14 October 2015
Hi everyone! I've been working on an update to my design and illustration portfolio for the past couple of weeks and with a new portfolio site comes a new blog as well. I felt like I just needed a fresh start. I've moved my blog over here and would love if you would follow along. I'll be disabling this blog soon, so please hop over to my new one if you'd like to continue reading! Hope to see you over there.
14 April 2015
About a year and a half ago, I had the privilege of designing the logo and initial t-shirt designs for Betty Bond, a startup graphic tee company. I'm finally sharing the results of the project here. The company was female driven with a focus on creating fun and whimsical designs.
[Above: Design/Illustration by me, see valeriejar.com ]
07 February 2015
Well, it's been a long time since I've written in here, but I'm happy to report that I'm back! It's been a crazy past year. I finished my first year (and almost second year) of being a freelance designer/illustrator, began working a fun job at lululemon athletica, completed my first half marathon and moved. There's so many things I wish I had shared but didn't have the time to. I'm changing that and am making it a priority to write here again. I hope you all will continue to read.
One project I wanted to share is the 2015 Studio On Fire Calendar. I was invited to do two illustrations for this year's calendar under the theme of folklore. That couldn't have been more perfect! I have a fascination with folk tales and mythology and this was a fun way to put a spin on it. My pieces were based on totem poles and the legend of Wishpoosh. Studio On Fire did such an amazing job with the letterpress printing. Since we are already into the new year and as a special thank you to my readers, you can get 15% off this calendar (and anything else) in my shop using the code YAY15. Code is valid through the month of February.
26 November 2013
Every year, San Francisco-based design studio Office creates a limited edition art print for the holiday. This year, the print is hand-woven in three different papers and stamped with a metallic reindeer. The piece has a hint of shimmer and is a modern take on a timeless folk art craft. Measures 9 x 12" and is packaged in a glassine envelope for easy gift-giving. A $35 value.
What's great is that the kind people at Office haver generously supplied a print to gift to one lucky reader this holiday season! All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post with your name, email address and your favorite thing about the holiday season. US readers only. Deadline is Wednesday, December 11th and I will randomly choose a winner then! Thank you and good luck!
You can also purchase the print for yourself here.
[Update 12.13.13: This giveaway has ended. Johnny is the winner. Thanks to all participants. ]
17 October 2013
I'm a little bit obsessed with this recent Target Canada campaign. Target made geo-targeted posts to let people know that Bullseye the dog was new in town and was looking for activities to do over the summer. They collected the responses and showcased a few as custom illustrations. See the whole campaign here. Illustrations by the ever-so-amazing Lab Partners.
[ Above: Smoked Meat Bagels, Montreal / Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres / Whale Watching on Grand Manan Island, Saint John / Mont-Megantic Observatory, Richmond ]
12 September 2013
It's getting closer to fall and even though it's a little early to be thinking about next year, I can't help it. One of my favorite things about this season is the amount of great calendars that start to pop up. These are a few of my favorites so far.
[ Above: Color Composition Calendar, $25 / Gem & Mineral Calendar, $28 / Travel America Calendar, $26 / Herbs & Spices Calendar, $18 / Secret Garden Calendar, $26 ]
30 August 2013
Studio is a new iPhone app that allows users to create and share designs with friends in a new, fresh way. The app includes over 600 free elements that can be used to overlay your photos or to create your own designs. I was able to create a food-themed icon pack for their marketplace (these packs are 0.99). To test it out, I threw the fish over a photo I took in Wyoming earlier this summer. I like to keep it simple! This app is fun and allows you to be a bit more creative than other photo/design apps out there. Download it here.
When I was attending a yoga class about a month ago, my cousin brought along a Bkr water bottle, which I became a little bit obsessed with. Bkr (pronounced beaker) is a San Francisco company founded by two friends who share the belief that beauty can inspire real change. The bottle is inspired by what they love, some of those things being modern art, design in Tokyo, Italian furniture, the perfect t-shirt, the small, the pretty, the cool, the calm, the bright and everything translucent and clean. Their main goal was to create a green product that could be functional, creative and something you would want to carry. I think they accomplished that because ever since I saw my cousin's bottle, I've wanted one. I love how they are made of glass (that means pure, tasty, clean water) and are surrounded by a colorful silicone sleeve (which offers protection and grip). I finally got my own in the color Pool (a bright cerulean blue) and I can't wait to bring it to all my yoga classes now. A bottle retails for $28.
[ Above: Kitsch, Betty, True / Space, Rocket, Candy, Jet, Julep / Bubble, Fog, Pop, Ripe, Pool ]
02 July 2013
Well, it's officially summer. Despite the extreme heat here in Utah (it's been up to 105°), there's something so great about grilling and being outside (I might be able to bear the heat if I can eat a popsicle after). This piece above depicts some of my favorite things about summer and what I think embodies the season. I'm also excited because it's somewhat of a sneak peek into a project I've been working on recently, one which will be released in a couple of months! I'll keep you updated on it then, but the sunglasses and flamingo will make another appearance soon.
[ Above: Illustration by me, see valeriejar.com ]
05 June 2013
Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting designed this incredible invitation for a couple's wedding in Paris. The double-sided accordion folded piece reflects all of the culinary adventures scheduled for the weekend, along with details about the event and an RSVP. The invitation feels so special. I love the tone of the whole thing: the black and gold make it elegant, while the bright blue and Erin's iconic food illustrations add a freshness and modernity to it all. Such a perfect balance. Screen-printed by Mama's Sauce.