I thought I would take some time to share the inspiration behind Red Raspberry Studios logo and the name as it is one in the same.
The first inspiration is I Love Red! A fun motto of mine is; if there is a choice, the answer is always Red!
Second, I Love Raspberries; the berries, as a flavour, as a pretty plant… You can’t go wrong with Raspberry!
Now the “Studios” portion is where we get into a deeper meaning. I am a creative. What does this mean? For me, it means I do not have one creative interest or inspiration but many. Red Raspberry Studios currently is made up of; Illustration; digital and analogue, mixed media, photography and mixing these all together. I end up in many worlds as I travel with my creativity. With future worlds yet to be discovered. So as the plural of Studios implies sections so does the segments, or drupelets as they are named, of the Raspberry. Each one is a part of the whole or can stand alone and all is delicious!
Happy Halloween All! I hope you have a spooky fun night!
Here is my Illustration, “Cute Dog and Cat Go Trick or Treating”. Had such fun creating this. I took a digital illustration and reimagine it as a mix-media piece. The moon, stars and ghost costumes have a glow-in-the-dark element as a fun touch.
The lovely people at Carsonby Garden Farms contacted me to design their logo. First, they will use it will be on Maple Syrup bottle labels and eventually on other products.
All of my Logo clients receive an info-gathering questionnaire. Lori’s and Greg’s responses were inspiring. They had fond memories of visiting a bustling farm when they were young. The log cabin on the property was originally built for the local Boy Scout troop to hold their overnight stays. Their vision is to turn it into a pancake house and a hub for other activities such as sleigh rides. I wanted to capture this spirit of the log cabin in our design. Through our conversations, the 3 words “crisp, rustic, handmade” also appeared.
I did not want the “perfect” maple leaf but rather a “real” one. Luckily, I have maples trees in my yard, so I gathered a few leaves. I chose one to scanned and digitally trace.
I created 3 mockup designs.
Out of these, Option 1 was chosen with a swap of the leaf between option 1 and 2. This design captures all of the inspiration and nostalgia shared.
Carsonby Garden Farm is on Facebook, follow along as they produce maple syrup, preserves and bring their dream to life.
First, I have to share how much fun this project was! Gina Vacchio, my client, is an awesome force of energy and joy. She and her family’s, Little Sisterz, a café in Spencerville, Ontario is opening soon. This project began with a chance meeting that bloomed into a wonderful project that captures Gina’s vision. She wanted artwork covering the windows that would create a buzz of anticipation as the reno magic unfolds.
Step one for me is always a sketch! I want to make sure I capture my client’s vision. With Gina, we tweaked my interpretation of her ideas before settling on this final sketch.
Next was transferring my already completed design to the posters. First sketching out the design, tweaking slightly for the size of the panels and begin to paint. This hand-illustrating and colouring process was energizing, good fun! Here is a video showing the various steps on the “Coming Soon” Poster. The other posters followed the same procedure.
Completed Hand Painted Posters.
This project also has a digital piece as Gina requested a design for her Facebook Business page’s. I decided a re-creation of the store front would be the inspiration. This was the result, again capturing a fun, light and happy vibe that will found in Little Sisterz’s. Here is their Facebook page so you can follow along the journey to opening: https://www.facebook.com/littlesisterzspencerville.
And finally, I was able to visit beautiful Spencerville as my family and I took in the Spencerville Fair this past weekend. It was wonderful to see my illustrations in person and to know that my client is very happy.
As I did last year, I am supporting BARK’s “BARK at the Races fundraiser”. Their biggest fundraising event of the year. I designed many of the sponsor ads that will appear in the race program and the events presentation pamphlet. As well as this promo poster.
A big Thanks to all the sponsors! It was so nice to see so many returning as well as brand new sponsors.
This event is now SOLD OUT! Congrats to BARK! And can’t wait to enjoy this fun event this coming Thursday!
The community coming together is a wonderful thing. Seeing the emotional reaction in person of the mom who’s little boy will directly benefit from the monies raised was a privilege. Helping to support by offering my skills and time is always deeply fulfilling for me.
A bonus for me was my youngest daughter decided she had to take part in this fundraising event too. She wanted to bake and decorate a cake too. She loves to do this, just another medium for my little creative soul. She decided on her cake then got to work practicing her piping skills … perhaps with a side benefit of “sneaking” tastes of icing. Two days before the event she baked her cake, wanting no help. The day before the event she got busy; mixing up 6 colours of icing then to the decorating, just a little help. The day of the event, she proudly presented her cake and also got the privilege of seeing directly how hers and everyone’s efforts impacted the mom and also the family.
It was such a great day. I was so happy to share it with my daughter and all the wonderful people involved.
I was so inspired designing and illustrating this poster. First, the cause: Raising funds for Lucas’ autism therapy (Life of Lucas) is an ongoing fundraising effort until Government funding kicks in. Second: The event itself! A cake auction featuring local talented cake and sugar artisans who were challenged to make a cake of their own design. I immediately envisioned a line up of fun cakes in a cute bakery store front. When sketching this design I was really loving the feel of the cakes and cake stands in the sketchy, hand drawn stage and wanted to keep that feel. What has resulted is a fun, colourful, whimsical illustrated poster that I feel captures the spirit and energy of the event well.
If you are local to Ottawa this event is just over a week away! You will also be able to bid online at CAKE for Lucas until 3pm. Cake pickups available until 4pm that day! Payment due upon pick up. Catch the organizer, Nicole Novotny and 4 of the fabulous participants and their cakes with Julie Beun on Rogers Daytime Next Wed. Feb 3rd at 11am! May the best cake win!!
A friend contacted me to design a baby sitting coupon for her. And what a great idea! I am a firm believer that these are the kinds of gifts that are truly full of Christmas spirit. What better gift to a young family then Mom and Dad get to have a break. And the kiddos get to stay home and play. So in that spirit. Here is a free download (click here) for you!
Nothing like a Christmas Themed project to get me in the Christmas Spirit!
An annual fundraising event for BARK and a fun one too! Doggy’s and Santa what could be better! So if you are in the Ottawa area plan to stop in and give them some support. And get you and/or your dog(s) photo with Santa as a fun Christmas memento and decor item.