What's on my Shelf? Peelander Z

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Picked up this adorable LP this past Saturday from Peelander Z.

For Kinokuniya Austin's grand opening they invited local Japanese Punk Band Peelander Z to perform outside in front of the store.

When Chris and I first started dating we watched their documentary on Netflix together. It was bizzare, fun, fascinating, bittersweet, depressing. All of those things.

Local Austonians will know Peelander Yellow as the guy that does all the cool illustrations for Austin eateries like ThaiKun and East Side King. We met him for the first time last year at Staple! and purchased a painting from him at his table. It sits happily on my shelf next to my James Jean print.
 


The Staple! convention is coming up again in a few weeks. Maybe we'll see him again. 
 

Stardust Stickers

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One of my go to comfort movies I like to play in the background when I work is Stardust. It's based off Neil Gaiman's book which I have purchased, but haven't yet read. It's a beautiful movie with an A-list cast but doesn't suck in a way that most A-list cast movies do like Valentine's Day, Golden Compass or even Gigli. Egh. 

I had the idea to make merch based on all the movies I love because they have been such a source of visual inspiration for me and wanted to pay homage to them. For Stardust specifically, I wanted to make a sticker pack or kiss cut sticker sheets. 

I also wanted to try out a new illustration style. Natalie Andrewson is an illustrator I have admired for a really long time. Her Harry Potter movie posters were just 👌👌👌 and her sketchy looseness and use of crazy rich and trippy colors was something I wanted to see if I could emulate.

I'm finding I'm still too precious and rigid with my line work and my colors are still dull in comparison, but for the most part I'm pretty pleased with the initial results. I'm impressed with how quickly I could work in this style and have it yield a level of finish that is pretty close to what I have envisioned in my head. 

Review:
Work in progress. A++. Will keep at it. 

Red!

I make it a thing of mine to get a new colored laptop cover to mark all the new chapters and jobs in my life. It was yellow for the real estate startup that I co-founded with my business partner a few years back, a blue sticker for a fin-tech startup that I worked at briefly, and most recently, a lilac cover at an ad agency. 

After this most recent stint as an art director in an outdated-ad agency, I decided to take an indefinite hiatus from full-time employment. So many things about that situation just wasn't working for me and I felt that I really needed a break. Because my laptop was company-issued, I had to turn it in and purchase a new one. I'm going to be spending the next few months searching for creative inspiration and experimenting. I will be available for freelance work, but primarily, I hope to do some hard-core soul searching during this time. Red seemed a fitting color for death, rebirth, renewed energy. All the things that I really need at the moment.

 

Pantone Color Book

I'm super late to the color train, but I purchased my first Pantone Color book this week!

I've been having some issues getting color accuracy from pin manufacturers and decided I need to get a set for my own peace of mind. 

It's so beautiful.

 

 

Hand-modeling by Chris Chang.

 

What's on My Shelf? Wild by Emily Hughes

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Wild by Emily Hughes published by Flying Eye Books
 

Description from Amazon:
In this beautiful picture book by Hawaiian artist Emily Hughes, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth—she was taught to talk by birds, to eat by bears, and to play by foxes. She is unashamedly, irrefutably, irrepressibly wild. That is, until she is snared by some very strange animals that look oddly like her, but they don't talk right, eat right, or play correctly. She's puzzled by their behavior and their insistence on living in these strange concrete structures: there's no green here, no animals, no trees, no rivers. Now she lives in the comfort of civilization. But will civilization get comfortable with her?


I love the combination of peachy corals, muted green-yellow and a tiny naked girl with wild hair! I relate very much. 

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Packaging Inspo: Tea π

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I picked up two bottles of these from my local Ranch 99 Supermarket because the illustrations on the labels caught my eye. Sew sew kewt. It took me awhile but I settled on the two flavors Peach Oolong and Lychee and Rose tea.

I think this is a new brand? The name confuses me but I'm thinking it's suppose to mean "Tea Clique" or "Team Tea"? The official website shows more available flavors as well as an endorsement from Big Bang's which, I mean, is always extra points in my book.

