Advanced Computer Studio // Amie Oliver, Anna Chaney, Casey Amelia Parkinson & Jaime Johnson guests

Incredible professional guests have donated their time to my Advanced Computer Studio students to discuss their work experiences and answer questions. This blog post is the final installment about the people who visited with us this semester. Read about the others HERE and HERE.

Amie Oliver
Amie Oliver

Our fifth guest visited us via Skype– Amie Oliver. (3/23/15) Amie is a painter and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, teaching painting, drawing, and mixed media. She also works as a lecturer studio practitioner for John Tyler Community College in Richmond, VA. Amie offers art workshops and private studio consultations for students and artists at every age. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University in 1982, and was given the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Fellowship Award, for the College of Architecture, Art & Design. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State University. Amie’s work has been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions around the world, and is in numerous corporate and private collections.

Amie’s body of painting and drawing artwork catalogs the passing of time and the subtle and profound impact of entropy and the elements of the material world. These images explore drawing and painting with permanent ink on water resistant paper, creating dreamlike shapes. Ink is her primary vehicle for her body of work as it can be opaque or transparent and stubborn in its permanence.

See her portfolio website HERE.

Anna Chaney
Anna Chaney

Our sixth guest visited us in-person– Anna Chaney. (3/30/15) Anna and I graduated from high school together, and we proceeded to have college classes together at Northeast Mississippi Community College and at Mississippi State University. While I got my degree in graphic design, Anna worked for her degree in interior design. Today she is the Lead Product Designer at Flexsteel Industries in Starkville, MS. Flexsteel’s focus is in hospitality and commercial office solutions. They collaborate with customers and their design teams in the interpretation of design products that embody quality, functionality and fashion of the business environment they represent.

In one word, Anna’s style is eclectic. Inspired by fashion, architecture, trends and her southern heritage she reflects often on the world around her for inspiration. Marrying rich textiles and mixed-media in some of her most recent designs, Anna plays upon the clean lines and overall aesthetic of each piece.

Recently, her “District” Sleep Between the Arms Sleeper Sofa won a Best of BDNY Product Design award.  District is the foundational piece in her new Cityscape Collection which debuted this fall in New York.

Anna’s favorite part about her job is bringing creativity to life.  “It always amazes me to see something in an instillation that just started as an idea. Seeing how people use furniture and making that connection between design and functionality has always been a rush for me.”

Anna and her husband will be welcoming their baby boy into the world soon!

Casey Parkinson
Casey Amelia Parkinson

Our seventh guest visited with us via Skype– Casey Amelia Parkinson. (4/1/15) Casey and I finished our Master of Fine Arts degree together at Louisiana Tech University in May 2014. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Casey currently lives in New Orleans, LA making ceramic art in her studio. It’s a dream come true for her to walk to her studio in the morning with her coffee cup in hand. Casey’s award winning artwork has been featured in national and international juried exhibitions.

Casey is talented in different realms of ceramics– functional pottery, sculptures, and installation. In her functional art she aims to achieve a well-balanced design, refined craftsmanship, and an enhanced experience of use through interaction with the piece, and is inspired by nature for her carvings. Her ceramic sculpture and installation art grows out of an exploration of inner and personal states of being as a means to better understand herself and human experience in general.

Casey welcomes the exploration of various techniques or processes with clay, such as wheel throwing, hand building, or photographic transfer. Nontraditional glaze surfaces are often achieved by combing glazes in multiple layers, sandblasting or using found materials to enhance a more thought-provoking surface. She hopes to create a shared experience, eliciting a sense of wonder, including both light and dark elements and human emotions.

Visit Casey’s portfolio website HERE and shop her Etsy site HERE.

Jaime Johnson, a cyanotype portrait featuring herself
Jaime Johnson, a cyanotype portrait from her Untamed series

Our eighth and final guest of the semester responded to our questions via email– Jaime Johnson. Jaime also graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree with me and Casey at Louisiana Tech University last spring. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography at the University of Mississippi. In graduate school she became highly drawn to the cyanotype process, and has been making a name for herself with her imagery that chronicles the intimate relationship of a feral woman and her surrounding natural environment. She collects the bones, branches, and flora of her world and treads with the animals, both dead and living. The cyanotype process shifts focus from potentially colorful landscapes and figures to patterns, textures, and the relationships of forms within the images. Discovery—both psychological and physical— is present and reveals each of us, whether human or animal, is a part of a shared experience. Untamed ultimately reflects upon the forms, the impermanence, and the interconnectedness of nature’s life.

