Color Palette No. 29 | A Turquoise Color Palette + an Ode to Pat McGrath

Color Palette No. 29 | A Turquoise Color Palette + an Ode to Pat McGrath

Color Palette No. 29

A Turquoise Color Palette + an Ode to Pat McGrath

 

Turquoise is a color that is tied to a lot of memories for me. When I was in 4th or 5th grade I got to pick the color of the walls for my ‘big girl’ room. They had previously been a light pink with fairytale couples painted around a cute Disney quote – a project that took my mom ages and she definitely didn’t get enough credit for. When it came time for the update I was thrilled to choose on my own and went with – you guessed it – turquoise. The turquoise I chose was bold and vibrant, unlike the muted shade at the center of this palette. One of my favorite parts of how I see colors now vs. then is recognizing that various colors can work together to create the same impact of a single bold color. 

This is a trick that my all-time favorite makeup artist, Pat McGrath, is the absolute master of. The look I based this turquise palette on is a prime example of using multiple colors to collectively create an overall tone. Separately they are muted, but together they create an aura.

Have fun playing with color friends!

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Hello My Name Is… Corey Danks

21 Questions With Designer &  Illustrator Corey Danks

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Introducing Corey Danks

Age:
27

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

Where Can We See Your Work?
coreydanks.com

I met Corey through mutual friends from college a few years after graduating.  Since then, he has managed to make the switch from agency life to full-time freelancing look easy (though brutally honest and hilarious if you follow his twitter.) He is an excellent example of someone who doesn’t take life too seriously but still gets shit done.

I love following his work because Corey has a super distinct illustration style, something I envy. As I scroll through instagram or twitter, I know exactly who’s behind the creation on my screen. To me, the coolest thing about that type of consistency is knowing that when someone seeks you out for a project they are doing so because of your style. That is a powerful position to hold! Give his work a look and read on for 21 questions with the man, himself!

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Emoji:

🤙

Favorite Artist:
This HAS to be a tie between Keith Haring and Ralph Steadman. The style of their respective work is insanely recognizable and unique; something nearly every artist strives to achieve. Both of them have had an immense influence on my own work, which I think can be very apparent at times.

Go-to Inspiration Spot: 
I don’t have a super specific spot but something about sitting in a coffee shop full of people, with my headphones in, really seems to help when sketching out ideas.

Morning or Night Person: 
Night

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: 
They’d probably say a bunch of REALLY mean things about me first, then they’d (hopefully/maybe) say, “creative, humorous, hardworking” to be nice.

How would you describe you in 3 words?: Humorous, Child-like, Self-determined

In that order.

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?: 
I took a ten day trip the UK this past spring and it was incredible. The age of culture, buildings, etc. compared to the U.S. is hard to fathom.

Who would you consider Your mentor?: 
Not sure that I have a mentor per se, but there were a number of professors in college that I hold in high regard. In no particular order: Bob Warkulwiz, Mario Zucca, Justin Moll, Eric Yeager. I feel that each one of them pushed me to try harder or explore options that I may not have without their guidance.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey? : 
I freelanced for around six months straight out of school before getting hired full-time by Machinery, where I ended up working for 4.5 years. It’s hard to say that I’d do anything differently, since things have worked out pretty well thus far and I can’t actually change anything. Dwelling on the past is something I’d do a lot when I was younger and I slowly found out that it was a waste of time. Instead, I try to focus on what I’ve learned from the past and how I can apply that knowledge to the future.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?: 
I actually really dig creating in the digital age. There are so many artists out there, doing so much cool stuff and social media has created a new platform for them to be discovered. It’s kind of a bummer thinking about all of the artists that weren’t discovered back in the day because they were painting in their garage or basement and had nowhere to share their work. Social media’s allowed artists from all over the world to share their work and be seen by millions of people. That’s cool to me.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?: 
In regards to social media:
“You’re viewing everybody’s highlight reel and living your own blooper reel.”

What are your favorite methods of self-promotion?: 
I’m REALLY good at tweeting stupid shit and I try to post semi-regularly on Instagram.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?: 
There’s a solid circle of people I’ll shoot a text to if I’m really stuck on something or want to make sure the type is legible. It’s a good mix of creatives and non-creatives, so I get all sorts of opinions that I often times haven’t even thought about. They’re my unpaid creative directors. Thanks guys!

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?: 
I do my best to shout of other artists/friends through social media. I also recently put together my first (hopefully of many) art shows, which was a blast.

How are you feelin these days?: 
Sometimes accomplished, sometimes overwhelmed, but I’m always getting better at managing things. Life can be pretty hard.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?: 
Getting away from the computer/technology, working out, hanging out with friends, etc.

Anything that will take my mind off of work for a bit.

What’s your biggest fear?: 
Alzheimer’s is scary AF.

Instagram or Twitter: 
Twitter

Whats your favorite podcast?: 
I’m not a huge podcast guy, but I’ll be damned if I don’t plug Hi-Res here. GO LISTEN TO IT!

