A New England Christmas

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I didn’t post this before the holidays – oh, the busy, busy holidays! – but here is the christmas card I illustrated for my parents this year. My parents love birds – my Dad in particular knows all of the regional birds and has several bird-feeders, built to fend off evil squirrels. So the theme this year was a New England Christmas wreath, featuring some favorite birds:

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Not just ABC’s

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This year I was lucky to receive a second commission from a nice woman named Nicole – I had made a Little Monster ABC illustration for her son Calvin, and now she was looking for a unique gift for a friend. Did I make 1-2-3s, she asked? Great idea, Nicole! She sent me information about the family (Jets fans, love music, cupcakes, quilts, Eric Carle, etc), and I made my first Little Monster’s 1-2-3s:

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Welcome Back

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Dear Blogspot,

Remember me?

I’m not even LOOKING to see when my last post was… as I am sure that it was over a year ago. It has been a very busy art year, with my web design internship slowly making its way into a full time job… and now I would like to get back to some blogging/posting of art projects, design comps, sketches, commissions, illustrations – the big old mess of art & design stuff I am working on.

To start!

Here’s an illustration for my friend Marilyn, who I’ve worked with on various projects since we met at Somerville Open Studios in 2011. This illustration was for her friend Cat, who lives on the beach, and wanted to feature two beloved pups. The tricky thing about this image is that her house actually directly faces the ocean on a straight road, her front door behind her as she stands and looks at the water. In order to show both her beautiful home and her view, I “opened up” the image to a 180 degree view, using Google Maps and taking screenshots as I “turned” in place. Thus the very curvy perspective of the road.

I will post more soon… I promise? No promises. But a desire to do so, yes.

 All images Copyright ©2014 Emma Weisman

Fairies! Finished!

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This was a private commission, made for four cute kids with a big backyard and a love of fairies.
The final piece is 18 x 24 (big!) and was made with watercolor/gouache, colored pencil, and some brush markers.

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Fairies in process

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I’m making a painting of a magical wood for four little girls that love fairies.  It’s nearly finished (will post final pics soon!) but here were the drafts along the way:

copyright 2013 sketches by Emma Weisman

Set Design for “Honk!”

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I went to an event at Schechter last night – the school where I worked until a month ago – which reminded me to post these photos of the set from the May play.  The kids were ducks and cats and other barnyard characters in Honk! The Story of the Ugly Duckling. It was absolutely adorable, and fun to work on a nature-focused “duckpond” set.
Due to time crunch, I didn’t make the backdrop this time – –  it was purchased from www.backdrops.us
Both the Cattails and Duck Eggs were made almost completely from recycled materials I found at EXCL Recycles.
My coworker Krysta showing the scale of these Cattails:

Fuzzy! The head of the cattail was made with weird plushy pink insulation strips –
I spraypainted them brown and wrapped them around a styrofoam base.
Giant cookbook for the Cat’s House: (made from big cardboard display board)
The Duck Eggs were pretty big – about 3 1/2 feet tall.
The Ducks needed crouch behind them and then pop out when they were “hatched”:
 The Duck Eggs were made with recycled textured cloth pulled over styrofoam board.  I sliced vertical lines in the boards so that they would bend and create 3 dimensional look.  Then lots of spray paint and hand painting for the dots.
One of these Eggs is not like the others….
All photos Copyright ©2013 Emma Weisman