Jaime was named a finalist for the 2014 Clarence John Laughlin award and her work has been shown nationally in venues such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, The SOHO Photo Gallery in New York, The New Orleans Photo Alliance, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her series Untamed recently won the Grand Prize in the Maine Media Workshops international contest Character: Portraits and Stories that Reveal the Human Condition. She Jaime’s portfolio website HERE.

Advanced Computer Studio // Anna Jones, Kate Whitley, & Eliott Lilly guests

My Advanced Computer Studio bunch has determined their personal professional goals, and are close to finishing their logos. In the meantime, we have invited professional guests to speak to us through Skype and Google Hangouts to answer students’ questions. Sarah Qarqish and Morgan Welch of HannaBerry Workshop from Jackson, MS were our first guests and visited the class in person earlier this semester. Read about it HERE. (Update: Sarah and Morgan were married on Feb. 21st!) Each guest chosen to visit has goals in common with students in my class, and are willing to impart their wisdom of what to do (and not to do) until and after graduation.


Our second guest of the semester was my longtime hometown friend Anna Jones. (2/9/15) We were even room-mates while attending Mississippi State University for one year. Anna is an interior designer for The McCarty Company in Tupelo, MS– an architecture, interior design, and construction company. She specializes in healthcare, eldercare, and higher education interior designs, and works closely with the architectural team. They carry out a number of large projects in the state of Mississippi, and are currently working on dorms for Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Anna kindly answered the interior design students’ questions with her honest and humorous nature. She had us laughing for most of the conversation! Anna really stressed that the things they learn in their classes is necessary knowledge and needed for the real world. She also gave them a lot of portfolio tips.

Kate Whitley
Kate Whitley

Our third guest was my undergraduate friend Kate Whitley. (3/2/15) Kate graduated from the Mississippi State University graphic design BFA program a semester before me. (See her undergraduate portfolio HERE.) We had a number of classes together, and it has been really nice to see her flourish since graduation. She even married our talented fellow design classmate Dave Whitley and they currently live in East Nashville, Tennessee.

Kate is the designer behind Little Things Studio, a small business that operates through her Etsy page and craft shows. She sells printed goods such as posters, calendars, bookmarks, stationary, and even iPhone cases. You can keep up with her on her Facebook page. Kate also has an Etsy page for her beautiful hand-painted scarves. She stays busy doing the design work she loves, but sometimes freelances too. Most recently she did custom hand-lettering work for the devotional app SheReadsTruth.

Kate offered a wealth of knowledge about the business-side of pursuing an online design business. She has a natural knack for all things business and marketing related, as proven in her family genes. Below is a list of quotes she said that were noteworthy (and I hope she decides to write a book about starting an online design business one day!):

  1. Be a penny pincher.
  2. Take one decision at a time.
  3. 90% of businesses die in their first year. Make it a goal to not to be in that 90%!
  5. Love your customers and clients.
  6. Use your Mississippi hospitality while speaking to others.
  7. Trust yourself.
  8. Let people into your life that will encourage you, and not feed you lies.
  9. If you don’t have confidence in something [such as a method of art and design], start doing it and work on it!
  10. Be really good at everything or really good at something specific.
  11. Where do you shine?
  12. Have an attitude of confidence in yourself. Value yourself.
  13. Have a solid vision for yourself and work toward that.
  14. [On finding business advice] Find people that will spend time with you and let you pick their brains.
Eliott Lilly
Eliott Lilly

Our class’ fourth guest is a new friend to us all, Eliott Lilly. (3/4/15) Eliott is a freelance concept artist who works for the video game and movie industry, specializing in environment, vehicle, and weapons designs. He has worked on several AAA video game titles including F.E.A.R. 3, Rage, DOOM, and currently Call of Duty. (The students and I felt a little star struck!) See his portfolio HERE. You can also keep up with his Facebook page. He currently resides in Dallas, TX.  He also teaches introductory concept art classes to college students, including Drawing IV at Mississippi State University with Professor Alex Bostic through online streaming.