What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?: 
Right now, if you have the means, donating to keep Space 1026 alive: https://www.gofundme.com/space-1026

If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?: 
Spray painting “Welcome to the Terrordome” in red on a blank billboard adjacent to an abandoned road in the middle of nowhere would be pretty funny.

Hope you enjoyed meeting Corey! Stay tuned for the next installment in the creator series. 

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– Corey Danks

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Color Palette No. 28 | Feminine & Powerful AF

Color Palette No. 28

Feminine & Powerful

Did anyone else have a major chip on their shoulder growing up when people would assume they could guess their favorite color based on gender? This always annoyed the crap out of me. 

Until you are 10 or so I feel like every adult either assumes you like pink or blue dependent on your gender. I was always happy to report back that my favorite color was ACTUALLY green, but not regular green – more of a mix between Kelly Green and Olive (said  in the voice of Hermione from Sorcerer’s Stone.)

“Oooooh, you’re wearing pink, you’re a girly-girrrrrrl.” 

First of all – why is this an insult? Second of all, no. I am so grateful we are moving in a direction where labels like this are less pervasive and individuals are simply allowed to be. You like to wear dresses and sparkly glitter, but also to opperate heavy power tools & play in the dirt? Cool. You like to wear hard-core biker gear and also enjoy kittens and puppies and lattes? Fantastic. 

Anywho, I digress. These were some of the things that went through my head as I was putting together this week’s color palette. This palette was inspired by some art directed photos from a couple of my favorite design influences. Jessica Walsch’s always-super-honest photo series (the blue photo) and Bri Emery’s light, airy shoot for a new client of hers (the pink photo.) Using the pink as the lightest accent color with two very bold colors makes for an impactful color set. Used right, I think there are some really beautiful neutral effects that can be achieved.

This also happens to be the color palette of my house 🙂

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Hello My Name Is… Caitlin Peck

14 Questions With Illustrator Caitlin Peck

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Introducing Caitlin Peck

Age:
30

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

Where Can We See Your Work?
iamcaitlinpeck.com

I had the chance to show work next to Caitlin at a show organized by Corey Danks at Tattooed Mom’s in Philly a few months back. I was SO excited to meet her in person – the show had introduced me to her work (which I had scrolled through for way longer than is normal on ig) and I was thrilled to talk with her and see her work not on a screen. Her illustrations capture the things that are in my head that I’ve never been able to solidify, bring to light the surreal nature of our dreams, and make you feel like a kid again. She explains her work this way:

“I guess I kind of use my work to identify and sort out anxieties. Much of the imagery I use and create gives a kind of child-like whimsy to sort of nightmarish images. Along with a high attention to detail, it’s like adding beauty and charm to the terrifying to make it more palatable. I like to use both humor and existentialism in the images and titles. Word choice is very important. My process involves a running list of potential titles that are sourced from things that I wish I had said, things that I don’t think I’m cool enough to actually say, or parts of fabricated conversation.”

For reference – she is 100% cool enough to say whatever she wants.

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Artist:
The first artist I was ever introduced to outside of the Italian Boys’ Club was Aubrey Beardsley. I love his use of negative space and clusters of fine detail. Amy Cutler is always a favorite and Henry Darger. More recently I’ve been really into Zoe Hawk @zoe.hawk, Mando Marie @seeyouthroughit, and Katie Evans @kevans_art.

Go-to Inspiration Spot:
I love visiting the Jealous Curator blog or leafing through any artist book. I get most inspired when I look at other art.

Morning or Night Person:
Night

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
I spent some time in Ireland while in I was in grad school. I was on the west side of the country in the place called the ‘Burren’ which means wilderness. It was an absolute dream.

Who would you consider Your mentor?
While I never knew her or interacted with her, the way Louise Bourgeois speaks about making work is so inspiring. She speaks about it like an obsession. She made work literally up until the day she died. I want a life like that.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey?
Sometimes I feel like I’m still getting started. But I guess things really started 5 years ago after my divorce. I had a lot of free time that I used to just make art, go to events, and talk to everybody. Talking to everybody was the hardest part and it’s still not my favorite thing to do. But once you realize that everyone is usually as nervous as you and most people love to talk about their cats, it gets easier. 

I’m a firm believer in that everything that has ever happened to you has put you in the place you are and being okay with that is actually the greatest challenge. I’m still learning and I’m still on this journey; I’m not ready to change anything about it yet.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?
I’ve had a studio outside of my living space for the past 3 years and what I consider to be lucky is it doesn’t have internet access. I try to make my podcast queue ahead of time so that I pick up my phone as little as possible. That being said however, I think a lot of good can come from just turning your brain off for a little and checking out 10 funniest cats on the internet. There is a book called ‘The Courage to Create’ by Rollo May that I often think about . It was published in 1975 but there’s a lot to it that applies today. One of the major points of the book is relieving the pressure creatives put on themselves to make and sometimes, brilliant ideas come from taking a walk or doing something mundane. I think the key is moderation on both ends. A lot of good can come from the internet, it sure makes researching easy, but there need to be limits. Just like if you overwork, you might burn out.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?
It’s not so much advice but I use it as such. Someone I didn’t know was seeing me work on a project and simply stated in passing, “You’re really good at what you do.” That phrase has stuck with me since and I remind myself of it whenever I’m feeling insecure.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?
Sometimes if I’m uncertain about a piece, I share it with my boyfriend. I probably listen to him only half of the time. Sometimes I live with a piece for a while to make up my mind about it but for the most part, I really like going with my gut.

