Monday, April 29, 2013

Creative Tuesdays: Monogram

As a printmaker and painter, the idea of creating monograms was very intriguing. My first idea came from my interest in illustrating water. I have always been inspired by the energy water can demonstrate in artwork. This was an abstract I had made in the past year. It's part of a set of abstracts, and this one focuses more on water:

© Splash Abstract by Abigail Davidson; Size: 12x12 inches; Mediums: Acrylic and modeling paste on stretched canvas

From this piece, I thought about ways to take my interest in water and put that into a monogram design. This is what evolved:

© Water Monogram by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: Color pencil, marker, pen ink

Although one is a mixed media painting and the other is a drawing, it's still taking the same theme and interpreting it in a new way.

I became inspired again to create another monogram. I have always loved old-fashioned book illustrations where the words are engraved with little vines and flowers, so this is what came to mind:

© Illustrative Monogram by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: color pencil, marker, pen ink

There are an infinite number of concepts for monograms, so I'll probably make more in the future!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Illustration Friday: Farewell

Last week, I finished my final exams before graduating college with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, drawing concentration. My parents surprised me with sunflowers and tea roses to congratulate me! They were so beautiful that I decided to sit down and sketch the sunflowers.

© Sunflowers by Abigail Davidson; Size: 9x12 inches; Mediums: Color pencil and ink pen

By chance, the topic for this week's Illustration Friday is "farewell." When you think of the word "farewell," it doesn't necessarily have to be associated with "goodbye" or "end." I interpreted it as "farewell to college life and hello to a fresh beginning!" 

As I did some research, I found that sunflowers can symbolize intelligence, life, happiness, optimism, growth, and the sun itself. Different cultures have various interpretations of the sunflower and its spiritual meaning. Many artists love to draw or paint their interpretations of sunflowers. One of the most famous examples would be Vincent Van Gogh's sunflower paintings. 

I just love sunflowers! They instantly brighten up a room and allow for so much creativity.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Creative Tuesdays: Striped

The latest Creative Tuesday's theme is "Striped." A lot of ideas came to mind, but then I became inspired by nautical stripes! So, this is the illustration I came up with on the spot (rather, stripe):

© Nautical Girl by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: color pencil, pen, marker; Size: 8x10 inches

Nautical Girl, View 2

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Darling Magnets

Recently, I've been taking some of my prints and turning them into magnets. I've wanted to turn my colored flowers print into magnets for a while:

© Colored Flowers Print by Abigail Davidson; Medium: Linocut Print; Size 12x12 inches (image)

And so...the magnets were finally created!

Colored Flower Print with matching magnets

Colorful Flower Magnets, Set of Five
Colored Flowers Print Magnet, front and back view

I'm really happy with the way they came out! I plan on making more of my prints into magnets.