Eliott spent time explaining the job of a concept artist, because it’s a fairly new field. Such artists must be good at illustration, rendering, problem solving, and willing to “wear many hats.” So much of the job is trial and error. Eliott may be assigned a project to design a video game weapon, and he must figure out how it will look and operate. After so many sketched drafts are presented, he may move on to the digital creation, and eventually something be approved to be polished up to the point of looking realistic. Then a video game designer will put those concept images to work in the game.

Eliott is a major encourager of students making the most of their education, and putting the skills to use so the education is not a waste. If you want to learn something to make yourself more marketable, find mentors that are willing to help you get there!

Below are some great tips he mentioned on developing a portfolio and finding a job:

  1. Find what makes you happy, and pursue the heck out of it.
  2. Don’t follow trends. You’ll just be “another.” Bring something new to the table. Do YOU. Show it off. Someone, someday will see it and give you a shot. BE THE TREND-SETTER.
  3. Your art has to grow. There has to be change with your best work ahead of you. Try new things. Take risks.
  4. Make your ideas solid. Don’t make “polished turds.”
  5. Spend money to get the quality tools you need to produce your work.
  6. NEVER put mediocre work in your portfolio that will put any doubt in the employer’s mind that you are the one for the job. Portfolio images need to instill trust.
  7. When applying for jobs, research companies and their focus. Find the names of people who work there, and research those people online to measure your work against theirs. If your work doesn’t completely match up in quality, work on your craft longer and pursue the job again later.
  8. It’s hard getting a job immediately. Try marketing yourself early and often to people you want to work for to put you on their radar. Send them printed images of your work with a link to your website. (In this online-saturated world, it’s nice to receive a physical item in the mail and can help set you apart.)
  9. To be a freelancer, you have to know a lot of people, and a lot of people have to know you.
  10. Marketing = experimentation.
  11. Create a LinkedIn account (the Facebook of the professional world). It’s a great way to find out who’s who. Contact the people who inspire you. Keep up with them online, and develop some sort of relationship with them.
  12. Do all you can to get people to look up your portfolio website.
  13. Go do something that will be available to the public eye. Build an audience. Do it with intent. Post videos and tutorials. People will see it, become inspired, may look up your website, and lead to new work for you.
  14. BEST WAY TO FIND A JOB: Create the opportunity by doing something for yourself that you have a passion for. A job will find you through that.
  15. Success is when opportunity meets preparedness.

He had SO MUCH GOODNESS to offer that we visited for about 2 hours, and we loved every minute of it. His encouraging nature uplifted the upperclassmen in facing the job market for their generation, because he provided great, reasonable tips to help their chances of making it in the world. As a freelancer in the video game and movie industry, finding new jobs is a common practice for him, because once a project wraps up, he’s on to finding the next job– the next project.

The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games: An Insider's Guide for Students by Eliott Lilly
The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games: An Insider’s Guide for Students by Eliott Lilly

Elliot also has written two books about concept art! The headline title for both is The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games. You may pre-order one book from Amazon now, subtitled An Insider’s Guide for Students. The other book subtitled How to Start Your Career as a Concept Artist will be available online around the end of this year. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in this field to buy these books! He was a fantastic guest for our class, and we imagine his books will be awesome and informational, as well.

Are You Intelligent? Are You Creative?

I have just discovered the brilliance of Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business.  In 2011 he was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thought leaders.  He also has a few TED Talks available to watch online.  This is how I found him.  I was searching for TED Talks that were about the imagination, and found this gem in which he promotes and defends the need of the arts in schools, and so much more.

I also found this encouraging talk in which he challenges his audience to consider the meaning of intelligence and creativity.  I love it.

Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play

I want this blog to not only feature and document the work I’m making in grad school, but also keep a record of what inspires me.  I stumbled upon some TED Talks that I look forward to watching that will inform me in the topics that interest me such as creativity, the childlike spirit, and happiness.

The one I watched tonight and thoroughly enjoyed was Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play.

At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).

Take a Seat & Make a Friend

The YouTube channel Soul Pancake makes uplifting videos for the world.  (I highly recommend their Kid President videos.)  The latest video I found was shared on Facebook, and I absolutely LOVE it!  I think it embodies the concept of what I’m doing with my work.  Who didn’t have a blast in ball pits as a kid?

