save the date postcard

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Here’s a glimpse of Joanna + Michael’s save the date postcard for their upcoming summer wedding amid the apple orchards + vineyards at Napa’s Carneros Inn. Included on the hand-drawn map are a few of their favorite spots and also their hometowns. The map is a fun way to introduce guests (traveling from near & far) to the beauty & bounty of the SF Bay Area.

Back side of oversize postcard with lodging details. Michele Papineau calligraphed each guest’s address for the fabulous finishing touch.

A peek at my desk…and the illustrative process in full swing. Sometimes I draw the map all in one go – both map lines & places of interest. In this case, because the area was more encompassing, I drew the map lines separately. Then, once the map lines are in place, I sketch the location icons separately and place them into the map digitally. So, it’s a marriage of old (hand-drawn pen + ink sketches) and new (computer layout & prepress).


letters mingle souls

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sundry samples of note cards & stationery for sending off a note snail mail style. It’s so important, now more than ever, to take time to collect thoughts and put those thoughts into writing. It requires slowing down. In this era of tweets, texts & emails, the hand-written note is a rare thing.

And what about the lost art of hand-writing…good for kids & grown-ups alike. And did you know…writing in cursive leads to more fluid thinking.   :)