their company. Both fun, yet different styles. Lovely.

Card 12 | Paco Montoya

Woof! I was gone at Design Ranch for 4 days and came home to a treasure pot of cards!

From Houston, TX, Paco Montoya is half of E&P Designs. He and his wife (card 13) found my site from HOW and have been following ever since. I hope they are still enjoying seeing what comes into my mailbox as I am.

I love graffiti, and check out that lovely ink stain that the post man added.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Card 11 | Michael Carabetta

Did I mention how much I love Chronicle Books? Well, I jumped when I saw this one from Michael Carabetta who works at Chronicle Books. From the looks of it, the name was written with an real ink pen and India ink. I bet his job is a lot of fun! I love their beautiful book design, and fun stationary. I order packs of postcards all the time from them and send them to my friends when I get a spare moment (which has not been lately). When was the last time you sent some snail mail?

Card 10 | Jeff Barlow


I get my own font! Jeff Barlow of Jelvetica (yes, that is not a typo!) created a 'font' called Sabrinavers, and states, "sometimes she's regular, sometimes she's bold, but she's always Sabrina."

You should check out his website! The best part (besides the art) is you navigate through the website with your arrow keys, instead of the mouse. How neat!

Card 09 | Mike Srassberger

Card 9 comes from Mike Srassberger of Modern Dog Design Co. in Seattle. I am not sure what it is about, but I think it it very neat how he used an almost dead marker to create the outside edge. I guess I shouldn't be so quick to throw them away. Modern Dog has an email list if you want to get updates on what they have been working on. It is always a nice break to take and admire other great work from other designers. Thanks Mike!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Card 08 | Jean Sanders

Yeah! Another beautiful watercolor, once again from Jean Sanders! I get her daily artwork blog in my mail box every morning and it is always a nice thing to wake up to. Ah, eggs!

Card 07 | Jan Heaton

I got a watercolor jackpot!

I was speechless when I got this lovely card from Jan Heaton. Not only did I get the original piece, but a scanned and printed copy was glued to the front of a card with a sweet message inside. I love her handwriting. I had to show the back of the watercolor card too.

Jan Heaton is an illustrator and watercolor master based here in Austin, TX. She is going to have a workshop at Design Ranch this year, and I am uber excited to take it! We're going to get to paint with found objects. I hope I get to make something that looks really neat.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Card 06 | Bob Aufuldish

Bob Aufuldish hails from San Anselmo, Ca. He works and co-owns, Aufuldish & Warinner, and has done work for a ton of great clients, including Chronicle Books, whom I love love love and usually do most of my Christmas shopping there.

Thanks, Bob!

Card 05 | José Cruz

José Cruz is an awesome illustrator from Dallas, Texas. Check out his work here!

He has a great collection of caricatures here, and even did one for me and included it on my card. My mom says it looks just like me. Hoppy Easter to you, too!

I wish I could illustrate.

Card 04 | Matt de Frain

Matt de Frain is associate creative director at Grant Design Collaborative. He has done a lot of really good work that have been recognized from all over. I used to collect these fortunes anf even keep a few good ones in my wallet.

"With a little more hard work, you creativity take you to great height."

Gotta love those translations.

Thanks for the karma, Matt. You're helping me keep going with this project even though I have received 5 or Return to Sender. Take care!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Card 03 | Zipfly Creative

I got some happy greetings from the crew at Zipfly Creative! I love this vintage postcard style they found, and like the little comic book bubbles saying Hello!

hello, zipfly!

Card 02 | Scott McAfee

Scott McAfee is from good ol' Austin, Texas. He works at the incredible sanders\wingo located in a super nice office space near the UT campus. I had the opportunity to meet with him once and he gave me some of the best advice I've had in a while. Check out their work, and see that Scott must be extra nice to take the time to visit with me, while he has a lot of other things going on.

Round 2 | Card 01 | Charles Nix

Hey everyone!

Round two participants are beginning to come in (hooray!) and I am excited! One of my first cards was from Charles Nix, of New York City. He is a pretty important guy over at Scott & Nix, Inc. and is the current president of the Type Director's Club. What a guy! (I love the 'g'!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Card 39 | Mason from Maseman

Hey gang!

I sent out my list of 100 card out last week and am hoping to get some in by the end of the month. I am very excited to see what people will come up with! I sent 10 to movie and Broadway stars, so I will double over with excitement if I get something back from Sutton Foster or Zach Braff.

When I was collecting addresses and meeting great people from cyberland, I came across a local Austin artist who was awesome enough to send me a card. His name is Mason, and he has a great site of illustration, design, a blog, and more here. Check him out, and thanks to Mason for this neat card. Some of it is a bit blurry, since it was warped in the mail a bit. It gives it a really nice touch. Tell me what you think it is about! I think the ninja is happy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Round 2: Shipping out this week

Yes, that's right!

Round 2 is going out this week! A new list of 100 artists has been collected, new invitations have been created and postcards printed. I hope to send everything out this week! This means check for updates. I hope to start receiving new cards by the beginning of April.

Email me your address if you want to participate! My list always stretches to 105 or so...



Monday, February 23, 2009

Card 38 | Jean Sanders

Jean Sanders is a wonderful illustrator/painter from Florida. See more of her artwork here.

I hope you get the reference in her card's quote. Do you know what it is from?

Thanks, Jean! It's beautiful.

Card 37 | Gary Baseman

Gary Baseman is pretty weird, I must admit. I think this is a good thing, though, since it gives him the imagination and talent for these great cartoon character he draws. He might not know this, but I remember at Creative Summit one year, someone found out Gary had an open tab at the bar. Needless to say, I don't know if he was ever mad about it, but I figured a lot of people felt cool knowing that he bought us all drinks. I mean, bought them drinks. Thanks, Gary!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Collections Five

On this page lies various doodles from a boring day of class. To the left is a scan of my first Christmas stocking that was sewn by a nun that used to work with my dad at Sisters of Charity Health Group (now Christus Health). Below that, is a napkin doodle, and a magnet collected from Las Vegas. The back part of the magnet is blurry because it is actually 3D.