These Strangers Become Friends in Just Minutes.  You Won’t Believe What Made Them Do It.
When they first get in, they’re not sure what to think. But there’s just something about a ball pit that breaks down barriers and encourages new friends. This is awesome. Pass it on.

New Studio Video

My friend Matt Ramsaur ( is a talented videographer and photographer, so I hired him to do a short film of me in my studio.  I demonstrate a bit of my hand-recycled papermaking process, discuss why I enjoy papermaking, and what inspires my work.  Even Bailee makes her appearance throughout the film!  I will have this embedded into my portfolio website’s home page soon.  Enjoy!


As an artist making new work, it’s good to research what other people are doing in the world to know what is possible, and inspire new ideas.  I’ve been looking into papermakers, paper casting artists, designers, typographers, illustrators, and installation artists to fuel my brain for what’s to come with my work.  I’ll provide some imagery and a brief statement of my favorites and why I think they rock.


* Shannon Brock – personal website not found

Not Home for the Holdidays2“Not Home for the Holidays”, 2007, 26″ x 26″

Shannon is an American artist.  I love that the entirety of her work is layered effects of paper pulp, alone, called pulp painting.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I was immediately drawn to the imagery, but when I read her artist statement, I understood why there was such a kinship that I felt with her work.

Shannon’s artist statement:

Much of my work has been influenced by both my family members and my childhood experiences growing up on a small farm in eastern Missouri. This series, titled Family Album, is one I started in 2007.

Family has always been an extremely important part of my life. My family members relationships with one another, the people we became, the choices we made and our expectations of each other, provide me with much of my subject matter. As a small child it was exciting growing up on a farm. We had a front yard full of dandelions. They were flowers to me when I was young, but as a teenager it was embarrassing to know that what we had was really a yard full of weeds. Now, as an adult living in New York City for the past 14 years, I can see those dandelions as flowers again. My early life on the farm is something I value and is important to who I am today. I have begun to look back at those earlier feelings of being a farm kid and the parts of our life style that made me happy and at other times embarrassed. Using images from the rural and economically depressed surroundings of my youth, I try to capture the beauty of the people and places. Dandelions in my front yard were once a source of embarrassment but are now a source of reassurance and sense of home.”

With my work, I am also trying to remember what characterizes and captivates a child’s imagination, and in turn illustrating such memories and events to remind “grown-ups” what they’ve lost since becoming adults.  I love the line “We had a front yard full of dandelions. They were flowers to me when I was young, but as a teenager it was embarrassing to know that what we had was really a yard full of weeds. Now, as an adult living in New York City for the past 14 years, I can see those dandelions as flowers again.”  That is exactly what I’m trying to say with my work.

*Miriam Londono

1-7--colombo--medellin_works“Stories of Immigrants”, 500 cms x 155 cms, Paper, 2007

Miriam is a German artist that writes and draws with paper pulp in squeeze bottles on a flat surface, allows it dry, carefully peels it away, then hangs them up as beautiful installations.

I have already tried this technique after seeing her work, and I was very pleased with the results.  It’s an interesting alternative to simply laser-cutting paper imagery.  I am most interested in this process and the different ways it can be incorporated.

*Denise Fleming

DF42American papermaker Denise is a children’s book author and illustrator.  Her illustrations are made entirely of colored pulp, which she works into layers with the use of stencils.  The imagery is very colorful, and the texture seems to jump off the page.  I respect her for her time-consuming process, and that she also has full control of the book’s appearance as she writes the story, as well.


*Allen & Patty Eckman –

Love-of-a-MotherAllen and Patty are an American married couple who have invented a painstaking paper casting process called “The Eckman Method”.  The image above was created with individual paper castings that were molded by different silicone molds, and adhered together to make a complex piece.  Every image I see, my mouth drops open with amazement.  Their work revolves around Cherokee culture, inspired by Allen’s ancestry.  So their work’s theme has nothing to do with what I seek to do, but OH MY GOSH, LOOK AT THAT CRAFTSMANSHIP.  They are THE paper casting masters.