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?
Showing up is important. Opening receptions can be one of the most stressful things because it’s not like playing a music show where you get to do the thing you love and people watch you. You already did the thing you love and now you are just there, with the product of your efforts, and hoping they come.

I also like to try to connect people. The art world can sometimes be weird and competitive and you think you need to keep your contacts to yourself because that’s your secret, or whatever. I love seeing artists succeed and if I can do my part in helping them get that show or introducing them to that collaboration, I’m thrilled.

How are you feelin these days?
The best kind of tired. I’ve been lucky to consistently show in 2018. I’ve planned a little break for myself though and am looking forward to taking some time to make more work in the studio and try out some new things.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?
I repeat the mantra, ‘Everything will be fine,’ because it usually is. When I have a big deadline or get stressed out about a show, I remind myself of that and tell myself that it’s okay to give myself a night off during crunch week. I keep myself really organized because I still work full-time, so the time that I’m not at work and can devote to the studio needs to be focused. So I’ll schedule out my week and really buckle down most evenings, but give myself a night off that I can relax, enjoy what I am able to accomplish, and give myself the much needed rest so I can get back to it.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

Whats your favorite podcast?
Oh! There are so many that I listen to and for so many moods. An always favorite is Buffering the Vampire Slayer. They watch one episode at a time of Buffy and discuss the episode in length complete with jingles, fashion watches, and sexual tension awards. It’s so fun!

Another is Art History Babes. I went to art school and had my fair share of art history classes in dark rooms that are a little too warm with a lecturer that breathes a little too heavy. These women talk about art history with as much fervor and enthusiasm as your bestie talks about their crush.

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– Caitlin Peck

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Color Palette No. 27 | Soothing Tones X Goodbye Summer

Color Palette No. 27

Soothing Tones X Goodbye Summer

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Each season has emotions tied to it. I love greeting the next, but watching summer go is always particularly hard. I tie summer to youth and as each year passes it gets harder to say goodbye (especially in adulthood where you no longer get to enjoy the fullness of a summer vacation.) Here’s to making each season better than the last and appreciating what’s in front of us <3

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Hello My Name Is… Jon Shockness | 21 Questions With the Musician Behind Kid Astronaut

Hello My Name Is… Jon Shockness

21 Questions With the Musician Behind Kid Astronaut

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Introducing Jon Shockness a.k.a. Kid Astronaut

Age:
28

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

I met Jon 4 or 5 years ago when he was touring with his [then] band Air Dubai. He’s a fellow Denverite, though I didn’t meet him until he came through Philly with one of my good high school friends. In the time I’ve known Jon, I’ve watched as he has gone on to create so much more in both collaborative and solo formats. His vocals are incredible, but Jon’s mindset is what inspires me most. As an inspirational figure in the Denver community, he takes his role seriously. He recognizes that his successes have given his voice even more power – and he uses it.

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Emoji:

🚀

Favorite Artist:
Michael Jackson created some of the most memorable, entertaining and visionary music to STILL exist. I look up to his artistry immensely.

Go-to Inspiration Spot:
When I need inspiration I usually create mood boards on Pinterest. I might meditate or just go outside.

Morning or Night Person:
Night

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Thoughtful

How would you describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Intentional

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Who would you consider Your mentor?
Oprah. I follow her on YouTube and she’s always bringing me enlightenment and encouragement.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey?
I got started by listening to music and wanting to create my own. My journey has been fun, at times tumultuous but I wouldn’t change it.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?
I focus on myself and what I want to accomplish. I create the type of life I want to live.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?
Just be yourself.

What are your favorite methods of self-promotion?
Social Media! I love engaging with photos/videos/text. All types of things.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?
No but I think i’ll start.

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?
By sharing their names, tagging them in posts and when I work with younger kids by encouraging them to shine their brightest and do what feels natural to them.

How are you feelin these days?
Today I’m feeling alright. Had a ton of awesome shows like lately and just now gearing up for the next phase.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?
By breathing, meditating, letting go of what I can’t control.

What’s your biggest fear?
Being buried alive.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

Whats your favorite podcast?
I honestly don’t have one… I know they’re mad popular now!!

What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?
Just humanity. Racism, sexism, any power dynamic that holds someone over someone else I dislike.

If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?
PRACTICE SELF LOVE

I am Kid Astronaut a musician, artist, dreamer, creative individual. With music I create sound portals that will take listeners either into a memory, a vision, maybe somewhere out into the universe or perhaps even deeper into themselves. I blend the worlds of music with engaging life experiences and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be an artist in my lifetime.

– Jon Shockness

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