 Photo from:  Nongfu Spring

Photo from: Nongfu Spring

Some light Googling reveals that each flavor was done by different illustrators all commissioned by an English design agency Horse Studio.

 

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Marijke Buurlage : Lychee + Rose Tea
She has a great case study of this project on her Wacom profile.

April Stationery Splurge

There's a list item in my Google Keep titled: THINGS TO NOT BUY ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM with SKETCHBOOKS or NOTEBOOKS marked in all caps. But as you can see here, a simple list isn't enough to keep me away from a good sale - or cute things in general. If March was the month of art supplies, April is all about stationery. 

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March Splurge

I suspect this will be a part one to the March Haul as I have a bit of a shopping problem. There will definitely be more fun things to share later this month, but the end of March couldn't come soon enough and I really wanted to share my new kit.

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1. Delphonics Pencil Pouch - Furry Little Peach featured this in her Japan Haul video and I decided I had to have one too. I purchased one in the same color but in a smaller size. It holds my sketchbook, watercolors, a few pens and still manages to fit in my smaller day to day bag without adding too much bulk. This allows me to carry my kit everywhere to remind me to get me into the habit of sketching more. No excuses now.

2. Pentel Clic Eraser - Not really a new purchase for March, but this post is mainly just the contents of the pencil pouch so I thought I'd include it in the photo. As with all types of retractable erasers, these tend to be a bit fussy and can get all wobbly if you apply too much pressure. However, when you're short on space and on the go, these are great to toss in your travel kit.

3. Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holder - At the moment I have a piece of 6B lead in it. Normally I would just opt for a no-fuss BIC #2 Mechanical Pencil because I don't want to deal with carrying around a lead sharpener, but I'm trying to train myself to be able to sketch with fatter lead thicknesses as it wears down with use. 

4. Watercolor Notebook - I'll do more a separate sketch book post at a later time, but I'm super happy with the solution I ended up with as I was having trouble finding a watercolor notebook that suited my needs.

5. Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Pan Set - I had previously purchased this watercolor set but the brush that came with it was too fine and delicate for the type of quick sketching I wanted to do. I ended up buying another pan set, but this time I wanted the provided aquabrush. Overall, I'm still trying to learn how to use the medium of watercolor all together, and the flow of the aqaubrush is a little hard to control, but it's great when you feel the need to do some quick paintings and you don't want to deal with loose brushes and cleaning out a water dish.

6. Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen - I found this video of PearFleur and totally bought into the ideal that I needed a fountain pen. Naturally, I picked the cutest and stubbiest one I could find in the two colors I love best.  

7. Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen - See above.

8. Uniball Signo Broad in White - These are great for adding in highlights and details ontop of the watercolor. It ink is really opaque and the ball glides real smooth. 

9. "I'm a Unicorn" a Little Golden Book by Joey Chou -  I'm constantly on the hunt for picture books with great illustrations and could not pass up this Joey Chou Golden book. I'll definitely do a post of my Children's book collection in the coming weeks.  
 

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"Quick! The sun's out!"

My hope is that after some of the larger renovation projects around the condo is finished I can find a good spot that allows for a photo station. A spot where I can have a small backdrop with consistent lighting to shoot small products. But in the meantime, sun, paper, a bad phone camera and lots of photoshopping will do. 

And yes, my Christmas tree is still up. Don't judge me. It'll probably just stay up forever.

Packaging Design, Products, Retail Therapy

Otherland

Candles make everything better. I'm in love with my order of Otherland candles. The packaging, logo lettering and illustrations, the scents, and everything is just 👌👌👌👌👌.

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Shown here is Canopy, Kindling and Daybed. Daybed is probably my favorite of the three being the lighter and more floral one. They burn a lot slower than any of the Anthropologie candles I've purchased in the past so I imagine they last longer as well. So far, really loving it. 

$89 for the pack or individually for $36 each. #treatyoself with some retail therapy or gift a friend: www.otherland.com. The adorable website is an added bonus.