*Julia Anne Goodman

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 1.58.29 AM20_julia022-copy-221_136dayslaterdetail30_web130129goodman-11036Julia Anne is quite a find in the area of paper casting.  She is an American artist with many versions of how she treats paper casted work, both in 2-D and 3-D forms.  I had to post an example of each method she uses.  As I am least familiar with paper casting, and am taking a Directed Study on this technique, I know her website will be an inspiration I will return to again and again.

*Kerri Cushman

birdsimroulette1_510butterbutt3_510Kerri is an American artist known for her sculptural artist books, handmade paper, and letterpress pieces.  Her blueberry pie piece was the first paper casted work I found that didn’t look like a 2-year-old did it.  The “blueberries” are actually denim cast-paper eggs!  So smart.  Both of these pieces are considered books, as you can read text from inside the blueberries, and on the slices of butter.  If I can make 3-D forms as beautiful as this before this school year is up, I’d say my year was a success.

*Matthew Sporzynski

0505_frontis_cooking0405_frontis_cooking0905_frontis_cooking1005_frontis_cookingOkay….so Matthew isn’t a paper caster, but his paper sculpture is so deliciously 3-D, it makes the most sense for him to be categorized as such.  You can find his work on the opening section pages of Real Simple magazine.  He uses a range of techniques including papier-mache, silhouette cutting, origami-style paper folding, and collage.  So I’m thinking if paper casting fails me this quarter (and I am a bit scared of it), then this method of paper sculpting may turn out to be successful for me.  Just looking at his forms make me excited!

Matthew states:

“You have to keep working on them until they don’t look like garbage anymore!” and admits that his sculptures are “far better received than I perceive them myself. I see the flaws.”


*Helen Musselwhite


This British lady is the queen of the xacto knife.  As most of her imagery is inspired by what’s seen on the countryside, I am completely in love.  Her craftsmanship blows me away.  I hope to own one of her pieces someday.  She is also a graphic designer.

*Stuart McLachlan –

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Australian illustrator Stuart is a man that has his fingers in many pies, creating and displaying his cut paper from editorials to fashion catwalks.  I find his work similar to Helen Musselwhite’s in theme and craftsmanship.  I want to figure out how he lights up his work so beautifully, when it is all made up of white paper.

Stuart quotes:

“Paper is a medium without boundaries, it can be molded, formed and cut into almost any form imaginable, I endeavor to push its physical boundaries and create imagery and art that is not expected from such a delicate structured material. The goal of art is to surprise and excite, to bring something new to the table.”

*Yulia Brodskaya

yulia-brodskaya-12A native of Russia, Yulia is an internationally-known artist with an impressive list of clients (click here).  She graduated with her MA in Graphic Communication, and appropriately calls her paper sculptures “PAPERgraphics”.   Yulia’s work is so beautiful and intricate, I can’t help but stare in amazement.  As her trademark method is turning strips of paper on its side to decorate the base page, I may want to explore trying this method for some future work of my own.

*Rob Ryan

Rob-Ryan-We-Don’t-Fly-North-2008.-Papercut-paper-100-x-61-cmBritish man Rob is a paper cutter that strips everything down as much as possible to produce a high-contrast, high-detailed image.  With one piece of paper, and a series of knives, he brings his masterpieces to reality by hand!  I guess we can say he is the king of the xacto knife!  His individual pieces portray a story in silhouette about sadness, being alone, and longing for love.  If you look closely at this image, you will see he cuts text into the paper, as well.  That’s impressive!  Rob, you are a skilled, brave man, but I think I’ll rely on the laser cutter for my complex images.  Beautiful work!

*Jeff Nishinaka

paper-art-man-on-pianoJeff is an American paper sculpture.  His work does well to show life-like depth while still remaining fairly flat.  One of his biggest admirers and largest collector of his work is Jackie Chan.  (I’d say you’ve hit the big time if Jackie Chan is your biggest fan.)  He states on his website:

“I have always wanted to be a painter, but while studying illustration at Art Center, I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the same time to experiment in different mediums, one of them being paper.  That was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment.  I quickly developed a feel for working with paper.  From then on, I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend, and round edges on it.  I wanted to manipulate paper in the least invasive way, to keep the integrity and feel of it.  Paper to me is a living, breathing thing that has a life of it’s own.  I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive.”

