Where's My Adventure?

Here's some recent illustration work for Deeply Rooted Magazine to accompany an article called, "Where's My Adventure?" The piece was about comparing our often mundane lives with the glamorous, exciting portrayals of other people's adventures that we see through social media. The writer shared about the good that God can do in the mundane parts of life, and finding adventure in the everyday.

Creative Director Meghan Caughill requested a collage-style illustration featuring faceless portraits and little details to portray the lives of different women. I loved the concept and chose to combine my three favorite techniques to create these images: pencil drawing, fabric collage, and stitching. 

Meghan also incorporated some of my stitched lines into the final layout (see below). I really enjoyed working on this project - thank you to the Deeply Rooted team for including me in this issue!

LRI's Jeffersonian Dinners logo

Leadership RI is an organization that supports and cultivates new community leaders in Rhode Island. They recently launched a new initiative inspired by Thomas Jefferson's historic "Jeffersonian Dinners" and asked me to create a logo to promote the events. Jeffersonian Dinners are a unique format of dinner party that bring together about 10 people with a common interest and promote connection and action. Guests participate in a single, communal conversation that is facilitated by a moderator who presents questions on a particular topic or theme. 

LRI's goal in hosting these dinners is to bring together leaders throughout Rhode Island's communities in order to promote collaboration and connection. With that in mind, I developed a few concepts that emphasized the idea of a dinner party centered around conversation. (See a couple sketches below!) LRI chose to go with the idea of a conversation bubble on a dinner plate and from there I dove into the process of bringing my sketch to reality.

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I considered using a hand-drawn illustration style for this design, but we felt that would have given a "casual" feel to the event and LRI was seeking a more elegant aesthetic that nodded to the historic inspiration. So instead, I found an old vintage engraving of fancy dinnerware and paired it with sophisticated typography. To tie this in with the rest of LRI's branding, I chose a more muted version of their signature "navy and gold" color palette.

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I had a great time working on this project and learning more about Jeffersonian Dinners. If you're interested in working with me to create a logo for your event or business, check out my Logo Design Worksheet and let's get started!

Farm Drawings

Here are a few drawings from the brainstorming stage of a project I collaborated on with talented designer Chris Leson. We were exploring the idea of combining a rustic, hand-drawn feel with clean typography to create the identity for Branch Brewing. Although these drawings didn't make the cut for the final product, I'm happy for any excuse to spend some time in my sketchbook!

Heart of the Home - Deeply Rooted

I recently had the pleasure of illustrating a piece for Issue 8 of Deeply Rooted Magazine. The story was about shaping the "heart of the home" – lovingly caring for the relationships your home holds – versus being consumed with the small details of day-to-day life. I chose soft colors and comforting "homey" textures to pair with delicate drawing to communicate this emotional/abstract concept.

Many thanks to the Deeply Rooted team for including me in the issue, it's truly an honor to be a part of this beautiful and meaningful magazine.