I would love to figure out his methods for my own work, though I’m unsure if my hand-recycled paper will behave in that same way.

*Calvin Nicholls

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 2.14.52 AMSimilar to Jeff, Canadian artist Calvin learned to manipulate paper to form 3-D textural images.  With paper and scissors, Calvin manages to create elaborate wildlife and landscape imagery.  He also started out his career as a graphic designer before finding his passion in paper sculpture.

*Alexandra Ball –

1o48British children’s book illustrator Alexandra has a specific illustrating style all her own.  With muted colors, minimal texture, and playful, happy imagery, she exudes peaceful childhood innocence and harmony with the world around them.  Something about our illustrative styles seems familiar, I would hope that the feeling one gets when viewing both of our works would be the same.

*Julie Morstad –

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TheSwing_Spread2Julie is an award-winning illustrator and artist from Vancouver.  I also feel a kindredness when viewing her work.  There is such a purity in the treatment of her illustrations, with sweet imaginative moments.  Some work may be more complex, colorful, or textural than others, but there is a definite commonality in style.  It even reminds me of the “Dick & Jane” books.  Ah, I’d love to meet her.

*Kathleen Lolley

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 11.00.54 PMKathleen spent much of her youth in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.  Storytelling plays a prominent role in her work, along with playfulness and dark ideas.  Nature, folk tales, and philosophy inspire her style, while she uses a mix of mediums appropriate to her concept– including paper and shadowbox art.  Her work presents a magical world with hints of mystery that I enjoy.


*Mia Pearlman


miaAmerican installation artist Mia received her BFA in Architecture, and eventually discovered her passion of paper sculpture.  Her pieces are GIGANTIC– overwhelming spaces of the room to the degree you can’t imagine it’s all cut white paper.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, especially when it’s showcased with natural or artificial light.  She begins by making loose line drawings in India ink on large rolls of paper.  Then she cuts out selected areas between the lines to make a new drawing in positive and negative space.

*Liz Miller

liz-miller-histrionic-malfeasance-03I had the pleasure of meeting American installation artist Liz Miller a couple of years ago when I started graduate school.  Our art department featured her work in one of the galleries, and us grad students helped her piece it together.  Felt, foam, and other tactile materials envelop the space so that the viewer can walk around and thru it, and physically experience it.  Each show she does brings about different color schemes and imagery, demonstrating pattern and ornament with a theme of armor and weaponry.

Though her installation work isn’t created with paper, it inspires the possibly of creating paper installations of such large scale like Mia Pearlman.


*Sean McCabe

here-we-areAmerican artist Sean is a pro at hand-drawn typography.  Finding his portfolio website was like a breath of fresh air.  He can create typography as elaborate or straight-forward as it is fitting to the word or quote he is working with.  This is something I hope to achieve with my work this year.  I find that hand-drawn typography will work best with my art, as hand-drawn type has plenty of personality that can conform to the theme of any artwork.

*Eva Markova

67345e09e04e6dc95dba96289989e214Eva is a Bulgarian graphic designer and illustrator.  The fact that her website says she is 22 years old is incredibly intimidating, and makes me want to become friends with her all at once.  Her work is very colorful and playful, which I admire.  Some of her typography is a little hard to read, but that is partly what I find beautiful about it.  She allows the text to be apart of the imagery– not the imagery apart of the text.  The 3 pieces I feature above is hand drawn by Eva, then vectorized and laser-cut.  I will also be experimenting with laser-cut imagery in the same way.

*Jessica Hische

sayitwithflowersJessica is an American letterer and illustrator, and has to be one of the most well-known current designers.  She came to Mississippi State University when I was an undergrad to do a lettering workshop before she blew up with fame, and I decided I had too much homework to do that night to attend.  (Stupid me! What a missed opportunity!)  Her style is fairly recognizable with its pure awesomeness.  She also had the opportunity to design classic novel covers for Barnes & Noble (see it here).  I carried a boxed set around the store for probably an hour before I sadly put it back on its shelf, as I was broke as a joke and couldn’t afford it.  I had to buy the Little Women book when it came out, though!  Okay, I’ve gotten off track here.

I’ve kept up with Jessica’s work the longest out of the people I’m featuring, and she never ceases to amaze me.  The end.